Alberni business innovators honoured
Two young innovators from Port Alberni have been named to Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40.
Britt Coulson is manager at Coulson Aircrane, and at 26 years old he is dealing with an international clientele.
At 25, the youngest winner, Sharie Marie Minions manages a dozen brokers with The Mortgage Group, runs an online baby clothing company called Little Minions with her husband and is mother to an 18-month-old daughter.
“It’s very exciting as a young person in business,” Minions said. “It feels good to be recognized for what we’ve done.”
Coulson, who has worked his way up in his family’s company, echoes Minions’ thoughts on being a young person working in today’s economy.
“I was impressed with the amount of good innovation on the Island,” he said. “It was nice to be recognized because most of the industries are dominated by older, more experienced people.”
Other nominees from the Alberni Valley included Dr. Shaun Golema, owner and optometrist with Valley Vision Optometry; Jimmy Pelk Jr., sales manager at Alberni Toyota; and Michelle Lapointe, owner of EM Salon and Spa.
“There are others under 40 in our community who are making tremendous contributions in their respective professions that don’t fit the ‘business’ category and who also deserve recognition,” city economic development manager Pat Deakin said.