Joshua is no stranger to business, or its community in Vancouver. During the latter part of his high school years, Krenus began working for his Fathers construction business – Common Ground. Joshua would spend four years learning site planning and management, budgeting, bidding and logistical planning – “with most new business mandating upwards of forty staff, and accepted bids reaching the low millions, you quickly learn how to become efficient and manage your time”.
After realizing that construction wasn’t his passion, Joshua ventured out to start his own business, Krenus Detailers, which was a full service auto detailing company. Six months after its inception, the business had two downtown locations and three full-time staff. “The detailing company is what really opened the doors for me. It was a tremendous local business that gave me the opportunity to meet people I would have never met otherwise”, Krenus adds.
Joshua has since sold Krenus Detailers and began his most recent venture, Alteri Insurance, in July of 2016. Since that time Joshua has been awarded the 2017 BC Business 30 Under 30 Award and continues to enjoy the everyday challenges associated with growing an insurance business.
As a Brazilian native, Luiz completed his Master’s in Business Administration from IBMEC in Rio de Janiero in 2003. Being an entrepreneur at heart, he found himself testing the waters of a few different industries. Luiz has owned his own restaurant, been the sales leader for a major telecom company, ran an internet-based delivery service business, and eventually, became a leader in insurance.
By joining forces with Prudential in 2012 as a Life and Estate Planner, Luiz began his journey in providing coverage solutions for families – it didn’t take long for him to gain traction. By 2014, he was awarded a seat at the Million Dollar Round Table in Toronto (MDRT) due to his sales volumes and advisor support. As his career advanced with Prudential, Luiz began managing and overseeing all of the financial advisors in Rio, totaling over 100 advisors in 28 different offices.
In 2017, Luiz and his family moved to Vancouver to discover new opportunities. Coming from InsureBC where he gained tremendous experience in home, auto and business insurance products, he is excited to get back to his roots and help families with their life and estate planning. As a designated general insurance specialist, in addition to a life, accident and sickness advisor, Alteri is excited to have Mr. Dittert advise clients on their coverage needs, and guide them through their life & estate plans.
Born and raised in Tehran, Sepand comes from an intellectual family whose values lie deeply rooted in higher education. As the son of renowned surgeon, Dr. Sirouskabiri, Sepand went immediately into university upon the completion of his secondary schooling. After Sepand attained a Master’s in Information Technology from the University of Iran, he founded a surveillance systems company, which he grew and sold before deciding to move to Canada.
Upon arrival in Canada in the Summer of 2016, Sepand decided to focus on the insurance industry where he would work with InsureBC for two years. Mr. Sirouskabiri has extensive experience in home, auto and commercial insurance products and Alteri is excited to call him a part of the team!
Colin is considered one of the most experienced professionals in the insurance industry and has the resume to prove it. Brown spent 22 years at ICBC, where he would start in the claims department before becoming the Deputy Chief Underwriter, and eventually, the Chief Underwriter – “I had the opportunity to work on the development and implementation of Dial-a-Claim, the Claims-Rated-Scale and both Roadstar programs.” Colin eventually left ICBC to start Canadian Direct Insurance, one of Western Canada’s most successful insurance companies, which has been recognized for three consecutive years by J D Power as a leader in customer service. More recently, CDI was selected as one of “Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures” by Waterstone.
Brown now sits on the Board of Trustees for the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and acts as a strategic advisor to e-Brake technologies, which is a new technology company that helps insurers with the risks associated with distracted driving. Outside of work, Colin commits his time to the rugby community: the UBC Old Boys Ravens RFC, and the BC Rugby Union. “Spending time with my family, especially the grandkids, pretty much completes the picture.” Brown adds.
As the founder of Canada Drives, the country’s most innovative auto financing company, Cody Green has made himself known in Canadian business. Cody is a shrewd operator who recognized a void in the market while working in car sales, and brought to fruition a new concept for obtaining auto financing – allowing consumers to gain access to financing from the comfort of their home. Started in 2010, Canada Drives now employs almost 400 staff and has been recognized as the fastest growing company in the country by Canadian Business.
Cody has been personally recognized by as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017; as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016; as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 in 2015; and one of Auto Remarketing’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2015. Cody Green brings an extensive amount of knowledge and experience as an advisory board member for Alteri. As the company continues to expand, it becomes more important to bring mindful entrepreneurs to the table to achieve even greater success.
Jay Garnett is a serial entrepreneur, which became undeniable when his company Whitefish Group brought Seattle’s Best Coffee to Vancouver in the early nineties. As an owner of the American brand’s Canadian division, Garnett grew the coffee chain until its sale to Starbucks Corp in 2007. Since the sale of Seattle’s Best, Jay has continued to grow his ever-expanding Whitefish Group, which now holds manority interest in SPUD, the organic grocery delivery service, Steaz, the organic tea company, Icon, a fine wine and spirit importer and distributor, and New District, the latest technological platform that allows online users to order wine directly to their door.
Jay Garnett was recognized as a winner of the Business In Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2001, and E&Y Entrepreneur of the year finalist in 2006, and is often the topic of conversation in entrepreneurial publications. Mr. Garnett brings with him a plethora of experience that Alteri is excited to learn from.
Joel’s passion and plethora of experience is what landed him the CEO position for Vancouver’s Fully Managed. As a young man, and growing up during the start of the internet, he began constructing his own websites and fan-pages to interact with people online. It was in those early years, building sites and playing on his commodore 64, that Joel found his passion – he needed to be a part of connecting people and businesses to the internet.
After graduating from the prestigious McGill University in 2004, he was on his way to becoming an underwriter in New York for Merrill Lynch, but decided to stick to his original vision and try his hand at building a company in the technology sector. It was PacketSafe Networks, a managed services company, which allowed Joel to bring his dreams to fruition. Abramson was the managing director until 2013, at which point the company was bought by Fully Managed, where Joel became VP of Business Development before becoming the company’s CEO.
Joel has been a part of several different technological start-ups, including a niche-market t-shirt website, a sports memorabilia customization site and a vacation management firm. Abramson was named Business In Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2016 and has grown Fully Managed to over 100 staff. It goes without saying, we are ecstatic that Joel will be contributing his time to Alteri’s advisory board.
Hal began his career in financial services in 1980 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Economics and Business. Over the last 30+ years, Hal developed numerous retirement cash flow strategies (RSIP). He has presented these strategies at retirement workshops for many Canadian organizations including 3M Canada, Kellogg’s Canada, the London District Catholic School Board and most recently with the administrative personnel at the Vancouver School Board. Hal has been a keynote speaker for many national financial services firms across Canada. He has stood as a special presenter for the Independent Financial Broker (IFB) Summits in Vancouver and Calgary.
In 2006 Hal co-founded WMS Financial – a company specializing in cash flow strategies, to bring the RSIP to the forefront of retirement cash flow planning in Canada. The RSIP has been introduced to many advisors across Canada and many clients are now enjoying the numerous benefits of the RSIP Strategies. His major passion when not working is golf. It is a hobby he shares with his children as well as his grandchildren. His other passion is singing. He is currently a member of the Burstin’ with Broadway choir in North Vancouver. Alteri is excited to gain insight from Hal’s extensive industry experience, and to team up with his firm, WMS Financial, for clients looking to achieve financial success.