NEWSFLASH Nov Dec 2020

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NEWSFLASH Nov Dec 2020 – Brookstone Windows & Doors 20th Fastest Growing Company


Brookstone Windows & Doors, 3423 Walker Road — which began in Windsor before expanding throughout Ontario — has been recognized by Growth 500 as the 20th fastest growing company in Canada in 2020. Founded in 2014 by Ken Sherman, this replacement window and door retailer has grown from operating out of Sherman’s house in 2014 to four full-service branches, with operations in eight markets in southern Ontario. He started the business by knocking on doors in the mornings to book appointments and then meeting with those people in the afternoon and evenings. A commitment to good old-fashioned, honest customer communication supported with an integrated technology solutions platform, gives their team members the information they need to make decisions to help customers at all times. As well, it provides the management team real-time insights into every aspect of the business, allowing for quick pivots when needed (COVID-19) and understanding and anticipating trends for longer-term planning. The key to successful growth, according to Sherman, boils down to three critical factors: “First, treat our customers better than I would expect to be treated. Second, hire only smart people — smart makes growth faster and easier. Third, leverage technology wherever possible.” So what’s next for Brookstone? “We continue to be on a very aggressive growth trajectory,” he explains. “Though the COVID-19 pandemic slowed us down a bit, we will be operational in all markets across Ontario by 2024, while expanding into other product lines, including roofing and siding.” To get in touch with Sherman.


Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions in Windsor strives to be a valued, strategic business partner providing the highest level of executive recruitment expertise and customized workplace strategies. President, Jennifer Charron launched the business on September 21, 2020, which also focuses on Outplacement Services and Dual Career Program. Logic’s community focused approach and national reach has proven successful in identifying and attracting professional and executive talent in communities across Ontario, with a focus in the Not-for-Profit, Finance, Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors.


The Board of Directors for Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) in Leamington, has appointed Kristin Kennedy as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The ESHC Board of Directors, in partnership with Waterhouse Executive Search, completed an extensive and in-depth exploration process with numerous skilled and experienced candidates. Kennedy has worked in the healthcare sector for 25 years and holds the designation Certified Health Executive (CHE) and has a Master of Health Management degree from McMaster University. She is enrolled in an LLM Health Law degree program at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. McMaster University awarded Kennedy the “Professional Achievement” award in 2019, recognizing that her career endeavours and achievements have made a significant contribution to healthcare management. This year Kennedy was one of seven Registered Nurses selected from over 70 applicants in Ontario to join the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for the College of Nurses of Ontario. Kennedy worked as the VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at ESHC and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. “It is an honour to be selected as the next CEO of Erie Shores HealthCare,” states Kennedy. “Living in one of the communities that Erie Shores HealthCare serves, I firmly believe in its value and a strong footprint in Windsor and Essex County. I look forward to advancing our accomplishments as a hospital and further our collaborations with our many partners. I am most excited to start this next chapter in my career alongside the many dedicated and passionate staff and physicians I have worked with over the last three years.” Kennedy takes over from Dr. Ross Moncur, who has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since May 2020. Dr. Moncur remains with the Hospital in his role as Chief of Staff.


For the second year in a row, the Comfort Inn South Windsor, 2955 Dougall Avenue, has been recognized with a prestigious Gold Award from Choice Hotels Canada. The Gold Award designation goes only to the top 10 percent of hotels in the Choice Hotels Canada portfolio, representing a tremendous accomplishment. “Now more than ever, we are thrilled to recognize the leaders in our industry,” says Brian Leon, President of Choice Hotels Canada. “Their hard work and effort raise the bar when it comes to hospitality excellence and we are proud to have them in our system.” As one of the top properties operating under the Comfort Inn brand, the hotel’s staff has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to superior service. Award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official property ranking reports. William Zhao, President and Owner of WBSZ Holdings o/a Comfort Inn South Windsor proudly states: “It is an honour to work with a team of professionals who consistently exceed expectations of our guests and our franchisor. Thank you to my GM, Justin Barker, and to our great team for their dedication to excellence.”

Michael Durante, Franchise Performance Consultant at Choice Hotels Canada adds, “Congratulations to William, Justin, and the team at Comfort Inn South Windsor. Winning a Gold Award is an achievement in itself, but winning it two years in a row shows consistency, commitment, and dedication to providing exemplary service to our guests.” The Comfort Inn South Windsor hotel participates in the award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty rewards program, rated a top loyalty rewards program by both USA Today’s 10 “Best Readers’ Choice” Awards and by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. Membership is free and offers fast rewards, instant perks, and exclusive member rates when booking directly online. For more information or to make a reservation at this award-winning inn check online.

The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce presented its 26th Annual “Business Excellence Awards,” sponsored by Libro Credit Union, on September 30, 2020 at the Roma Club soccer field in an outdoor, drive-in style ceremony. The 2020 winners are as follows: “Young Entrepreneur/Professional” — Faith Monaco, Impact Health and Fitness Centre; “Youth Excellence” — Hannah  Iacobelli; “Small Business Excellence” (under nine employees) — Green Heart Catering; “Small Business Excellence” (with 10 to 50 employees) — Chartwell Leamington Retirement Residence; “Excellence in Food Services” — Crave Family Grill and Pub; “Customer First” — Canadian Tire Leamington; “Industrial/Manufacturing” — Global Pack Packaging Solutions; Innovation”— Seacliff Energy; “Welcoming Accessibility” — Leamington Half Century Centre; “Warm Welcome” — Sweet Retreat; “Positive Professionals” — Corey Douglas Robertson; “Grow South Essex” — Aphria Diamond; “Libro Sponsor’s Choice” — Cured Craft Brewing Co. and the “Alf Bennie” Award — Paul Mastronardi. 


Timeless Treasures and its owner Laurean Stobbs celebrate a huge milestone on November 22, 2000. Since opening the doors, two decades ago, she has received numerous awards, including two Biz X Awards (2004 “Rare Finds Retreat” and 2014 “Local Treasure Trove”). Over the years, she has experienced some ups and downs and is now navigating through COVID-19 challenges, like so many others, with all necessary safety protocols in place. Stobbs would like to thank all her loyal customers and consignors for 20 years of support. To keep up with the latest details about this consignment showroom of furniture and home décor check her social media pages on Facebook and Instagram @timelesstreasureswindsor or stop by their location at 1747 Wyandotte Street East in Olde Walkerville.

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