YPDaily: Scott Emslie

Entrepreneur Scott Emslie created a very successful events company in British Columbia from something that started on a very grassroots level. What’s his definition of success? Find out in today’s YPDaily…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I built a company that creates experiences which bring people together in a celebration of mutual interests.

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit and I love events. The first event I ever produced was a labour of love. It was small and very grassroots, but it was also great. As smaller events grew into major festivals my job grew into a career. It was all very organic.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part for me is the creation part. I love putting together new events and building new experiences. The most challenging part is trying to keep up with the quick growth of our company.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself settling down in Vancouver, starting a family, and running multiple production offices across Western Canada.

What does success look like to you?
Success is being able to make a living doing something you love and still having enough time for a family and a balanced life.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
My most memorable moment was seeing thousands of people pouring onto Hot Sands Beach for the 2009 Kardinal Offishall concert. Center of Gravity and KELOHA Music & Arts Festival are much bigger productions, but Kardinal was when I realized we were capable of creating pretty amazing shows.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
I have come across very few problems that cannot be solved…sometimes you just have to get a little more creative than others. And it doesn’t hurt to surround yourself with a talented team like I’ve been fortunate enough to build.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
We have supported a number of non-profits. Two of the keys ones are: Kelowna Volleyball Club because I have a background as professional volleyball player and it’s nice to give back to this community; and KBAAD cause their mandate to support up and coming artists and athletes is inline with our key festivals.

What is Notable to you?
Anyone who follows their dreams no matter how tough the challenges are is Notable to me.

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