My background is in professional golf which has always been a passion of mine. I was a member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association from 1991-97; playing tours in Florida and California in winter months while teaching at golf courses and resorts in Alberta, Ontario and BC during the summer. Once the realization set in that I was not going to be the next Tiger Woods and expenses were outweighing income, I decided to follow my entrepreneurial instincts in late 1997 and founded Ashira International Inc. which was the worldâ€™s first hemp golf apparel company. Turns out RoBuÂ Â idea was quite a bit ahead of its time, however it did evolve into a retail concept called Hemp & Company which I sold in 2000 that is still flourishing today on the west coast.
I always thrive on new challenges. My introduction to oilfield sales began withÂ selling MWD equipment to directional drilling companies in western Canada. A very valuable and educational time of my career, eventually developing an international customer base and making several close friendships along the way.
In 2009 I was very fortunate to be offered an opportunity by Dan Eddy and Robert MacCuish to join their team at Millennium Directional Service Ltd; allowing me to showcase my
talents in downtown Calgary and be part of the exciting progress our company has made over the past 5 years. Since joining Millennium I have watched our small company double in size toÂ a 15 job capable directional drilling force in the Saskatchewan and North Dakota markets. In 2013 we were named a top 100 Saskatchewan company by Postmedia.
This is a huge achievement coming from our somewhat humble beginnings. At the time of
its inception in 2005, Millennium shareholders invested $1M to get up and running. A number that is certainly tiny in comparison to the $30M our new competitors are raising for start-up capital these days. Our success is a real testimony to strong management as no additional capital has been required to take us where we are today.