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Disney's NEW Leadership Excellence Training Course

Posted by Nov 17, 2017

Announcing Walt Disney NEW Leadership Excellence training coming to Saskatoon 2018!

Register Now!

Leadership is the foundation for business excellence.

You now have the opportunity to learn Disney’s Approach To Leadership Excellence that is responsible for The Walt Disney Company legacy known around the world today. Enhance your own customer experience using Disney principles as a guide.

First time ever in Saskatoon March 20, 2018
TCU Place 8:30am-4:30pm
 

Behind everything Disney does, are leadership insights time-tested by decades of success. Insights you will learn when you join us for “Disney’s Approach To Leadership Excellence” professional development course, presented by Disney Institute facilitators who will educate and inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.





Who is Disney Institute?
The professional development training arm for the Walt Disney Company. For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has helped professionals discover ways to positively impact their organizations and the customer they serve through immersion in leadership, service and employee engagement.
 
Tickets  *** ON SALE NOW***

 
Leaders take action, reserve your seats click here
Event details below
 
The 2017 Disney program SOLD OUT quickly– Take advantage and secure a spot for this NEW 2018 Disney program while quantities last.

 
Group registration? Simply scan and email this registration form click here to info@investinyou.today
 


Hear how two of 2017’s Saskatoon attendees benefited:
 
 "The course was transformative to our thinking. The session itself was remarkable in how it brought the concepts to life which provided clarity and deep understanding. I personally came out of the course with a deep belief of what quality service really is and how every single team member at Flaman Group of Companies is so important to making our customers' experiences remarkable.” ~STEVE WHITTINGTON Vice President Marketing and Customer Experience FLAMAN - Group of Companies
 
"Treating Donors, Clients and Volunteers the Disney Way is an inspiration every day. Bringing the Disney experience to your business or organization is so much fun!!" ~ CINDY FUCHS Vice President - 
The Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan





Course: Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence
Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm 
Location: TCU Place 35 22 St E, Saskatoon, SK
Event Overview click here
Cost:
General Admission $697 
Chamber Member VIP Rate $597 
*Non-profit Rate $597
Cost includes: Disney's Approach to Leadership Excellence participant guide, parking, Wi-Fi, lunch, coffee, tea and treats plus a personalized Leadership Excellence ***Disney Institute Graduation Certificate*** to add to your credentials
Who should attend?
Disney insights and illustrations are beneficial to any leader or employee interested in learning how to improve the customer experience and raise the standards of leadership in their organization.
Reserve your seats: click here
Questions: please ask the ACC Sponsored Disney Institute Program Event Coordinators: Sherry & Shelagh Kennett 
P:   1.780.518.1495 / 1.604.619.9393
E:   info@investinyou.today
W:  www.investinyou.today 
 
Flaman Group of Companies, helping to bring Disney Institute to Saskatoon.
 
"Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do." ~ Walt Disney
 

 
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Disney's Approach To Quality Service

Posted by Steve Whittington Feb 24, 2017



Flaman Welcomes Disney Institute to Saskatoon.

We aspire in the betterment of your staff, and our customers


In 2017 retail brands are scrambling to differentiate themselves.  There is still some product exclusivity left but for the most part product X can be replaced by product Y.  This then just leaves price and the experience.  Customer Experience that is the key to making your customers loyal, giving them a reason to pick your organization over the one down the road. In fact if you are good enough the customer will talk you up and tell their friends if you need product X go see Retailer ABC.  If you are really good the customer will become a promoter, a brand ambassador and is excited about doing business with you and receiving messages from you; the customer might even be delighted by any interaction with your retail brand.   There is a company that creates this experience consistently; Disney.
 
We have been in a boom economy for a long time.  It was good times.  Business was good, in fact it was so good some might be honest enough to admit it was easy. It is not easy anymore.  Combine a tightened economy with a customer that has more choice and the power to broadcast any mishap a brand makes via social media and review sites business has gone from being interesting at times to frightening.  Customer Service Excellence has to be a top priority for every business. I personally lead the customer journey focus at Flaman Group of companies measuring all the touch points to rank for improvement. This is a journey we believe can never stop. This is where Disney Institute comes in and why Flaman Group of Companies has assisted to bring Disney Institute to Saskatchewan. 

So what does bringing to Saskatchewan mean?
 
Well on March 9th Disney Institute will be hosting their full day interactive learning experience:  Disney's Approach to Quality Service sponsored by ACC and Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by FLAMAN Group of Companies.
 
Who is Disney Institute?
 
Disney Institute is the professional development and external training arm of The Walt Disney Company. The company showcases 'the business behind the magic' through seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as programs for professionals from many different industries, including healthcare, aerospace/aviation, government/military, food/beverage and retail.
 
What will the course provide?
 
The one-day event will help area professionals begin to examine how they can differentiate their service to become a provider of choice and understand the processes necessary to develop a culture that consistently delivers that exceptional service. This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. Disney’s Approach to Quality Service gives participants the chance to explore how customer experience insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide can provide relevant illustrations and engaging stories to help organizations deliver the type of long-term results they are capable of delivering.        
 

So I have taken the course…
 
The course woke me up to what I needed to do, in fact the course was transformative to my thinking. The session itself was remarkable in how it brought the concepts to life which provided clarity and deep understanding. I personally came out of the course with a deep belief of what quality service really is and how every single team member at Flaman Group of Companies is so important to making our customers' experiences remarkable. After the course, I applied the thinking to Flaman Group of Companies to aid our culture shift towards the entire customer journey.
 
So why is Disney Institute coming to Saskatchewan important?
 
Beyond learning to create remarkable experiences for your customers, there are other things happening with Disney Institute coming to Saskatchewan.  This course could be the start of movement in customer service excellence which will help define and differentiate how business is done in Saskatchewan. This is not pie in the sky thinking it could happen and imagine where the companies could rise to if they embark on this journey.

Steve Whittington



Walt Disney Company’s 90 years of world-renowned Customer Service Excellence into your organization March 9, 2017 at TCU Place.
 
Disney Institute, the training arm of the Walt Disney Company, is coming to Saskatoon with their full day interactive learning experience:

Focusing on the customer experience has become the single most important way for an organization to achieve success — often becoming its key differentiator and competitive advantage. You have the opportunity to learn Disney’s Approach to Quality Service. One of the world’s most recognized names in business solutions; Disney Institute, the professional development training arm of the Walt Disney Company, is coming to Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Testimonials:
 
"The course was transformative to our thinking. The session itself was remarkable in how it brought the concepts to life which provided clarity and deep understanding. I personally came out of the course with a deep belief of what quality service really is and how every single team member at Flaman Group of Companies is so important to making our customers' experiences remarkable.” 
~STEVE WHITTINGTON Vice President Marketing and Customer Experience FLAMAN - Group of Companies
 
"Treating Donors, Clients and Volunteers the Disney Way is an inspiration everyday since taking my very first Disney training in Regina. Bringing the Disney experience to your business or organization is so much fun!!" ~ CINDY FUCHS Vice President -
The Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan
 
Thank you Event Sponsors, Hosts and Marketing Participants: The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, FLAMAN Group of Companies, the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association.



 The Walt Disney Company’s 90 years of Customer Service Excellence Best Practices March 9, 2017 at TCU Place Saskatoon is now sold out. To receive information on the next Disney learning experience and/or pre-reserve your seats; email info@investinyou.today 
 
As to Disney artwork/properties: © Disney


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Disney's Approach To Quality Service

Posted by Steve Whittington Nov 18, 2016

Flaman Welcomes Disney Institute to Saskatoon.

