Sep 25 2015

Ian McIntosh, Kirmac CEO, Honoured To Be Among EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Finalists

VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 – The EY Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year Gala was held this evening at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Finalists, honourees and guests celebrated an incredible group of entrepreneurs. Among the finalists was Kirmac’s CEO, Ian McIntosh, in the business-to-consumer category. Runner-up to category winner, Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners, it was truly an inspiring and energetic evening.

Look for more information on all the winners and finalists in the October issue of BC Business Magazine. Ian is featured with the following write-up:

“Ian McIntosh says he got his inspiration for his automotive repair chain Kirmac while working at body shops in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Back then, he explains, the industry was “backward” and “dirty” – full of inefficiencies and questionable practices. After another job at a Kenworth manufacturing plant, which he describes as systematic and clean, he decided auto repair was ripe for reinvention. Founded in 1973, Kirmac grew throughout the Lower Mainland in the ’90s and eventually into Washington State in 2000, bringing the company headcount to a high of 350 in 2014-when he sold his American stores. Now the grandfather of two is expanding locally again-from 12 stores in 2014 to 24 by 2019-while also planning for “what the future might hold.” Once self-driving cars take off, there will be fewer accidents and cars to fix, he says, but the vehicles of tomorrow will still require servicing. And McIntosh wants Kirmac to be a part of that change, noting: “I love technology.”-T.M.” – published in BC Business Magazine, October 2015.