A Division of Tribe 1

Interview with Successful Business Owners

A Division of Tribe 1

Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of 3 franchise companies: 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY Painting, and You Move Me. He is an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people. Brian is widely known as the pioneer of the professional junk removal industry in North America and is now recognized as a serial entrepreneur, applying special branding and a strong customer focus to traditional, service-based industries. Brian started his first business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise that company – 1-800-GOT-JUNK? – as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has more than 850 trucks on the road throughout 170 locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In 2012 he met the Founder of a unique, one-day painting company and together they made the decision to franchise as WOW 1 DAY Painting. Brian launched his third brand, You Move Me, a different kind of moving company in 2013. You Move Me made franchise history becoming the only company to launch more than 25 individual franchise units at one time. You Move Me leveraged the best of the best from the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? brand prior to opening to the general public for franchise opportunities. Brian has received wide recognition in the media and business community. His companies have celebrated appearances on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, Dr. Oz, CNN, The Today Show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and Fox Business. His story has been told in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is also the starring junk removal attraction on the hit reality show, Hoarders. Other television appearances include Canada Sings and Undercover Boss. In addition to interviews and guest appearances, Brian contributes written articles on building a business and entrepreneurism to many national magazines, including a monthly column in PROFIT Magazine. In 2012 Brian became a CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In 2007, Brian was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award. In 2004, Brian was inducted into the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). As a public speaker, Brian has brought his entrepreneurial success story to many conference stages, including the Fortune Small Business Magazine’s national conference. A strong believer in personal and professional development, Brian graduated from MIT’s four-year Birthing of Giants program, and has subsequently completed several years of MIT’s BOG’s alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He is also a participant in a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO Presidents’ University Continue Reading

Crystal Henrickson

Crystal Henrickson

Most recently referred to as the girl who brought Yelp to Canada, Crystal has worn many hats over the past decade: makeup artist, beer rep, cosmetics biz dev, small business marketing, event organizer, consultant, partnership wrangler, and of course, community manager and community architect. As the Marketing Director for Yelp Canada, Crystal drove the launch, growth and presence of Yelp across Canada by first building and then leading a dynamic marketing and community management team. Currently, Crystal is working with startups like @ChimpFund on developing online and offline community engagement strategies in the charity sector. When her hands aren’t occupied on social media, you can find Crystal cooking, cock tailing and crafting. Crystal is a community architect and is know to leverage power of engagement to elevate brands through a collaborative influence.   Crystals Philosophy If You Build It, And They Don’t Come Keys For Creating Talkative, Engaged Communities With a focus on these three Word of Mouth generating areas: 1. Digital Influence 2. Offline Relationship Reinforcement 3. Reciprocity Continue Reading

Silas Balabyekkubo

Silas Balabyekkubo

Silas Balabyekkubo is an award-winning musician, producer, community youth advocate and social entrepreneur. A founding member of Uganda’s legendary hip hop group, Bataka Squad, Silas is known for introducing Luga Flow to Uganda’s creative scene. This unique and powerful style of positive Hip Hop music has inspired youth in Uganda to embrace and celebrate their native languages, culture and tradition. Silas is dedicated to changing livesand giving hope to young people from the ghetto slums of Kampala to war torn Northern Uganda. Through the Bavubuka Foundation Silas supports projects that are calling forth the spirit of Ugandan people in creative arts, youth empowerment, education, community development, sports, fashion, journalism, and community-building events. Silas is also responsible for creating Spoken Truth, a monthly event and the first urban spoken word movement in Uganda, which provides a platform for poets and artists in all areas to showcase their work and express their passion. In addition Silas has hosted and been the prime sponsor for the Uganda Hip Hop Summit which has been celebrated as the annual highlight of Uganda’s Hip Hop scene for the last ten years. Continue Reading

