“You get to decide what your attitude is going to be.”—Jason Schechterle
June 12th, 2015 | top of page

I had the pleasure of hearing Jason Schechterle speak on June 11, 2015 at Phoenix Art Museum in an event hosted by Accelerent. Living in Phoenix in the spring of 2001, I was aware of the well-publicized tragedy that struck Jason on March 26th. What I was not prepared for was his inspiring story (filled with self-deprecating humor) of triumph over tragedy which is best summarized in a quote from Jason’s Beyond the Flames website: Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on The Things We’ll Do for Our Dogs.
May 5th, 2013 | top of page

If you’re a “dog person” you’ll get this completely. 
If you’re not, your reaction is likely to be “You did
 what and paid how much for an 11 year old dog??!!” My twelve year old Yellow Labrador Retreiver,
Trudeau, leads a charmed life. His luck started when I drove 8 hours round-trip to St. 
John’s, Arizona to visit his pregnant Dam, Sher-Mi
 Stellar Sweetheart. I wanted to check her out and see
 what she and her life looked Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Another Must Watch TED Talk
October 4th, 2012 | top of page

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Amy Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop About Life as a Hockey Parent
September 5th, 2012 | top of page

Wanting to provide the best you can for your children is an emotion common to most parents. Things start to get a bit out of hand when your son or daughter informs you that they want to play organized hockey. And things really go overboard when “organized hockey” morphs into “travel hockey”. The travel hockey season begins before the previous season has ended with tryouts for the teams that start up at the beginning of the school Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop About Touching The Holy Grail
August 29th, 2012 | top of page

I’m not big on standing in lines. For anything. At Disneyland, an early start or a SpeedPass is mandatory for me. Line up to eat at a restaurant or drink in a bar?—isn’t going to happen no matter how good the food is or whether the single malt is free. But today, I stood in line, outside in Scottsdale in 106℉ heat for over two hours! What could make me do the unconscionable you ask? How about Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on My Return to Lake Louise
July 18th, 2012 | top of page

  I spent my summers in early 1970s living and working at Chateau Lake Louise and climbing in the surrounding mountains. Lake Louise was and remains a magical place for me and many of the persons I shared those times with. I’ve been back a few times over the years and have found the saying “You can’t go home again” to be sadly true. The Chateau is now a year-round, world-class destination resort run by Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on An Unexpected Moment of Weakness When I Had to Depend on Others …
March 2nd, 2012 | top of page

We entrepreneurs like to think of ourselves as the strong, independent type. In fact it’s an essential characteristic to survive. But, just as there are times in business when you need the help of other people to survive (you just can’t do everything yourself), the same is true in life. The following is a reprint of a magazine article that was the cover story in the August 1979 issue of Calgary Report. It details a time in Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on a Shawn Phillips Concert Redux
September 10th, 2011 | top of page

Growing up in Montreal in the 1970s one of the biggest names in rock and roll was Shawn Phillips. A native of Fort Worth, TX and known for five things: his really long, straight hair (down to his waist as I remember), wearing a black cape, an incredible vocal range especially at the high end, non-repeating, poetry-like lyrics, and what is probably the song with the world’s longest title (She Was Waitin’ For Her Mother At The Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on How the Aftermath of 9.11 Has Personally Affected Me …
September 1st, 2011 | top of page

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the attacks on New York and Washington, DC. And, sure, I, like you, have had to put up with the longer security lines and increasingly invasive searches at airports. Though I won’t dwell on it here, disasters—like Hurricane Irene—pose a perplexing conundrum for government officials. If the government overstates the danger of the threat and it does not come to pass then the public is upset that the Continue Reading

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The Surprising Conclusion to Victor’s Insider Scoop on My Stolen Car
February 15th, 2011 | top of page

Flashback: Catherine and I get our autos serviced at a local shop about a mile from our house. On Sunday night the alarm went off in the shop. The owner, thinking it was a false alarm and wanting to avoid the false alarm fine, told the alarm company that he would drive to his shop and turn off the alarm. When the owner arrived he found his shop had been broken into and the thief was sitting Continue Reading

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