Katie McKay - CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Katie is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and is passionate about helping you, both personally and professionally, to achieve your goals. She believes in connections and collaboration and is also inspired by the friendships and support that fellow entrepreneurs can give to one another. No one understands you and what you’re going through as a business owner like a fellow business owner does.

NLP allows her to look deeply under the surface, and her very honest and real attitude to life means she will tell you exactly what she sees and how you can change things to make your life and business better. Katie is all about showing you how you can be more visible, motivated, confident, focused and empowered. Working with her is a journey, not a sprint, but she guarantees that she will help you to become a better version of yourself, whilst also making great connections along the way.

Katie won Business Mom of the Year and is the proud mum to two beautiful kids, Natalie and Jake who make every day an adventure.

David King - COO

Chief Operations Officer

David King is a PMI registered Project Management Professional, and in his current leadership role he drives corporate process alignment and coaching, as well as managing complex Programs. David’s career started out in the UK as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer which later led to a position as a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor. After getting a taste for projects, David’s passion turned to project management and he rose to be Director, Program Management Office.

David is passionate about standardizing consistency of execution, empowering cross functional team members, clearly defining roles and responsibilities and providing structured training sessions throughout execution. This creates a cohesive, energized team which leads to increased collaboration, communication and effectiveness, which are all significant contributors to project success.

When not engaged in training and team alignment, David can be found with his family on the Lakes of BC attempting to land the big fish, but always references the one that got away. David’s enthusiasm, passion and determination in educating and coaching others in project management, has earned him the nickname “Energizer Bunny”.

Adrian Starks - CCO

Chief Communications Officer

Adrian is a Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Personal Development Coach and the Founder of Champion UP®. His mission is to help entrepreneurs, students and organizations with teams who are feeling stuck, uninspired or unfulfilled. Giving them tools and strategies to get out of the ruts they are in, Adrian will empower these individuals to become their own Champions, no matter how stressful their environments may be. Champion Up is a philosophy that began with the desire to help everyone see that they can courageously make their own changes, and become their very own Champion in any endeavor.

Why am I doing this? I love seeing people simply become better and happier human beings by creating fulfilling realities from their ideas or visions. The excitement I see on their faces when they realize that they can courageously take a look at any circumstance and begin to make their own productive changes within that challenge, gives me goosebumps.

Donna King - CFO

Chief Financial Officer

Donna is a fourth generation entrepreneur and financial consultant.  She has worked with money or cash management for most of her career.  What started out collecting fines for the legal system or collecting debts for private enterprise progressed into bookkeeping with an accounting firm.  This gave hear a solid understanding of what you need to run your business and what you accountant needs to prepare you year-end financials and tax returns. After many years in this field and 2 children later it was time to set up her consulting company Beyond Balanced Books.

Donna has a passion for helping business owners understand their financials and how best to utilize their money to grow their business in the quickest way possible. Her unique approach focuses on not only the business cash flow but how personal cash flow affects the business growth as well. She has a way of explaining numbers that makes them less scary.  Donna delivers her advice with humourous flare backed up with solid accounting practices.

When not working on ways for your business to grow Donna can be found hanging out with her family at various camp grounds, lakes, parks and community events ……. But don’t make her cross or she will bring out her “Mary Poppins” voice on you!

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Connect Now was created because we need each other to fulfill our purpose. Life as an entrepreneur can be isolating, and Connect Now is where you can find your circle of support, business owner to business owner, professional to professional, person to person. Whether you are a member, sponsor, or leader, Connect Now is here to help you build your business. Join our community of like-minded business owners and professionals.

Our Upcoming Events
Oct 01

Mission Lunch

October 1 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
Oct 05

Online Power Hour

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 06

Tri-Cities Lunch

October 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Oct 13

Chilliwack Lunch

October 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Oct 14

White Rock Lunch

October 14 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
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