Lance Sparling began his business career in 1973 as a sales representative at British Columbia-based Spar Group Inc., a hardware manufacturing and consumer packaging company. Working his way up to company president, Lance grew Spar Group Inc. to a $40 million business with 500 employees and international distribution. During this time, Lance also served as Director of the Canadian Hardware Housewares Manufacturing Association.
After selling Spar Group Inc., the second chapter of Lance’s career saw him co-founding Strategic Insights (later known as ViRTUS) in 1993. The company provided mentoring programs for business presidents and executives, in addition to leadership coaching for businesses and individuals.
In 2004, Lance entered the world of real estate development, where his Wakefield Beach, BC waterfront development project won numerous awards. The founder and president of Wakefield Construction Inc. also founded Wakefield Marine Services in 2013. The Coast Community Builders Association was co-founded by Lance in BC’s Sunshine Coast region.
Lance left the real estate development business in 2014 and returned to his passion for business coaching and mentoring. He’s drawn from his many years of business experience to educate and mentor local individuals and businesses. Lance has also volunteered with local business workshops and seminars.
A lengthy period researching franchising opportunities that “provided for a family business that can take advantage of our different skill sets” recently lead Lance to Garage Living. Working in a business that centred around the home services industry was also a key factor in Lance choosing the company. The Garage Living Vancouver owner says that “the opportunity to introduce this concept was very appealing and the potential got us very excited”.
The “us” includes Lance’s wife Terry (design consultant) and son Reid (project manager). Reid comes from a business background in tourism, restaurant management, and as a brand builder at Wakefield Construction Inc. Also joining the Garage Living Vancouver team is sales consultant Alex Schaalo.
Alex was recently interviewed by the Vancouver Sun for this article: The Home Front: Sorting out overlooked spaces at home.