Thursday, 17 March 2011

McCrimmon Named Brandon Business Person of the Year

Wheat Kings' owner Kelly McCrimmon had an honour bestowed upon him by the Brandon business community.

McCrimmon has been presented with the 2011 President's Award for Business Person of the Year by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a great honour, and I think a lot of times awards take on more meaning when you look at people that have won them previously," says McCrimmon, "I've always been proud to do business in Brandon, consider it a great city to work in and live in so it's very rewarding for myself, my family and our organization."

McCrimmon has been involved with the Wheat Kings since 1988, becoming minority owner in 1992 and taking over full ownership in 2000.

2010 was a banner year for the Wheat Kings because of the club's opportunity to be hosts for the Memorial Cup.

"I think that was easily the most memorial event for 2010 for our organization, the Memorial Cup host committee, the City of Brandon," says McCrimmon, "I think the event not only had tremendous economic impact on the City but I think the National exposure the City and the Wheat Kings' organization received was tremendous."

In addition to his hockey knowledge as both General Manager and Head Coach of the Wheat Kings, McCrimmon also has a business degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen's University.

"We're a unique business in that we face a lot of the same challenges that any business does but because we're tied to a sports franchise, you have the emotions of your stakeholders in play on a day-to-day basis," says McCrimmon, "One of the challenges that you have to recognize and deal with is the separation of the day-to-day performance of the hockey team versus the longer-term planning that running a business requires. That's an aspect that makes our business quite a bit different than most."

McCrimmon was honoured Thursday night at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce 128th Annual Dinner.

1 comment:

Regan Bartel said...

Congrats Kelly. Great individual. Class act and runs a great team.