GPRC Steps To The Greater Alumni Awards
2014 Steps to the Greater Alumni Award Recipient: Ryan Pomeroy
Former Wolves Volleyball star Ryan Pomeroy has accomplished a great deal in the years since he dominated the nets here and in international competition. Today, as President of Pomeroy Inn & Suites Inc. and Pomeroy Lodging LP, Ryan is a leader who continues to prove what ambition, focus, strategic thinking and an unrelenting drive to succeed can accomplish. Ryan Pomeroy was appointed President in 2005, and since then he has been instrumental in closing several deals that have strategically positioned the company for success. He has restructured the organization into Pomeroy Lodging LP and has added several more hotels into the portfolio, including the purchase of the Stonebridge brand and the Grande Prairie Inn – now renovated and rebranded as Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Pomeroy Lodging now owns and operates 16 hotels, five restaurants, and a Gaming Centre, with plans of continued growth.
Ryan is also deeply committed to honouring his roots and supporting his community, and to the Peace Region. He has been involved in many large-scale community projects, including becoming the title facility sponsor for the Pomeroy Sport Centre in his home town of Fort St. John. On a personal level, Ryan has founded and funded Impact Volleyball camps for kids, supported local citizens in need through such projects as the Warriors Fund, and funded academic scholarships through GPRC in memory of his brother, Tim Pomeroy.
Download Nomination Form- Deadline December 31st
The nominees must be alumni of GPRC. The candidates have demonstrated oustanding excellence in his/her profession, community or society and is therefore an example of alumni excellence for GPRC. Alumni currently serving the College as Board members are not eligible.
Nominations will be accepted from the public and the College Community. Nominations will be reviewed and selected by a committee of the Alumni/Foundation Board. The recipients will be contacted in advance so he/she may attend the event to receive their award.
Steps to the Greater Alumni Honourees
Steps to the Greater Alumni Award 2013: Michael Reeve
Having a passion for entrepreneurship, Michael took the Business Administration program at GPRC, where in one of his courses, students were tasked with writing a complete business plan for a fictitious company. Mike based his business plan on a company that he was hoping to start, involving extreme sports filmmaking. Graduating from GPRC in 2004 with a Business Administration Certificate and a full business plan to take to the bank, in 2005, at the age of 20, he incorporated, Velocity Video Productions Ltd.
Capitalizing on the demand for safety and training videos in the oil & gas industry, Mike expanded into the files of commercial business, government and not-for-profit agencies to name a few. Being a one man enterprise, during the winter months, Mike returns to his original passion of filming professional snowmobiling for several large American companies in the remote B.C. backcountry. In the summer months, he can be found hanging out of a helicopter chasing race boats down the river for the Canadian circuit of jet boat racing. In 2011 he produced the World Jet Boat Championships film and was later invited to New Zealand to film their races on the south island. In 2007, at the age of 22, Michael was nominated for “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Michael credits GPRC’s faculty and staff with kickstarting his career and business, allowing him to live his dream.