India would seem an appropriate place for enlightenment.
And so it was for Suki Sekhon, a Canadian of Indian descent, who, upon his first visit to the home of his mother and father, the land of his ancestors, was given this bit of eternal wisdom from friend and colleague Joe Segal: “Kid, you’ll never get rich working for someone else.”
Suki was in his 30s. He and his wife Desha had two children and a third on the way, when he considered the time was right to heed the advice of his good friend.
“I was working for J.J. Barnicke as a commercial real estate broker and partner for the firm,” he recalls. “I was making good money. No issues. Good house. Good car. All that stuff. I came home one day and told Desha ‘I’m going on my own.’ Her response was something like, ‘Are you fricking crazy?’.”
Suki has always been a man familiar with risk and believes there is risk in every decision a person makes. But this risk, well, this risk put a lot at stake.
“When you buy a vacant building, you look at risk,” he says. “You evaluate that risk: high, low, medium. I’ve had to take high risks to get where I am. They’ve paid off. But it’s a lot of work — a lot of hard work.”
These days, now in his 50s and having established his firm CRS Group of Companies as an unmitigated success, when Suki takes a risk he asks himself: “Will I sleep at night?” However, in the early days, sleeping was not a guarantee.
“Yeah, those younger days were tough on the sleep. I was building a business, but I also had four kids. The kids always came first. I coached them in every sport they played. My involvement in their lives was absolute.”
The payoff from all this loving attention from both Dad and Mom has clearly reaped its rewards. Suki and Desha’s children, two older girls and two younger boys, have all been high achievers, having earned scholarships and attended some of the most prestigious universities in North America.
“For years my life was up at six, work at seven, home at three, coach, eat, work some more, go to bed, up at six.”
As the kids got older, Suki had a list of some 10 key morals he wanted to impart on his children in order to best prepare them for the challenges of living a righteous, rewarding life. But, then, as he points out: “What kid is going to pay attention to 10 lessons from dad?”
So, he boiled them down to a salient three.
“Let’s say you lose everything and you have to start over. There are three things in life you need. If you don’t have them, you are probably screwed. The first thing is your health. If you are healthy, you can make a comeback. The second thing is your reputation. If you have done good things for people then people will know you as a good person and they will be there for you. The third thing is your family and your good friends. Your family is going to pick you up and help you and so will your good friends.
“With those three things, it doesn’t matter what happens in your life. Keep those three things and you will be okay.” And then he adds a fourth: “Give back.”
He learned giving back from his mother and father growing up in South Vancouver. His dad was a millworker and his mom worked in a nursing home. They taught him the value of philanthropy.
“My parents taught me that you don’t take, you give. If you get something back, that’s great. But don’t give to get back.”
Today, CRS Group of Companies is philanthropically involved with numerous initiatives, most notably Ronald McDonald House.
“We can all step up in one of two ways,” he says. “Money or time. Or, ideally, both. But if you don’t have the former, give the latter. Don’t do nothing. Don’t sit on the sidelines and think the government or other people are going to fix it. It doesn’t happen that way. Give. Be part of the community.”
Suki has been a member of the TCC since its days in the old location.
“The club has an amazing atmosphere right now. It’s going through a highly successful and transformative period.
“I look at private clubs today and so many of them are clearly struggling. Most are based on networking, but times are changing and networking alone is not the incentive it once was. The next generation is mobile. They need working spaces. Clubs would be smart to recognize this and move forward accordingly.
“I think what the TCC is doing now — trying this and trying that — explains, in part, why it continues to be a club that not only survives, but thrives. The club is open to change these days. It’s moving ahead with the times.”
Essentially, the TCC is taking risks, and Suki Sekhon is more than okay with risks.
