Business Inn, MacLarens & TrailWest
I began working in my family's businesses at age 12. I worked my way up from janitor & housekeeper, to eventually help manage the businesses (1996) and ultimately launch new ones (1997).
I helped with all aspects of several of the businesses (conception, strategy, branding, marketing, sales, hiring, etc.). However, my eventual primary role involved directing and implementing technology strategy, with a focus on hardware and (especially) software solutions to minimize operating costs and facilitate remote management.
In addition to my technical work, I helped build these businesses from scratch; including hotels, restaurants and real estate development/rentals (now with hundreds of units/inventory).
Many of the technology solutions I helped implement are still used to run these businesses today, and in many cases have been expanded upon. These business have grown substantially, and are still run by my family.