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KELLY HAWES CEO ColdStar Solutions Inc What’s your favourite thing about your job? Watching food production—fascinating! VANCOUVER What is the best perk ISLAND COMPANY of your job? The BC SPECIALIZING Ferries buffet. I eat IN INDEPENDENT there. A lot. What’s GROCERY WHOLESALING, your favourite Chamber event? TRANSPORTATION, THIRD CEO breakfasts. PARTY LOGISTICS AND COLD Great networking, peeve? When people say STORAGE WHICH SERVICES business focussed “it can’t be done.” How is ALL OF VANCOUVER and fun. What is your your business involved in the ISLAND AND THE GULF company’s greatest community? My wife founded ISLANDS. strength? A ‘can-do’ The Community Food Program attitude and approach. which now provides donated and Need a problem solved? Ask us, other food products, some of which CSI we’ll help on just about anything! Why do purchases, to 9 different agencies. It equals you like working in your industry? People $112,000 in food and donated services have to eat so our business is relatively annually. What is one job you could never recession proof and I like being able to do? Having a job that requires sitting at support other local businesses and starta desk looking at Excel spreadsheets all ups. What was it about a boss/co-worker/ day. Favourite activity to do after work employee that made them great to work with your friends? Drink wine. Any wine….. with? My wife and I work together. It’s What was your first job? Pumping gas important to note—in different buildings and cleaning windshields for $3/hour. The doing different things!! Hence why we got to good ‘ole days! What are you passionate our 31st wedding anniversary successfully. about? My granddaughter, Madilyn. Have Do you have a business etiquette pet I shown you the thousand pictures I have

of her, recently? What did you do on your summer vacation/planning to do? Two amazing weeks at Lake Cowichan. Boating, swimming, fishing and reading. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? In business—surround yourself with the best insurance agent, the best lawyer and the best accountant and NEVER be afraid to hire for your weakness. What’s your favourite mode of transportation to get around town? My Harley. What’s something people don’t know about you? Sometimes I drink scotch instead of wine…. On the serious side, I do a lot of mentoring for those trying to start businesses. I am very passionate about that.


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Profile for Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Business Matters September 2017  

Business Matters September 2017