Here’s my top three list of men at work who rock my world. These guys wouldn’t make most ladies’ list but they are definitely fantastic at what they do and they make my life enjoyable, fun and even exciting at times. I’ll even let you know where they work and what they do. Share the wealth is my motto.
Kostas Poularakis – Bookkeeper Extraordinaire!
You can find Kostas behind a desk at Taxmiser’s at Keele & Wilson on the second floor. I can’t even start to tell you how good he is. He’s smart and funny and he can even keep my books straight. He knows how properties work, he knows what LMR means and he can reconcile a rent roll, bank statement, Interac deposits and EVERYTHING. He’s also a payroll specialist.
Every month we used to spend 4 hours together now he never sees me anymore. This is because this month there were no discrepancies. He’s also very reasonably priced. Life without Kostas would be pure hell because I would have to spend hours of my life that I would never get back figuring this crap out and answering auditor’s questions. Last two months the auditor had zero questions – He’s that good.
I met with his boss, I told him that he should expand his business to include more buildings. He said that he had actually just hired more staff and was willing to add more property clients. So if you’ve been looking for a wickedly excellent accountant/bookkeeper give Taxmiser’s a shout.
Tim Baker – Trademark Lawyer
Tim’s the only guy in the universe that can make me laugh about the trademark issue going on with this blog and my business name. You can get a hold of him at Smugler’s LLP – Trademarks Canada. Without Tim on my side I’d spend my days too angry to work.His prices are as reasonable as a lawyer’s can get and I can get a hold of him on the phone reasonably well. All round good guy although I’ve heard he has an strange obsession with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. (That’s got to be better than being a Leaf’s fan)
Good guy, nice guy who gets how upsetting this trademark’s stuff is to people trying to make an honest living.
Seriously, the other day I noticed that REIN actually trademarked the phrase “Landlording Secrets” for their new property management package. (On sale for only $500 or so)They are such a bunch of scammers. Landlording is a term first coined by the author Leigh Robinson the author of a bestselling book that’s been a bestseller for years in the US and in it’s 11th edition. These people will trademark anything that isn’t nailed down.
Jeff Shabes – Paralegal
Without Jeff, I’d be stuck at the Landlord & Tenant Board all the time. Then I’d be really cranky. He also worked as a property manager for years so he has lots of great advice. No woman is an island. You can hire Jeff for lots of things, he does consultations, he can look over your lease, he’s just good and he’s been doing this stuff for years. He’s so wickedly Awesome that I gave him his own page on this site. Jeff Shabes – Paralegal rocks my world.