Minna Van

Minna Van

As a very young business owner, still in high school, Minna Van found it a constant struggle to be taken seriously. Although she had profits to prove the viability of her venture, she still could not get a business loan or even find someone who would rent her an office space. Years later, and having worked very hard to build multiple businesses to success, Van decided that her next venture would be one to provide emerging entrepreneurs with the support she never had. “We wanted to create a place where entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses can work for themselves, but not by themselves,” says Van. “It is incredibly important to have support the first couple of years in your business, so we pride ourselves on being able to create a space for people with great ideas.” Creating Change In 2006, Van and her partners launched The Network Hub in Vancouver; creating change so other young entrepreneurs wouldn’t have as many barriers to face. The Network Hub provides business services and a space that supports people with great ideas, to help them launch and grow their businesses. Little did Van and her partners know that the business would grow into so much more than just a hub, it would become a community. “Our success is closely tied to our clients’ success, so we celebrate little wins every day, like when we see the entrepreneurs in our space hire their first employee or when a company from another province opens a Western Canada branch at our office,” says Van. Creating a Network Van also uses the office space to host monthly Meet-Up groups for entrepreneurs in the Vancouver area; these events always fill-up and pull in entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries. What her and her partners have built is so much more than just a business; it’s a support system for the self-employed. And Van knows better than anyone that when you take the path least travelled, support is essential. “Being an entrepreneur is a calling, and it’s not always a very glamorous one,” admits Van “It’s filled with long hours and laying awake in the middle of the night wondering about marketing, operations and sales. And some days you hold your head in the palms of your hands wondering ‘what did I just do’! But it’s the most rewarding path and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Achieving Success For Van, the greatest success she’s been able to achieve through her entrepreneurial career is to wake up every morning with the same amount of enthusiasm for the business as she did when she first started. “I wouldn’t trade being an entrepreneur for anything else. I have the satisfaction of knowing that whatever I put into the business I get back 100 per cent,” acknowledges Van. “To continue the success The Network Hub has already achieved, we have ne really simple goal: To help people with great ideas launch their business faster and leaner.” Continue Reading

Steve Kim

Steve Kim

Steve brings over fourteen years of expertise in strategic marketing, communications and business development gained from his experience within the new media, entertainment, technology and non-profit sectors to his role of President of Boilingpoint Group. Here, Steve manages the overall operations and focuses on strategic direction, new business development and client relations. A staunch believer in PR-lead marketing solutions, Steve thrives on helping organizations integrate traditional and digital media strategies to drive business results. Before founding Boilingpoint, Steve was the Director of Marketing and Business Development of Chalk Media, a leading North American “how-to” content solutions company, where he played a key role in successfully navigating the business past the dotcom crash and getting it listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. During this time, Steve oversaw Chalk’s re-branding strategy, launched numerous content distribution partnerships (Vancouver Sun, Canada.com, GlobeandMail.com and Costco), implemented a national public relations program, and helped set the foundation for the company’s strong market position in the e-learning industry. Prior to that, Steve was instrumental in growing Chalk Media’s in-flight television distribution network from two to nine international airline carriers, expanding the potential audience base from 10 to over 200 million passengers annually. Big into community building, Steve volunteers his time serving as Director of Place des Arts, Immediate Past President of the BC chapter of the American Marketing Association, Co-Founder/Director of C3 Korean Canadian Society and member of the Multicultural Advisory Council. He is also a public speaker and writer for various marketing publications. Steve is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Master of Arts from Korea University, where he specialized in the study of venture-backed technology, business and industry. Continue Reading

Meena Sandhu

Meena Sandhu

Meena Sandhu is a Marketer, a Strategist, a Speaker, an Entrepreneur and an Instructor. Meena is recognized for her innovative and creative thinking. She is responsible for leading ING DIRECT’s regional marketing strategy for Western Canada. In 2010, Meena Sandhu was appointed to the Social Media Advisory Board and was an active contributor to Social Media Week. In 2011, she hosted 15 events for social media week and was one of 5 key presenters at their Enterprise summit. In 2012, she coordinated 40 events for social media week, hosted and moderated a number of panels. Meena Sandhu is a Marketer, a Strategist, a Speaker, an Entrepreneur and an Instructor. In 2012, Meena was appointed as the Director of Social Media on the Board of Directors for the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She has now moved onto being the Director of Vision, the BCAMA’s flagship conference for 2014. Meena teaches in both the Marketing and Technology programs at BCIT. Teaching Social Media, SEO, and Web Analytics. She has written for Vancouver is Awesome. Meena is a public speaker presenting on Marketing, Social Media, Technology. She has spoken at the Unconference, Social Media Conference, OMG social media, Bootcamps, Impact99 and many more. Continue Reading

Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore

Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of 3 franchise companies: 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY Painting, and You Move Me. He is an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision, and faith in people. Brian is widely known as the pioneer of the professional junk removal industry in North America and is now recognized as a serial entrepreneur, applying special branding and a strong customer focus to traditional, service-based industries. Brian started his first business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise that company – 1-800-GOT-JUNK? – as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has more than 850 trucks on the road throughout 170 locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In 2012 he met the Founder of a unique, one-day painting company and together they made the decision to franchise as WOW 1 DAY Painting. Brian launched his third brand, You Move Me, a different kind of moving company in 2013. You Move Me made franchise history becoming the only company to launch more than 25 individual franchise units at one time. You Move Me leveraged the best of the best from the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? brand prior to opening to the general public for franchise opportunities. Brian has received wide recognition in the media and business community. His companies have celebrated appearances on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, Dr. Oz, CNN, The Today Show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and Fox Business. His story has been told in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is also the starring junk removal attraction on the hit reality show, Hoarders. Other television appearances include Canada Sings and Undercover Boss. In addition to interviews and guest appearances, Brian contributes written articles on building a business and entrepreneurism to many national magazines, including a monthly column in PROFIT Magazine. In 2012 Brian became a CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In 2007, Brian was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award. In 2004, Brian was inducted into the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). As a public speaker, Brian has brought his entrepreneurial success story to many conference stages, including the Fortune Small Business Magazine’s national conference. A strong believer in personal and professional development, Brian graduated from MIT’s four-year Birthing of Giants program, and has subsequently completed several years of MIT’s BOG’s alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He is also a participant in a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO Presidents’ University Continue Reading

Crystal Henrickson

Crystal Henrickson

Most recently referred to as the girl who brought Yelp to Canada, Crystal has worn many hats over the past decade: makeup artist, beer rep, cosmetics biz dev, small business marketing, event organizer, consultant, partnership wrangler, and of course, community manager and community architect. As the Marketing Director for Yelp Canada, Crystal drove the launch, growth and presence of Yelp across Canada by first building and then leading a dynamic marketing and community management team. Currently, Crystal is working with startups like @ChimpFund on developing online and offline community engagement strategies in the charity sector. When her hands aren’t occupied on social media, you can find Crystal cooking, cock tailing and crafting. Crystal is a community architect and is know to leverage power of engagement to elevate brands through a collaborative influence.   Crystals Philosophy If You Build It, And They Don’t Come Keys For Creating Talkative, Engaged Communities With a focus on these three Word of Mouth generating areas: 1. Digital Influence 2. Offline Relationship Reinforcement 3. Reciprocity Continue Reading

Silas Balabyekkubo

Silas Balabyekkubo

Silas Balabyekkubo is an award-winning musician, producer, community youth advocate and social entrepreneur. A founding member of Uganda’s legendary hip hop group, Bataka Squad, Silas is known for introducing Luga Flow to Uganda’s creative scene. This unique and powerful style of positive Hip Hop music has inspired youth in Uganda to embrace and celebrate their native languages, culture and tradition. Silas is dedicated to changing livesand giving hope to young people from the ghetto slums of Kampala to war torn Northern Uganda. Through the Bavubuka Foundation Silas supports projects that are calling forth the spirit of Ugandan people in creative arts, youth empowerment, education, community development, sports, fashion, journalism, and community-building events. Silas is also responsible for creating Spoken Truth, a monthly event and the first urban spoken word movement in Uganda, which provides a platform for poets and artists in all areas to showcase their work and express their passion. In addition Silas has hosted and been the prime sponsor for the Uganda Hip Hop Summit which has been celebrated as the annual highlight of Uganda’s Hip Hop scene for the last ten years. Continue Reading

