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Where we highlight our wonderful tenants and their businesses, our PBA team's accomplishments & the goings on in our community. Check back often for monthly updates!

Black Apron Featured in Calgary Herald.. Again!

As a tenant, you are part of our PBA family. Your success is our success and we love to celebrate you! Black Apron Cuisine, a gem of a spot in our Phillips Park property was once again featured in John Gilchrist’s column of the Calgary Herald. Click the link below to read more. Gilchrist: These […]

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As a tenant, you are part of our PBA family. Your success is our success and we love to celebrate you!

Black Apron Cuisine, a gem of a spot in our Phillips Park property was once again featured in John Gilchrist’s column of the Calgary Herald. Click the link below to read more.

Gilchrist: These obscure Calgary restaurants are worth tracking down

Congrats guys!

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SPOTLIGHT: HUSTLECO WORKSPACE

When you first meet Husam and Steve you can’t help but be charmed. They have such a good time together, riffing business ideas off each other and so much of the conversation between them is unspoken. It’s as if they have a secret language. It’s a really wonderful pairing of two guys who really embrace […]

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When you first meet Husam and Steve you can’t help but be charmed.

They have such a good time together, riffing business ideas off each other and so much of the conversation between them is unspoken. It’s as if they have a secret language.

It’s a really wonderful pairing of two guys who really embrace the definition of Hustle in all the best possible ways.

A “hustler” by definition in the 70’s and 80’s was someone who would do anything to make a buck but the new age version of “hustler” is about so much more. It’s about looking for any and every opportunity to better your business. Its about being creative and innovative with the way you work and the way you work with others. Collaboration is key. Disrupting the industry you’re in. Thinking outside the box.

These are just a few ways I can define what it’s like to work at HustleCo Coworking Space.

Members get the opportunity to collaborate with other members in a number of ways including spin classes, night markets and on-site learning workshops Instagram and Facebook Marketing as well as speaking events like hearing from past Google Software Engineers like Adam Berkan. They also host FiverFridays which allows the general public to check out the space for $5 from 9-6, meet the community and share a meal to finish off the week right.

The pair are a force. Although they are light-hearted and friendly, when they explain their vision for HustleCo, things get intense. They have a clear view of where they want to end up. It’s literally laid out on a vision board in the office they share.

The space is really great too. Clad in HustleCo Purple, Black and white there is an area for everyone. The dedicated members have their own space and there are hot desks for people to use as they come and go. There are board rooms big and small, even a room they call the Calgary room that is fondly attired in members’ products which are all produced and sold locally.

Although HustleCo promotes and lives for business, it’s not all about the dollars for them. They care about the startups working to build up their businesses and do it right.

Husam and Steve employ a team of “heroes” to work with members eager to learn the ins and outs of starting up right. These Heroes are interns, in most situations, who are also honing their craft as entrepreneurs and each of them is mentored by the dynamic duo.

The accomplishments they have achieved in such a short time in their Phillips Park space are really impressive.

We genuinely look forward to watching them grow!

Learn more about hustleco by visiting their website at www.hustleco.space

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Tenant Spotlight: Tynan & Company

It was a genuine pleasure to meet Maureen Tynan. She has a warm smile and kind eyes – traits she shares with her late father Bill who handed the family business down to Maureen. She is friendly from the start as she jumps in to tell me about her family’s legacy. It’s impossible not to […]

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It was a genuine pleasure to meet Maureen Tynan. She has a warm smile and kind eyes – traits she shares with her late father Bill who handed the family business down to Maureen. She is friendly from the start as she jumps in to tell me about her family’s legacy. It’s impossible not to feel the pride beaming from her as she points out her father and grandfather in photos lovingly hung on the walls of her showroom.

Tynan & Company (formerly John Tynan & Co), manufactures gorgeous and timeless residential and commercial furniture. The iconic antique pieces you’d see in historical places like The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or even more likely, your grandparents’ house.

Kant-Sag™ (trademarked and patented by the Tynan family) boasts class and comfort that will last generations with their signature coil & web construction – values that are becoming appreciated by the younger generation.

