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Cas Robinson - Partner + co-ceo with Richard

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Cas is not fond of the cold weather. On any given winter day, you will find her bundled up layers, shivering and asking Richard “did you turn down the heat again”. At the ripe age of 22, Cas opened up her own gently-used women’s designer shop… 2nd Apparel Boutique. Two years later while climbing the four walls she was confined too, she sold the business after securing a job with a union insurance company, American Income Life. Starting as an agent visiting families one on one selling insurance, she earned numerous awards including the distinction of being the first woman in Canada to achieve AIL’s prestigious Founders Club. In 2001 and with the gift of gab, she was recruited for the PR side of the business and started working with local, provincial and national unions implementing group policies.

With two kids growing like weeds, Richard + Cas Robinson co-founded OutGROW OutPLAY in 2008. Dylan, their little one loved hockey and with EE feet (yikes!), he constantly needed new skates and sometimes up to THREE new pairs per season. This cost a lot of moolah...so much so that Cas thought...there had to be a better way! Funny how things turn out sometimes because their past experience with 2nd Apparel lead the Robinsons down the path to creating an fun, exciting and much better way for families to sell, shop and save.

Fast forward to 2016 and you’ll find her on any given day working on improving OGOP and mentoring Franchise Owners - she’s on-call 24/7. OGOP is her third baby, her passion and when you love what you do...it’s not work. She still dabbles (in her spare time) with AIL nurturing the relationships she’s built within organized labour over two decades.

Favourites…

Colour: Grey, but if you look in my closet, you’ll think it’s black

Quote: "Happy Wife, Happy Life!"

Food: Perogies, cabbage rolls and kolbassa

Hobby/Happy Place: 15 minutes before we start each Pre-Sale (like a relaxed Sunday morning!).  The sales floor is completely spotless, organized, categorized and it’s the calm before the storm.  This is “my” happy place because I spend it with our volunteers and consignors who are lined up to shop. It’s my time, where I can express how much we value and appreciate their business and all that they do for OGOP.  Their excitement is the best part...love, love, love watching them explode onto the floor running for the items they want!  I also love Saturday morning garage sale’n.  My home is filled with amazing finds and I personally buy a ton (double garage racked, stacked and packed) of like-new children’s items to resell at our sales.  Amount of money I’ve make doing this = a lot!

Pet Peeve: People who don’t say please, thank-you or acknowledge when you’ve gone out of your way for them.  Manners and common courtesy are soooo important in life!

Something few people know about me: I’m a huge fan of the zombie apocalypse genre and have over 300 zombie novels on my kobo :-)

 

Richard Robinson - Partner + co-ceo with Cas

Growing up in a small Northern Quebec community, Rouyn- Noranda… Richards a 3x a week hockey/goalie guy who loves the cold and can not believe his wife grew up in Winnipeg! A thermostat watchdog who prefers cool vs warm and is constantly asking “who turned the heat up”. He thinks real food doesn't have labels (or need salt!) and is without a doubt...the family chef and healthy food know-it-all. After 26 years with Walmart, Richard retired and loves (and is freaky good at) merchandising, running the numbers, budgeting and maximizing profit margins. With his no-nonsense style, he works smart, works hard and has no issues holding people accountable for their actions or lack of them.

In 2004, Richard and Cas reached out to help make Christmas a little bit brighter for two dozen families who were facing hardship during the Holidays due to extended labour disputes (Strikes and lock-outs). Together they packed Christmas Food Hampers, collected toys for the kids and delivered cheer to the picket-lines. They called their efforts Operation Christmas Cheer. It was suppose to be a one time thing but it turned into so much more with the support of organized labour throughout Ontario. To date, their grassroots movement has delivered labours love annually to every union local on strike during the Holidays. Over 1500 families have received Christmas Food Hampers, toys and grocery gifts on behalf of 140 union locals, labour councils committees and individuals.

Favourites…

Colour: Black but... is that a colour?

Quote: "For every finger you point, three are pointing back"

Food: Anything pasta

Hobby/Happy Place: Cutting the grass and cooking... love making homemade pasta with my cuisinart mixer

Pet Peeve: People who speed in residential areas.  I’ve been know to follow a few home and ask them to slow the “BEEP” down.

Something few people know about me: I write love notes to my wife, often and without cause.

 

 

Jadel Menard - Partner + VP Technology

Favourites…

Colour: Green / Brown

Quote: "Patience is grossly underestimated" - @garyvee

Food: A simple salad with 4/5 fresh eggs w/peas on top, go to breakfast!

Hobby/Happy Place: Walking sunrise or sunset nine hole rounds, (re)connecting with nature and/or getting lost in a song.

Pet Peeve: When people don't see that we're all connected... and small thinking.

