Before Real Estate....
Lynn grew up and lived in Montreal with 2 brothers her entire childhood and she is fluent in French. She moved to Western Canada after she met Rob. Rob grew up at the Coast and moved to Vancouver Island in his teens where he graduated high school in Port Alberni. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta to attend NAIT where he received his Construction Engineering Diploma. He quickly rose to the position of Branch Manager with a small commercial construction company that relocated him to Toronto, Eastern Canada, where he met Lynn. They relocated to Calgary, Alberta in 1988 during the winter Olympic construction spree where he was the Branch Manager of a multi-million dollar commercial construction company with offices located in 5 Western major cities. Rob was in his mid-20's and they nicknamed him "kid", but his talent for building multiple large commercial projects was evident. Some 30 years later he has a 100% track record for completing projects on time and on budget!
Rob later formed his own commercial construction company with two financial investment partners and was the President of that company for over 15 years serving the area of Southern Alberta. He eventually bought out his partners and became the 100% sole owner completing 100's of millions in commercial development projects. He also served as the President of the Calgary Construction Association and the President of the Alberta General Contractors Association during this time. He bought his first computer in 1987 embracing the technology and has been a student of microsoft systems ever since!
Also during this, Rob and Lynn raised 5 children, Lynn was primarily busy with the tasks of running the home and getting everyone where they needed to be on time, at least until they were walking, talking and feeding themselves. They have always made a great team, whether raising the family or attending to business. Lynn's tremendous efforts at home afforded Rob many opportunities within his career. Rob recalls at that time when people would ask him, "Does your wife work?" He would reply, "No, but if she heard me say that she'd punch me! Ha, ha. She's the mother of 5." Lynn worked unselfishly day and night, and with their busy lives she still does.
They started to buy investment properties early in their marriage and before reaching the age of 30 they had over 40 rent checks coming in monthly paying down the mortgages of their investments. One thing led to another and they soon found themselves the owners of seven different corporations; most of which were involved in the real estate development side of their affairs. They had a company that managed their revenue properties, they had a company that owned their revenue properties, they had a company that financed properties and provided mortgage services, they had their construction company and their development company. Robs construction company employed over 25 full time employees and completed millions of dollars in construction work each and every month.
Rob and Lynn also founded a sales & marketing distribution company that eventually employed close to 200 commissioned sales people throughout Western Canada and was very successful placing them in the top 1% for sales achievements in Western Canada. Lynn took on most of the day to day operations of this business.
Obviously by their achievements, Rob and Lynn are driven individuals who love setting large goals and then achieving those goals. At the age of 35, after visiting the Shuswap Lake for their summer vacation for the ump-teenth time, they asked themselves, "Why are we leaving this beautiful place?" They understood that nothing would ever happen to realize their dream if they didn't set forth an action plan. So at the age of 35 they set a goal to move to the Shuswap area by the age of 40. From that point forward that became their goal. Rob turned 40 in March of 2000 and they purchased their first Salmon Arm home during their Easter vacation visit just one month later. They've never looked back!
Rob's great grand-father, Ernie Buckingham lived in the Shuswap in the late 1800's and his grand-mother, May was raised in Blind Bay. She attended school in Celista. Later her sister, Laura and her moved to Magna Bay. (May McKibbon & Laura Goldney) Rob spent all his childhood summers in Magna Bay at his grand-parents waterfront cabin; he calls it the "Spirit of the Shuswap" but the fantastic memories of this beautiful area were too powerful to resist and he is very, very proud to call this home and now raise his own children here too. Their own grand-children are now 6th generation Shuswap Lakers! Both Rob and Lynn love living here and they feel that appreciation everyday, at every opportunity.