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In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.
What is your name?
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kelowna?
I've been in Kelowna for 14 years.
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My wife and kids.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Africa, I love to help, serve, empower and build.
What is your favourite local store in Kelowna and why?
MotoVida and Bia Boro.
What is your favourite activity?
Hiking, snowboarding and boating are epic! Especially with the fam-jam!
If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
Oh thats a hard one! I love authentic tacos!
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Too many to name.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
Watching my first born run/walk for the first time!
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
Going to Disneyland and Universal Studios when I was 8-years-old. Every kid needs to experience that, especially the Jurassic Park Ride!
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I donate to the Food Bank or I go downtown and kick it with some of my family down at the Gospel Mission.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
I would love to change so many things, but if I had to only choose one, I would have say to help people who are starving around the world. It hurts my heart knowing babies and families are starving everyday!
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
Enjoy the sun and the Ktown Lifestyle. Walk the strip and eat a Moolix ice cream.
Where would you sneak away to in Kelowna to spend some time alone?
Third Space Coffee Shop or Knox Mountain.
Where would you like to see positive change in Kelowna and why?
More people supporting local companies. The reason I believe in this is because you're empowering others in their dreams.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Kelowna boasts the best of both worlds. It offers both the entertainment of the city life and the enjoyment of the outdoors. The natural beauty here is breathtaking.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
1) Continue to travel the world with my family
2) To empower people to live out their dreams and reach their full potential
3) To help others who are in need
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I started a successful business at the age of 16.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Divine89 Wooden Sunglasses and Divine89 Eyewear and Apparel INC.
Why did you get into/start this business?
I have always loved fashion and knew that Kelowna needed the best wooden sunglasses! We are the trendiest city!
What is the goal of your business?
To expand to the east coast, we're already dominating the west.
What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
Balancing family life, work and building a business.
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
A lot of learning curves for sure, but you go through them to better yourself and help others in the long run. Trial and error can all be positive, it's just how you look at it.
What do you always find yourself saying?
'I can do this!', 'You got this!' and 'step by step'.
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Honestly, I would just like to vibe off so many successful people, not one in particular. I really would like to meet more influential people in the Kelowna area! Reach out to me, I am always open to gain more wisdom in business. I love learning
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
It empowers others in their dreams.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
My wife giving me three beautiful kids!
Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
My wife Dannica for loving me and supporting me through my journey while still being a amazing mother to three! Moms need more credit, they're amazing!
My choice for the KelownaNow In Focus spotlight is:
Some general comments I would like to share are:
Check us out at Bia Boro on Bernard, MotoVida on Ellis and MotoMotion in Penticton. Never give up on your dreams, you were made for the best! Why woodn't you want the best! I am constantly expanding my territory with Divine89 and am open to future partnership with a like-minded individual.
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