Ken Galpin, president and CEO, Most Home Corp., spent several years in the banking and merchant banking fields with Canadian firms such as the Bank of Nova Scotia, Eaton Bay Trust and MacDonald Capital, where he gained senior management experience working with emerging companies.
Over the past 20 years Galpin has been an executive or director in several private and publicly traded business ventures, where he was responsible for raising funding for firms in the food and technology sectors.
Since 1996, Galpin has devoted much of his time to the co-founding and development of emerging, Internet-based companies. He has assisted several firms in the development of their online business strategies leading up to the acquisition of Most Home Corp. in Sept. 2000. Most Home is a real estate services company that provides technology products to agents, brokers and franchises.
In his chief role at Vancouver-based Most Home Corp., Galpin reports to the board of directors and leads corporate direction, development and communications.
Galpin will speak during Real Estate Connect in New York City, Jan. 11-13, 2006.
Here are his answers to a set of questions posed by Inman News:
Panel or session at Connect: Internet Lead Generation Boot Camp: Tools for Converting Leads.
What type of home did you grow up in and where?
A two-bedroom bungalow in Prince Rupert, a small coastal town in northern British Columbia.
What style of home do you live in today and when did you buy it?
Two-story, West Coast-style with a 180-degree view of the Coastal Mountains. We built the house 12 years ago in suburban Vancouver.
What worries keep you awake at night?
Resourcing our extraordinary corporate growth.
Describe your dream home:
Something a little larger than we have now with more facilities for entertainment.
What lesson did you learn in the last year?
That you have to spend quality time with those you love while you have them.
What’s the strangest thing you ever packed in a suitcase?
Well, since my wife always packs my suitcase, there is seldom much unusual in it unless you count the love notes she puts between the extra socks and underwear. But there was that one time coming home from a business trip to China a few years back where I had returned with a bag of white gypsum powder for an industrial client that got mistaken by the customs officer for something else. Nothing like a good strip search to say welcome home!
Who is your hero?
My hero is actually Billy Graham who has been an incredible entrepreneur within a non-profit society.
What was your first job?
A carpenter’s helper, a.k.a “gofer.”
What would your second career choice be after real estate?
A venture capitalist.
Which daily newspaper do you read and which section do you read first?
Financial Post, business section.
Where did you spend your last vacation?
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
To be considered worthy of the investment that the many outstanding mentors in my life have made over the years — like David Woodcock and Art Linkletter.
What is your favorite technology device?
Still my Treo.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Mostly contemporary Christian.
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