Braden Paquette, B.Mgmt, Vice President of Braden Equities Inc. began working with the company in 2005 and has now acquired shares, which in a few years will eventually lead to his assuming the role of Broker. His hands-on experience in managing properties for many years has provided him with the background to bestow quality leadership to our management team.
But what type of person is Braden outside of his roles and responsibilities as Vice President? We recently sat down with him for a brief chat about hockey, local cuisine, and what he loves most about our fine city.
Braden became involved in the family real estate management business at a very young age. One of his main goals growing up was to be working in real estate by the time he graduated High School. To achieve this objective, he started working in the construction industry during High School to obtain hands on experience in maintaining real estate.
In 2005, Braden acquired his first investment property believing in the concept that you cannot manage a property for others if you cannot manage your own. He then enrolled in University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Management degree. During the four years of University, Braden managed a small portfolio of properties full time, which often involved working weekends.
Over the next several years he assumed larger management portfolios that consisted of multi-family, rental pool, commercial and condominium properties. These same clients are with him to this day.
But what about on his spare time? Does he have a favourite sport? “Hockey. Definitely hockey,” says Braden. “I love Oilers and Eskimos games, and like to go to the occasional movie as well.” His favourite player? “McDavid.” Enough said.
Today Braden oversees all of the Company’s Property Managers. His experience, skill, and passion help each client to succeed. In recent years his hard work has established him as a great leader for all of his property managers and clients.
When asked about the things he loves most about Edmonton, he had to mention our “Gorgeous River Valley” and the “Booming Downtown Core.”
When it comes to dining out, his favourite restaurants in the city are Cactus Club, Earls, and Range Road. He likes a little Jambalaya here and there, and can always enjoy a nice steak.
When questioned about how the recent economic downturn in Alberta has affected the company approach to business, he had a strong response. “Our philosophy has always been the same. Provide honest, good service, and the work will come. That isn’t going to change. We took this as an opportunity to get with the times and make people more aware of Braden Equities. We just want to help people basically.”
Braden’s vision to improve all areas of the company have resulted in the implementation of new branding, fully modernized communications, and a new website.
To keep things light hearted, we decided to throw in a final curveball question, that some of you may have come across before. If you could have any super power, what would it be? “To fly,” he answered quickly. “I hate planes.” We’re with you on that one Braden!
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