We aspire in the betterment of your staff, and our customers


In 2017 retail brands are scrambling to differentiate themselves.  There is still some product exclusivity left but for the most part product X can be replaced by product Y.  This then just leaves price and the experience.  Customer Experience that is the key to making your customers loyal, giving them a reason to pick your organization over the one down the road. In fact if you are good enough the customer will talk you up and tell their friends if you need product X go see Retailer ABC.  If you are really good the customer will become a promoter, a brand ambassador and is excited about doing business with you and receiving messages from you; the customer might even be delighted by any interaction with your retail brand.   There is a company that creates this experience consistently; Disney.
 
We have been in a boom economy for a long time.  It was good times.  Business was good, in fact it was so good some might be honest enough to admit it was easy. It is not easy anymore.  Combine a tightened economy with a customer that has more choice and the power to broadcast any mishap a brand makes via social media and review sites business has gone from being interesting at times to frightening.  Customer Service Excellence has to be a top priority for every business. I personally lead the customer journey focus at Flaman Group of companies measuring all the touch points to rank for improvement. This is a journey we believe can never stop. This is where Disney Institute comes in and why Flaman Group of Companies has assisted to bring Disney Institute to Saskatchewan. 

So what does bringing to Saskatchewan mean?
 
Well on March 9th Disney Institute will be hosting their full day interactive learning experience:  Disney's Approach to Quality Service sponsored by ACC and Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by FLAMAN Group of Companies.
 
Who is Disney Institute?
 
Disney Institute is the professional development and external training arm of The Walt Disney Company. The company showcases 'the business behind the magic' through seminars, workshops and presentations, as well as programs for professionals from many different industries, including healthcare, aerospace/aviation, government/military, food/beverage and retail.
 
What will the course provide?
 
The one-day event will help area professionals begin to examine how they can differentiate their service to become a provider of choice and understand the processes necessary to develop a culture that consistently delivers that exceptional service. This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. Disney’s Approach to Quality Service gives participants the chance to explore how customer experience insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide can provide relevant illustrations and engaging stories to help organizations deliver the type of long-term results they are capable of delivering.        
 
So I have taken the course…
 
The course woke me up to what I needed to do, in fact the course was transformative to my thinking. The session itself was remarkable in how it brought the concepts to life which provided clarity and deep understanding. I personally came out of the course with a deep belief of what quality service really is and how every single team member at Flaman Group of Companies is so important to making our customers' experiences remarkable. After the course, I applied the thinking to Flaman Group of Companies to aid our culture shift towards the entire customer journey.
 
So why is Disney Institute coming to Saskatchewan important?
 
Beyond learning to create remarkable experiences for your customers, there are other things happening with Disney Institute coming to Saskatchewan.  This course could be the start of movement in customer service excellence which will help define and differentiate how business is done in Saskatchewan. This is not pie in the sky thinking it could happen and imagine where the companies could rise to if they embark on this journey.

Steve Whittington


Walt Disney Company’s 90 years of world-renowned Customer Service Excellence into your organization March 9, 2017 at TCU Place.
 
Disney Institute, the training arm of the Walt Disney Company, is coming to Saskatoon with their full day interactive learning experience:

Focusing on the customer experience has become the single most important way for an organization to achieve success — often becoming its key differentiator and competitive advantage. You have the opportunity to learn Disney’s Approach to Quality Service. One of the world’s most recognized names in business solutions; Disney Institute, the professional development training arm of the Walt Disney Company, is coming to Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Testimonials:
 
"The course was transformative to our thinking. The session itself was remarkable in how it brought the concepts to life which provided clarity and deep understanding. I personally came out of the course with a deep belief of what quality service really is and how every single team member at Flaman Group of Companies is so important to making our customers' experiences remarkable.” 
~STEVE WHITTINGTON Vice President Marketing and Customer Experience FLAMAN - Group of Companies
 
"Treating Donors, Clients and Volunteers the Disney Way is an inspiration everyday since taking my very first Disney training in Regina. Bringing the Disney experience to your business or organization is so much fun!!" ~ CINDY FUCHS Vice President -
The Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan
 
Thank you Event Sponsors, Hosts and Marketing Participants: The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, FLAMAN Group of Companies, the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association.



 The Walt Disney Company’s 90 years of Customer Service Excellence Best Practices March 9, 2017 at TCU Place Saskatoon is now sold out. To receive information on the next Disney learning experience and/or pre-reserve your seats; email info@investinyou.today 
 
As to Disney artwork/properties: © Disney
 
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Trailering 'Rules of the Road' Updated

Posted by Eric Anderson Jun 08, 2016

There are a wide variety of trailer regulations imposed across Canada - these regulations cover everything from annual inspections, to dimensions, to brake requirements.  Your trailer my conform to your province’s regulations, but what happens when you travel into another province?
 
You may be completely law-abiding in your province, then travel into the neighboring one and find-out an inspection is required the instant you enter the other jurisdiction.  Or maybe your trailer is fine, but now since  you have attached a trailer to your truck, the truck now requires an inspection.  Or maybe the load this time is heavier than last time, so last time you were OK in the next jurisdiction but this time you are not.
 
Flaman Trailers has grown to become North America’s largest trailer retailer.  This growth is in part due to, and brings with it a responsibility to be aware of the various provincial regulations regarding trailers.
 
So, Flaman Trailers VP – Steve Whittington created a “Rules of the Road” presentation to address these issues.   This presentation was first conducted at NATDA (North American Trailer Dealers Association) in 2012 and has been updated to 2016 regulations
 
“Rules of the Road” is available for free download here
 
If you have any questions or concerns about trailering, we are happy to help!
 
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10th Annual Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala 2016

Posted by Eric Anderson Feb 08, 2016

The 10th Annual Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala is taking place on March 18th, 2016 in Edmonton, AB. (By the way, Frank Flaman founded "Flaman.")


The location is new – it will be at the Fantasyland Hotel - and the theme is “The Roaring Twenties!”  There will be prizes for best costumes and the evening is sure to be an extraordinary and unforgettable one.
 


Frank Flaman funds the administration and overhead costs of the Foundation, so 100% of every dollar donated goes to a charity, event, or someone in need.  To date, over $10-million has been donated to various charities.

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s and Frank’s mission to help those that need assistance in our community, our country, and around the world.  The Foundation will focus more on the needs of children and families locally in 2016.



Read more about "Why Frank Cares" here.

The goal is to raise $80,000 at the Gala, with the funds, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Frank J. Flaman Foundation gives each year, being pledged to various charities including the ones mentioned here [https://www.flaman.com/foundation/charities ].   Through these joint partnerships, the Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for all in need and help to end world suffering. 

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s “Gala” is the annual main fundraiser for the Foundation.  During this elegant and fun evening, a silent auction takes place as well as dinner and dancing. But this event is not just about raising money, it’s also about showing attendees and supporters how their contributions are making a difference. Representatives from a number of charities are on hand to receive their donations from Frank himself. As well, charitable groups are showcased for everyone to learn about the great work that they do.



Why does Frank want to make a difference in the world?  Frank has spent many years learning, reading and researching opportunities in the world and how he can help to end global suffering.  He has discovered two major things:
  1. The lack of unsafe water and sanitation are the world’s largest causes of illness.
  2. Food security is of utmost importance!  Lack of sustainable food sources leads to malnutrition and death in most parts of the world.
And, in the words of Mother Theresa, "If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one."