While in the showroom and warehouse, Maureen (Aka Moe) shows me a beautiful chair undoubtedly manufactured by a chain that a customer has brought in for repair. It’s cracked and broken and clad in vinyl and you can practically see Moe’s concern for this seemingly beautiful, yet poorly constructed piece. The Tynan family with their Kant-Sag™ construction is unmatched in the industry. Quality construction is their guarantee.

Moe walks us through the front of the showroom to the warehouse area in the back which is full of furniture in need of repair or reupholstering. Shelves stacked with foam, long rulers, markers etc., ready to refurbish a customer’s wingback chair. There are boxes of old picture frames, some with antique images of Calgary back when the Tynan Factory was in the bustling inner-city area of 11 Avenue SW. The back room is literally filled above our heads with projects and when I ask when she expects to have all of these projects done she sighs and says “Well, should be all done by Christmas!” Of course, in my mind, it would take years to restore all of these pieces of someone’s home, but Moe and her team are extremely efficient. It’s trimmed down from the staff that once filled the factory to now a smaller, but very efficient team.

Tynan & Company have been tenants of PBA for more than 35 years and it’s safe to say that they are the thread that holds Phillips Park together. Although Moe and her family have been serving Western Canada with fine furnishings since 1929, there are currently no family members to take her place when she plans to retire.

Until then, Tynan & Company will remain a pillar of PBA Land & Development.

 

 

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Happy Anniversary Todd!

Todd Schaan is not your average CFO. Todd is not as straight-laced as so many finance guys out there.  Todd is an avid snowboarder, yoga connoisseur and world traveller. He’s walked the streets of Amsterdam, drank wine in Vienna and hiked the Inca trail up to beautiful Machu Picchu, to name a few. He loves music […]

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Todd Schaan is not your average CFO.

Todd is not as straight-laced as so many finance guys out there.  Todd is an avid snowboarder, yoga connoisseur and world traveller. He’s walked the streets of Amsterdam, drank wine in Vienna and hiked the Inca trail up to beautiful Machu Picchu, to name a few. He loves music and goes to concerts whenever possible – the most recent being Coldplay in Edmonton.

Although he’s an adventurous traveller, Todd is also father to a fur-baby named Finn, a gorgeous white German Shepard who keeps him busy visiting dog parks and exploring the snow with Finn for the first time in Lake Louise.

Whilst Todd is of German descent, he was born in Yorkton and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, graduating with a Commerce degree with a double major in Accounting and General Business. When telling me about his move to Calgary he says, “Calgary was the place to go if you wanted to make something of yourself” in business.

And ‘make something of himself’, he did! Along with his degree, Todd also holds a CPA-CA (a Chartered Professional Accounting designation) and has had 20+ years of work experience with some of the most prestigious Calgary-based businesses (Cardel Homes & Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart (KMSS), to name a few).

I also feel compelled to mention that Todd fancies himself a bit of a wordsmith. It is not uncommon to see Todd pause mid-sentence in order to find just the right word to perfectly curate his thought. He’s creative too, often using words like “Geizelfritzer” and “Dongle”, and being from Saskatchewan he revels in arguing the use of “un-thaw” which gets him constantly roasted in the office…

On November 15th we celebrate Todd’s 5-year anniversary with PBA. From your family here at PBA, Todd, we’d like to say Glückwünsche and Danke. Here’s to many more!

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Tenant Spotlight – Black Apron Cuisine

Lunch-time should be a happy time and a happy belly is the key. If you’re looking for fresh-daily, healthy and delicious lunch that doesn’t break the bank, you need to visit Black Apron.    A new addition to our Phillips Park building, Black Apron has pivoted from being mainly a catering business to a full-fledged […]

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Lunch-time should be a happy time and a happy belly is the key.
If you’re looking for fresh-daily, healthy and delicious lunch that doesn’t break the bank, you need to visit Black Apron. 
 
A new addition to our Phillips Park building, Black Apron has pivoted from being mainly a catering business to a full-fledged (and full-sized) restaurant – the last location was a little cramped, to say the least.
 
Most people think of plain old soup and sandwiches for lunch – this place will wow you with options like Seared Chicken BLT with Basil Pesto Aioli or Roasted Italian Sausage with Brie and Red pepper Scallion Chutney – and every dish is under $16, no joke.
 
