Guy Dubois was identified as an unparalleled candidate, with extensive industry experience and solid leadership skills, most recently demonstrated at Cramer Systems. Guy agreed to join the team, subject to the Highland investment closing, and soon became a critical lynchpin in the partnership.
Even for sporting enthusiasts, growing a business is never plain sailing, Laurence reflects. “Over the years, I’ve come to realise that investing is a bit like rock climbing: the surface of the rock looks smooth and predictable from far away, but up close it’s obvious that it’s anything but,” he says. “The path can quickly turn jagged and treacherous, so having the right time in place is absolutely critical to surviving and, ideally, thriving.”
Board dinners were a commonly agreed-upon highlight of the Highland-NewVoiceMedia collaboration. During one particularly memorable dinner, Jonathan, the lifelong sports enthusiast, challenged the board members to compete in the Windsor Triathlon. Many joined and Laurence mastered his first cycling challenge unscathed. He had hoped that the NewVoiceMedia partnership would bring many advantages, but he never expected that it would lower his cholesterol and make him fitter.