#HaveYouMetHerYet? - Devon Dooling

What is your story? What do you do and how did you get to where you are today in your career?

I am the owner and “one woman show” that is On The Rocks Ice. We are a locally owned and operated Ice Distribution company here in Vancouver BC. We provide services throughout the Lower Mainland and as far as the Okanogan and Vancouver Island. I’m also a co-owner of Simply Pure Hillside - where we sell and distribute RO and Alkaline Water to Victorians! I purchased On The Rocks about 4 years ago after its initial owners decided to step away. I was moving on from a job and found myself without the next thing to go to, and this opportunity basically fell into my lap. I spent several weeks diving into and analyzing financials, trying to source funding, and wrapping my head around owning an ice company before finally pulling the trigger and purchasing the company. 4 years have passed, and I haven’t looked back. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!

One resource you can share that has been beneficial to your job?

Networking! NETWORKING! And putting yourself out there. When I first bought the business, I was so focused on learning and understanding the ins and outs and just trying to survive that everything else fell to the wayside. After 4 years, I am figuring out how important it is to put yourself out there - ask for things! I have had a lot of great opportunities lately to showcase myself and my business simply because I’ve asked. I don’t think I ever would have had the guts to do that 4 years ago, but what I’ve learned is that the worst that can happen is someone says no!

If you weren’t doing what you are now, what would it be and what is holding you back from doing it?