So yes, the food is amazing and affordable, but what will keep you coming back is the people. Steve and Juan are the founders of Black Apron and they work every day in the shop. They both get up super early to divide and conquer as they scour local grocers for the highest quality (and freshest) meats, grains, fruits and vegetables. They acquire the goods and head back to the restaurant to prepare the menu for the day. That’s right, it’s a daily menu – and there’s only so much per day. 
 
Both family men, they finish up serving lunch and close up shop by 3 just to rush home and make supper for their families. It’s incredibly admirable.
 
These two are just great people, simple as that. They met while working at the downtown restaurant Centini. Juan was supreme pastry chef while Steve was the masterful head chef. As the friendship grew, so did their drive to become entrepreneurs after growing tired of the daily grind, missing family and always fighting for another dollar per hour. 
 
They each have amazing stories, personal and professional, like cooking on a bikini modelling show or learning to parent 5 kids under 5 – but you’ll have to ask them those stories yourself.
 
They are an excellent and much-needed addition to the PBA family and we are excited for many, many more years (and lunches) with them. 
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Happy Anniversary Brittany!

Brittany Zibin has been a personal & executive assistant with a number of companies in a multitude of industries over the last 13 years. She has seen the world close-up through a camera lens in Cinematography (in the Vancouver Film Industry) and Photography until she ventured across to more technical industries like Oil & Gas […]

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Brittany Zibin has been a personal & executive assistant with a number of companies in a multitude of industries over the last 13 years. She has seen the world close-up through a camera lens in Cinematography (in the Vancouver Film Industry) and Photography until she ventured across to more technical industries like Oil & Gas and where she finds her home now in Commercial Real Estate, with PBA Land & Development.

It’s easy to see when you first meet her, that Brittany is a straight shooter. She is a go-getter in all areas of her life. Recently back from maternity leave after having her darling little girl, Brittany has pivoted her role as Executive Assistant to the CEO, to now supporting three executives as well as being the in-office support for Marketing & Communications. A new level of multitasking! Ever effervescent, it’s not uncommon to see her excited, jumping up and down or performing walking lunges at lunch hour.

To say that Brittany is an asset to the PBA team would be an understatement. She is a big part of our family, and we are pleased to celebrate her 5th year here at PBA. May there be many, more!

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Team Spotlight – Andrew Boblin

Andrew Boblin sees dirt differently. Growing up on a farm in Sangudo, AB, putting in hard labour during the fall harvest, riding semi-professional motocross (5 bikes met their maker during that time) and now with PBA Land & Development as our Senior VP Real Estate & Development. There have been many more stops on his […]

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Andrew Boblin sees dirt differently.

Growing up on a farm in Sangudo, AB, putting in hard labour during the fall harvest, riding semi-professional motocross (5 bikes met their maker during that time) and now with PBA Land & Development as our Senior VP Real Estate & Development.

There have been many more stops on his road between the farm and the office but no matter the position Andrew could always see the big picture. Not fussing too much about the details (unless it’s on his attire – check out that spiffy pocket square) but putting real deep thought into where the organization was going. Even with motocross, a beloved pastime, he had the forethought to see that it was in his best interest to keep his bones intact and in his words “time to grow up” and go to school. Wise for a 20-year-old!

Sure, I could tell you about his experiences in architecture (architectural technologist *honours* via NAIT, drawing & designing with his own firm Matrix Design, curating massive projects like Calgary Co-Ops) or his expertise in construction and development (handling billion dollar pension funds through GWL Realty or Tonko Realty Advisors, now known as Triovest). Sure I could talk about his LEED Certification but it’s more important to showcase what Andrew is doing for PBA.

It’s a given that Andrew’s experience & expertise is essential to PBA. Andrew is the visionary behind all of the most exciting projects here. He’s the brains behind our latest project – Calgary’s ONLY 4+ star Marriot Autograph, Along with an urbanized Courtyard in the heart of downtown. This project, albeit fantastic to be partnering on, will not only propel PBA to the top of mind for development companies in town but it will undoubtedly boost Calgary’s status as a destination location for high-end conferences and professional events. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant addition to the team but his quick wit and fancy socks have made him a valued part of the PBA family.