Something few people know about me: I believe there is a power in cold that we all take for granted, that every shower should end with embracing the cold for minutes not seconds and that we should all bathe in liquid nitrogen at every chance we get.

 

 

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Donna Edwards - Manager Franchise Development, Franchise Owner Orleans + OGOP’s Sunshine

Donna joined our Team in the summer of 2012 and has been steadily growing her Orleans franchise since. It became obvious very quickly that she was someone very special. She’s an amazing on-the-go Mom chasing after three beautiful kids, is everyone’s best friend and the kind of person that you naturally gravitate to and want to get to know better. It’s her savvy business sense, people skills and kindness that set her apart from everyone else. In 2016, we were absolutely thrilled when Donna accepted OGOP’s offer to become our Manager of Franchise development. She is a huge asset to our Team and without a doubt, you are going to love her too if you’ve the opportunity to speak with her!

In her own words…

"We all love a great deal, and with OutGROW OutPLAY, I get to bring AMAZING deals to the masses!! Seeing the excitement on the faces of the people walking through the doors in to one of our events is PRICELESS. I am passionate about helping families, reducing our carbon footprint, and giving back to our community, and OutGROW OutPLAY covers all of the above - and more!"

Favourites…

Colour: Blue

Quote: "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Food: Fresh picked berries, right off the vine!

Hobby/Happy Place: Running after my kids!  For real - we're all happiest outside; skiing/snowshoeing in the winter, and running/biking/swimming in the summer.

Pet Peeve: Dishonesty

Something few people know about me: I'm on a mission to learn how to play the guitar!  I would love to be able to play a few tunes at a campfire, or chord to my sister on the fiddle.  :)

 

FRANCHISE OWNERS - OUR PARTNERS

RICHARD + CAS - NEPEAN + KANATA

See above... they started the company from scratch and together, with the rest of the OGOP Crew, are the driving force behind anything OGOP.

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Melissa - Saskatoon

Melissa has the distinction of being OGOP first ever Franchise Partner. She’s a multi-tasking busy career minded Super Mom of two beautiful girls, a go getter and without a doubt, leads the OGOP pack with her innovation and consistency.

In her own words…

"Seeing Saskatoon OGOP grow from the 1st sale to the 9th sale has been such an incredible experience. It is amazing to see so many families be able to save so much sale after sale."

Favourites…

Colour: Blue

Quote: "a man's success has a lot to do with the kind of women he chooses to have in his life."

Food: Perogies and cabbage rolls

Hobby/Happy Place: no time for hobbies right now :) happy place - the lake

Pet Peeve: People with no work ethic

Something few people know about me: I don't eat meat - nothing - not any kind, not even fish etc...

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SARA + RAY - HALIFAX + DARTMOUTH

This Maritimes couple is super laid back but don’t let that fool you because they are a force to be reckoned with! Family focused with a pulse on their community, they are always looking for creative ways to grow their business.

In their own words…

"Our SMILE is our LOGO, our PERSONALITY is our BUSINESS CARD, how we leave others feeling after an experience with OutGROW OutPLAY becomes our TRADEMARK"

Sara

Favourites...

Colour: Green

Quote: "Don't walk in front of me... I may not follow. Don't walk behind me... I may not lead. Walk beside me... just be my friend"

Food: Cheesecake

Hobby/Happy Place: Gardening

Pet Peeve: People who do not clean up after themselves

Something few people know about me: Loves wooden roller coasters rides.

Ray

Favourites...

Colour: Green

Quote: "The proof is in the pudding"

Food: Ginger Beef

Hobby/Happy Place: Cooking & gardening / camping with the family

Pet Peeve: Rude behaviour

Something few people know about me: I like classical music, but not as much as Monster Trucks!

Donna - Orleans

She is the sunshine... see above.

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Gabriela & Peter - Mississauga + Oshawa

This multilingual globe trotting millennial couple are savvy professionals with the natural ability to find a great deal!  Real estate investing, photography, triathlon training, online store creators, motivational coaches and parents to beautiful Leila... are just a few things they dabble in and excel at.  Without a doubt, they lead our OGOP team with their creative marketing talent and have raised the bar for us all... breaking OGOP sale growth records rapidly.  Gabriela and Peter are the real deal recognizing the OGOP opportunity with their shrewd expansion into multi-unit territories.  We are thrilled that they choose OGOP as their career path and can not wait to see what they do next!

Peter

Favourites...

Colour: Black

Quote: "It isn't the mountains to climb that wear you down, it's the pebble in your shoe"

Food: Pizza

Hobby/Happy Place: Sports Collector / Beach vacations

Pet Peeve: People who eat while talking on the phone

Something few people know about me: I dream of one day competing in the Ironman Triathlon

Gabriela

Favourites...

