PRESIDENT AND CEO, INTER-URBAN DELIVERY SERVICE + ARGUS CAR RI ERS
Five years ago, Jamil Murji decided to buy a company. The stock analyst, who had done his undergrad in computer science at SFU and an MBA at Western University's Richard Ivey School of Business, had always wanted to run his own business. So when the Vancouver native noticed that Abbotsford-headquartered transportation and logistics firm Inter-urban Delivery Service was up for sale, he examined the books, liked what he saw and put every penny he had into it. Running a company in an industry he knew nothing about was tough, but dealing with the staff he inherited proved tougher.
“It was a small office of four or five people, and not even 90 days after [purchasing it], the operations manager and office manager were kicked out because I caught them stealing our customer list and starting their own company,” Murji says. “It took me a good 18 months to figure out how this business runs, to beg for forgiveness from our customers.” Since then, Inter-urban has doubled its employees, and in 2016, Murji bought Burnaby-based freight carrier Argus. He oversees about 185 staff overall.