Minna Van

Minna Van

As a very young business owner, still in high school, Minna Van found it a constant struggle to be taken seriously. Although she had profits to prove the viability of her venture, she still could not get a business loan or even find someone who would rent her an office space. Years later, and having worked very hard to build multiple businesses to success, Van decided that her next venture would be one to provide emerging entrepreneurs with the support she never had. “We wanted to create a place where entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses can work for themselves, but not by themselves,” says Van. “It is incredibly important to have support the first couple of years in your business, so we pride ourselves on being able to create a space for people with great ideas.” Creating Change In 2006, Van and her partners launched The Network Hub in Vancouver; creating change so other young entrepreneurs wouldn’t have as many barriers to face. The Network Hub provides business services and a space that supports people with great ideas, to help them launch and grow their businesses. Little did Van and her partners know that the business would grow into so much more than just a hub, it would become a community. “Our success is closely tied to our clients’ success, so we celebrate little wins every day, like when we see the entrepreneurs in our space hire their first employee or when a company from another province opens a Western Canada branch at our office,” says Van. Creating a Network Van also uses the office space to host monthly Meet-Up groups for entrepreneurs in the Vancouver area; these events always fill-up and pull in entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries. What her and her partners have built is so much more than just a business; it’s a support system for the self-employed. And Van knows better than anyone that when you take the path least travelled, support is essential. “Being an entrepreneur is a calling, and it’s not always a very glamorous one,” admits Van “It’s filled with long hours and laying awake in the middle of the night wondering about marketing, operations and sales. And some days you hold your head in the palms of your hands wondering ‘what did I just do’! But it’s the most rewarding path and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Achieving Success For Van, the greatest success she’s been able to achieve through her entrepreneurial career is to wake up every morning with the same amount of enthusiasm for the business as she did when she first started. “I wouldn’t trade being an entrepreneur for anything else. I have the satisfaction of knowing that whatever I put into the business I get back 100 per cent,” acknowledges Van. “To continue the success The Network Hub has already achieved, we have ne really simple goal: To help people with great ideas launch their business faster and leaner.” Continue Reading

Steve Kim

Steve Kim

Steve brings over fourteen years of expertise in strategic marketing, communications and business development gained from his experience within the new media, entertainment, technology and non-profit sectors to his role of President of Boilingpoint Group. Here, Steve manages the overall operations and focuses on strategic direction, new business development and client relations. A staunch believer in PR-lead marketing solutions, Steve thrives on helping organizations integrate traditional and digital media strategies to drive business results. Before founding Boilingpoint, Steve was the Director of Marketing and Business Development of Chalk Media, a leading North American “how-to” content solutions company, where he played a key role in successfully navigating the business past the dotcom crash and getting it listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. During this time, Steve oversaw Chalk’s re-branding strategy, launched numerous content distribution partnerships (Vancouver Sun, Canada.com, GlobeandMail.com and Costco), implemented a national public relations program, and helped set the foundation for the company’s strong market position in the e-learning industry. Prior to that, Steve was instrumental in growing Chalk Media’s in-flight television distribution network from two to nine international airline carriers, expanding the potential audience base from 10 to over 200 million passengers annually. Big into community building, Steve volunteers his time serving as Director of Place des Arts, Immediate Past President of the BC chapter of the American Marketing Association, Co-Founder/Director of C3 Korean Canadian Society and member of the Multicultural Advisory Council. He is also a public speaker and writer for various marketing publications. Steve is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Master of Arts from Korea University, where he specialized in the study of venture-backed technology, business and industry. Continue Reading

Meena Sandhu

Meena Sandhu

Meena Sandhu is a Marketer, a Strategist, a Speaker, an Entrepreneur and an Instructor. Meena is recognized for her innovative and creative thinking. She is responsible for leading ING DIRECT’s regional marketing strategy for Western Canada. In 2010, Meena Sandhu was appointed to the Social Media Advisory Board and was an active contributor to Social Media Week. In 2011, she hosted 15 events for social media week and was one of 5 key presenters at their Enterprise summit. In 2012, she coordinated 40 events for social media week, hosted and moderated a number of panels. Meena Sandhu is a Marketer, a Strategist, a Speaker, an Entrepreneur and an Instructor. In 2012, Meena was appointed as the Director of Social Media on the Board of Directors for the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She has now moved onto being the Director of Vision, the BCAMA’s flagship conference for 2014. Meena teaches in both the Marketing and Technology programs at BCIT. Teaching Social Media, SEO, and Web Analytics. She has written for Vancouver is Awesome. Meena is a public speaker presenting on Marketing, Social Media, Technology. She has spoken at the Unconference, Social Media Conference, OMG social media, Bootcamps, Impact99 and many more. Continue Reading