I had the pleasure of attending Edmontonians Magazines annual Sizzler reception held at Lexus of Edmonton. I have been to the event a number of times, but this was one of the best. The room was well put together, the food supplied by New Asian Village was delicious and it possibly one of the best attended receptions yet. Thanks to Cedar Publishing President Moe Najmeddine and Lexus of Edmonton General Manager Bruce Kirkland for an outstanding event.
Congrats to all of the 2011 Sizzling 20 Under 30!
Thank you also to Erin Rayner for including me in her article on the traits she has noticed in her years writing about the various individuals featured as “Sizzlers”. I have copied an excerpt of the article here (of course the part that mentions me ha ha), but check out the full text and latest issue at www.edmontonians.com.
Excerpt from Edmontonians Magazine – Fall 2011
“Sizzling in the City – Hot Qualities” by Erin Rayner
Now, I don’t necessarily mean laser focus.
Sizzlers, from my perspective, are as often laser focused on their project as they are shot-gun focused. Because of their passion, intellect
or experience, they are magnets for opportunities. Some Sizzlers find this difficult to navigate while others single- mindedly ignore anything not
relating to their project/business that crosses their path. Neither is necessarily right. The focus that I see in Sizzlers that causes them to ‘sizzle’ is their fierce focus on their own, individual development. Sizzlers know that the key to their success or failure is their abilities; their strengths, their weaknesses, and however true they can shoot the arrows they carry in their quivers. For example, 2007 Sizzler Ben Block ran a design and print firm while earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree and then going on to complete law school. He recently sold that company, started another, and just began practicing law. Sizzlers focus on building themselves… through formal education or the school of hard knocks, they focus on continuous growth.