So, for over 30 years, Frank has personally funded and helped countless charities, both locally and around the globe.  In 2005, he formally established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation to expand these philanthropic efforts.  In the first two years alone, he brought aid to thousands worldwide and every year following the foundation continues to spread the generosity of Frank and other donors to those in need.
The Frank J. Flaman Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies, as well as private donations from others. 


 
The cost per ticket is $150 and per table of 10 is $1350.

Also, you can support the event with your donation of silent and live auction items.  “One of a kind” or unique items bring in the most money in an auction.  Examples of items that have been very popular at auctions include sports memorabilia, artwork, gift certificates and rare or different collectibles.  For any item you donate, you will receive a charitable receipt in the amount of the full retail value of the item along with recognition at the event!

Contact is Syndy Harriott @ 780-955-3402 or email her at syndy.harriott@flaman.com

For hotel reservations, please contact the Fantasyland Hotel (780-444-3000 or 1-800-737-3783).  Ask for the Frank J. Flaman Foundation Dinner or Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala.  The pricing is $175/night/room.  There is a room block set aside at this special price.  Their address is 17700 – 87 Ave NW.  Edmonton, AB.  T5T 4V4. 
 
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Why Frank Cares

Posted by Eric Anderson Feb 08, 2016

Why does Frank Flaman want to make a difference in the world?  (By the way, Frank founded "Flaman.")  Frank has spent many years learning, reading and researching opportunities in the world and how he can help to end global suffering.  He has discovered two major things:
  1. The lack of unsafe water and sanitation are the world’s largest causes of illness.
  2. Food security is of utmost importance!  Lack of sustainable food sources leads to malnutrition and death in most parts of the world.
And, in the words of Mother Theresa, "If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one."

So, for over 30 years, Frank has personally funded and helped countless charities, both locally and around the globe.  In 2005, he formally established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation to expand these philanthropic efforts.  In the first two years alone, he brought aid to thousands worldwide and every year following the foundation continues to spread the generosity of Frank and other donors to those in need.
The Frank J. Flaman Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies, as well as private donations from others. 

Frank funds the administration and overhead costs of the Foundation, so 100% of every dollar donated goes to a charity, event, or someone in need.  To date, over $10-million has been donated to various charities.



The number of organizations that have received support from the Foundation is includes both local and global charities. Frank believes that every one of us can make a difference and that a needy person is a needy person, whether they live just down the street or thousands of miles away.   The Foundation will focus more on the needs of children and families locally in 2016.



Charities supported by the foundation include: 
  • Crystal Kids (mentoring children and teens in the urban Edmonton area)
  • E4C Snack Program (offering school lunch programs in Edmonton inner-city schools)
  • Kid’s Kottage (promoting the health and wellbeing of children and their families and helping end child abuse and neglect)
  • Lurana Shelter (meeting the needs of women and children fleeing from domestic violence)
  • Mennonite Central Committee (the foundation assists MCC in their quest to ensure sustainable food sources, adequate housing, education and independent living),
  • Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity (serving the “poorest of the poor” with more than 500 missions in over 100 countries)
  • Operation Eye Sight (with Frank’s donations over 5,000 individuals in the developing world have had their eyesight restored)
  • Oxfam (tackling the root causes of poverty and inequity, and helping people to create self-reliant and sustainable communities)
  • Partners in Health (saving lives, revitalizing communities & transforming global health)
  • Pilgrims Hospices Lottery (Edmonton’s only free-standing voluntary Hospice)
  • Room to Read (transforming the lives of millions of children around the world by focusing on literacy and gender equality)
  • The Salvation Army (largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada)
  • Effect Hope (healing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people affected by leprosy living in the poorest areas)
  • Water Ambassadors Canada (changing lives with clean water)
  • YESS - Youth Emergency Services Shelter (empowering youth from difficult realities)
  • WIN House (Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd)
  • ADF - Alberta Diabetes Foundation (Funding life changing diabetes research in Alberta)
  • Change for Children (the Foundation assists Change for Children in promoting action for systemic change and sustainable development.   It aims to support the poor in securing their own food sources, safe water and political autonomy.)  
  • Catholic Social Services (offering over 100 programs to all faiths and cultures in central and north east Alberta)

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation also takes volunteers, staff members from the Flaman Group of Companies, and others interested, on mission trips around the world including to Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.   You can see the trip photo albums here.  At these locations, teams work to build schools, medical facilities, and water infrastructure.



The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s “Gala” is the annual main fundraiser for the Foundation.  During this elegant and fun evening, a silent auction takes place as well as dinner and dancing. But this event is not just about raising money, it’s also about showing attendees and supporters how their contributions are making a difference. Representatives from a number of charities are on hand to receive their donations from Frank himself. As well, charitable groups are showcased for everyone to learn about the great work that they do.

This year’s gala is March 18th at Edmonton’s Fantasyland Hotel; the theme is “The Roaring Twenties” - there will be prizes for best costumes and the evening is sure to be an extraordinary and unforgettable one.  The goal is to raise $80,000 at the Gala, with the funds, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Frank J. Flaman Foundation gives each year, being pledged to various charities including the ones mentioned above.   Through these joint partnerships, the Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for all in need and help to end world suffering. 

For ticket sales or more information, please contact Syndy at 780-955-3400 or see http://www.flaman.com/foundation/events/
 
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Flaman Fitness wins Edmonton Journal Readers Choice Award

Posted by Eric Anderson Nov 30, 2015

On November 27, 2015 the Edmonton Journal published . . .

“Today’s the Day.” Those three words have been dominant at Flaman Fitness in the past year. But for the national fitness company, they are not just a slogan, but a powerful message that Flaman wants to spread to all Canadians.

“It’s a message of hope that you can start your fitness journey any day,” says Steve Whittington, Flaman Fitness’ vice-president of marketing. “You don’t have to wait for a Monday or New Year’s Day. You just need to start. And it doesn’t have to be this grand gesture of a diet or a detailed workout plan. Just be a little more active each day and eat smarter. And we’re here to help you with that journey.”
The company launched the “Today’s the Day” campaign in October of last year and Whittington says customers have responded positively. A large proof of their success is the engagement that customers are having with the resources Flaman provides to help them. More people are coming to their website and reading their fitness blog.
But Whittington says customers can now look forward to a new, mobile-friendly website they’re launching shortly. A new section, called Learn, is loaded with fitness resources, including articles, workouts, videos and much more.
“Learn is for anyone, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just starting out,” says Whittington. “You can go here to get inspired and get great information on setting goals and improving your personal health.
“People are interested in the support we’re providing,” he adds. “We feel that this new site is o ering much more support for the customer and we hope it will resonate with them.”
Whittington believes that being selected for a Reader’s Choice Award in Edmonton again this year is reinforcement of the path the company is on to serve the customer first. And they want their message to reach beyond just their current customers.
“We have a health crisis in Canada,” says Whittington. According to 2014 statistics from Health Canada, 54 per cent of adults in the country and 23.1 per cent of youth in Canada are overweight or obese.
“As a national fitness brand with the reach that we have, I believe we have an obligation to join the fight to make Canada a healthier place.
“Maybe you didn’t run yesterday, but today’s the day you can!” says Whittington. “Every day can be a day that you can start. Fitness shouldn’t be solely about image, it’s about feeling better and living better.”
 
