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Q & A with Alberta entrepreneur Wade Sparks

Posted on: July 28, 2014 | Author: ATB Business & Agriculture

  • Who is your favourite business person? Warren Buffet
  • What is your favourite business? Denver Broncos
  • What is your favourite Alberta Business? Stantec Consulting
  • If you could choose any name for yourself, what would it be? Sparky
  • What book are you currently reading? The One Thing by Gary Keller
  • You can ask Brett Wilson or Arlene Dickinson one question, what is it? What motivates you?
  • What is your favourite word, and why? Gratitude. Appreciate every day for what you have.
  • If your employees could use one word to describe you, what would it be and why? Fair—balancing what is right for the organization and the growth of the employees
  • You're never prepared to start your day without: My workout in the morning
  • Who inspires you? Family and friends
  • If you could have any title in the world, what would it be? Son, Husband, Father, Grandpa
  • In 5 words or less, how do you want people to describe you in 5 years from now? Always listening to the customers
  • In 5 words or less, what do you want people to say about your business in 5 years from now? Innovative solutions for the graphic communication industry
  • Things that keep you up at night: Improving and growing the business
  • 3 things you love about your day: Workouts, family, and friends
  • If you had $1 million, you would:
    • 20% Charity
    • 20% Education for kids
    • 20% Health & Wellness
    • 20% Debt Reduction
    • 20% Emergency Savings Fund
  • Your business is: Like the internet—it changes every day
  • Entrepreneurship is: Challenging yourself every day to improve
  • Why Alberta? Born and raised here, the entrepreneurial spirit, the outdoors, and hockey
  • Alberta in 4 words: The land of opportunity
  • Describe your business in 5 words: Enterprise solutions, service, quality, integrity
  • Things you wish people knew about your business: Enterprise solutions service and geographical reach
  • Describe your leadership style in less than 5 words: Entrepreneurial, empowering, fair, firm, and friendly
  • Things you wish people knew about Alberta entrepreneurs: Integrity, honest work ethic
  • Favorite inspirational quote: “Don’t go to where the puck is—go to where it’s going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • If you weren’t running this business, you would be: Either in the investment or oil and gas industry

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