A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of OUR HOMES Hamilton and Area, p.52. Find local businesses in our Hamilton directory.
For these professionals, keeping business in the family is a recipe for success. Meet the families of the local businesses in the Hamilton area.
YAGHO & SUSAN SLIVA, LILLIAN, 5, LUCAS, 1 & OLIVIA, 7
Tell us about your business:
Sparkling Lights is a family owned and operated lighting showroom, offering a full line of services, such as consultation and installation. We deliver convenience and experience to our clients.
What does family mean to you?
When we hear the word family many things come to mind. But to us, family is about connection – it’s about the memories we create that are important to us.
What do you hope your children will learn from your endeavours?
We hope that our children will wake up every day loving what they do. No matter how many times they might fail trying, the most important thing is not giving up, pursuing the one thing that will push them to achieve their own success.
WARREN BOOTH & DALLAS CLEARY
Warren, tell us about Booth Furniture:
Family owned and operated, we have served the Dundas community and Hamilton area for almost 60 years, supplying the finest in home furnishings and a wide range of professional interior design services. We look forward to the next 60 years.
And you are a second generation furniture retailer?
Yes – we have seen many changes in the industry but it continues to be exciting, creative and challenging.
Valuable advice your father gave you?
While working with my father I learned many lessons. The most important was that “the customer in the store is your number one priority.” By engaging the customer, we can educate, influence and assist in their decorating needs.
GARY, ANDY & MARK NEVEN
Gary, how does family play in your business? Everyone has always contributed. My father was past president, my mother did book keeping (our longest serving employee!), and my wife helps with it all. She even used to clean the houses prior to clients moving in. My oldest son has joined us, and our other children have done everything from clean the offices, to on-site summer jobs.
Best words of advice your parents gave you?
To treat everyone with respect, from the labourers to the customers, and that slow and steady wins the race – don’t overextend yourself and try to grow the business too quickly.
Any wisdom you want to pass on to our readers?
Find a contractor who loves what he does and is passionate about each and every project!