M.W. (Max) Tomaszewski B.Sc. M.Sc. (IA)

Not many people start their own business to get out of debt. But that's what Max Tomaszewski, owner of Amadon Group, did when he arrived in Vancouver in 1983. Born in Poland and raised in Montreal, Tomaszewski earned a master's degree in business and worked at several marketing jobs in Eastern Canada before spending 5 years at Patco Realty in Calgary, then the province's largest private commercial/industrial development company. When it went under, Tomaszewski almost went with it. Instead he moved to Vancouver, borrowed money and incorporated Amadon Group. His first project was leased and sold in nine months flat. Since then Amadon Group has completed over 35 commercial, residential and industrial projects, including the downtown Victoria redevelopment of Market Square, for which it received a BC Heritage corporate achievement award. Among his many projects there is another one on the heritage theme - Powell Lane in Gastown is one of Canada's first "new heritage" buildings.

(from the feature article published in Equity Magazine)