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Curtis Anderson

Treasurer

RE/MAX 2000 realty

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Tell us a little about you and your business.

I was born and raised here in Hinton as a third-generation Hintonite. I recently completed my Bachelor of Commerce with honors from MacEwan University, writing an undergraduate thesis on how millennials are changing the workforce. During my time at MacEwan, I was given the opportunity to study business in Central Europe. We met with business owners of all levels, from small businesses with 5-10 employees, up to a car manufacturer with 100’s of employees. Meeting with all of these business owners, hearing their stories, their struggles and their successes was my first push towards being involved with the Chamber.

While completing my degree I also studied for my real estate license and shortly after graduating I started working with RE/MAX 2000 realty here in Hinton. Throughout school, I had a passion for marketing, negotiations, strategy, and management, and I have found real estate to be the perfect blend of all these passions. Where I get the most job satisfaction is from the ability to help people. Every day I have the opportunity to meet the most incredible people, help them with one of the biggest transactions of their lives, and develop lifelong relationships with them.

What led you to become a Chamber Board Member?

While studying at MacEwan I always had at least one job, working close to full time. Some of these jobs were under larger organizations, and some under locally-owned smaller businesses. Through my studies as well as this variety of experiences, I witnessed firsthand what the building blocks for a sustainable business are, and the similarities between all scales of business. Moving back to my hometown with this knowledge and passion for business development, I felt a position as Board Member would allow me to support local and put my resources to work. This position also gives me an opportunity to network and grow myself as a business professional, while building relationships with the community.

Why is being a board member important to you?

I believe the success of a business is in part a reflection of one’s engagement with the business community. We are all encouraged to support local and I think part of that is understanding the ‘why’ behind businesses. As a Board Member, I have a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of my neighbor’s businesses and what they need for support. I have a passion for helping others, and with my experience, I am confident as a Board Member I am in a position to help others to improve their businesses.

Do you have a ‘fun’ business tip you’d like to share?

One of my favorite quotes is from the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek:

“Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?

People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”