Aug. 18, 2015 | Barb Livingstone
We've all heard that Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither was Calgary, which continues to undergo an urban renaissance. Over the next five days, CREB®Now will present a series where it has sat down with five influencers who have helped develop the city as we know it today.
'Sink or swim' for housing titan
At the age of 17, Jay Westman was thrown by dad, Al, into the housing industry's version of 'sink or swim.'
The self-described "average" student had no "big idea" about what he wanted to do after high school: "I think my parents would have liked me to be a lawyer or a doctor but school was not my strong suit," said the chairman and CEO of Calgary-based Jayman Built, one of the largest homebuilders in Alberta.
So Al Westman — through his own housing company — plunged Jay into project management, and life in a motorhome on a multi-family site in Lethbridge.
"I learned a lot of life lessons. I made a lot of mistakes and cost my dad some money. But I paid him back later," he said.