Paul Haarer, CEO
What do you do at Pinnacle? Besides coffee runs to Starbucks and wasting everyone’s time when I walk into their office…try to keep all projects and programs moving forward either big steps or little steps for improvement
What does that entail? Try to keep up with managers on a regular basis and assist where possible
What are you known for professionally? Acquisitions
What do you have a knack for? Getting along with various types of people
What’s the one problem you are best at solving at work? Where to go for lunch
What do people say about you? I don’t suffer fools very well
Who have you worked with in the past? The Loewen Group, Meridian Mortuary Group, PSI Funds, Foundation Partners Group, Newbridge Group.
And what have you done for them? Helped them grow through acquisitions and operations. Also have dabbled in loan underwriting and brokering.
What are you most passionate about professionally? Attitude.
What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make? Creating a legacy in a market and winning, even bi-winning.
What are you passionate about personally? Family vacations
What do you really enjoy? Hockey
What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon? With family at the lake
How long have you been doing what you do? Only 20 years…started my career in the funeral industry in corporate development with The Loewen Group in Vancouver
Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now? Toronto and Vancouver – I like the weather in ATL. Living the American dream
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about? Coaching local kids hockey
Any nonprofits you love, & why? Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity. I feel they parallel the funeral business
What would be impossible for you to give up? Coffee
How do you want to be remembered? For my wit and honesty
Anything else you’d like to tell people about yourself? I may not be a Funeral Director but I have experience on the other side of the table, as I have made funeral arrangements for both parents