Igor Trninic - Managing Director
Igor moved to Canada at a young age, where he learned the value of hard work as he watched his family rebuild a thriving life in a new world with extreme change. Most of Igor’s early learning came from competitive sports, where he learned how to hustle and lead. This learning transferred well to business, when he started running a College Pro Painters franchise at 18 and quickly grew it to one of the top franchises in Canada. After finishing an honours degree in Accounting and HR at the SFU Beedie School of Business, he decided to leave the dull world of numbers and followed his passion of developing people and businesses. He fell in love with leading great people and growing companies to their potential. Working at College Pro as a General Manager for the franchisor, he tripled the revenue of his division in three years by hiring and leading great managers. Here, Igor saw the power of combining amazing people with strong systems to drive scalability. After College Pro, he chose to test these principles on a new venture with the launch of Shack Shine, and together with the guidance of a highly experienced trades entrepreneur, they grew the company to a full scale franchisor within a year and a half. Shack Shine was eventually acquired by 1-800-GOT-JUNK to be scaled across North America and Igor launched the Breakthrough Academy to guide trades and home service entrepreneurs grow their businesses through proven principles. Igor has a passion and true care for developing people and their businesses, which has formed the foundation of Breakthrough Academy. His work in developing BTA has recently been highlighted in Igor’s Top 30 Under 30 selection by BC Business Magazine.
Igor resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and loves to take on all the adventure that BC can offer. From hunting to skiing to downhill mountain biking, any outdoor adventure is up his alley.
Danny Kerr - Director of Assessment
Danny learned two important things as a young age: to work hard and be humble in everything he does. Coming from a modest family, he was forced to create his own success in life. As a Dyslexic student in school, he was treated differently throughout his upbringing and his potential was questioned by everyone around him. As he grew up, these experiences fueled his desire to push boundaries and prove what was possible. From a struggling middle school student, Danny graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, and then started his own painting business employing 12 full time staff and making enough money to buy his first home. At 20 years old, Danny took a leadership position for a franchise company and grew sales from $400,000 to $1,300,000 in one year. Such rapid growth was only possible through selecting top caliber franchisees and being an open, honest, and flexible coach to them. Growing that business launched Danny’s journey in developing companies, where he spent the next six years scaling businesses. Through these experiences, he decided to commit his life to assisting others to move past adversity and reach their full potential. Danny has since left the franchising world and opened horizons to all trades business owners seeking guidance through their growth stages. Through authentic relationships and always putting his heart into what he does, Danny looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of business owners everywhere.
Danny lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife and two beautiful young daughters. When he’s not helping prospective BTA members, you can usually find Danny exploring mountains in his Jeep.
James Dale - Director of Training and Development
For the past 15 years James Dale’s passion has been assisting companies grow their profits and helping entrepreneurs reach their potential. While attending the University of Victoria he founded business plan competitions and job fairs to help young entrepreneurs launch their businesses and careers. In 2003 he began his career with College Pro running his first business. With a strong dedication to developing his team, he eventually became the Vice President of the company and grew revenues to over $11 million and trained over 500 business owners. In 2013, he started a real estate development company and started and sold an office services business. Even with these new ventures he has continued his passion for training and helping companies grow and is proud and excited to be working with many of his old colleagues from College Pro.
James resides in Nanaimo, British Columbia with his wife Roxanne and newborn son Nolan. Proof that he’s not just a business vet, James can often be found with his black belt at martial arts classes and setting record times at obstacle course races.
Dan Dasko - Business Coach
Before Dan joined BTA he worked extensively with College Pro Painters. He oversaw the Southern Alberta region and coached over 60 franchised businesses. In that time, Dan raised the customer quality of the region to 62%, one of the top NPS quality scores in College Pro. Throughout his leadership, this region grew from just under $2 million to $3.3 million in annual revenue. He brings strong insights into the direction a business should grow and creative solutions to get there.
Dan is a family man, living in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and two young sons. He loves spending time with them in the outdoors chasing birds and picking up random rocks with his son and wife.
Paul Atherton - Business Coach
For the past 10 years Paul has been managing large construction projects across almost every industry sector. His work has taken him throughout China, the US and Canada. After obtaining designation as a professional engineer, he built a reputation as someone who could work with minimal resources to enable clients to reach their goals. He has managed hundreds of multi-trade personnel and worked closely with many different companies. Very few people have had the same level of exposure across such a large spectrum of corporate profiles, and multi-disciplinary services.
During his career Paul developed a passion for seeking out keen people who were willing to expand their boundaries and realize their potential. Paul has found his niche with BTA because it allows him the opportunity to work with business owners who have the initiative and tenacity to achieve their goals.
Paul lives on the ocean in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and can regularly be found on his motocross bike, surf board or out hunting in the BC wilderness.
