Sponsor Spotlight Summary – McCarter Grespan Lawyers

 In Sponsor Spotlight

Attendees at our April 29th breakfast had the opportunity to learn more about our corporate sponsor McCarter Grespan Beynon Weir PC.

Tom Beynon introduced his company, a Kitchener-based boutique law firm that has served local family business people for over 25 years. McCarter Grespan’s team of experienced lawyers provide practical, business-oriented advice for next-generation planning, corporate governance, shareholder rights and agreements, buying/selling businesses, corporate finance, contracts, licensing, and joint ventures.

Tom talked about his commitment to mentoring local business enthusiasts.

Tom also shared some personal stories, including a couple of stories about his professional football career…[while Tom didn’t get into details, he had a remarkable football career, playing on three Grey Cup Championship teams – Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966 and Ottawa Rough Riders in 1968 & 1969].

Tom’s football career taught him important lessons which he has put to use throughout his successful legal career…in Tom’s own words:

The Football Metaphor,

I think there are lessons learned in football that apply to business, and here are some of the elements:

  1.  Hire really good people, average people do average things
  2.  Hire really good leaders that have the ability to make good people great
  3. Know your strengths, know your weaknesses
  4. Know who your competitors are, and know their strengths and weaknesses
  5. Prepare a game plan to beat your competitors and to score, good plans and team commitment to the plan, often provide good results; if you don’t plan for victory, you are unlikely to achieve it
  6. Winning is everything, there is no plan for losing
  7. Don’t be discouraged by a bad first quarter, rally the team, that is why the game is 60 minutes.”

Tom (Thomas D.) Beynon, Q.C.

B.Sc.(Mech.Eng.), LL.B., LL.M.(IP), ICD.D

Tom – on behalf of CFFB, thank you for sharing your story, supporting family businesses in our community, and providing your inspiring Football Metaphor!

Rick Baker, Spirited Leaders/NeuStyle Software & Systems

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