March 6, 2010ByAnthony Capkun
After opening up their books, operations and management to careful scrutiny, 50 of the country’s leading private organizations have the distinction of being recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2009. These companies, spanning every region across the country and an array of industries, have demonstrated business excellence through a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices. “This is a very prestigious recognition, which really confirms that Standard is in the Best-of-Class amongst a wide range of Canadian businesses,” said David Nathaniel, president and CEO of Standard Products Inc. (IN PHOTO) “We believed this to be the case internally, and so we are thrilled by the result and what it means going forward!”
“Collective vision, shared pride and operational excellence are the key drivers that sustain and propel us forward,” said Tim Horsman, executive vice-president of E.B. Horsman & Son, one of 2009’s winners. “The culture at E.B. Horsman creates a passionate workforce that continually strives to improve customer service, profitability, and employee satisfaction. Our team is dedicated to success, are the very best at what they do and I am simply proud to work with them as we create our future!”
Last year, these 50 Best Managed Companies generated $9.8 billion in combined revenue, had an average revenue increase of 23% and employed over 39,000 Canadians. “In tougher economic times, great management shines,” said John Hughes, Deloitte partner, private company services, and national leader of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. “One of the most impressive aspects of this year’s award recipients is the commitment by management teams and employees to work in concert to develop innovative ways of tackling their company’s strategic issues in the face of a reset world.” “As I’ve mentioned in the past, this award is not earned without the complete dedication and involvement of all staff within our organization. From the reps on the floor of our showrooms, to those working the phones in inside sales—from the drivers out on the job site, to the friendly faces at our Express counters—they have all had a hand in being recognized once again,” said Ross Robinson, president of B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd., one of the companies that requalified its 50 Best status. Here, then, are the 2009 winners from our electrical industry. Congratulations! B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd. (Winnipeg, Man) – Requalified* B.A. Robinson is a fully diversified distributor of plumbing, lighting and electrical products to the construction industry and retail home improvement market in Western Canada, operating from over 20 distribution warehouses and showrooms in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. Visit www.barobinson.com.
“[Relationship building] starts with our employees, because unless they are challenged and have the right tools at their disposal, the best laid plans will never materialize,” commented Nathaniel. “From a market perspective, we are investing the majority of our sales resources on demand creation, which entails relationship building with end users, contractors and specifiers. Simultaneously, we are building strategic relationships with distributors who appreciate the value that we provide and are interested in participating with us to drive growth. Last, but certainly not least, are the relationships we continue to build with our manufacturing partners around the world.”
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