The reason I haven’t blogged in a while – and it’s a good one   1 comment

I’d like to thank all four of my subscribers for hanging in there with me all this time (he said immodestly)…

Since I started using this medium to record my thoughts, I’ve tried to be consistently timely.  Whether it was writing about Tim Raines, or informing you that the city of Detroit might erect a Robocop statue, or – most importantly – discussing alternative investment.  Landing with Jason came about when I started working at Belterra Land Company ( with my friend Chris Artibello.  For the past year, I’ve been learning about the ins and outs of investing in land, providing information on our current Alberta-based projects in central Alberta, and building a clientele of prospective investors.  I’ve met LOTS of people, folks I wouldn’t have otherwise unless I was part of the Belterra team.

It has been quite the learning experience.  It hasn’t been easy, either, but much more rewarding and satisfying than what I had been doing prior to working at Belterra.  Like I mentioned, I’ve made some new friends, and that’s never a bad thing.  I’ve had my eyes opened to diversifying my own portfolio, and I’ve invested accordingly – putting my money where my mouth in, so to speak.  I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Chris (and Aden, and Sylvain) put in front of me.

But last month, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse…

And now I have a new job.

For the past two weeks, I have been training and travelling as an Event Coordinator for Stagewest Hospitality.  (At least, I THINK that’s what my business cards will say when I eventually receive them.)  If you’d like to take a moment, here is their website: .

Why the change?  Well, first I want to make one thing perfectly clear – I am NOT leaving Belterra permanently.  I will still be networking on behalf of the group; I will still be using my blog to promote Belterra, land investment, and central Alberta; I will still be doing my best to sell units of land in Red Deer.  I’ve put too much effort and time into this to walk away from it, and again, it’s been fun.  So if you, the reader, still want info or know somebody that does, by all means, send them my way.

However, working for Stagewest plays better to my work experience, and I also think it will be better for me.  Way back when, I was booking groups and coordinating events for the Calgary Cannons baseball team… well, that’s exactly what I’m doing now.  My job is to book events and fill rooms at the various Stagewest properties, help organize events for groups and fundraisers, and make sure that they have a fun, worry-free time in the process.  I can do that.  I LIKE doing that!

So far, I’ve been to Edmonton, Camrose, Medicine Hat, and Kananaskis – trust me, it’s more glamorous than it sounds.  I’ve been well-fed and -watered everywhere I’ve been, learning about the individual properties and the overall corporate philosophies.  Last Friday, I attended media night at Stagewest Calgary, sampled (gorged on?) an awesome buffet, and watched a show called Shady Business, which was very entertaining.

And I’m not just saying that, either.

I’ll be travelling more, which can be good and bad, but that’s part of the job.  We’ll likely have monthly meetings, rotating between the Stagewest properties, and those add up on both the odometer and the goodwill I currently enjoy with my wife and children.  A trip to Mississauga to see the hotel and theatre is a distinct possiblility, though I have no idea when that might occur.  Also, I’ll be travelling to various cities not necessarily affiliated with Stagewest, working at trade shows for the Kachkar Group ( .  Health and wellness, home and leisure, oil and gas… they do them all.  So just when I thought I finally escaped Grande Prairie… I will probably be back very, very soon.  Dagnabit.

To those of you who I approached about land investment, looking for help or referrals… I will most likely be reaching out again for your help in my new role with Stagewest.  If you know anyone that fundraises, or books corporate retreats, or wants to plan “stay and play” events – or anything else, I’m open to suggestions – let me know.  E-mail, cell phone, etc… nothing is changing.  If anything, there will just be MORE ways to get ahold of me.  Needless to say, I’ll be using this blog for that as well.

If you know anybody that wants to learn about land investment, I am just as available.

And finally, thanks to anyone that has helped and supported me this past year, especially these last few months.  It’s been quite the year, and I’m looking forward to making the remainder of it a even greater one. 


(This is not how the job offer was presented to me.  This is a scene from Shady Business, playing now.)

Posted September 5, 2011 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

One response to “The reason I haven’t blogged in a while – and it’s a good one

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  1. I’ll do my best! Are YOU going to blogging more now too?

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