DRIV­ING B.C. FOR­WARD

Through this 12-part se­ries, Dueck GM salutes B.C.'S en­trepreneurs who are driv­ing growth and in­no­va­tion in the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity. This month's driv­ing force is Cory May, Pres­i­dent of May­bloom Farms and Ocean Spray Grower Coun­cil Mem­ber.

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Afix­ture in B.C. for more than a cen­tury, May­berry Farms is a true fam­ily op­er­a­tion. Cory May and his older sib­lings Derek and Melissa have been work­ing on the farm for as long as they could re­mem­ber, and it was their par­ents Randy and Joy who turned the berry crop farm into the suc­cess it is to­day. In 2014, it was de­cided by Randy and Joy to sep­a­rate the farm so that each child could have their own farm to op­er­ate and run. How­ever, de­spite each fam­ily now hav­ing their own farm, the May fam­ily has never been closer and con­tinue to help each other and work to­gether ev­ery chance they get. In fact, even to this day the May's will still go on fam­ily va­ca­tions with all 17 of them, which in­cludes a to­tal of nine grand­chil­dren.

What's your favourite car?

Our favourite car is an Es­calade and of course my fa­ther loves his Corvette

Why does the fam­ily choose Dueck as their pre­ferred deal­er­ship?

We choose Dueck for their ex­cep­tional ser­vice and be­cause they al­ways ac­com­mo­date all our in­di­vid­ual needs.

What have been the keys to the farm's suc­cess?

The key to our suc­cess is our fa­ther's hard work, long hours and the choice of tak­ing risks in grow­ing our fam­ily busi­ness with Ocean Spray. Most peo­ple don't know that Ocean Spray is ac­tu­ally owned by all the grow­ers and is a co-op.

How would you de­scribe the lead­er­ship style?

Our style is to be very hands-on and we never ask our em­ploy­ees to do any­thing we wouldn't do our­selves.

What is one of the most un­der­rated qual­i­ties of a leader?

I would say com­pas­sion would be the most un­der rated qual­ity for a Leader

What ex­cites you the most about the fu­ture of your in­dus­try?

The most ex­cit­ing thing for us per­son­ally would be to see our kids con­tinue to farm and en­joy the `fam­ily' life­style as our par­ents have seen us do.

What's the first thing you do when you ar­rive at the of­fice?

Grab a cup of cof­fee with our fore­man and dis­cuss what will be done dur­ing the day, be­cause ev­ery day on the Cran­berry Farm can be so different.

What are three es­sen­tials on a road trip?

Ocean Spray cran­berry juice, vodka and fam­ily!

What's your favourite quote and why?

My favourite quote is “My mother made me who I am and my Fa­ther made me what I am”

How do you to spend your time away from the of­fice?

We love Granville Is­land for all it of­fers. Also, I en­joy walk­ing or run­ning the Sea­wall and eat­ing the fish and chips in Steve­ston.

Which artists/genre of mu­sic is play­ing from your ra­dio while you're driv­ing?

It would def­i­nitely be coun­try mu­sic.

(clock­wise from left) Peter Girges out­side Pierre's, lo­cated in Yale­town; Girges with West Oak chef Adam Co( lcl

lpepfte) ory, Randy and Derek May; (be­low) cran­berry her­itage runs deep with the May fam­ily at May­berry Farms

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