Rory Carr '81
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Vancouver, BC. I now split my time between Mill Bay and Vancouver.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I have a manufacturing and distribution business; we started in Whistler in 1987 making ski and snowboard accessories. In 1995 we started making products for dogs and cats; collars, leashes, harnesses, coats, life jackets, shoes and socks. Now our business focuses solely on these products.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU
MOST PROUD OF?
Surviving in business for 30+ years and maintaining some manufacturing in Canada. We have a cut-and-sew facility in Vancouver which employs about 50 people and continues to expand.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
We have a foundation that donates products and money to animal rescue and adoption organizations. It’s amazing what these incredible people can do with very limited resources.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
“Spend less money than you make.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
We hope to expand our business into Europe and/or Asia in 2020.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My mom and dad. My mom taught me that you can have anything you want if you’re willing to work for it. My dad taught me that winning and success aren’t accidents, but the result of years of doing the right stuff the right way.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
Skate-skiing lessons. I never thought it was possible to be so bad at something and have so much fun.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
The first home game playing for the 1st XV. Running out on the field before the game is a feeling I’ll never forget. I still get goosebumps thinking about it 40 years later.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
One is Jim Burrows; he taught me that hard work always beats out talent. In hindsight I am not
sure if he was saying I had no talent. Either way,
I always know I want to be the hardest working person in any situation. The other is John Allpress; he believed in me long before I did. He’s always been a cheerleader in my life and has shown me on multiple occasions that Brentwood will always be there for you.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE
10 YEARS FROM NOW?
I have a house in Mill Bay which I’m renovating to be my future retirement home. In 10 years I hope to be sitting on the deck with my Dad critiquing Brian Carr’s coaching of the Brentwood crews. I hope I’m still working a few days a week between Mill Bay and Vancouver.
“Winning and success aren’t accidents, but the result of years of doing the right stuff the right way.”