Here's how the page looked:


 
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Interview with Flaman Nisku's Shop Foreman, Jeff Luciow

Posted by Flaman Jun 03, 2015

-      I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff and ask him some questions about his job here at Flaman Nisku. Having only worked in the office side, I was curious to know how he ran his shop.

 
       What is your position at Flaman Nisku?
My official job title is Shop Foreman, but I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades. I usually have my hand in everything that goes on in the shop and service bays. Some days I am a mediator, negotiator, conflict resolver, cat herder, welder, mechanic, comedian and a teacher. I wear many hats.

In the shop, what are some services that you offer that people might not know about?
We offer CVIP inspection as well as brake assembly replacement, welding services and trailer repairs.

Do you have any advice for possible customers in the Flaman Nisku shop? What can be done to make both of your lives easier when it comes to fixing their piece of equipment or trailer?
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time when booking appointments. Often times we are booking 2-3 weeks in advance and we want to make sure we make the repairs right the first time

How are you as a supervisor? What is your leadership approach?
Ultimately we are a team and that means we have to work together in a safe and courteous manner. I trust my team to do their work and get projects done on time. I am always around if they have any questions or if there are any issues. I don’t need to micromanage. The guys are all adults and I trust them.

 


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Flaman Yard Safety

Posted by Flaman May 27, 2015

Summertime is fast approaching and the Flaman stores across the prairies are getting busy. Busy stores means a lot of product moving in and out of the Flaman yards. Safety is often a concept that moves to the back of our minds when we have stuff that we need to get done. That being said, it should always be top of our minds to prevent accidents and injuries in the work place.
 
- Safety in the Flaman yard is both the staff and the customer’s responsibility. Everyone wants to be safe.

- Yard staff driving around the yard and moving equipment and trailers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Make sure to look behind you when you’re backing up and always have a spotter walk with you if you can’t see all corners of the trailer.

- Sales staff need to be aware of moving vehicles in the yard when they are showing their customer products or walking from building to building. Look in both directions for moving vehicles and make sure to make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front.

- Shop staff need to make sure to communicate with other people in the shop to avoid surprises. Wear proper safety equipment including safety glasses and steel-toed shoes. Clean up spills and messes to avoid tripping or slipping. Use the proper tools to complete the job and take your time when using the tool too. Saving some time isn’t worth hurting yourself.

- Customers play a role as well. Although as a customer you usually are only in the Flaman yard for a short period of time, acting in a safe manner is important. Keep your head up when walking or driving in the yard. Drive at the posted speed limits and watch from staff members moving equipment. Do not drive in between trucks being unloaded and the machine that is unloading them. Drive safely around so that we can avoid any accidents.


Safety is everyone’s responsibility!


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Frank Flaman Foundation 9th Annual Gala

Posted by Charlene Swanton Apr 06, 2015

The Westin in Edmonton on March 27th was definitely the place to be.  Flaman employees, corporate sponsors and many loyal supporters filled the Ballroom to take part in the 9th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala. 
 
A huge congratulations to all of those who worked so hard to make this gala such a huge success.  What the Frank Flaman Foundation does, not only locally, but world wide is truly amazing.  From donating to local schools and charities to building schools in third world countries to teaching men, women and children to live more fulfilled lives are just a few of the wonderful things this foundation does.  But none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many people who give countless hours to this foundation and what it stands for.
 
The evening began with cocktails at 6, entertainment to get everyone into a Hawaiian state of mind and a chance for all attendees to look over and start bidding on some amazing items on the silent auction tables.   Dinner was served by Westin staff;  we heard comments from  some of those involved in making the evening such a huge success, and, of course, we were privileged enough to hear a few words from Frank himself.  He commended his foundation workers for all of their many hours dedicated to his dream and let it be known that his main purpose was to make more money -- so that he could give more money away!   In the past 10 years the Frank Flaman Foundation has donated over $10,000,000.
Danny Hooper was our emcee for the evening, making sure everyone had a great time and lots of laughs.  A slide show of Frank and his family following the years was one of the highlights of the evening.   As well as Emcee, Danny also played the part of auctioneer with everything from sporting event tickets to a trip to Hawaii up for auction. 
 
Lewis Lavoie, an artist renowned for painting and donating a large portion of time and artwork for charity, painted a gorgeous picture on site, which was also auctioned during the live auction.

Myself, as well as all that I have spoken with who attended, agree that it was an amazing evening and we can’t wait for next year’s event. 


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Flaman is a Top 100 Small/Medium Employer!

Posted by Flaman Mar 19, 2015

If you haven’t already heard, Flaman Group of Companies (Flaman Sales) has been selected as one of the Top 100 SME (small to medium employers) in Canada. This is a big accomplishment to have our company recognized in this category as it is considered the most competitive one (80% of all applications fall into this category). Small to medium sized businesses make up 99% of all enterprises, and 90% of private employees are work for SME’s, so you can see how the competition gets thick.
 
The winners are chosen based on eight criteria points
 
-       Physical workplace
-       Work atmosphere and social
-       Health, financial and family benefits
-       Vacation and time off
-       Employee communications
-       Performance management
-       Training and skill development
-       Community involvement
 
Having worked for a few different companies in my lifetime, Flaman definitely stands out. Working here I feel like part of the family and not just a number. Winning this award, gives us a chance show the rest of Canada the kind of place Flaman is to work and be proud of the culture all of us help to create.
 

Read the official press release http://www.canadastop100.com/temp/sme2015.pdf 


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Nisku's Own JP Blenke Featured in Edmonton Journal

Posted by Flaman Feb 10, 2015

 I am fortunate to get to work with an amazing group of people here at the Flaman Nisku store. We are all kind of like one big, crazy, supportive family. It makes coming to work everyday enjoyable because I know that at some point today I will get the chance to talk to one of my co-workers and learn something from them or share a laugh.

With the position that I have here (Marketing Coordinator), I get to work closely with almost everyone here at some point in time during the year. Some people are graced with my presence in their office more often than not. JP is one of those lucky people.

JP and I work together on a weekly basis keeping the Ag Clearance site up to date. He was recently featured in an article in the Edmonton Journal about his accomplishments and how he has adapted to life after a childhood accident took both of his arms.

Check out the article:

www.edmontonjournal.com/Lees+Farm+equipment+sales+poster+triumph+over+adversity/10797409/story.html


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Flaman Dragon Slayers Rip Up the River!

Posted by Flaman Aug 22, 2014

I’m going to be honest, before this year, I had never really heard of the sport of Dragon Boating. But after competing in the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival this year, I wonder how I’d gone this long not knowing.
 
Dragon Boating is very much a team sport that requires commitment and comradery. Our Flaman team was called the Flaman Dragon Slayers and we started practicing in May as soon as the weather was warm enough. I was one of the eight first-timers in the boat this year, but that didn’t slow us down. All the veteran paddlers took us newbies under their wings and patiently showed us proper technique and timing. By the time the festival rolled around, I felt pretty confident.
 
However, that confidence was short lived come race day. It’s not that I wasn’t confident in our team, but the nerves that I had coursing through my body made me start to doubt myself. I had a giant knot in my stomach all morning. When we were sitting in the boat for the first race waiting for them to blow the start horn, I thought I was going to pass out. We were told to focus and keep our head in the boat. Ignore all the distractions; the crowd, the other boat and birds flying overhead. Just focus on your breathing. Listen for the commands. Wait…wait….and beep!
 
