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Parrish Kondra

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I am a proud born and raised Saskatchewan kid. In my younger days I spent my summer holidays on our family farm near Alvena, SK. I enjoyed the best of both worlds growing up, with a little mix of the city and farm life. Although I think my heart is still in the country I now live in Saskatoon and call it my home base. I grew up always involved in sports whether it was hockey, fastball, or golf.
Today I still enjoy being active and living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy our beautiful lakes and boating in the summer, snowmobiling in winter, travelling, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

I came to Flaman in April 2012 after a 10 year position with a telecommunications company developing relationships and working closely with dealers all over Canada. I even had a brief experience owning a restaurant franchise in Saskatoon. I truly enjoy my position looking after our rental dealers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. You will find me in and out of the office travelling highways across the prairies. We have a great network of dealers and I am truly happy to be working closely with them to ensure their success and growing our rental dealer network. Although the rental industry is new to me I enjoy the challenge and learning experience it has given me so far.

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Barrett Prokopie

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I am a born and raised Prince Albert boy and have spent the last 5 or so years with the Flaman Group of Companies. I have had the luxury of working in almost every department in our store. Starting in the parts department, and now heading up our Rental Division for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I spend many weeks of the year travelling to see our rental dealers and work closely with them to provide our customers with the best rental equipment and customer service available.

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Wayne Beckett

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I was born and raised in Moosomin, Sask., only leaving for post-secondary schooling and a 6 year career testing farm equipment in Humbolt. I moved back home in 1987 to start my own equipment rental business which, in a town of 2200 people, was unheard of. We had our struggles but determination and vision did pay off in the long run. Between Trans Canada Pipelines, the oil patch and the potash mines right in our backyard, we realized that these resource industries would become our best source of revenues. Spinoff expansion in the construction and agriculture sectors soon followed. Our store quickly became one of the larger independent rental stores in the province. During the winter of 2010 we began merger negotiations with Flaman Group of Companies and by spring it was official that we did indeed sell our full line equipment rental business to Flaman. It was a good fit for ourselves, our customers and our community and after just completing our first year together it has gone over very smoothly and very well for both parties. Our inventory has expanded, we are a full line retail outlet now for all the product lines that Flaman carries and we are currently expanding to a new and much larger facility here in Moosomin to serve our customers even better.

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Mark Flaman

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Originally I grew up in Prince Albert, where I worked at the store there before moving to Saskatoon. I started out in the yard, and slowly worked my way the most of the division, spending a little time in each one to try and understand how all aspects of the business work. I am currently working in the Marketing division full time and am enjoying the opportunity I have to express my creative side.

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Jennifer Thompson

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I'm originally from Newmarket, Ontario but have moved back to Saskatchewan. I have a journalistic and marketing background, working first for community newspapers in Saskatchewan and Alberta before doing marketing and advertising work for agricultural companies across Canada. In all of my roles it's been about communication and I'm looking forward to finding creative ways to tell you, our customers, all about the great products we have to offer. I enjoy camping and quading in the summer and in fall it's all about football - Go Riders!

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