 

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Happy Anniversary Amy!

In 2012, our resident “Jersey Girl” Amy Kelso arrived at PBA as Administrative Services Manager. Soon, her skills and attitude captured attention and she was promoted to the leasing team – a role created solely with Amy in mind. A New Jersey native, Amy grew up in the northeastern state’s suburbs with her parents, both […]

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In 2012, our resident “Jersey Girl” Amy Kelso arrived at PBA as Administrative Services Manager. Soon, her skills and attitude captured attention and she was promoted to the leasing team – a role created solely with Amy in mind.

A New Jersey native, Amy grew up in the northeastern state’s suburbs with her parents, both teachers, and younger sister. She attended school at Towson University, in Baltimore, Maryland. Soon after life brought her to Canada – and finally, to Calgary where she joined the PBA team.

Amy has become ingrained in the DNA of PBA. From touring prospective tenants to managing all types of documentation, office manager duties, tenant coordination and more, she is a true ambassador for the company. In fact, she goes above and beyond her job description to take care of every task that comes up. Simply put, Amy does whatever needs to get done, not just what her job description says.

When the working day is done, Amy keeps busy with her two kids and their active sports and social lives. But she’s not simply a chauffeur for her children. She is a “bad TV” junky and loves celebrity gossip. Other endearing traits are her ability to mispronounce French names and her American-background’s instance on denying of the existence of the letter “zed” in favour of “zee.” Her PBA colleagues have also helped introduce Amy into the “foodie” world. By now she has sampled an array of delicious pasta, and has opened her taste buds to spices and sauces beyond everyday condiments.

PBA believes in a culture of respect and collaboration to inspire our team to fulfill their career dreams. Five years ago, Amy joined our company and has made her mark ever since. We are pleased to celebrate this milestone with Amy and are thankful for her contribution to the PBA culture – we hope to celebrate many more work anniversaries with her. As they say in Baltimore, Amy truly is “good people!”

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A call for boldness from us all on gender equality

On Wednesday, March 8, there is one important question to ask yourself: Will you #beboldforchange? That is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day and it is one that we can all get charged up about – women, men, young and old – as we work toward a more inclusive, gender-equal world. The goal […]

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On Wednesday, March 8, there is one important question to ask yourself: Will you #beboldforchange? That is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day and it is one that we can all get charged up about – women, men, young and old – as we work toward a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

The goal of International Women’s Day is simple: a better world for women and therefore, a better world for us all. The World Economic Forum predicts that it will take close to 170 years to achieve gender parity – that means it will be 2186 before the gender gap is closed. That is why now is the time to make a difference, to be bold and drive change for women.

You might ask yourself, what can I do here at PBA Land in Calgary, Alberta? In fact, we can all be leaders for change. Here is what International Women’s Day organizers suggest:

  • celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women
  • declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world

As a trailblazer in traditionally male-dominated industries, CEO Patricia Phillips gets why #beboldforchange matters. In fact, at PBA, gender equality is important throughout the entire organization, from corner offices to out in the field. Challenge negative gender stereotypes where you see them; mentor a young female employee and encourage her to reach her potential; form support networks for each other.

Be engaged. Be fired up. And on March 8, and every day, #beboldforchange, to make a difference for gender equality, at home and around the world.

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Loyalty of long-term employees an inspiration for us all

At PBA Land, we believe that building a better future for our company means believing in our employees. To have the opportunity to see that, in turn, foster loyalty and dedication is an inspiration for our whole team.   Recently, we had the chance to honour two of our employees – Dennis Braunwarth and Janice […]

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At PBA Land, we believe that building a better future for our company means believing in our employees. To have the opportunity to see that, in turn, foster loyalty and dedication is an inspiration for our whole team.

 

Recently, we had the chance to honour two of our employees – Dennis Braunwarth and Janice Lynch – for 10 years of service. It is important to us to mark this milestone and show our gratitude, because indeed, hard work and dedication is what helps set PBA apart.