Once that horn blew, the 2:05 that it took us to finish, and win, the race went by so fast! It was over before I knew it. I will never forget that “high” from the first race. We may have only won our first race, but we set the 6th fastest time in the festival! We were in equal competition with some of the best teams in the city and other parts of Alberta. Each race we competed in gave me a huge surge of adrenaline and it stayed with me for the rest of the day.
 
We ended up finishing 6th overall, which is awesome for my first year. There was only one downside to the races, and that was the fact that they put a ramp and about 20 stairs at the end of the race that you have to climb up. The reason this sucks is because after the race, your body does not want to go up a ramp or stairs. All it wants to do is collapse with exhaustion. But, along the ramp there were tons of people congratulating and high fiving us on the way up, so that made the climb a little easier.
 
Everyone at the festival was so supportive of one another. There were congratulations and cheers after each race. This was another thing that made my experience so enjoyable.
 
I’m looking forward to paddling next year. I’ll be that much more skilled and know what to expect. If you ever get the opportunity to try Dragon Boating, or any new sport for that matter, I recommend trying it. Try something new. You’ll be glad you did. I’m glad I did J
 
“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”- Warren Miller

    


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The Face Behind Flaman Communications

Posted by Flaman Jun 17, 2014

Greetings to everyone Flaman! I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Erin Mitchell and I am the Marketing  and Communications Coordinator in Alberta (working out of our Nisku location). I have been working for Flaman since October 2013, but recently I have on taken on more communication roles within the company and wanted everyone to know who is behind many of Flaman’s communication channels.
 
Our Flaman Group of Companies Facebook page is just one of the areas that I have my hand in. I am striving to create and find interesting content for all of our staff, customers and fans to read.  I am trying to find content that is equally relevant across our whole company (all provinces and divisions). I am, however, not afraid to ask for help and/or feedback from people. If you are a Flaman customer and you had a good experience with our company and you love the product that you purchased from us, please let us know. Send us a picture of you and your purchase. If you are a staff member and you need help promoting an event that you are passionate about, or that you are participating in, feel free to let me know and I will post it up on our Facebook page. Send me pictures of what’s going on at your store. People love to read human-interest stories about members of our Flaman family.
 
The Flaman Content Emailer that is sent out every two weeks is also my doing. With this channel, I try and keep everyone informed with ‘What is Happening at Flaman?’ With this one as well, I am looking for feedback. If there is something that you want to see more of or less of, let me know. Getting feedback from people is the best way for me to know if what I am doing is working for everyone or what is not working.
 
For all you Flaman staff members, I am one of the people responsible for putting together the Flaman Link Newsletter and may have to bug some of you from time to time for your picture or an interview Just remember, it’s all in good fun and, I believe, that the newsletter is positively received by the people who read it.
 
Lastly, if anyone is interested in flexing their writing skills and writing a blog for us, that would be awesome! We are always looking for new authors that have different expertise and can share some of their knowledge with the rest of us. Just give me a heads up of what you are planning on writing (it will need to pertain to one of the divisions that Flaman has) and I will post it on our Flaman Blog page (which I encourage everyone to check out!)
 

My email address is erin.mitchell@flaman.com and I’m hoping that you guys will send me some interesting content, some new blog postings or even just a quick email to say “hi”. I want to meet as many of you as possible. Have a wonderful day! :) 


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Reflecting Back on the April 2014 Frank Flaman Foundation Guatemala Humanitarian Trip

Posted by Flaman Jun 11, 2014

 This blog was written with input from Brian Rask, Dave Schultz, Wayne Sumners and Barney Bartley all from our Prince Albert, SK location.

 
 A wise woman once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love”. Reflecting back on the April 2014 Frank Flaman Foundation Guatemala Humanitarian trip, this quote may very well have been the theme of the entire trip.
 
We began our journey where most great stories start – sitting in an airport, anxiously awaiting our flight to be called for boarding. We embarked on the plane and soon found ourselves in Calgary where we met up with the rest of the Flaman volunteers hailing from locations across Saskatchewan and Alberta. (It is thought that “some” of us *ahem Prince Albert* may have been better looking than others… but I digress.) After some introductions courtesy of Kate and Crystal, the lot of us boarded the second leg of our trip, and after a brief pit stop in Texas, we were finally touching down on Guatemalan soil.
 
It was about 10:30pm when we landed in Guatemala City, and despite the long day of traveling, we wasted no time breezing through the airport and boarding a small tour bus that would take us to our first destination – Antigua. On the bus ride over, however, is where we experienced our first cultural shock. One of the passengers who’d been travelling with us has asked if we could stop for water. The driver denied the request, saying it was too dangerous to stop. Can you imagine that happening here in Canada?
 
It didn’t seem to take long until we were at our hotel. A big “Hats Off!” to the hotel staff who provided us with extremely polite service and were all too eager to help – they unloaded our bags and got us to our rooms in record time.
 
With our first night behind us, morning came early. We decided to take our first day to do some exploring of the area, get some money exchanged and do a bit of souvenir shopping for our wonderful and hard-working coworkers left in the grind back home. Later that afternoon, we met up back at the hotel to catch our bus to Lake Atitlan, where we would once again experience incredible hotel service and true Guatemalan spirit in the people so eager to make our stay warm and welcome.
 
The next morning was warm and pleasant and it was the perfect day to gear up in our work clothes and get down to the reason we were there! Now, some of us have been in the work force for nearly 40 years but on this day for the first time ever, we caught a boat to work - not the typical Saskatchewan experience! The captain was great and only took about 45 minutes to get us to our destination. On the boat, we passed fishermen in tiny canoe-like boats checking their fishnets. Further out, nestled between the water and the mountainside were small villages. It was a truly picturesque sight.
 
We docked the boat and walked a few blocks with fruit and veggie markets lining the street most of the way. All 16 of us then piled into the back of a 1976 Toyota pick up truck and drove to the job site. Reality really sunk in at this point… We had come to help dig trenches for footings and build the foundation of a new learning centre. We stepped off the truck and immediately started wondering where all the equipment was - the track hoe, the bobcat, the gravel truck… they had nothing! Instead, there were wheelbarrows and shovels and what was obviously a LOT of work ahead of us! There were about 8 old men and about 8 pretty ladies working away at this intensive labour which made for excellent motivation for us tough Canadian guys to work our best and hardest for these people who are clearly working so hard to help themselves. But when it came to hauling wheelbarrows around, nobody could keep up to Joe, the trucker. He poured his soul into his work, so much so, that when we finally made it to lunch time, every one of us at the table had an unspoken respect for the man to take the first plate the waitress brought out... A small courtesy can mean so much.
 
It only took a couple of days to start seeing the fruits of our labour. On-site progress was well underway under the spectacular leadership of Kate and Crystal, the Operations Managers. Lunches were prepared traditionally by a few ladies from the village, and the food was great, considering they had very little to work with.
 
