Where are you from and how long have you lived in Penticton?
From Edmonton, Alberta, born and raised. I have been in beautiful Penticton for 7 years.
Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
My son, Leighten, and my wife Kate.
What is your favorite local store in Penticton and why?
Starbucks, can’t start my day without a Venti Long Americano with a touch of cream.
If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
Tacos, hands down !! I make a mean Taco.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Dealership snowball fight, ripped backside of pants, kept playing, was throwing strike after strike, I dominated.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
The birth of my son, Leighten A. Barber.
Where would you sneak away to in Penticton to spend some time alone?
Believe it or not, my backyard…love my backyard !
What do you think makes Penticton great?
There are many things, but the obvious is the mild weather, beautiful lakes, constant sunshine, endless things to do, and of course the people.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you?
That I once fed Craig Simpson, ex Pittsburgh Penguin/Edmonton Oiler, current NHL play by play, multiple Stanley Cup winner, with one of the sweetest passes he has ever seen, and he celebrated like he just won the Stanley Cup in game 7, double O/T.
Why did you get into/start this business?
I always found the Auto Industry exciting, I saw an opportunity when I was a young man to become a sales person, so I took a leap of faith and it has turned into a great career. The car industry is always changing and challenging. I have learned that it is not about the sale but about the genuine and sincere relationship with our clients.
What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
My biggest struggle in life has been in the last 14 to 16 years, other than 2006, watching my Edmonton Oilers year after year not make the playoffs or have consistent success. But with that said, I have remained loyal, strong and never waivered. Last year was great as it was the first of many upcoming playoff runs with my favorite team.
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
I would not alter a single thing. My journey lead me to Penticton, where I met my wife Kate, and where we had our son Leighten.
What do you always find yourself saying?
Does a bear s**t in the woods.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
My son Leighten, but a close second, meeting my wife Kate, and being a part of the Penticton Nissan Team.