 

Every day, Dennis comes to work with a smile on his face. Janice has an eagle-eyed attention to detail that makes her work truly shine.

 

Dennis came to the company after initially managing the operations of some of PBA’s properties through CB Richard Ellis. A testament to Dennis’ good-natured approach, the tenants in those buildings were always happy – and soon, he was hired directly to manage the operations of PBA’s entire portfolio. His wife Joyce once told President and CEO Patricia Phillips he came home singing after his first day with PBA! Dennis is a dedicated ball player, a dog-lover and a big fan of a particular lunch: Dr. Pepper and hot dogs. He is also a tool fanatic, attached to the many items in his workshop.

 

Janice joined PBA from Robert Half as our property accountant. Her attention to detail at work is legendary to the point that it has even distracted her from details at home. She once discovered only a day before a trip to Cincinnati that her passport had expired – a rare occasion for such an organized person. She also has a great love for the outdoors and will often spend weekends hiking with her husband Steve. Singing is another love and Janice has been a choir member for years. Always quick to step up to any task required, she once organized an office choir within minutes to sing Jingle Bells at PBA’s Christmas party.

 

Committing to a certain team of people signals a belief in an ideal – to the company, the services it provides and to the job you are doing to help reach shared goals. PBA believes in a culture of respect and collaboration to inspire our team to fulfill their career dreams. We are delighted that Dennis and Janice have been able to share in those ideals and we salute their many contributions to the PBA family during their 10 years here.

 

 

 

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MAKING AN IMPACT FOR CALGARY’S KIDS

    PBA Land has always understood the importance of community involvement and of providing support to our youth. In the not too distant future, some of these youth will assume the roles of leaders in our community.  Having an impact on these young lives can change the direction of our society’s future. One organization […]

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PBA Land has always understood the importance of community involvement and of providing support to our youth. In the not too distant future, some of these youth will assume the roles of leaders in our community.  Having an impact on these young lives can change the direction of our society’s future.

One organization we have supported for many years is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area (BBBS). As a PBA Land tenant since 2005, we believe it’s important to support this worthwhile organization. BBBS is a long-standing not-for-profit which changes the lives of young people and volunteers through the power of mentoring, helping young people reach their full potential. By partnering and working with our tenants, together we can build a lasting legacy that will have far-reaching impact.

Another long-time commitment of ours has been to support Business Fore Calgary Kids (BFCK). PBA Land CEO Patricia Phillips is one of the original founding members of BFCK, a foundation created to raise money for non-profit organizations supporting local kids in need through an annual charity golf tournament. By leveraging its success and strong relationships, PBA hopes to make a lasting difference in the lives of these children and contribute to stronger communities.

The PBA team is heavily involved in the organization of the annual BFCK golf tournament.  The 11th Annual Tournament was held on June 6, 2016; over $2.3 million has been raised over the years with all funds directly supporting the Foundation’s charities:

  • Even Start for Children Foundation
  • Between Friends
  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
  • YMCA Strong Kids Campaign
  • Hull Services

At PBA Land, we believe in potential. We also believe in building impactful legacies and strong communities. Positively influencing a child’s life can mean all the difference to his or her future, and to our community.

 

 

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Providing support to Fort McMurray

With a state of emergency being declared in the Fort McMurray area, it is crucial to show our support for the people whose lives have been devastated by the loss of their homes and their businesses, those who are volunteering their time and resources and the emergency responders putting their lives at risk. The team […]

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With a state of emergency being declared in the Fort McMurray area, it is crucial to show our support for the people whose lives have been devastated by the loss of their homes and their businesses, those who are volunteering their time and resources and the emergency responders putting their lives at risk. The team at PBA Land has made a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help with their efforts. The federal government has committed to matching each dollar donated to the Red Cross.

 Please join us in our efforts to support the Red Cross in anyway you are able to–the cost of this wildfire to the Province of Alberta and its residents is already in the billions of dollars. Donations can be made at Alberta Fire Appeals

 For other ways to provide your support to Fort McMurray evacuees, CBC Calgary has published a list of websites and organizations can be found here: CBC Calgary – how to help Fort McMurray

The PBA Land team

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