Colour: Purple

Quote: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes"

Food: Argentinian Asado (BBQ)

Hobby/Happy Place: Photography, Salsa Dancing / Exploring new countries

Pet Peeve: People who double park

Something few people know about me: I find mice adorable and I only spoke Spanish until the age of 4

 

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Karen + Shirley - Barrie

Karen and Shirley are lifelong friends and light up any room when they enter. They are a rock-star team with a quiet reserve… but don't let that fool you because both have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement and they are not to be trifled with! They run their business like they protect the public..laying their heart and soul on the line each and every event. We love em both and when you meet them, we know you will too!

In their own words…

"From the first moment we attended an OGOP event, we were ecstatic to bring OGOP to Barrie! We knew this would be perfect for the Barrie and area Moms and Dads! The entire concept makes so much sense....Consignors sell their items & de-clutter all the while making money, while Shoppers save a bundle by picking up deals at a fraction of the cost of new items. We are not only helping the environment by re-using gear, toys and clothes, we also give back to the Community. It really is a win-win for all involved!! To see parents running to grab the deals is exciting and writing a cheque to those who have consigned is also fun! Consignors are able to sell their items and at the same time pick up the next season’s wardrobe and it doesn't break the bank. We're local Moms supporting local Moms & it feels great to give back to the Community."

Shirley

Favourites...

Colour: Purple

Quote: "I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man that had no feet"

Food: Homemade Blueberry Pie

Hobby/Happy Place: Painting / Being at home just chillin with my hubby!

Pet Peeve: Negative people

Something few people know about me: I worked on the oil rigs in Alberta in the early 80's

Karen

Favourites...

Colour: Purple, although you wouldn't know it with all the black in my closets the last few years

Quote: "Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will come true"

Food: Cheesecake

Hobby/Happy Place: Any activity with my daughter, I love watching her grow & learn new things.

Pet Peeve: Incompetence, dishonesty, bad drivers... I could list more! :)

Something few people know about me: I'd love to be a stay at home mom and I'd also love to bake pies/tarts to sell at a Farmer's Market.

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AMY + SASHA + BEN - KITCHENER

Amy, Sasha and Ben are exactly what OGOP is all about... family! They love spending time together, the outdoors and having fun. Together they are taking on the Kitchener/Waterloo territory and working hard as a team to grow their business.

In their own words…

"We discovered OutGROW OutPLAY through friends, who were starting the Mississauga franchise. Investigating the opportunity further and volunteering at their inaugural sale, we saw the potential benefits of OutGROW OutPLAY in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Learning about how the show worked and seeing how it was unlike anything currently in the marketplace had us both hooked. We also saw that many people, families, groups and organizations would benefit from this sale being in Kitchener-Waterloo. There is a substantial opportunity for charities and organizations to benefit from their participation in the sale and it’s a WIN-WIN-WIN for everyone involved. WE LIKE THAT A LOT!"

Amy

Favourites…

Colour: Turquise

Quote: "The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand but what direction we are moving...we must sail - sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail and not drift nor lie at anchor"

Food: A really good steak and crème brulee

Hobby/Happy Place: outside, in or on the water, skiing, spending time with Ben and Sasha

Pet Peeve: People who chew with their mouth open.

Something few people know about me: I've taken singing lessons,  I've always wanted to be a Phys Ed Teacher and I'm terrified of snakes, toads and frogs.

Sasha

Favourites...

Colour: Blue

Quote: "The nine most terrifying words in the english language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help"

Food: Punjena pljeskavica (Serbian cheese filled hamburger), Miss Vicki’s chips

Hobby/Happy Place: Mountain biking, playing hockey, watching the Dallas Cowboys, spending time with Amy and Ben

Pet Peeve: People who drive slow in the passing lanes

Something few people know about me: I am a  Seminar Leader at Landmark Worldwide and I've always wanted to live someplace warm.

Ben

Favourites...

Colour: Purple

Quote: "Look at you en!"

Food: Candy - fuzzy peaches

Hobby/Happy Place: Soccer / sitting in front of the TV

Pet Peeve: When people lie and when people ski straight down the hill

Something few people know about me: I am kind and gentle and great with little kids

 

Cherish - Scarborough

Cherish heard about OGOP through her sister who consigned at our Ottawa sales.  A young professional who graduated from college on full scholarship.

Favourites...

Colour: Purple

Quote: "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

Food: Nachos

Hobby/Happy Place: Landscape Photography / Charleston, SC

Pet Peeve: Talking through a movie. Don’t be a ‘Sally Soundtrack.’

Something few people know about me: Completed undergrad degree on a full scholarship (NCAA Division I Basketball)

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