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Chairman

Local Address: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Kal Tire
 
Background

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Kal Tire
  • Senior Vice President
    Kal Tire
  • President
    Calex Holdings
  • President
    Kal Aviation Group
  • President
    N & T Construction Services Ltd.
  • Chief Engineer
    Permasteel Engineering

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Degree
    University of British Columbia
21 Total References
Web References
Kal Tire chairman Ken Finch, ...
www.tirereview.com, 10 June 2013 [cached]
Kal Tire chairman Ken Finch, left, and president Robert Foord.
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We had these conversations about moving to where our business was, says Kal Tire chairman Ken Finch. Theyre humorous in retrospect. There wasnt anybody willing to move out of Vernon.
And that reluctance wasnt entirely based on Vernons appealing outdoors lifestyle. Finch, who is Tom Foords son-in-law, says having a head office in a large city often cuts off a company from its customers.
After all, how many head offices along Vancouvers Burrard Street keep themselves grounded by having a tire store in front of them, as Kal Tire does in Vernon?
With a next-door presence like that, a company is always reminded why its in business.
There are huge distractions in the city, Finch says.
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Finch says the need to seize opportunities for growth sometimes causes the company to grow faster than it should. But its always conscious of the need to catch up with itself and nurture the culture of customer service in its new operations, he adds.
Thats way more important than putting pins on a map, Finch says.
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Those aircraft are in use almost every day hauling people around, Finch says. Aircraft are expensive but they allow us to be very productive with our time and they allow us to stay in Vernon.
Running a tire empire from Vernon does have disadvantages. Coaxing people to leave big cities to fill senior staff positions and information technology jobs can be challenging, Finch admits.
But the Okanagans beauty is a ¬compelling recruiting tool, he says.
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It also gave him the ability to bring in good people who were looking for a form of ownership to get rewards from the growth of the company, Finch says.
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When Tom Foord retired as president and CEO of Kal Tire, the leadership transition to his son-in-law, Ken Finch, went so smoothly there was scarcely a ripple, Bentall says.
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Similarly, the transition from Ken to Toms son, Robert, was accomplished without acrimony.
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Finch, now chairman, refers to a Kal Tire employment policy applying to all positions that stipulates a job goes to the best-equipped person.
Only if the qualifications of applicants are equal does a family member get the nod, Finch says.
UBC Engineering : Alumni Spotlights
www.engineering.ubc.ca, 20 Mar 2012 [cached]
Ken Finch UBC Engineering : Alumni Spotlights
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Ken Finch
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Ken Finch (CIVL '68)
Ken Finch succeeds in business
But engineering is what got him there
"I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be an engineer," says Ken Finch, who graduated with a BASc in Civil Engineering in 1968. After finishing high school in Merritt, B.C., UBC was the logical choice for Ken who remembers his five years at university as "some of the best of his life."
Currently President and CEO of Kal Tire, Canada's largest retail and commercial tire dealership, Ken considers his days at UBC in Civil Engineering as a combination of intellectually challenging courses and great social activities-particularly, he says, the socials with the nurses.
He had originally intended to study electrical or mechanical engineering, but once he arrived at UBC he discovered an aptitude-and a passion-for structures, and joined the Department of Civil Engineering. He then spent 12 years working as a civil engineer, ending up as Chief Engineer for Permasteel Engineering in Vancouver. Working at Permasteel, a design-build contractor, Ken found a lot of satisfaction designing both family houses and commercial buildings and then seeing his designs become reality.
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In October 1980, Ken joined Kal Tire.
He was both pleased and surprised to find out how much his engineering education helped him succeed in business.
"There's an indirect link between engineering and business," he says. "The training you receive as an engineer-the ability to problem solve by gathering the facts, evaluating all aspects of a problem, parsing it out logically and coming to a solid conclusion-that's invaluable in good business."
He is now firmly of the belief that business training should be made available to all engineers while they pursue their education. "Most of the engineers I went to school with have ended up in senior management, and business skills are crucial," he notes.
Ken took over the role of President from Tom Foord in 2005, and continues to enjoy being part of a successful business and a successful team.
Ken ...
eww.bchydro.bc.ca, 9 Oct 2004 [cached]
Ken Finch
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Ken Finch
Director, BC HydroDirector, Powertech Labs Inc.
Appointed September 25, 2001
Ken Finch is the Senior Vice-President of stores for Kal Tire based in Vernon.He is president of Calex Holdings, Kal Aviation Group, Kal Tire American Holdings Ltd., Kal Tire Distributors Ltd., Kal Tire Chile Holdings Ltd., Kal Tire South American Holdings Ltd. and N & T Construction Services Ltd.
Before joining Kal Tire, Finch was the Chief Engineer at Permasteel Engineering.
Finch has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.
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Ken Finch
Kal Tire is Canada's largest independent tire dealer with over 230 stores
www.kaltire.ca, 20 Nov 2009 [cached]
Ken Finch President Ken succeeded founder Tom Foord in 2005.
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Ken is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.
Learn @ Work Week
www.cstd.ca, 14 July 2011 [cached]
Ken Finch Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kal Tire “Ken always makes time to speak to developing leaders in our managers and assistant manager’s training program. He provides an interactive presentation, sharing stories from his experience and teaching about how important a leader’s role is in supporting their team member’s pursuit of ‘Best Careers.’â€
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