Friday, February 28, 2014


This is the last entry on the formation of The Jim Pattison Group. You would think that as he got older, Pattison would be slowing down. That doesn't seem to be happening.

Here's a list of the companies that joined The Jim Pattison Group fold in 2011:

-  the group obtained Onestop Media Group, the owner/operator of national interior digital out-of-home advertising networks.
- Fourth Wall Media Inc., an interactive agency specializing in online, digital and creative/content production services for out-of-home advertising.
- a vehicle lease fleet from Wolfe Motors Ltd.
- obtained assets of Ozark News for the states of Kentucky and Tennessee
- purchased two retail grocery stores located in Burnaby, BC, and one grocery store in Westerose, Alberta
- purchased all of the shares of Ocean Fisheries Ltd.
- out-of-home advertising faces, including digital displays, located in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and the BC Interior
-  Naumes Concentrates Inc., a Washington State juice concentrates manufacturer
- Everything Wine Inc., BC’s ‘Wine Superstore’
- A minority interest in Q99 - CIKT-FM an FM radio station in Grande Prairie, Alberta owned by Bear Creek Broadcasting Ltd.
- Kelowna Super Foods, a retail business located in Kelowna, BC

The following acquisitions were acquired in 2012:

- Frontier Automotive Group’s Toyota and Subaru franchises together with a stand-alone body shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba

-Comag Marketing Group LLC and Comag Marketing Group Canada Inc. from Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast

- the assets of Radil Bros. Fishing Company Ltd. in Richmond, British Columbia

- the franchisee-owned Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum and 4D moving theatre in Panama City, Florida
- a vehicle lease fleet from Alex Williamson Motors, Ltd. in Uxbridge, Ontario
- Karpata Instore Service, LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan Acquired the Zellers’ pharmacy assets in British Columbia and Alberta
- awarded an FM radio station licence for 95.3 THE PEAK in Calgary
- out-of-home media structures across Canada from CN Rail/All Vision
- Radio license swap in Vancouver with Vancouver Co-operative Radio Society for CKPK-FM (The Peak) to 102.7 FM
- Meinhardt Fine Foods Inc., a retail grocery store in Vancouver, British Columbia
- a vehicle lease fleet from Guildwood Leasing Ltd. in Uxbridge, Ontario
- Davis Neon, Inc., a sign manufacturer in Heath Springs, South Carolina
- a partnership interest in the fishing vessel F.V. Nordfjord, now called F.V. RAW Spirit
Now we are at 2013. And another list of companies acquired and awarded

- Awarded an Audi automotive dealership franchise for Edmonton North in Edmonton, Alberta.
-a Volkswagen franchise in Surrey, BC, and a vehicle lease portfolio from Schlueter Motors, Waterloo, ON.
- three Mercury Retail Services businesses in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and Alabama.
-Started up Genera Solutions, a data management service provider and IT solutions company for the publishing industry in Charlotte, NC.
- Merged Distribution Services, Inc. (DSI), an in-store execution and merchandising business, into TNG’s merchandising operations to form TNG Merchandising Services.
-Completed a going-private transaction, under which Great Pacific Industries Inc. purchased all of the minority shares of Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
- three retail grocery stores in Hope, BC, Boyle, AB, and Clearwater, BC.
- out-of-home digital, static and tri-vision advertising faces in Hamilton, ON.

And finally, in 2014, The Jim Pattison Group has acquired three radio stations, CKCE-FM (101.5 Kool-FM) in Calgary, CHIQ-FM (Fab943) and CFQX-FM (QX104FM) in Winnipeg. The year has just started, so who knows how much more Pattison will add to the fold!
Thanks goes to  The Jim Pattison Group website for the information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Dynasty Builds

I want to add a bit of information on Monday's entry. Nesters Market, Keller Foods and US Foam Packaging business of Lin Pac Inc. joined The Jim Pattison group in 2003.

In 2004, the Jim Pattison Group expanded its portfolio by adding companies Classic Attractions in Texas, St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains in Florida, the auto lease businesses of Cross-Canada Car Leasing Limited in Toronto, ON and periodical distribution companies in California.

Icicle Seafoods (B.C.) Inc., Freeway Dodge Chrysler, Spartech Corporation's corrugated plastic sheet business became part of the group in 2005. In addition, ProLogix Distribution Services and News Group Distribution services in the U.S. were formed that year.

In 2006, the group ventured into Texas again and acquired Carthage Cup, Carthage, TX. Creative Outdoor Ads from Halifax, NS joined Island Radio Ltd's six FM stations on Vancouver Island, OK Radio Group Ltd's two FM stations in Victoria, A and W Fixtures in Cocoa, FL and Great Pacific Bank Limited, Warrens, Barbados in coming into the Jim Pattison fold.
The group continued to acquire companies in 2007. Not only did they obtain advertising companies in AB and BC, Downtown Toyota, West Lease and Hino Trucks, the company formed a strategic alliance between Canadian Fishing Company and Ocean Fisheries Ltd in Vancouver.

