by David Shanahan
Rob Thompson has been known in North Grenville for many years as a business dynamo. He has been a fixture in the community, respected for his many initiatives in developing Kemptville, in particular, as a destination and business centre. Now Rob has been recognised in another centre where he has been busy for the past thirteen years. The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce has named Rob as their 2018 Business Person of the Year. There will be a presentation made at the Chamber’s Awards of Excellence Gala on November 8, along with other recipients of awards in various categories.
Rob has been involved in business development in North Grenville, taking part in workshops and initiatives over the years. His was the vision behind Kemptville Suites, for example. The citation on his Brockville Award speaks equally clearly about his approach in this community:
“He sees a downtown that attracts locals and visitors alike. He believes that getting the locals to reengage with their downtown will support shops and small businesses and cause them to thrive. ‘When a downtown thrives it creates buzz and a perpetual motion forward for business’”.
Congratulations to a man of vision and daring. Long may he prosper.