Hi, my name is Bryan Hack; I am the owner of the BHC Group. I was born in Durban, South Africa, and my family moved to Vancouver in 1993, one day before Halloween. In 2002, my father was one of the four partners at a Syspro Value Added Reseller (VAR). As an energetic 21-year-old raised with an entrepreneurial mindset and a knack for consulting, I started interning at his company.
After two years of being mentored by my father and another partner, learning about micro financial systems, and completing a financial management course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), I switched gears and went to work at a Microsoft VAR switching my ERP focus to Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft NAV. I quickly progressed from junior to senior consultant and Project Manager as well as training clients in a classroom setting after becoming a Microsoft-Certified Trainer. In addition, being exposed to classroom-style training drove my passion for helping people understand and utilize the software to its fullest potential.
After 10 years of working as an implementation consultant and traveling all around Canada, I started to look for another interesting and exciting opportunity where I can leverage my experience and skill set. It was at a time when Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations were not seen in a positive light. ERP was a new integrated solution in the industry that was still trying to find its footing. While consulting in the industry and teaching students Microsoft certification courses, I recognized this issue. However, I also realized that finding the right ERP software was the key. So, to get started, I joined a start-up company specializing in helping businesses choose the right ERP software. It was all the excitement you can imagine of joining a start-up and the knowledge and friendships gained stick with me today. My experience and knowledge from working for an Implementation Partner had huge benefits for our clients when helping them select an ERP System and Implementation Partner; in this case, I was on the other side of the table. After rendering my services for four years, I decided it was time for a new adventure.
Many would say that starting out alone would have tested me in ways I couldn’t comprehend. But that wasn’t entirely the case. Although it wasn’t a breeze, I had a network that supported me through the transition which made it a lot easier. I was trained to be a leader from a very young age, and the values of being a leader were instilled in me while interning. Under the mentorship of my father, I grew and decided that I wanted to either be an owner or a partner of a company by the time I was 35, and 2016 was the deadline.
Thankfully, when I started, I came across like-minded consultants, and my father’s guidance was always there for me. Those factors made the transition to starting my entrepreneurial journey much easier and, thankfully, made my venture in the BHC group much better.
I am someone who has experienced first-hand what it is like to be an employee and a subcontractor. My experience with 2 consulting companies and a start-up, taught me many valuable lessons. Today, we have signed up with 12+ subcontractors, and 7+ strategic partners all working independently to provide valuable services to our clients in Software Selection services, Implementation Support, Data and Change Management, Business Process Management, and much more. However, none of these ventures could have been successful if I didn’t have the right team and network to support me. I am most thankful to them all.
My work requires me to focus constantly to ensure that my team also delivers the best services to our clients. But I also understand the value of work-life balance, especially as a parent. I have a son and a new baby daughter, so I had to create a routine to balance everything. I work out 3 to 4 days a week and am an avid softball and squash player. How I have lived gives me enough energy to focus on myself and those around me.
I have always been a community-driven person. I was involved with the CMA association, mentoring in a voluntary capacity, being a part of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Co-Chair and Chair of the Peer Leadership Forum Group, and being a mentor for the Leaders of Tomorrow program. I was also the chair of the Young Adult Division for the Vancouver Jewish community, for which I achieved the Young Leadership Award in 2017. I moved to Winnipeg in 2019 and after 3 years of being part of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, Young Adult Division Chair/Co-Chair, I am now the Chair of the Next Generation Division.
So that’s me – Bryan Hack, trying to improve the world in my way.