Got the Edge
A light-hearted Q&A with the people who make the Okanagan work


Kyle Adam
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 24 - Got the Edge

Name: Kyle Adam

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Pacific Apex Structures Inc

What is your role with that organization? 
Owner

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
The beauty! Every day we get to wake up happy to see what nature has provided us. No matter the season there is always something to look forward to outside. Also, I love the people. We have such a great variety of professionals, trades and everyday positive human beings that are welcoming and pure.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
My dad and mom: So I could see him one more time and my mom smile for it. My mom deserves this for being the greatest person in my lie.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
The basketball court. This is a place I find calm intensity, strategy and freelance, teamwork and individualism. It pulls all parts of life into one game – not to mention its good for the heart in so many ways.

What are you most proud of? 
My sister. I’ve never met such a strong, caring person in my life. She lays down the law but shows nothing but love to her kids (my loves, Tuna and Minnow).

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1) African Safari;
2) Pyramids;
3) Amazon rainforest.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A handful of worms.

Latest movie or book: I’m currently reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Read it!

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
My nephews.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
It wont be, I have a lot to do. But the water is a great place to start.

Fred Harbinson
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 22 - Got the Edge

Name: Fred Harbinson

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Penticton Vees.

What is your role with that organization? 
President/general manager/head coach.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
My favorite aspect about living in the Okanagan is the great weather and friendly community feel.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
I would love the opportunity to have lunch with my Nonno, who passed away a week before I was born. I would enjoy to just see what he was really like as a man and a father.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
My home theater room, where I enjoy watching movies with my family.

What are you most proud of? 
I am most proud of the culture I have helped create surrounding our program. The Vees “brand” is now recognized as the top Junior A team in terms of player development in Canada. The overall professional culture has provided a consistent reload when it comes to the ability
to be one of the top teams in the BCHL – in regards to wins and championships – in spite of having the highest player turnover year after year in Junior hockey.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? 
I am more of a short-term goal person but as far as a bucket list I would value the following:
1) See both of my kids graduate from university;
2) Attend both of my children’s weddings;
3) Bring another championship to Penticton

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
I love food and I am not even close to a picky eater but I have absolutely no interest in eating something “weird”.

Latest movie or book: The book – Pat Riley The Winner Within – A Life for Team Players. A great book by a legendary basketball coach, who talks in length about some of the adverse effects of success and when to expect them.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
As for a physical gift I would say my first pair of Guy Lafleur hockey
skates for Christmas when I was five. As for emotional gift I have received countless letters and text messages from former players on how I have positively influenced their lives.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
I would want to hang out with as many of my family members and friends telling old stories probably at a hockey rink.

Andy Jones
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 21 - Got the Edge

Name: Andy Jones.

What business or organization are you involved with? Kelowna Honda Powerhouse.

What is your role with that organization? 
Owner/general manager

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
Within 15 minutes of my home I can be on a “staycation” and enjoy all that the valley has to offer. Being a power sports enthusiast this allows me to enjoy any aspect of the industry at any time of the year. Plus, after living in Winnipeg for 32 years, how can I complain?

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Buddha. I feel he would bring me great inner peace and happiness, while making me feel proud of my naturally obtained physique.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
Strapping on a helmet and either riding a street or dirt bike to the best of my ability. Borderline scaring the heck out of myself, and then coming home to a cold beer to celebrate.

What are you most proud of? 
I’d like to think my contagious sense of humour and the ability to make anyone laugh – but the ability to read people, and help motivate them to achieve anything they want in life is more realistic. Failing that, probably when I conquered the Mountain Man burger challenge at a
local pub.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? 

-Be able to ride my motorcycle across Canada and the U.S. while hitting all the famous destinations and best riding roads along the way;
-Travel through Europe;
-And, honestly, I’ve had such an awesome, rewarding life that I would like to take a misfortunate person and give them one of the best days of
their life and offer them everything I can to remind them how fun life can be, while inspiring them to thrive to get ahead. It’s not the material things that make our life great.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
A quarter.

Latest movie or book: The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, a gift from my brother.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
The ability to buy into a business that I put so much sweat equity into and be able to use everything I’ve learned in my lifetime to help grow and succeed as a team.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
Visiting all my family and friends and thanking them for everything they’ve done for me or taught me over the years, which has transformed me into the “awesomistic” person I have become!

