Family-owned businesses make up 80% of all Canadian businesses and contribute 60% of Canada’s annual gross domestic product (GDP). Working with family comes with its own special challenges but there are many pluses too. This week Kathy has a candid conversation with her brother, co-worker, and business partner, John Cook. Tune in as they discuss the ups and downs of working for your family-owned business.
John Cook is the General Manager of the Lyle Cook Automotive Services Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. John has worked for the family-run business for 28 years in various positions and is now part of the third-generation management team which consists of John and his two sisters who are breathing new life into the 94-year-old company. A talented musician and athlete, John is well-known in the area as a member of the Tragically Hip cover band – The Hip Too. He is an avid hockey player and has coached many local, young athletes on the ins and outs of power skating. John is a fixture at community events and is rarely seen without a touch of a purple in his outfit.