Brad Copes - Business Coach
Prior to joining BTA, Brad built a successful career in the College Pro Painters franchise system over the course of a decade, from running his own business to a Vice President for British Columbia. He has an extensive background in the education and coaching of entrepreneurial leaders and executives.
He brings his passion for helping people grow and develop in his role as Business Coach to our members here at BTA. He is motivated daily by helping entrepreneurs along on their journey to their visions and goals.
A master on skis, Brad lives at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia with his wife Kristin and young son Anderson. He enjoys anything competitive from sports to board games, and has a fascination with fun and quirky event planning.
Daniel Stav - Business Coach
Daniel has spent two decades developing a high level leadership career in the Energy Sector. He started at a young age, worked hard, and eventually made his way to the top of the ranks. After gaining significant management experience, he made a career change to work on his own as a consultant in the industry. Daniel was able to secure contracts with major oil and gas companies, and has been the lead advisor on hundreds of oil & gas wells drilled in Western Canada. His business was best known for its excellence in safety, quality, cost, and scheduling. Navigating the highs and lows of this labour-driven industry has taught him many valuable business lessons. Daniel has a huge heart when it comes to helping people achieve success in their goals, whether it be a laborer trying to make it through the day or a high-level executive trying to complete a project on time and on budget. He is best known for his natural ability to connect with all types of people and hold them accountable to reach their potential.
Daniel resides on Vancouver Island with his wife Richelle, their three sons Diesel, Rockson, Timber, and their Wolf-Husky dog Finn. He enjoys all the terrain Vancouver Island has to offer and gets in as many hikes as he can. Daniel spends his free time in the winter at the hockey rink coaching his son’s hockey teams and his summers at the golf course.
Ashley Ennis - Business Coach
For many years, Ashley has been pursuing her passion for entrepreneurial development and leadership both through investing in the lives of young entrepreneurs, and working in organizational management. She started her first business in 2008 in Calgary as a College Pro franchisee. After three years growing locally, Ashley was asked to take on leadership for College Pro Window Cleaners across Western Canada, moving her to her current home of Vancouver, British Columbia. She grew a team that pushed the boundaries of the business, setting records in both productivity and profitability across a very large geography. Ashley brings her high standards for performance to Breakthrough Academy as she walks alongside entrepreneurs in her role as a Business Coach.
Outside of work, Ashley lives out her passion for faith and family with her husband Jeremy and daughter Rosalynd. She loves exploring the North Shore mountains, kickboxing and taking advantage of the adventures that British Columbia has to offer.
Ryan Gabel - Member Success Manager
When he’s not getting lost in a Central American jungle or climbing through a box canyon in Arizona, Ryan lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where he enjoys exploring the local wilderness, drinking coffee and playing board games.
Benji Carlson - Assessment Specialist
As the son of two proven entrepreneurs, Benji’s spirit for self-starting business runs deep. Since he was a young teen, Benji has been starting and running profitable small businesses; most recently culminating in a highly successful 4-year career as a franchisee with College Pro Painters. Benji’s enormous heart and passion for people is what drove him to produce over $1,000,000 in revenue while taking the highest quality care of his employees and customers. He was consistently acknowledged for having the most productive staff in the company, while leading more junior franchisees to fulfill their potential. Benji’s uncanny ability to find the right people and put them in the right place make him a natural fit for Breakthrough Academy’s Assessment Team.
Upon finishing up his career with College Pro, Benji set out on the ultimate victory lap: a nine-month transcontinental motorcycle trip from Canada to Peru.
Originally from Kelowna BC, Benji now lives in Vancouver alongside his friends and colleagues at BTA. During the summer Benji is usually found on two wheels: either bombing down a trail on his mountain bike or cruising the pavement on his motorcycle. When the snow falls, he escapes to the Okanagan where the mountains draw him and his snowboard.
Caitlin Fraser - Assessment Support Specialist
Caitlin is passionate about excelling at everything she does. From being on the honour roll throughout school to graduating from BCIT in Nursing with Distinction, she always strives for greatness. For five years, she served her community as a surgical nurse and taught students as an instructor in the BCIT Nursing Program. Upon deciding to follow her passion for paving her own path, Caitlin left the world of nursing and started her own small business in lead generation. To learn hands on how to run a small business, she ran a large College Pro Franchise in her first year. With the help of her business coach, this experience taught her how to implement franchise business systems, how to hire and train staff, and how to lead a team effectively. She now enjoys helping select the right members for the Breakthrough Academy program. Caitlin loves seeing the growth in Breakthrough Academy’s members and watching them build the business of their dreams.
Caitlin lives in Langley, British Columbia in her beautiful new home with her husband. With her undying passion for helping others, on her days off Caitlin can be found volunteering with children in her community and will soon start helping sex-trafficked women rebuild their lives.