Danny Bakker
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 20 - Got the Edge

Name: Danny Bakker

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Liveport Corporation

What is your role with that organization? 
Vice President

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? A
ccess to all the activities. When you travel around the country you realize how lucky we are to have a lake and surrounding mountains that provides everything the Okanagan is about.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
I am a very observant person that enjoys humorous observation. Jerry Seinfeld would be someone I could chat with for laughs. For someone more serious it would be President Obama.

What’s your go-to happy place? S
ports. Always sports

What are you most proud of? 
My family.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? 

-Attend an International World Cup final event;
-Travel across Europe;
-Sit down with a previous president

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Pizza with mayonnaise and pierogies as toppings.

Latest movie or book: Arrival.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
A trip to a resort with my entire family tree.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
On a sunny day by the water with my family.

Patty Patterson
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 19 - Got the Edge

Name: Patty Patterson

What business or organization are you involved with? A&E Community Market and Consignment Centre

What is your role with that organization? Co-owner/financial officer/fashion and design specialist

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? I really enjoy living in Vernon because of all the very friendly people I meet. The Okanagan has a great mix of people from all over who have so much to offer and share.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? The Dalai Lama, because he exemplifies the human qualities of
compassion, humility and grace and strives to be the best that humans can be.

What’s your go-to happy place? Natural surroundings, especially around water.

What are you most proud of? Leaving the corporate world as an employee to determine my own success in my own business.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. To coach and mentor others to follow their dreams;
2. To establish and leave a lasting legacy;
3. To ride a camel in its native surroundings.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Chocolate covered grasshopper.

Latest movie or book: Inside Job with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Christopher Plummer

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? The ability to go dancing with a good partner.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Enjoying an adventure such as riding a camel in Egypt.

Domenic Rampone
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 18 - Got the Edge

Name: Domenic Rampone

What business or organization are you involved with? West Manufacturing Ltd.

What is your role with that organization? Sales and marketing representative

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? All the fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown here.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? A descendant of Father Pandosy, to say thanks for starting the fruit industry.

What’s your go-to happy place? On a farm growing produce.

What are you most proud of? Being part of six generations living in Kelowna. Our family immigrated from northern Italy in 1893 and came straight to Kelowna.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. Visit the town where my great grandfather came from in Italy;
2. Drive the Alaska Highway and take a ride on the White Pass Railway;
3. Go accross Canada by train and stay at every CN historic hotel along the route.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Calamari.

Latest movie or book: Fences.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My Grandchildren

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Visiting the small towns of Italy.

Max Picton
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 17 - Got the Edge

Name: Max Picton

What business or organization are you involved with? 

1. Barefoot Beach Resort;

2. Sun-Oak Construction;

3. City of Penticton

What is your role with that organization?
1. President/Partner;

2. Partner;

3. Councillor

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? I absolutely love playing in this region. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and with all the lakes, mountains and rivers there is just so much to enjoy.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? I would love to have lunch with Peter Diamandis. I could only imagine where a conversation would lead with someone who thinks as big and bold as Peter. This is a man who has a company with the long-term vision to mine asteroids and believes we can send 3D printers into space to build colonies on other planets.

The best part is he has the resume which leads you to believe he could accomplish just that.

What’s your go-to happy place? The mountains! Any day that I can grab my mountain bike, snowboard or RZR and head into the hills is a great day. I feel absolutely spoiled to live in such a beautiful area. I can drive five minutes in any direction and feel a million miles away.

What are you most proud of? 
A few years ago I had the honour of receiving the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce. It was an amazing feeling to be recognized by the local business community.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
-Attend Crankworx in Whistler;

-Watch Guns N Roses live;

-Bike the Seven Summits trail in Rossland

All of these should be completed by the end of this year. I tend not to leave items on my bucket list for too long.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? That would probably have to be pig ears. They have a strange crunch when
you bite into the cartilage.

Latest movie or book: I’m currently reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who would like to unlock their
full potential.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? For Christmas one year my amazing girlfriend, Desiree, gave me a full
Kenneth Cole suit. It had deep meaning at the time as it signified a great shift forward in my career.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Wake up and have a morning coffee with my girl before throwing my bike in the back of my RZR and ripping to the top of a mountain to drop in. After my ride I’d float the channel and then fire up the BBQ with all my family and friends for the evening.

Justin Amis
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 14 - Got the Edge

Name: Justin Amis

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Kelowna Chrysler Dodge Jeep

What is your role with that organization? 
Fleet manager and sales representative

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
I would say the biggest draw of the Okanagan for me was the work lifestyle balance that we enjoy here. I am lucky enough to have a job doing what I love, and when I’m not at work it is so easy to get to the beach or the mountains, or even just to have a relaxing lunch at a local winery.

