THE ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ ROLE – (OTE: $160,000 – $170,000+)

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Picture if you will … a truly progressive organization.
An organization where General Managers virtually never leave, but rather, are delighted to stay … as long as possible.
Where the Executive Leadership Group does not suffocate their General Managers … but rather empowers them to make critical business decisions … as they see fit.

Picture if you will … the opportunity to generate explosive growth.
Where a competent and successful General Manager can utilize their skills and experience to effect real change.
Where a General Manager’s achievement is properly rewarded … and entrepreneurial nature is genuinely encouraged.

You may think this kind of opportunity only exists in the Twilight Zone … but you couldn’t be more wrong!

What does this have to do with my current role?
Well … everything!


The General Manager is responsible for performance of the division’s production and branch network. In accordance with company policies (that act as goal posts … not barriers) they will create and execute their division’s business plan, ensuring profitability, developing branch personnel … and facilitating continuous improvement and personal growth.



  • Work with executive management, key clients and key suppliers to leverage key growth opportunities
  • Manage a P&L and apply financial acumen to business decisions (depreciation, return, cash flow, A/R, A/P, ROI) etc …
  • Stay informed and educated as to product inventory and applicability
  • Direct and coordinate sales efforts to assist in account development and development of new markets
  • Review daily reports and take appropriate action to analyze and evaluate activities, costs, operations, budgets and forecast data to determine branch progress towards stated goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate inventory and manage branch inventory status
  • Negotiate pricing and issues with vendors
  • Maintain facility layout to promote safety, security, and productivity while leveraging available space
  • Establish processes 1:1’s, team calls, KPIs and determine how company can grow (bolt-on businesses or new acquisitions)
  • Evaluate performance of branch personnel, develop goals and provide formal and informal feedback
  • Via management decisions, communication and behaviour, create a culture that works to meet client needs
  • Promote an environment of empowerment, respect and trust … while holding team members accountable


  • 5+ years’ leadership experience in a General Manager or Director type role
  • Experience managing a network of remote operations (branches) and a production facility
  • Financial acumen (depreciation, return, P&L, Cash Flow, A/R, A/P, Return on Investment) etc …
  • Experience in metal fabrication industry is a nice to have … but definitely not necessary!
  • Travel across Ontario … as necessary


BASE SALARY: $130,000 – $140,000
ON-TARGET VARIABLE: $30,000 (uncapped)
ON-TARGET EARNINGS (YEAR 1): $160,000 – $170,000
OTHER: benefits + mileage


If you’re qualified for this role … the ball is in your court.
This is what happens next;

1st – I need you to email your resume to me at;

2nd – Ensure the subject line reads; THE ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ ROLE – (15-E-17-HHK).

3rd – I beg you … please, please, please don’t send me a previously prepared, generic email … where you simply change the “Dear Insert Name” portion.

4th – Based on my job description … tell me specifically … what makes you a legitimate contender for this role.


THE “BURNER” ROLE (OTE: $87,500 – $107,500+)

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On my 13th birthday …  my parents woke me up and suggested I go have a look inside our garage.

I threw open the door … and there she was … leaning against my father’s work bench with the sunlight beaming down on her … (just like a movie) – the Raleigh BMX Burner I’d coveted for … well … forever.

My prayers had been answered!
Ocean blue … complete with ‘rat-trap’ pedals and 5-star yellow spokes!
To say I was delighted was an understatement!

I laced up my North Star sneakers … and took that horse for a ride.
Peddling down the street … nodding at every neighbour I passed … I was sure everyone was green with envy!

Long story short … as I passed a group of kids sitting on their porch … I decided it was a good time to spit (for no reason … other than to demonstrate the level of cool I had ascended to with my new bike).

Not taking into account the direction of the wind … that very same spit twirled gracefully through the air and landed square on my shoulder!

Mortified … and desperately hopeful the kids on the porch hadn’t witnessed my faux-pas, I feverishly wiped at my shirt … paying no regard to the direction in which my new bike and I were heading.

At this point … everything seemed to happen in slow motion … as I rear-ended a parked, Monte Carlo. As I somersaulted into the trunk … the new love of my life … continued on her own, ill-fated trajectory.

Now … the kids on the porch likely didn’t see the event leading up to the crash … but they couldn’t have missed the resulting carnage.

Beyond mortified … I gathered my bike (with only one inflated tire) and limped down the street … dying a little inside … every time I noticed another scratch or dent on my bike.

The moral of the story?
Just when you think you’ve got the world in the palm of your hands … one bad decision can prove disastrous!

What does this have to do with my latest role? Nothing really.
That said … if you’ve been coveting a solid opportunity as much as I wanted that Raleigh Burner … you’ll want to read on.

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In the words of House of Pain’s front man …  Everlast;

“Just like Pearl Jam, I’m still alive.
Look at all these rumors … spreadin’ like tumors, gossip and lies.
Exaggerated reports of my demise.”

Some call it a ‘hiatus’ … others prefer the word ‘sabbatical’.
Call it whatever you want … the good news is … I’m back!

I’d like to apologize for leaving you to wallow in the mind-numbing pool of tedious job descriptions and robot recruiters this industry is renowned for churning out.

After more than a decade of recruiting … it was time for a break.
I’m refreshed and recharged … and my phone is ringing off the hook.

I’ve opened my own agency – Match and Fable Inc.
In keeping with my ‘modus operandi’ … you can expect a unique and uber-refreshing experience!

While is under construction … the new roles I’ve picked up can’t wait for that!

Until the website drops … you can find me at;

TWITTER: @HeadHunterKrpan or @matchfable