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Gordon W. Crockford

Gordon W. Crockford

Pilon School of Business
Year of Graduation: 1973
Program: Business Administration - Marketing, Business Administration - Finance

Busier Than Ever

Personal/Professional Accomplishments

1973 – 1989 - Orangeville Bottling Company (Coca-Cola Franchise)
  •     Vice-President and General Manager Sales and Distribution of 53 beverages including Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, A&W Root Beer
  •     Managed a staff of 70 employees from two warehouses with 52 vehicles on the road 
1989 – 1999 - Hallmark Toyota (Full Service Toyota Dealership)
  •     Owner and General Manager
  •     Staff of 16 employees
  •     Sales and service of new and used vehicles
  •     Named one of the Top 5 Toyota dealerships in Canada in 1998 
1999 – 2007 - Blissco Promotions (Promotional Products and Awards)
  •     Sales Manager
  •     Aid companies across Canada with their marketing plans / new product intros. 
2000 – 2006 - Chair, Orangeville Police Commission
  •     Responsible for setting policy, the budget and the direction of policing services. 

Other Interests

Since my wife and I sold the Toyota dealership in 1999 I have worked part time, which allows for the pursuit of other interests.

We have a summer home on the Trent-Severn system at Port Severn and spend many summer days boating, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. I am active in sports activities year round including boating, fishing, attending sporting events, golf, and curling at the provincial level.

Our passion is travel and through our work and leisure trips, we have been fortunate to see many countries around the world. Last March was spent in San Miguel de Allende in the mountains of Central Mexico; this spring we are traveling to Rome and then plan a cruise of the Mediterranean with stops in six countries. Next year’s plans include a return to Mexico for a month in the community of Bucerias, on the Pacific Coast north of Puerto Vallarta.

My extra time has allowed me the opportunity to research and write books on our families’ history and on the history of Echo Creek Hunt Club, a recreational club started by my grandfather in 1937.

A memory of Sheridan

Perhaps the best decision I have made was attending Sheridan from 1970 – 1973. My first year was at the original Brampton campus and the last two years were in Oakville.

Sheridan gave me the start I needed, and the ground work on which to build a successful career in Business Management.

In return I have hired Sheridan graduates whenever possible in my businesses. I still volunteer as a Director for the BDL program at Sheridan. This program is for third year Business students and has been administered for years by Bryan Lyons –- my Economics instructor at Sheridan in 1973.