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Posted September 27 , 2010
Family Business


London – The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise has announced the finalists for the Southwestern Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year 2010. This award recognizes significant achievement made within a Southwestern Ontario family enterprise and will be presented at National Family Business Day, October 21, 2010.

Finalists are: Black Fly Beverages, Hayman Construction Inc., and Larlyn Property Management Ltd.

Nominees were judged by a committee of noted family businesses and family business advisors on their history, successes and corporate image/culture, acknowledging their contributions to Canadian family business. The two finalists and one winner will be presented and honored at National Family Business Day, October 21, 2010. Keynote speaker Belinda Stronach will address attendees.

“BMO Harris Private Banking is delighted to be associated with CAFE’S Family Enterprise of The Year Achievement Award,” said Jack Dehmel, VP & Managing Director, Ontario Region, BMO Harris Private Banking. “We congratulate all the finalists for the energy and innovation they’ve displayed in running their family businesses and for helping grow the economy of Southwestern Ontario.”

Murray Flanagan, Flanagan Foodservice Inc., last year’s award recipient and the Committee Chair for 2010 commented, “Family business is the backbone of the Canadian economy. It is unfortunate that these great enterprises rarely get the recognition they deserve for the wonderful things they do for the customers they serve and the communities they belong to. This award is a great forum to showcase family businesses that have truly made a difference.”

Black Fly Beverage Company – Ontario’s first micro-distillery, Black Fly Beverage Company was founded in May 2005 by husband and wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly in an historic bank building in downtown London. Black Fly’s vision was to create MORE NATURAL and LESS SWEET premium Ontario spirit beverages in innovative packaging and in a market dominated by imports and global companies, offer a local and truly Canadian choice. The company was awarded the first distillery license granted in Ontario in 100 years. Today Black Fly’s innovative premium vodka and tequila beverages are developed and manufactured at Black Fly’s new London plant at 535 Sovereign Rd. Black Fly’s premium spirit beverages are sold in over 500 LCBO’s in Ontario and a further 500 stores in 6 additional provinces across Canada. Export has begun to Hong Kong. Black Fly was a finalist for the London Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award in 2009, & in 2010, and was the 2010 recipient of the LEDC Featured Company Award bestowed by the Corporation of City of London.

Hayman Construction Inc. – Hayman Construction of London is Ontario’s oldest general contractor, and has been family-owned since its founding in 1872 by John Hayman. It is currently operated by the 5th generation of the family, and has provided quality construction services throughout Southwestern Ontario for 138 years. Serving clients
primarily in the ICI (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional) sector, Hayman Construction also provides design build, construction management, and concrete forming services. Key recent clients include the YMCA, UWO, Fanshawe College, The City of London, London International Airport, Cami Automotive, Casco, Nestlé, ToyotaTown, and DaVinci Business Park in Dorchester. Hayman Construction’s commitment to personal service and quality construction continues in its third century of operation.

Larlyn Property Management Ltd. – Larlyn Property Management has been a progressive family owned company, founded by Larry and Lynne Holmes, since 1975. Today the company employs 500 people and has grown to become one of the largest service focused fee management companies in the country. Larlyn manages a diverse portfolio of properties that include luxury, townhome, commercial and high-rise condominium communities, affordable housing communities, commercial and industrial properties, retail plazas, residential apartment complexes and rental pools on behalf of real estate investors and Boards of Directors. At Larlyn Property Management, our team’s experience and dedication to service is our strength. We operate with local control, local knowledge and local accountability. At the same time, we are a national organization with central support services that offer a depth of resources and increased purchasing power that no single regional operation could muster. Larlyn currently has two generations of Holmes family members actively working in the business and is poised to add the third generation in the coming years.

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