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Forty Under 40

Last week Business in Vancouver held its “Forty Under 40” event. I was honored to be included on the list. With Forty awards, it made sense that BIV did not allow acceptance speeches. The Wolfgang crew and my family wanted a speech. So, if I were allowed, it would have sounded like . . .

“Wow, what a great night! There is some serious horsepower in this room and the energy is fantastic! Thanks BIV for hosting such great event.

As you all know, Business is about making decisions. You make them everyday; some are simple and some difficult. I suppose the key is getting the majority correct.

Sitting with me tonight is my mentor, Hugh, who has helped me navigate some challenging decisions, my mom, Audrey, (yes, I am a mommas boy) who has put up with my questionable decisions (she is still fuming about the tattoo) and my lovely wife Jen, my most important decision.

Also, joining me tonight is my amazing staff, the people who without a doubt represent my best business decisions.

To all my staff, I am so grateful for your vibrancy, dedication and motivation. You are all so talented and you make me look good. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

So, congrats to all the winners tonight. Enjoy the evening you deserve it. You are all Rock Stars”

As I walked off the stage, I planned to pause and direct attention to my buddy Feras Elkhalil, fellow “Forty” winner and owner of the recruitment firm WPCG, and say,

“And to all you recruiters in the room, yeah I’m talking to you, Feras, stay away from my table!”

It would have been funny.

Dave Notte

About the Author: Dave Notte

Dave Notte is the founder of Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Metro Vancouver's largest commercial and strata painting companies.

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