One of the most heart warming moments was the day when Charlene gave her brightly coloured running shoes to a poor old wood cutter whose own shoes were several sizes too big and who would have to wear them on the wrong feet so they wouldn’t fall off.
Another moment was when we went to a home and helped build a stove that will now benefit 3 or 4 families in the area. Most of the homes here have no stove, or if they do, it lacks a chimney to vent out the smoke and fumes. These people then resort to having to light a fire on the dirt floor of their home, which leads to respiratory problems in infants and children, and in some cases even resulting in death. The gratitude for the simplest thing that we as Canadians take for granted every single day was simply amazing.
One can never know how appreciative these people are of so little until you have been there and have seen it for yourself. After our experience, it really helped each of us see the difference between our wants and our needs. Our new Guatemalan friends showed us what true gratitude and happiness is, and in many ways, they gave us so much more than we gave them. Maybe the small things we do with great love aren’t really such small things after all.
 
We would like to extend our thanks to all of you that we met on our incredible journey. We could not have experienced this with a better group of people, and we miss you all. We would also like to thank Frank and his family for one of the greatest experiences of our lives. It will be etched in our minds forever.

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Seed of Hope

Posted by Lorna Mutch May 21, 2014

From April 20-28, 2014 a group of 16 Flaman staff/family and friends traveled to Guatemala where they helped dig ditches and build buildings for a village that the Frank Flaman Foundation has been working in for 8 years. Lorna Mutch is an employee at our Nisku store and she wanted to tell everyone about her amazing experience.
 
 
“Seed of Hope”
 
I had the opportunity and honor to go to Guatemala and was able to see, first hand, how a part of the money raised for charity by the foundation helps the people who truly need it.
 
We stayed in a town called Panajachel. It had the most breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding area. It was like looking at the blue green water, and as your eyes followed the water, it seemed like it took a path in between two volcanoes and kept right on going. It was so peaceful and relaxing to look at.
 
We took a boat over to Santiago and from there, worked our way to the village of Tzutijil where we would begin our adventure of working with the villagers and children. The boat ride was about 45 minutes and during this time, we went right between the two volcanoes. The sights of the small towns sitting on the edge of the lake to the houses nestled in the trees, the clear skies with the clouds so close you felt you could reach out and touch them made the boat journey seem faster than 45 min. It’s such a beautiful country; peaceful and calming.
 
When we got to the village, the people were so happy to see us and greeted us with much enthusiasm. I honestly have never in my lifetime seen such happy and friendly people. They made us feel like we were right at home and not so far away. The children were one of my most cherished memories. Even though they did not know us, and it was plain to see they did not have much in the way of material value, they were curious and funny. One little boy was very playful and played a joke on someone. It was very cute and even though there was a language barrier, he managed to make us laugh and it was a highlight of the day. It was amazing to see the looks on their faces as we encouraged them to read to us (which one little boy did in English). You could see the eagerness in their innocent faces as they showed us what they had learned. This was the building (school), which had been built in the past few years thanks in part to the foundation.
 
We worked for three days. It was hard work. We dug ditches so they could lay the foundation for the expansion of the building already there. The things we take for granted is just a part of their everyday living and I cannot imagine using the tools and resources in our country. We hand dug trenches 1-meter deep using shovels and garden hoes. I used the hoe mostly and can tell you it was definitely a challenge to keep the dirt on it. We mixed ingredients in a big trough by hand to make cement and then carried it in 5-gallon pails to pour. We built a stove by hand made out of brick and cement, which took 2 days. We made the cement on the ground. The common everyday things we use, they could never afford. It was the most gratifying and humbling experiences I have ever known. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
 
The adults and children would gather around to watch us. We had taken a few trinkets with us to give to them that cost us very little. The excitement was so evident on their faces. It was like watching children at Christmas opening their presents. We learned about the history of the town as well. This is just a small insight to what the trip was all about.
 
We met a man who grew up on the mountain and was trying to raise a family. His children have no education, not shoes-nothing. He told a story about someone who gave him the “Seed of Hope” and how it changed his life. When he told the story, I know that we, as part of the foundation, were giving these people a “Seed of Hope” as well as with all the hard work, dedication and help from each and every one of us that in the years to come, the seed that was planted, and all who contributed to the “Seed of Hope” will keep on growing.
 
This was a trip to cherish for a lifetime and if any of you have a chance; it is worth a million just for the experience and knowledge gained by doing so.

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The 8th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala: A Night of Glitz, Glamor and the Flaman Man!

Posted by Flaman Mar 31, 2014

This year, I had the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a very glamorous event with lots of fancy outfits, really cool and unique prizes to bid on and even a Flaman Man ice sculpture! I myself “won” a lamp in the silent auction and I certainly had my eye on a couple other prizes as well.
 
When I was there, I could just feel the generosity in the air. People were well aware of the impact that the Frank Flaman Foundation has made in the lives of so many people all around the world. They knew what kind of man Frank is and all of the hard work that he has put in over the years to make every penny donated count. There were many different fun ways of donating money including the silent auction, the live auction and raffle tickets. Danny Hooper was the emcee for the evening and he sure kept the evening flowing smoothly.
 
As well as being able to attend the Gala, I also had the chance to help out with set up. For me, it’s always interesting and eye opening to see how much time and effort goes into putting on an event such as this one. Syndy Harriot and Dana Dutton put in an exorbitant amount of work into buying prizes, setting up the seating chart, designing and assembling centerpieces and so much more! I tip my hat to you ladies and all your hard work.
 

I really did enjoy myself that evening. I even managed to drag my boyfriend out on the dance floor for a couple of songs. The energy in the room was lively and happy. Flaman Man himself even made an appearance and I got the chance to get my picture taken with him! Dream come true as a Flaman employee! The Gala was once again a fantastic success! I am looking forward to attending next year’s. 


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Flaman Helps Taylor's Dream Come True

Posted by Flaman Mar 26, 2014

Taylor Layton doesn’t let the fact that she has Down Syndrome get in the way of her dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. She started up her very own recycling company in her small town of Outlook, SK. Her business has flourished from 5 customers, to over 60!
 
Taylor recently entered a contest through the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program and won. She received $1000 in cash, mentoring, books and other resources to help better her company. She mentioned that she was going to use the money that she won to purchase a new trailer to help her haul all of her recycling.
 
Flaman Saskatoon saw her contest video submission and decided to step in and help. They donated a brand new trailer to her so that she could spend her prize money on something else for her business. Her reaction to the news was priceless. She also received a variety of pieces of jewelry from a Canadian jewelry company called Lia Sophia, which she absolutely loved!
 
Mitch Flaman was on hand in Saskatoon and was the one who delivered the good news to Taylor about us giving her the trailer. Here is what he had to say about the experience,
 
“I had a pretty good feeling that Taylor was going to be excited when we presented her with the trailer. Let's be honest, who wouldn't be stoked about receiving a free trailer. When we presented the trailer to Taylor and she ran up and hugged me, that was something else. To me we were giving someone a trailer. Nothing more, nothing less. A piece of our inventory that I see daily. To Taylor, we were giving her more than just a trailer. We were giving her the opportunity to expand her dream and see her business come full cycle. Without that hug, I don't know if I fully would have understood how much that trailer really meant to Taylor. That is when it became real special to me. I'm super pumped for Taylor and her family and hope nothing but the best for the future and the continued growth in making a "Greener Outlook"
 

Flaman is so happy that we could help Taylor out with her dream. Who knows how big her business is going to get. Great job Taylor, and keep up the good work 


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Keeping Things Fresh at the Frank Flaman Foundation

Posted by Crystal Flaman Mar 10, 2014

Spring is finally upon us and there is a buzz of change and enthusiasm in the air that always seems to come with the warmer temperatures!  Personally for me,  spring is a time of shaking off the slumber of winter, offering a fresh feeling of renewal and so much growth!  
 
