Growing by Acquisition

Exciting things have been happening on our company, Kodiak Mountain Stone. Below is a blog that I posted on our company website to tell about it:

Since 2005 Kodiak Mountain Stone has continued to expand our product offering to meet the needs of our clients. This has included the addition of new stone profiles and colors. The demand for manufactured stone veneer continues to grow in both commercial and residential new build and renovation projects. We are proud to know that our products have helped create lasting beauty and value to these projects.
We are now extremely excited to announce our next growth phase that will help us to offer even more options to our customers.  Kodiak Mountain Stone has recently acquired Rocky Mountain Stone Products of Salt Lake City. This immediately adds ten new stone profiles and three thin brick veneer profiles to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line of products! In addition, we will continue to offer all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Product colors in all our profiles and likewise will offer all the Kodiak Mountain Stone colors in all of the Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles.
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Over the past decade Rocky Mountain Stone Products has developed a great product offering and has expanded it’s reach throughout the Western US. We are happy to continue working with all of their distributors, adding them to our Dealer Network. Find a dealer near you HERE.
The Rocky Mountain Stone Products profiles that have been added to the Kodiak Mountain Stone line will be known as our Rocky Mountain Series. All of our profiles are now available throughout our dealer network in Canada and the US.

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Check out our Rocky Mountain Series photo gallery HERE

 

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I was working with a customer today to help them plan out the manufactured stone that they wanted to have on their new fireplace. I showed them a number of photos on our website to help give them some ideas and as I was doing this I recognized that we really have helped a lot of people create some beautiful projects.

 

A fireplace is meant to be a central feature in a room and that is why it is so important to use the proper stone on it. The stone type, profile and color help to add the character you want that room to have.

 

Our company, Kodiak Mountain Stone, has a huge selection of natural stone and manufactured stone that you can choose from for your dream project.  Visit us online and follow us on social media for great, inspirational ideas.  If you want to know what your project would look like with stone on it, take a picture and upload it to the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer (HERE) and see your dream come to life.

 

We have show rooms at the following locations:

You can view a map of our distributors HERE

 

Or you can contact us at info@kodiakmountain.com. We can ship all over North America!

 

877-564-4252 (877-KODIAK-2)

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Bucket List Adventures

I have quite a large bucket list of things that I want to do an accomplish. But I have had the opportunity to knock quite a few things off that list. I’ve put together some clips of some of those things.

Things checked off the list in this video:

  1. Skydiving (the free-fall was the best part)
  2. Swimming with sharks in Hawaii (with my daughter)
  3. Meet / Play basketball with Michael Jordan
  4. Zip-Lines (Whitefish Mountain, Montana)
  5. Air Chair water skiing (Lake 5, Montana – wasn’t good at this at all!)
  6. Dog Sledding (with my wife – it was her present to me for my birthday)
  7. Swimming with dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii (with my son and daughter)
  8. Visit Greece (with my wife)
  9. Fly gliders in Hawaii (so cool seeing the whales as we flew out over the ocean)
  10. Visit Africa (with my wife)
  11. Professional Rodeo Cowboy – Steer Wrestler (in the video: Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Red Deer Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampede)
  12. Razr and Dirt Biking in the mountains
  13. Climb Old Chief
  14. Caribbean Cruise (with my wife and some friends)
  15. Helicopter Ride over Hoover Dam (with buddies Jeremy and Tyson)

So much more to do!!!

More Fun… Zip-Lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Last week I had the opportunity to take a youth group from our church down to the West Glacier area in Montana to camp.  It is a beautiful area in the mountains with a lot to do.  We spent a day with Glacier Raft Company doing some white water rafting.  The water levels were lower than average the it was a little cool that day, but we still had an excellent time.  I would definitely recommend Glacier Raft Company.

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We also spent a day at Whitefish Mountain. I have spent a lot of time on the mountain skiing in the winters but I’ve never experienced any of their summer adventures before.  Some of our group spent their time in the Aerial Adventure Park and had a great time. I took a group on the Zip-Line Tours and we loved every minute of it. Soaring high above the ski slopes, over ravines & through the trees was a great experience. With some of the lines reaching up to 1,900 feet in length and as high as 300 feet above the trees it was a great adventure. We had the opportunity to enjoy seven different lines, all with breathtaking  views of the mountains.  It’s definitely an activity I’m happy to refer others to.

This is a short video of three of the zip-lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Canadian Home Builder Association – Lethbridge Region, 2014 Supplier of the Year — Kodiak Mountain Stone

This past week at Kodiak Mountain Stone we were honored to receive the 2014 Canadian Home Builder Association Members Choice Award of the Supplier of the Year!