When you live in the Okanagan, every day feels like a vacation and you just can not beat that.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Of all the people in the world right now, the person I would be most interested to have lunch with would be Elon Musk. He is an extremely inventive and ambitious entrepreneur who I admire very much and I would love to talk to him more about his vision of the future.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
It is hard for me to pick one go-to happy place; I really enjoy a lot of great places. If you made me pick one, though, I think it would be my condo in the Glenmore area of Kelowna. After all, it is difficult to beat a place you can call you very own.

What are you most proud of? 
When I think of what brings me the most pride I immediately think of the praise I get from my clients about the quality of the service they receive. Specifically, what I am most proud of is my wall of reviews in my office at Kelowna Chrysler. I am blessed to have so many wonderful reviews from my past guests and I love reading them every chance I get.

It reminds me of not only the great people I’ve met but also the fact that I’m making a difference. I am also very proud of my recent promotion to fleet manager, delivering 19 fleet vehicles in the Okanagan last month and helping local business’ with their commercial vehicle needs.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
The number one thing on my bucket list is to one day drive a Dodge Viper on a closed track where I could really see what it is capable of. Another experience on my bucket list I have always wanted to try and hope to check off soon is to go deep sea fishing with my Dad.
Finally, I’ve always wanted to own a Jeep Wrangler so I definitely plan on getting one as soon as possible.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
I was always a picky kid growing up and even now I’m a bit hesitant of trying weird foods. The furthest I’ve ever gone would probably be escargot, which I actually really enjoyed and have had a few times since.

Latest movie or book: My girlfriend and I just re-watched all of the Fast and Furious movies in preparation for the new one coming out on April 14th, so you could definitely say that we are excited to see that when it comes out.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
This is kind of a weird one, but the gift that sticks out most in my memory is one I got from my grandfather when I was only about six years old. He had a collection of old guns and swords and he gave me a replica sword that looked like it was from medieval times for my parents to hang in my bedroom.

My grandfather passed away a few years ago around Christmas and I still have the sword to this day, it’s definitely a gift that is very sentimental to me.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
If today were my last day, I would choose to spend it here in Kelowna with all of my friends and family, going out on the lake and enjoying the Okanagan sunshine. I would also want my Mom to make her famous bouillabaisse as my last meal because it is my absolute favorite food.

Pearl and Stefan Marten
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 13 - Got the Edge

Name: Pearl and Stefan Marten

What business or organization are you involved with? 
Marten Brewing Co. and the Naked Pig BBQ

What is your role with that organization? 
Owner/Operators

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
If we have to pick just one then the landscape, which to us includes the vibrant people, the offbeat culture and the incredible terrain.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Our entire family, because there is nothing better than that.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
Early mornings at the Naked Pig. Before the day starts and the doors open, having a coffee and inhaling the mouthwatering smell of the barbecue coming out of the smoker.

What are you most proud of? 
Creating two flourishing, cornerstone businesses in a location and city that no one believed in.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
-Doing a collaboration brew with Waikiki Brewing;
-Aiding an unsuspecting family in need;
-Taking our home and businesses of the grid (this one might take a while)

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Frog Legs.

Latest movie or book: Black List

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
Each other

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
Doing good deeds.

Michael Guzzi
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 12 - Got the Edge

Name: Michael Guzzi

What business or organization are you involved with? Studio9 School of the Arts

What is your role with that organization? 
Society CEO and teacher

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? 
Summer. I love the warmth and how it makes people feel happy. I love the access
to the outdoors in a t-shirt and shorts.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? 
Paul McCartney – better yet, John Lennon – because I find their
musical and life perspectives so interesting and so intuitive. I love the way they see the world around them.

What’s your go-to happy place? 
Underwater, scuba diving. Preferably in warm water and with reefs….but underwater in scuba is good.

What are you most proud of? 
Besides the obvious (my family), I am most proud of the work we have done building Studio9 School of the Arts as a vibrant, safe and creative learning environment for kids who love the arts and want it to be part of their day and learning. We have amassed an incredible group of caring and knowledgeable staff who like to give unconditionally to the students and this Studio9 project.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
-A new campus for Studio9 students with arts and development partners serious about building arts education and participation;
-Diving with whale sharks;
-Diving the Great Barrier Reef

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
Chocolate coated ants

Latest movie or book: Beauty and the Beast and the Adobe Premiere Pro Manual.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 
Life: surviving spinal meningitis with the help of a great doctor

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? 
Scuba diving with the family amidst whale sharks.

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