Every year as we progress through our live’s, learning the lessons that come our way, gaining knowledge from insightful mentors and coaches, developing and utilizing the gifts we have been given, we find ourselves more confident in and more appreciative of the authentic beings we are.
One thing we know for sure is, we love to share what we know. We love the challenges and delights of being business owners, consultants and mentors. We love meeting and helping people achieve what they want in life. It truly makes us happy!
My husband Harvey and I have been married for 28 years and he is my respected partner in life and in business. He is one of my greatest mentors and we have been actively involved in business ownership and operation for over 32 years. After downsizing our successful business in the oil and gas industry in 2009, which freed up our time, we diligently pursued a long time interest of acquiring knowledge in the real estate industry. We have completed numerous courses through Rich Dad Education giving us a well rounded knowledge base to add to our extensive business management history. As a result we founded MIH Real Estate Inc in 2011 and became active real estate investors. We now partner in 375 doors and specialize in Lease Option (rent to own) investment opportunities. We love working with families and helping them achieve the dream of owning their own home.
I serve as a board member for CAROP, (Canadian Association of Rent to Own Professionals) I’m a member of a prestigious Entrepreneur Training Program founded by Darren Weeks. I’m a certified Clearing Practitioner through Jayne Johnson Clearing Sight (helping people get what they want) I’m a certified Trainer and Facilitator through the Blair Singer Training Academy. Life Back Business Systems and MIH Real Estate are members of the Better Business Bureau.
I gained, through the operation of our businesses, 30+ years of book keeping and office management experience. I have completed numerous business courses and enjoy advising people in financial management. I’m honest, trust worthy, positive and supportive and these characteristics have served me well in business and in my personal life. I firmly believe that if you want something, no matter what it is, you can make the choice to have it and you will get it! My special interest for the majority of my life has been focused on personal development and communication skills. I became a certified Clear Practitioner because I believe it is my life’s purpose to serve all people by helping them lead happy, successful, peaceful yet powerful lives. Lives that contribute to others, as well as themselves. I love the “We Make It Happen” statement because to me it has dual meaning. We as individuals can make our dreams come true but together we can definitely make it happen!
I have been a business owner for most of my adult life. I was raised on a farm in central Alberta and that is where I received my first education on what it is like to be a business owner. I learned many things during that time that both helped and hindered my success in business over the years. Hard work, honesty, reliability, a positive outlook and a go-getter attitude can get you a long way in life, especially in business. These are qualities I learned early in life and have served me well.
I believe that these are the qualities that gave me the initial success I had as a new entrepreneur. The continued combination of personal development, business training, mentorship and coaching, has led to our success and the creation of our wealth.
After I graduated high school I worked at several jobs, like many others and ended up having the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship as an Instrument Technician in the Oil and Gas industry. Around the same time as I completed my apprenticeship, 2 events transpired that changed the direction of my life from being an employee to being a business owner. Globally, the oil and gas industry was in a slump, that started in the early 1980s and culminated in the lowest price for oil in 1986. Naturally, this caused a decline in demand for the skills that I had just acquired. The company I worked for throughout my apprenticeship wasn’t able to find steady work for several of us that were just completing our apprenticeships. We realized that although we had a job, the prospect of having full time employment just wasn’t there. My friend and I decided that we had better take matters into our own hands and take control of our future. We started our own Instrumentation company to service the oil and gas industry in the Whitecourt and Fox Creek area of Alberta and I’ve been a business owner ever since.
That was over 32 years ago, and its been an interesting, challenging, educational and extremely rewarding experience. Through this time, I’ve been involved in the ownership and operation of over a dozen businesses serving the oil and gas industry, pulp and paper industry, electrical construction, equipment rental and real estate industry. I’ve been directly involved in merging, purchasing and selling business interests and involved in creating the deals and financing to get these deals completed.
Colleen has been my partner in life and in business over all these years and it’s the experiences we’ve had, and the experience we’ve gained over those 32 years as business owners that have brought us to where we are today. I believe our mission statement says it all. We love entrepreneurship and we love entrepreneurs and through Life Back Business Systems we will help business owners achieve harmony, balance and sustainability in all areas of their lives.