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We work with some exceptional people and companies and we have a great team as well.  I want to thank my team and all of our customers for this award and congratulate all the other winners at the CHBA-Lethbridge Region Awards of Excellence in Housing.

Business in Focus – Follow-up Article

Back in February of 2013 I posted about an article that Business in Focus Magazine wrote about myself and Kodiak Mountain Stone.  In November of this year they wrote a follow-up article which can be found at the following link:

http://www.businessinfocusmagazine.com/2014/09/solid-as-a-rock/

Once again, thank you to the staff at Business In Focus Magazine.  They were great to work with.

Personal Accountability

Back in August of 2012 I wrote about our Education Plan at my company, Kodiak Mountain Stone.  If you have never read about it, click on the link and find out more because it has been a pretty good thing we came up with.  From each Education Meeting that we have, everyone on our team learns something. But I think the most value comes to the person who is hosting the meeting.  As the saying goes, “the teacher is the one who learns the most.”

 

In the past I’ve shared thoughts and ideas from some of our Education Meetings, but it has been a while since I have passed any of this on.  Yesterday we had one of these meetings and I think that the subject that was addressed is awesome and I want to share a little bit about it.

 

Before I get into the details of the meeting I want to take a step back.  A few months ago I was on a conference call with my store manager at my store in Calgary AB.  He was frustrated and told me that one of the team members had come in late for the second time that week and used the same excuse as the first time.  “Sorry that I’m late, traffic was terrible.”

 

As soon as he told me about this I had a memory flash into my mind.  I remembered back to January 9, 2002.  That day I was working as a bank manager for ATB Financial, which is a bank located in Alberta, Canada.  I had the opportunity that day to attend a managers training meeting where David Irvine spoke to us.  The topic that he spoke about that day was one that he had written a book about, “Accountability – Getting a Grip on Results.”  The new, updated version of the book is, Bridges of Trust: Making Accountability Authentic
The reason I remember the exact day of this meeting is because I have that book in my library signed and dated by David.  I know it was a good meeting because almost 13 years later there are a number of things that I specifically remember him saying.  But there are two things that really stood out to me that day.
He told us to imagine ourselves leaving our house with just the right amount of time to get to an important meeting.  You are well prepared for the meeting and things are looking good.  But then when you are about half way to the meeting you hit some crazy traffic that just about brings you to a halt. You are anxiously putting along and starting to stress more and more about being late for your meeting.  Pretty soon the starting time of the meeting comes and goes and you are still blocks away from your meeting place.  You finally arrive, park your vehicle and dash to the meeting room.  As you enter the room, all eyes are focused directly on you.  Sweat is dripping down your forehead and you say…

At that point what words leave your mouth?  Most people respond exactly how my employee responded. “Sorry that I’m late, traffic was terrible.”  At that time, that is probably exactly how I would respond.  But that is not being accountable for your actions.  I vividly remember him explaining that the proper response should be something such as, “sorry that I am late, I didn’t leave my home in time to account for the traffic.”

 

That was an ah-ha moment for me.  It completely changed my perspective on personal accountability.  As an employer, how would I receive someone coming in late to a meeting who said, “sorry I’m late, traffic was terrible” versus someone who said, “sorry I’m late, I never left home early enough to account for the traffic.”  I want to work with the person who is showing me that they can take personal accountability.  It doesn’t excuse the fact that they are late, but they are not trying to blame something or someone else for them being late.  Thirteen years ago and that story still comes to mind whenever I hear someone not taking personal responsibility.

 

Another thing that has always stood out to me since that meeting was when David talked about consequences.  That negative word, consequences.  All my life, whenever I’ve done something wrong or bad, I’ve had to deal with those darn consequences.  But what about the times you have done something good.  What follows?  Those are consequences too, but positive ones!  I had always looked at the word, consequence, with negativity.  But in reality, there are consequences for everything we do.  It’s our own actions that determine if those are positive or negative consequences.  Today this is not just an important thing to talk about in our work environment, but as I’m raising four kids from ages 3 to 15 it has been a huge thing we have tried to teach them about too.

 

So after my conference call with my store manager I immediately emailed David Irvine and asked him to send a copy of his book to my store in Calgary.  When it arrived I explained to this particular employee that I wanted him using it for an Education Meeting.  I know that he got a lot of good out of the book because my manager told me that there were a number of occasions that he came to him to tell him something he had read about in the book.  Yesterday he did a great job with the Education Meeting.  I hope that all of my staff learned something from this great book.

 

The number one lesson that this employee thought our staff needed to learn from the book was that you always have a choice to start with yourself!