2008 saw Guinness World Records from London, England join The Jim Pattison Group. That year, the ever-growing dynasty brought in out-of-home advertising companies in Barrie, North Bay and Thunder Bay, ON and Penticton, BC. That's not all that happened in 2008. They acquired the collapsible aluminium tube business of IntraPac, Inc, Harrisburg, VA and the radio station CKIZ-FM in Vernon, BC that year.

Now we are at 2009 and The Jim Pattison Group shows no sign of slowing down. Following the demise of Anderson News, The News Group expanded into WV, KY, AL, NE, CO and AZ. This was the year that the Islander New joint venture was formed in Hawaii.

2010 was a busy year. Ripley acquired attractions in Orlando, FL, Branson, MO and Copenhagen. The group also acquired the remaining 60% of Media Logix, a Canadian speciality periodical distributor. Guinness World Records acquired,assets of Baywatch Seafoods in Naknek, AK were acquired and leased. More out-of-home assets were obtained in Canada.

The assets of Dover Cup in Brampton, ON came into The Jim Pattison Group and Sunrype grabbed the assets of Yakama Juice, Yakima WA. A small wares distributor in Amherst, NS - Stenek Corporation - joined The Jim Pattison Group. The group also acquired the assets of Leader Creek Fisheries in Bristol Bay, AK and those of Spanish Periodicals in Miami, FL.

There is still four more years to cover and at a glance, it looks like the number of acquisitions are increasing. However, I think this is enough for one entry.

I admire Jim Pattison, not because he has a lot of money, but because he started from basically nothing and is still building a dynasty. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children.

Pattison also gives back to the community in so many ways. Not only with charities but also with employing people. Give a person a good job and they can do wonders for themselves and their communities. He is someone to be admired and emulated.

Who knows? Maybe someday someone will write on me and my empire. Gotta build it first though.

Thanks to The Jim Pattison Group for the above information on the formation of the company.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Progression of an Empire

I am going to continue tell you how The Jim Pattison Group empire was built.

In 1994, the group acquired a periodical distribution in Charlotte, NC. The next year, another periodical business, in Jacksonville, FL, joined the group as well as Buy-Low Foods.

1996 saw a bit of a change for the group. Various periodical distribution companies were acquired in the U.S. and Canada and the name was changed to the News Group.

In 1997, The Jim Pattison Group started Select Media Services. They also opened Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, SC.

1998 was the year the group formed The News Group, L.P. and acquired Enseignes Imperial Signs in Edmunston, NB.

1999. Cooper's Foods joined the fold and The Jim Pattison Group obtained the assets of B.C. Packers Ltd. in B.C. and Alaska.

Now it is the beginning of a new century and Pattison doesn't show any signs of slowing down. To start the new millennium, The Jim Pattison Group opened Ripley''s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN and formed the magazine information network, MagNet.

In 2001, more companies come into the group - Monarch Broadcasting, Bulkley Valley Wholesale and Van-Whole Produce- PriceSmart Foods was launched.

2002 saw developments on both sides of the border. ProLogix Distribution Services in Toronto, ON and AccuLogix Distribution Services in Calgary, AB were businesses that were started and Ever Corps aluminium tube business in St. Louis, MO was acquired.

Food and packing businesses Nesters Market, Keller Foods and US Foam Packaging business of Lin Pac Inc. joined the organization.

I still have 12 years of relating the progression of The Jim Pattison Group to tell you but I wanted to take a moment and let you know what is happening with me.

Finally, my book on my journey - so far - with multiple sclerosis has been released. On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success is now available on Amazon sites worldwide. It is an inspiring, emotional roller-coaster of a read.

To celebrate this, I am having a book launch event on Facebook. This will happen March 5, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST. There are lots of prizes and I hope that you all attend.

Interviews. Tomorrow, February 25, I will be on My Rays of Light Radio Show with L.M. Young. I will be on from 7:00 pm PST. On March 3, Tori Eldridge is interviewing me on her radio show, Empowered Living, at 4:00 pm PST. Don't worry if you can't make it, these shows will be archived and/or podcast.

I am interested in becoming a motivational speaker (and a life coach) and my first speaking gig may happen on the weekend of March 22 and 23, 2014. The BIL Unconference is being held on Seymour Street in Vancouver. This is a different conference, which is why they call it an unconference, and although it is free, participation is required. Here's the link if you want to learn more. 

Whew! I have a lot going on. I have also redone my website and invite everyone to come to and take a look. Maybe even sign up for my newsletter.
I would like to thank The Jim Pattison Group website for the information on his company.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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