At Flaman and with the Flaman Foundation, we’re very excited about the fresh new look of the website and the evolution we see taking place.   We want to make it easier for our customers, contacts and friends to catch a glimpse into what we’ve been doing to make the world better and brighter and invite you to get involved in any way you can!   The new Foundation website has a photo gallery of past humanitarian excursions.  Please take a look at the incredible experience of going on one of our humanitarian trips!  They have been life-changing and defining moments for many of the past participants! 
 
Also on the Foundation website you’ll find an amazing list of Sponsors and supporters of the Foundation.  We could not do the work we do without them and we are grateful for their continued support over the years.  One of my favourite quotes illustrates the importance of partnerships like the ones we have with these amazing sponsors.  “We are, each of us, angels with only one wing and it is only by embracing one another that we are able to fly.”  The new site also contains a list of Frank’s chosen charities that he’s currently spending a lot of time with.  These charities have been chosen because they fit the Foundation’s mandate of providing ‘basic necessities of life for children and families in need, locally and around the world’.  These charities are also chosen because they operate with fiscal responsibility, a strong work ethic and extreme focus on helping those in need. 
 
A few things that we have on the go within the Foundation are the upcoming Flaman Foundation Gala, taking place on March 28th, 2014 and also our next humanitarian trip to Guatemala, taking place on April 20-28th, 2014. 
There are still tickets available to attend the Gala.  If you would like to come, please contact Syndy at Flaman’s (780-955-3400 or syndy.harriott@flaman.com) for more information.
The humanitarian trip to Guatemala is full but we would like to plan another one within 2014.  If you are interested in coming, please contact Crystal at Crystal@inspiringsuccess.ca
 
As the snow begins to melt and the mud puddles get bigger, we look forward to more sunshine, longer days and continued opportunity to share our passion of helping our customers and making the biggest difference possible in the world around us, especially for those in need.  In the Foundation, we strive to make the greatest ripple effect by working together to throw that first pebble into the water.  We hope you will join us to see just how much of a difference we can make together! 

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Flaman Serves Up Some Hot Lunch

Posted by Flaman Jan 15, 2014

Flaman's Erin Mitchell Volunteers at E4C School Lunch Program
 
Volunteering often means that you do something without expecting or receiving payment or compensation. Having done a fair bit of volunteering in my life, I believe that this is a false definition of the word. Every time I volunteer, I seem to gain something from the experience, and this time was no exception.
 
Recently, Flaman employees worked with E4Cs School Lunch Program and helped serve hot lunches to students in inner city schools. I was fortunate enough to get to participate in this, and the feelings of humbleness and pride in what we were helping with was overwhelming. After having gone through school every day as a child with food in my stomach, it was sad to see the faces of children who might just be eating for the first time that day.
 
My partner Braden and I arrived at the school and helped the staff prepare and serve the meals to the students. That day, the kids each received a scoop of a noodle/chicken dish, some orange slices and a container of milk. I can only speak from my own experience, but I loved talking to the children and seeing them smile. Many of them were quick to ask me who I was, what my nose ring was and why I was wearing a hair net.
 
According to the staff members of the program, the cost to feed a child in the School Lunch Program is $80/month, but they only ask parents to pay $30 (which most parents can’t afford).
 

The Frank Flaman Foundation contributes funds to this and many other charities locally, and around the world. As an employee, it’s great to see the change that our donations can make within the community. I got to sit and eat with the grade one students and the smiles on their faces put things into perspective for me. It makes me proud to work for a company that contributes to worthwhile causes. 


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Grow a Mo to Support Your Bros

Posted by Flaman Nov 29, 2013

Another fateful Movember is drawing to a close. I’m not sure if I will be sad or slightly relieved to see those moustaches shaved off. That being said, we had another very successful year here at Flaman. Many of our staff grew moustaches in support of Movember, and, with $100 per moustache donated by the company, we raised $11,000. Great job everyone!
 
Movember is all about raising awareness of men’s health issues. Men seem to be more reluctant to talk about health-related topics such as getting a yearly physical exam at their doctors or getting a prostate exam. But these are important tests that can detect cancer and other diseases early, which will mean a better chance of recovery.
 
The guys at Flaman use Movemeber as an opportunity to grow their best moustache and compete with their fellow co-workers. Our founder, Frank Flaman, even participated and grew himself a moustache as well. I have to say, my favorite moustache was “grown” by Zach Seely. The reason I use quotations around the word “grown” is because he decided to draw a moustache and goatee on his face in Sharpie. Now that’s commitment to the cause!
 
Last year we did things a little differently and collected donations from family, friends and even customers. We surpassed last year’s donation of $10,000. This year we had 110 employees participate. Our goal next year is to bump it up by another $1,000 and donate $12,000. I know we can do it because the employees here at Flaman are awesome and have impressive moustache-growing abilities.
 
Head over to our Facebook page and check out our photo album full of all our wonderful moustaches.
 
 
 
 

    


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Sled N Snap Photo Contest turns international

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Oct 23, 2013

The Sled’N Snap photo contest has launched for its third year and we’re excited to showcase a brand new website! This site will make it even easier for people to share, view and comment on each other’s photos.

Visitors to www.slednsnap.com can upload their pictures in a variety of categories and in April the public will vote for the grand prize winner. The site is also a place to celebrate all things snowmobiling, while promoting safe riding and registered sleds. It has valuable information like trail maps, upcoming events and safety articles.

We’re also happy to announce that Sled’N Snap has turned international and Snowmobile North Dakota has joined the contest! Anyone with a registered sled in that state can enter a photo.

“We are really excited about joining Sled’N Snap,” says Keri Wanner, executive director for SND. In 2011, she attended the Saskatchewan snowmobile show where an enclosed trailer with “Win Me!” on the side caught her attention. It was the grand prize given to the winner of Sled’N Snap to use for a year, which prompted Wanner to find out more about the contest and get involved.

“As a manager of snowmobile trails, there is no other opportunity that can outshine promoting snowmobile registration,” adds Wanner. “That’s how you can maintain trails and do the work behind the scenes to make sure you can ride.”

“Having North Dakota join Sled’N Snap is something I pushed for,” says Chris Brewer, executive director of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association (SSA), another Sled’N Snap partner. “I don’t believe in borders as a snowmobiler. We all have a common cause: we love to enjoy winter. To open up internationally is absolutely fantastic for snowmobilers.”

Sled’N Snap isn’t the only thing turning international this winter. A new snowmobile trail linking Saskatchewan and North Dakota is opening in February. The first of its kind trail will connect the two systems at the Port of Carievale and allow snowmobilers from either side of the border access to thousands of kilometers of new trails. An international ride to commemorate this trail opening will take place on February 15.

Snowmobilers with a legal sled in North Dakota may cross into Saskatchewan free of charge. Snowmobilers with a legal sled in Saskatchewan coming into North Dakota must purchase an out-of-state permit for $15. This fee will be waived for the International Ride on Feb. 15. Snowmobilers must still cross at the normal border security crossing and have a valid passport.

Sled’N Snap is put on by the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association, the Alberta Snowmobile Association, Snowmobilers of Manitoba, Snowmobile North Dakota and Flaman Group of Companies. For contest details visit www.slednsnap.com.


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Download the new free Flaman Mobile App

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Sep 17, 2013

Flaman is excited to announce the launch of our first mobile app!

