Wow! Hard to believe it has been two years, since our team set out to help hard-working Canadian business owners finance the equipment they need to move their business forward. Looking back, I am proud of our many accomplishments:
establishing an industry leading admin team, willing to do what it takes to make our client experience the best it can be;
hiring & developing a sales team with a good mix of young, up-and-coming account managers and experienced finance professionals. A combination that provides our clients expert solutions with an enthusiastic & friendly approach;
watching the teams grow and mature into problem solvers as they assist in growing and managing our portfolio;
creating a 3- and 5-year vision that includes the core values we require all our employees to follow.
While we work through the learning curves all young companies go through, we rely on our team’s experience to make the best decisions for our customers. When we first envisioned what Stride Capital was going to be, we knew our collective years of sales experience and high level of integrity was going to form the basis of our company. As the partners have grown into their roles as owners, we have realized that our ambition is building the company we always wanted to work for. With that goal in mind, we hired people and crafted policies that allow us to have a customer-first focus and a common sense lending model to help finance them. This separates us from big financial institutions, as our speed and ability to make real-time decisions doesn’t get bogged down with rigid policies.
By putting our customers first, we have quickly grown into one of the largest independent equipment leasing companies in Canada. Using our common-sense lending approach, we have helped over 250 customers acquire over 700 working assets. That’s a number we’re proud of, and it motivates us to help more Canadian owners in our third year.
With the building blocks we have put in place, we envision 2018 as a year of tremendous growth. We have added 3 account managers and 2 members to our admin team, to allow us to manage our projected growth rate of 65% over 2017. What started two short years ago with five entrepreneurs, has quickly grown to a team of 15 dedicated and fun employees, all working in the same direction.
As we work through 2018, with the right people and processes in place, the focus turns to improving our client experience with technology. With a full review of our current systems complete, we are enhancing our existing internal platforms while adding better tools to make things easier for our clients. We expect that these investments and our growing team will support Stride’s rapid growth, and deliver a best-in class experience by the end of year three.
I would like to say thank you to all of our customers, employees, financial partners, and families who have supported Stride these first two years, and in the years to come.
1 year ago