Brendon Toyne - Assessment Support Specialist
Before joining the team at BTA, Brendon spent the last 8 years working with entrepreneurs across North America. He is passionate about helping business owners achieve a higher level of success. Brendon has spent the better part fo his career working with large online platforms, most recently, HomeStars/HomeAdvisor.
Brendon is no stranger to the life of a trades professional. Growing up he watched his grandfather, father, uncles, brother and friends build businesses in their skilled trades. Brendon completed a Bachelors of Business at Vancouver Island University. He now pulls from his life experiences to help entrepreneurs grow their business with BTA.
Brendon and his wife Katharine share a passion for experiences, travel and food. Whether it is in a different country, or his Vancouver Island home, Brendon can be found exploring hidden gems and experiencing life to the fullest.
Erin Kurbis - Systems Specialist
Erin got her start in business as a university student running a College Pro Painters franchise. After two years of success she accepted a coaching role helping first year franchisees with their startups before becoming a General Manager where she recruited, trained, and developed franchisees across British Columbia.
As BTA’s Systems Specialist, Erin enjoys making entrepreneurs’ lives easier by creating tools and structured systems to facilitate faster and more organized growth. She likes analyzing a business with the owner and creating solutions that bring about more clarity and which build greater performance culture.
Erin lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. When she’s not taking advantage of BC’s great outdoors by rock climbing, skiing, hiking, or playing beach volleyball, you can usually find Erin travelling somewhere around the globe following her love of travel and adventure.
Kate Fulmore - Systems Specialist
After several years working in the education and customer service sectors, Kate discovered her passion for business systemization and content development during her time with College Pro Painters as both a high performing painter and franchisee, where she led her teams to success and recognition for outstanding service. Kate also completed her Bachelor of Education at Mount Royal University with honors while volunteering her extra time with several non-profits in her community.
As one of BTA’s System Specialists, Kate connects her love for education and business by developing relevant tools and content to help entrepreneurs save time and achieve their goals more easily. She loves helping business owners identify and create solutions to streamline their organization and deliver greater results and satisfaction.
Kate lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, you’ll probably find her playing basketball, reading, gardening, or hiking anywhere in Kananaskis.
Jane Kluk - Member Success Manager
With many years of customer service and process improvement experience, Jane has developed a passion for helping teams to find the most efficient and successful ways to do business. Jane completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Alberta School of Business, and received a Presidents Club award for running a high-performing College Pro Painting franchise. As Breakthrough Academy’s Member Success Manager, Jane uses this customer service and entrepreneurial experience to help members to drive for winning results through the BTA programs.
Jane lives in Calgary, Alberta. She loves the mountains, and there’s nothing better for her than a few days of hiking, scrambling or climbing in the most remote corners of the Canadian Rockies.
Andrea Geeraert - Marketing Manager
Andrea had her first taste of entrepreneurship by running a College Pro Painters franchise at the young age of 19. After two successful years as a franchisee, Andrea joined the College Pro leadership team and coached Calgary’s first-year franchisees to success. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013, Andrea left College Pro to pursue a career in marketing, but didn’t leave her entrepreneurial genes behind. In addition to developing marketing programs for multiple companies since then, she has started several successful small businesses (in the trades and other industries) and has always had a dedicated passion to helping other entrepreneurs.
This passion is applied to her role as Marketing Manager at BTA. Andrea loves being a part of an amazing team that provides the support and resources necessary for business owners to expand their potential. Each day, she is excited to bring BTA’s passion and results to more entrepreneurs.
Andrea and her husband have made Cochrane, Alberta their home for more than 9 years. Although they have dreams of eventually moving out to the coast, they enjoy easy access to the Albertan Rocky Mountains and their nearby families. They spend much of their spare time playing volleyball, enjoying the outdoors and learning about wines from around the world!
Simon Uden - Manager of Strategic Partnerships
Simon is no stranger to creating partnerships that make a difference. Prior to his work at BTA, he spent many years as the Program Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he oversaw the granting of wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. He and his team created partnerships and sourced vendors to maximize fundraised dollars and create extraordinary experiences.
Fueled by a deep passion for making a difference, Simon now works hard to find the very best vendor partners for Breakthrough Academy members. When running a trades business, being surrounded by great vendors and partners is a key ingredient of success, and its Simon’s role to connect members to those who will help them succeed. His focus is on making the entrepreneurial journey smoother, while leveraging the vast purchasing power within BTA to provide extra value to the bottom line.
A native of England, Simon moved to Canada in 2006 and now lives in the heart of Vancouver with his wife Tam. In his spare time, nothing makes him happier than hurtling down deep powder on his skis or travelling with his family.