Appreciate the people that help you and have helped you – Roger Grona – Business Consultant – CEO – Investor

Appreciate the people that help you and have helped you. Back in the day I had an amazing mentor his name was Louis Dupuis. For those of you who don’t know, Louis was one of the owners (with his brother Gene) of Prairie Meats, a very large successfully family ran butcher shop in Saskatoon. My company that I was at the time CEO of Buffalo Bill’s Food Products Ltd was a customer of Prairie Meats.

I looked and interviewed many places to manufacture our products before settling into an agreement with Prairie Meats to manufacture our product. It wasn’t just the customer service and product that I was impressed with, it was the business knowledge of the owners of Prairie Meats. 

Louis would invite me into his office and we would sit and visit, anywhere from 2-4 hours a week. We would talk sales, the market, operations, marketing, economy and everything else associated with business. I learned a lot from our discussions. He was one of the smartest guys I ever knew in business. He told me how Gene and him had grown their business, their risks, the ups and downs and their successes. I enjoyed listening to his stories about being an entrepreneur.

I asked him one time why he gave me all that time? He said he enjoyed the conversations and one of the last things he ever said to me (I will never forget it) was,”Kid – you know how to work and your doing the right things, keep doing what your doing, never give up on what you want to do!” As much as I valued our conversations at that time, it wasn’t until my late thirties and early forties that I truly appreciated the value of those discussions and how much they forged my desire to be better at business.

Louis passed away when in 2006 when I wasn’t living in Saskatoon. To this day I volunteer on quite a few boards and try and help the upcoming entrepreneurs as much as I can….just as Louis shared his stories and lessons with me.

Rest easy my friend – thank you for all our chats 

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Roger's expertise involves developing successful marketing plans, consulting on marketing and business sustainability and training in long term planning for a profitable future. Very successful track record building culture, sales teams and company growth goals. Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. sales consulting and marketing consulting services expertise is in next level business solutions, marketing, brand development and implementing the proper plan to achieve your goals. Our specialty in sales and marketing can allow us to work hands on in your sales development and can act as a marketing consulting firm. 7 years Senior Sales Management experience that involves setting/planning profit based sales targets (writing and executing), set and met large sales quotas. He has developed excellent media marketing plans that position the brands he worked with as industry leaders. Roger's other Senior Sales Management experience: recruited, hired, mentored, and motivated the sales team and other departments. He prepared reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing relevant market information and then using that information to roll out effective plans. ​ - Sales Manager for larger home builder for Saskatoon, Humboldt and Prince Albert - As Sales Manager he was part of the Senior Management Team. Roger managed the sales of a very large territory that included Saskatoon, Dalmeny, Martensville, Clavet, Prince Albert and Humboldt. Priorities included positive planning and implementing of projects that were fueled by a solid marketing strategy. Consistently he identified objectives, strategies and action plans to improve processes and systems. The builder is one of Saskatchewan's largest volume home builders. Roger rolled out the launch of single-family housing in Humboldt. This include booking media, interviews, working with ad agencies, helping create action plans for the multi-family and single family housing market for all three markets. He is proud of helping direct the first "Goodwill House" in Prince Albert which helped raise over $70,000 for Vic Hospital - ICU. - Saskatoon based custom home builder - Roger designed and implemented the company marketing plan, was part of the Senior Management Team, developed and trained the sales team of 5, communicated with industry representatives, realtors and clients. During his involvement, sales doubled and they are now one of the major players in new home construction in Saskatoon. Roger was proud of his involvement with the team's launch in both the first ever "Holmes Approved Home" as well as the "Pink House Campaign" in Saskatchewan. They were announced as a finalist for the Bridges Awards for the Marketing Award for the Pink House Campaign project. - Product and service company for homebuilders - As Sales Manager he had the opportunity to build a team from 2 to 7 employees in less than two years. This company's territory was at its initial start up phase when he started. In less than a year they were grabbing a significant market share from it's competitors. Roger managed the staff at the Saskatoon Branch and dealt directly with the CEO in Regina on business development for Saskatoon and area. ​ - Buffalo Bill's Food Products Ltd - Roger had the opportunity to develop his own business (Buffalo Bill's Food Products) from the ground up in the early 90's. As President he developed the business and marketing plan, logo, outside sales, focus groups, trade-shows and company management. It was a great opportunity and our product ended up in 180 stores throughout Saskatchewan. 8 years Senior Media Marketing/Sales in Saskatchewan radio industry (CJWW, 92-9 the Bull, Rock 102, 104.9 the Wolf). For each station he developed a small list into a Senior Account list in a short period of time. In advertising he had the chance to work with almost every kind of business and industry, consulting on advertising, brand development, recruiting, and business growth. 8 years hard work in the Alberta and Western Saskatchewan oilfield including management roles (service and drilling rigs) :-) Specialties: Taking new ,junior ,senior salespeople to the next level, branding and imaging, new and existing business development, team building, business consulting, negotiating, marketing, coaching, leadership, expert in rapport building and communications.

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