We realize that a lot of our customers are coming to our website on their cell phones, and we wanted to make the mobile experience even easier for them. Simple download the free app and you can look for trailers or equipment, plus check out the lastest blogs, videos and downloads.

Looking for equipment? Get instant access to our pre-owned and clearance equipment and trailer inventory right from your smartphone. See what each Flaman store has available and can check out the pictures, specs and prices. Contact Flaman right from your phone when you find what you need. Never miss out on a great deal again!

If you’re out in the field and need to rent some equipment, you can use your phone to quickly and easily find your local rental dealer. See what equipment they carry and use the app to contact them directly as well.

Want even more information? With the app you can get alerts when there are new catalogues posted online, new blog posts and new videos, so you’ll never miss anything. Read the blogs or watch the videos right from your phone.

And if you’re trying to call or visit us, you can conveniently find contact info for all Flaman stores, including Flaman Fitness and our trailer and ag stores. To download the app, visit the iTunes app store, Google Play or go to www.flaman.com/mobile


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Sled'N Snap Calendars have arrived!

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Sep 16, 2013

Now you can relive your favourite snowmobiling memories all year round with the new Sled’N Snap calendar, available from Flaman.

 This 2014 calendar features beautiful winning photos from last year’s Sled’N Snap photo contest. Use it to keep track of your all important events, trips or keep on top of the kids’ activities schedule. The calendar also includes important dates and events from the Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and North Dakota snowmobile associations, and Flaman Group of Companies.

 Even in the sweltering summer you can enjoy the photos and day dream about hitting the fresh powder next winter with your sled.

 Stop by your local Flaman store today to pick up your free calendar. Or you can get a calendar from the Flaman Trailers booth at the upcoming Alberta Snowmobile Show in Edmonton Oct 18-20 and the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Show in Saskatoon Nov 1-3. Don’t forget to grab one for your friends too!

 You can sign up for a Sled’N Snap account and submit photos to contest online at www.slednsnap.com. Next year your photo could be in a calendar!


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Rain, Rain Go Away

Posted by Mark Flaman Jul 02, 2013

Well, we've had about as much rain as a person needs for the rest of the year. It seems like it's been raining across the province non-stop for the last two weeks of June. We've seen an exceptional amount of flooding this year across western Canada, mainly in High River & Calgary Alberta, but the immense rain stretched and blanketed over Saskatchewan for almost the whole of the last two weeks of the month. In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, most farmers are at least a couple of weeks behind due to the late thaw of the snow, but as it happened, the thaw occurred too fast and now we're left with all this water.

It's one thing when you see it on the news, but recently I've been seeing it a lot first hand in Saskatoon as well as the RM of Corman Park, where out Saskatoon store is located. There are farmers with children that have to get off the bus and throw on their rubber boots just to get down the lane way. There are also acreage owners here that have to leave a vehicle at the end of the driveway, and come back and forth to the house with an ATV.  There have been evacuees flooding in from northern Saskatchewan, from places such as Cumberland House who are staying at soccer & events centers around this city. These folks will thankfully be able to return home on July 3rd.

But yet, nothing compares to the damage being done in Alberta. There have been fatalities due to the flooding, and there are going to be millions in damages by the time this is all said and done. The Calgary Zoo had to relocate most of their animals, and had a few scares with losing some to the flood. The Saddle dome and Stampede grounds are under water, and several neighborhoods had to evacuate and relocate to drier ground. As our nation's fourth largest city is crippled by these floods, we stand by them as they can use all the support we have to offer.

 The weather forecast shows that this is about it for the rain we're about to receive, and brighter days are ahead. We had a great Canada Day July long weekend, and we're going to be hovering around the 25 degree mark for the next two weeks with the exception of a little rain this weekend.


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Medicine Hat celebrates its Grand Opening

Posted by Adam Diakow May 17, 2013

On Wednesday May 8 Flaman Group of Companies in Medicine Hat held its grand opening to celebrate its new, larger location. We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise, although this meant that most farmers were in the field and unable to attend.

We held a free BBQ lunch and had a great turn out. The official ribbon cutting was done at 12:30 p.m. by the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce and also in attendance was the mayor of Medicine Hat Norm Boucher.

To top off the day the Frank Flaman Foundation donated $7,000 to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter, which is the largest donation they had received to date.

The day couldn’t have gone better for everyone. Thanks to everyone who attended.

For more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page here


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Moosomin celebrates the opening of its new 16000 sq ft facility in a week long celebration

Posted by Flaman Apr 12, 2013

Open for two months, this new state of the art facility boasts a "rental drive thru bay" and a fully stocked 7000 sq ft showroom as well as a large service shop, wash bay and trailer set up bay.

“It's going to be really nice to be able to service and set up all of our equipment inside now as well as being able to load or unload our rental customers in the comfort of our rental drive thru bay,” says Peter Nabholz, store manager. “We think our rental customers will really enjoy this feature, especially when the weather is bad, it's the only drive thru rental bay on the prairies as far as we know,” he added.

This new 10 acre location on the west side of Moosomin along the busy Trans Canada Highway gives us great exposure, good visibility and easy access in all directions in or out of town. With over 90 trailers now in stock as well as grain bins, augers, grain carts, water tanks and other related short line agriculture equipment we are now a full line store for Flaman's. Similar to any of the other nine corporate Flaman stores in western Canada, Moosomin's new store also carries a fully stocked show room full of tow ropes, tow straps, trailer accessories, water pumps and over a dozen set up pieces of fitness equipment along with all the related fitness products.

“While in the past our main focus was the renting of construction, agriculture and home owner equipment, Flaman's now are gearing up the retail side of the business seeing the potential for explosive growth in this area. Here in Moosomin we are in the center of the economic boom going on in SE Sask and have already realized a huge demand for the products we now carry,” added Nabholz.

Flaman's saw the potential for a store like this in the area two years ago when they first came to Moosomin, buying out Wayne's Rental Centre. We now have the facility, the location, the staff and the inventory to take this store to the next level and hope to take advantage of the ongoing strong economy both in construction rentals and agriculture sales.

To celebrate this new store, Flaman's are having a full week long open house event starting on April 22 and winding up on Friday April 26. There will be toonie lunches and local entertainment at noon each day sponsored by one of the many suppliers.

Along with the celebrations, there will be many door crasher specials that you won't want to miss out on.

 

 Moosomin's New Flaman Store

 


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Moosomin Store Gearing up for a Busy Spring

Posted by Flaman Mar 21, 2013

We have nicely settled into our new store located at 92 Cook Road in Moosomin. This is a great location as we have good visibility and access to the #1 Highway and easy access from all four directions in Southeast Saskatchewan.

 

We are putting the final plans together for our Grand Opening week, April 22 - 26. This will be an exciting week as we will have Supplier Representatives on hand to promote equipment and answer customer questions; in store specials; and we will be hosting a light lunch each day. The Ribbon Cutting will take place Friday afternoon and we will have a social evening to follow.

We will be hosting a Blind Driver Corporate Obstacle Challenge. Local business people will be blind folded and will drive a golf cart through an obstacle course with their passenger acting as the navigator. There will be daily heats with the finals on Friday. It should be very entertaining.

Rentals remains to be our backbone, but with our broader inventory selection our trailer and Ag sales are steadily increasing and our fitness equipment has been “working out” very well!

It looks to be a very exciting and busy spring for Flaman Group of Companies in Moosomin. If you are in the area come in and check out our new store.