Saint John Airport – it’s YOUR airport

Derrick Stanford, president and CEO of the Saint John Airport, shows off a model aircraft of an Airbus A330-200, a long-haul wide-bodied jet airliner. Stanford, who began his current leadership role at the airport six months ago, received the item as a gift from Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ second-largest airline, during a 2015 business trip. PHOTO: MICHAEL ROBINSON/TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

Derrick Stanford, president and CEO of the Saint John Airport. Photo: Michael Robinson/ Telegraph-Journal

After an extensive international search, Derrick Stanford was named president and CEO of the Saint John Airport six months ago. Derrick has spent his entire career in increasingly senior sales and marketing roles across North America, selling everything from complex business software solutions to beer, but he has always wanted to run a business and live in New Brunswick. The opportunity to become CEO of the Saint John Airport was the perfect opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


Who do you call when disaster strikes?

Chris Long ServiceMaster

Chris Long, President, ServiceMaster Saint John
Photo: Craig Allen

Chris Long and his team are there when you really need them and often his customers call when they are in dire straits. They are the disaster restoration specialists at Saint John’s ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Clean. The franchise employs more than 40 people and uses state-of-the-art cleaning and restoration equipment, proprietary products and also provide ongoing technician training to bring peace of mind when disaster strikes. Read the rest of this entry »


500,000+ people eating & living better, thanks to Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney

Bruce Sweeney, Founder, Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney started Simply For Life (SFL) in a personal quest for optimal health based on a family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bruce’s personal heart condition motivated him to seek options other than surgery and medications. He began researching alternative ways to stay healthy and became inspired by using exercise and the power of food and nutrition. He also knew there was no magic pill. Read the rest of this entry »


How to become more professional, more promotable

Jim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, past President of Toastmasters, International

As the President for Toastmasters International, an organization that has 16,000 clubs in 142 countries, 345,000 active members and over 5 million people who have been through their program, Saint John’s own Jim Kokocki was living a dream as he embarked on a whirlwind tour travelling the world visiting Toastmasters conferences and companies interested in bringing Toastmasters in-house. Read the rest of this entry »


If you build it, they will come

Scott VanWart

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott VanWart has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. Photo: Colin McPhail

The social dividend of Saint John’s pro basketball team valued by group

Keeping minor pro basketball alive and well in Saint John is a big job. Luckily, a group of 21 passionate and dedicated residents have stepped up, with Scott VanWart as volunteer leader, to ensure the community has great pro basketball and role models in their midst.

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. I started our conversation by asking Scott about the origins of the team and the new ownership structure.

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