1. Where are you from?
I am from Langham, Sask., born and partially raised here. I now have a wonderful family (wife and two kids) firmly rooted in this community that we are happy to call home.
2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry and/or what do you credit to getting you where you are today?
Road construction has always been a way of life for my family. I am a third-generation road builder and got my start picking stones and staking up grid roads at the age of 10. The encouragement, leadership and support of grandparents, parents and others in our family business has fostered in me a love for dirt, business and people.
3. What is your career history?
From the age of 10 years old, I have been an earthmover with Nemanishen Contracting Ltd. As the years have gone by, my roles have changed, but my love for our company and what we do has not.
4. What’s the best piece of business or career advice you have or have been given?
Your integrity is one of the most valuable things you can give to your business. A reputation of honesty is tough to gain and easy to destroy. As C.S. Lewis aptly put it, “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.”
5. What’s your favourite thing about Saskatchewan and working in the industry?
Although I have enjoyed a great deal of things in this industry over the years, getting to know and work with other companies and the satisfaction of completing a challenging project would certainly have to be at the top of the list.
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
I take particular enjoyment in a fine glass of scotch – the subtle orange zest finish of one to the sea salt and peatiness of another. I can’t think of many better ways to enjoy an evening than sitting back in the recliner to watch a game of pigskin with a glass of Glenmorangie Signet in hand.
7. What is the quality you most like in a person?
I appreciate a person who builds their life around humility and integrity. I believe these two traits emulate a selfless individual that is willing to place others before himself.
8. Who is your favourite writer?
W.E.B. Griffith would have to be one of my favourites. His attention to detail when he recounts historical events and times in his novels brings the pages to life.
9. Where would you most like to live?
Amongst the many great places around the world, I think one of the most amazing locations to live would be Tuscany, Italy. Tuscany encompasses such a laid-back atmosphere along with food, art, history and ambiance. “Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto” – Eat well, laugh often, love much!
10. What is it that you most dislike?
I find it ironic that as much as I enjoy food, I despise mushrooms. This is indeed a shame as the individuals who like them seem to love them. Alas, maybe one day my palate will change for the better.