2012 Top 10 Business People

We are pleased to once again showcase our Top 10 Business People from throughout the region. As you read on, it becomes quickly evident that the people on this year's list are different in many ways—some were Kootenay born and raised while others have come here from afar, and the range of business ventures is as diverse as the people. But when you look at their similarities, it is clear that they love what they do and they love the communities in which they live.

Photo of Jason Wheeldon

Jason Wheeldon

When Jason Wheeldon entered real estate, he grew a beard to look older—today, he mentors younger colleagues.

by Glynis Fediuk
Photo of Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Looking at clients from a holistic and comprehensive perspective has set Matt Thompson and the team at Story & Co. apart.

by Glynis Fediuk
A man with a blue shirt smiles at the camera.

Brian Schaal

More than two decades ago, Brian Schaal made a decision to pursue a new career path—and he hasn't looked back.

by Breanne Massey
Man receiving an award from another man

David Ratzlaff

For David Ratzlaff, fulfilling his own dream is in turn fulfilling dreams for others—through the homes that his company builds.

by Lisa Crane
Photo of Eric and Greg Lapointe their mother, Sydney-Anne Porter

Greg and Eric Lapointe

Working with family is a dream come true for Greg and Eric Lapointe—and their mother, Sydney-Anne Porter.

by Breanne Massey
Photo of Chris-Anne and Lawrence Gilmore
Grand Forks

Chris-Anne and Lawrence Gilmore

For Chris-Anne and Lawrence Gilmore, work is all about getting to do the fun stuff.

by Richard Finnigan
lady standing behind a counter in a store

Judith Johannsson

This involved business owner is active in her community.

Photo of Doug McMynn
Grand Forks

Doug McMynn

Saving his town's sawmill was just something that Doug McMynn saw needed to be done.

by Richard Finnigan
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Aaron Seminoff

Aaron Seminoff is happy that his business helps provide so much enjoyment to so many people.

by Colin Payne
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