Jack Crompton – In love with it all 

click to enlarge Positive energy RMOW Councillor Jack Crompton with wife Carolyn
  • Positive energy RMOW Councillor Jack Crompton with wife Carolyn

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It felt good to be back, he says, really good. "I've always felt at home here. I mean I left Kelowna when I was 17. Whistler, to me, has always been my real home. To live in the mountains, to have all these cool activities right at your doorstep... I can't imagine anything better."

Jack eventually found a job with the Whistler Community Church. "I spent two great years there," he says, 'I worked as a minister... mostly doing young adult stuff. I really enjoyed my time there. Really wanted to stay..." He sighs. "But you know how Whistler is... hard to pay the bills here. And I needed to find something that could feed my growing family."

So Crompton decided to become an entrepreneur. "I felt like I wanted to create a business that was based here at Whistler... not just an extension of somewhere else." And thus was launched his wild and woolly venture into the world of commercial transportation. "I started Whistler Resort Cabs with a friend of mine," he tells me. "What an education that was!" And laughs. "After four years running that business, I knew way more about transportation than I ever thought I'd want to know."

Still, that fast-accruing knowledge led to ever-more lucrative opportunities for the young businessman. After selling his cab company, Jack launched RideBooker, an online concierge service for transportation bookings across North America. "But," he says. "I can't exist without people round me. Working with an online company like RideBooker was a very lonely experience." That's why, he says, he started Transportation Whistler. "It's a custom transport and delivery service," he explains. "Like, for example, we'll deal with all the transportation needs of an event like the Whistler GranFondo," He grins. "Sure, it can get crazy. But it's fun too. Besides, it's my way of staying connected to people."

And politics? "I started paying attention to municipal politics some years ago," he explains. "And the more time I devoted to attending council meetings and watching how decisions were being made there, the more I began to realize that municipal government is the place where you can actually effect changes in the day-to-day life of your community."

He then tells me a little story about his decision to run for council. "I was having a conversation with a friend of mine," he starts. "And we were looking for reasons why anyone would ever want to vote for me. And he came up with: 'Vote for Jack because he loves this place so much." I told him that was the dumbest slogan I'd ever heard. But this is how he responded: 'You're not running for MLA or MP here son. This is your home. You're not some political animal harbouring some ideological aim. You simply want Whistler to become the best community it can be.'"

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