The following article was published by Business in Vancouver on July 31, 2013. Mark Schnarr is a SFU BBA alumnus.
It’s been years since Alpha Technologies CEO Mark Schnarr laced ‘em up for the Kelowna Buckaroos, but the lessons he learned and connections he made on the ice continue to influence his corporate career today
Hockey’s been good to Mark Schnarr.
The game has taught the Alpha Technologies president and CEO about fairness, hard work and the importance of being part of a focused team. When you lead a company of 700 employees – 30 times the size of an NHL roster – these are critical lessons.
But hockey has done more than help shape his personality. Hockey has also helped Schnarr pay the bills. In fact, the connections he made on the ice are, in part, responsible for his now decades-long executive career.
“Just before I attended Simon Fraser University, I played junior hockey with the Kelowna Buckaroos. One of the fellas I played with there, Phil Logan, his dad asked me if I wanted to work for BC Tel when the summer was out. I took him up on the offer,” said Schnarr.
“I continued working there while I was going to SFU. When I finished and got my degree in business administration, it just seemed natural to work full time for BC Tel. I ended up working there for almost 30 years.” Keep reading…
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