introduced our Guest today – Jim Nash for his
Classification. John is proud to be Jim’s
Sponsor, since his joining in April 2005.
Jim hails from Guelph, Ontario He’s fortunate to
still have his parents still surviving. I
believe his father is retired from policing or
fire & his mother from secretarial work. He met
his lovely Laurie at school at swim class and
they’ve been married since 1982. Jim & Laurie
have 3 children - Robbie, Kari & Kimmy.
Following Graduation from McMaster University he
moved to Toronto for a commission sales in the
insurance industry. He was awarded Top Salesman
and was recruited into mgt. That meant another
move to “Saskabush” and Kitchener.
Next step in the “Life of Jim”, brought in New
Image Fitness, Guelph. Of course, that wasn’t
enough & Jim moved on to another start-up – ELI
Eco Logic out of Rockwood. About this time, Jim
joined Rotary. He learned some awesome things -
You don’t have to be retired to be a Rotarian,
own a water buffalo hat, or have enough time on
your hands to raffle off cars. He learned about
the doers & the forkers and the vibrancy of a
club that gets things done for its community,
being heavily involved in projects for the
Ronald McDonald House& Dragon Boat Racing.
Through all this, Jim was travelling, doing
business & making friends the way that Jim does,
in Japan, USA, Eastern Europe, China and
Australia. Some life-changing events made him
realize what he was missing back at home. Work
was changing in a direction that he didn’t want
to take. 1998, he exited. Next stop –
Enviroshake. It started up thru one of his
Rotary friends, a retired chemist who’d devised
a way to make a shake out of plastic and other
things that would be more resilient than the
wood products. Moving thru a lot of red tape,
government stuff, research, good times and
tougher times, it was in 2001 that he partnered
with Dan Warrener and other investors he
represented. Hence here he is in Chatham. The
business is still growing & looking forward to
future success’. It’s been a vision of a dream
that became a concept and then finally an actual
offered lots of tips from his life experiences.
“You are the same person today, as you will be
tomorrow except for the people that you meet and
the books that you read”. It was a common theme
through Jim’s message that we have many friends
through Rotary – it’s all about partnership,
involvement and exposure.
Jean Baker offered our Appreciation to Jim –
He’s a doer, hearing of his success and
enthusiastic experiences. Jim, we are proud to
call you a fellow Rotarian, a friend and a
member of Chatham Sunrise Rotary.