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Featured Member: Imagine the Room

Featured Member:
Imagine the Room

Nearly three decades ago, Doug Sherwood started out installing closet systems for large North American retailer in Vancouver and lower mainland. Wanting to move to a smaller city, he decided to go to Kamloops where he saw an opportunity to manufacture his own closets, cutting costs and filling a void in the market. In 1989, the year Tanner his son was born, Doug made the decision to move his garage based business of 800 square feet to the current location.

Today “Imagine the Room Closets” has expanded to an amazing 5,400 square foot space, which accommodates the manufacturing facility as well as the 1,600 square foot showroom. The business employs Doug, his two sons Tanner and Blaine to a total of six full-time employees.

Like most business owners, Doug admits the last 29 years hasn’t always been smooth sailing but he has managed to turn those setbacks into opportunities. “Challenges are unavoidable when you run your own shop,” he says, “but they force you to change and grow in ways you could never have expected.”

Doug credits Valley First and his business banking advisor with helping him reach his goals. “I have been with Valley First since November 2016 and Kathy Ruddick, our Business Banking Advisor, really takes an interest in helping me find ways to grow my business and goes the extra mile for us,” he says. “Valley First sees me as a person and understands my business and the marketplace in a way that the larger institutions that I have worked with in the past haven’t.”

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