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TO SNACK AND SHARE
warm potato chips 9
caramelized onion dip
confit tuna conserva 14
toasted baguette, preserved lemon, Mediterranean olives
cheese and charcuterie 24
selection of 3 cured meats and 3 artisanal cheeses, pickles, mustard, crostini
seafood tower 38
crab leg, poached prawns, scallop ceviche, marinated octopus, smoked salmon, rare ahi tuna, cocktail sauce, lemon aioli, wakami gomae
mezze plate 18
beet hummus, za’atar spiced Macedonian feta, marinated tomatoes, Castletravano olives, lavash
wagyu beef carpaccio nigiri 17
bonito mayo, pickled ginger, micro salad
crispy fried chicken 14
sumac spiced honey, sugar waffle shards
blistered shishito peppers 11
Aleppo chili, lime, smoked maldon, micro cilantro
satay trio 18
2 piece each
tandoori grilled salmon belly, raita
kabayaki glazed prawn, avocado salsa
grilled flank steak, hazelnut coconut sauce
sliders 5 each
Beef, caramelized onion, house pickle, pretzel bun
Salmon, tzaziki, cabbage slaw, pretzel bun
Chicken, lettuce, tomato, harissa aioli, pretzel bun
Quinoa vegetable, beet hummus, marinated tomato, pretzel bun
THE LIGHTER SIDE
north arm farm heirloom carrots 9
charred broccolini 9
potatoes mostarda 9
seasonal vegetables 9
fine herb butter
hand-cut kennabec fries 8
truffle aioli, chive
caesar salad 12
romaine, olive oil fried sourdough, white anchovies, parmesan
house-made beef burger 22
CAB chuck & brisket, brioche bun, aged cheddar, double smoked bacon, tomato, caramalized onions, lettuce, house made pickles
quinoa vegetable burger 17
red pepper hummus, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, pickle, brioche bun, signature sauce
marinated Tofu poke bowl 23
shaved spring radish, chili pickled cucumber, avocado, warm jade rice, taro chips
braised beef cheek pappardelle 24
pearl onions, ricotta salata, pine nuts
carrot & saffron risotto 23
olive crumble, carrot chips
Seafood Chowder | 9
Salade Tatin | 15
spring vegetables, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Neufchatel, marcona almonds, puff pastry, 62°egg
Steak Tartare | 15
Horseradish cream, capers, shallots, cured egg yolk
Pan Seared Scallops | 16
squid ink aioli, kohlrabi slaw
Hamachi Crudo | 17
kombu cured Hamachi crudo, yuzu, castelvetrano olives, puffed rice
Caesar Salad | 13
romaine, white anchovy, parmesan cheese, crouton
White Anchovy and Burrata Toastie | 17
rye bread, olive oil, basil tomato confit
Salad Maison | 15
Hannah Brook Farm greens, frisse, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad | 17
snap peas, shaved zucchini, smoked apple, pea shoots, white balsamic dressing
DAILY SANDWICH | 16
served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Seafood Cobb Salad | 24
Scallop, prawn, seared ahi, candied salmon belly, salmon roe, heritage greens, avocado buttermilk dressing
Rossdown Free Range Chicken Salad | 24
Hannah Brook Farm Heirloom Greens, Hannah Brook Farm greens, frissee, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Club Bowl | 19
mixed beans and sprouted grains, avocado, edamame hummus, tomato, hearty chips, puffed amaranth
add 62° egg 3.25
Tamari Sablefish Rice Bowl | 29
jade rice, crunchy shaved vegetables, ginger ponzu vinaigrette
Agadashi Chick Pea Fritter | 27
mushroom broth, enoki, baby bok choy
Sesame Crusted Rare Ahi Tuna | 29
edamame succotash, unagi glaze, crispy leeks
1892 Panini | 16
capicollo, provolone, ham, arugula, lemon aioli, ciabatta
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
1892 Burger | 22
ground bison and beef, house made aioli, pickles, smoked bacon jam, radicchio, tomato, aged cheddar, brioche bun
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Steak Frites | 36
7oz Wagyu Sirloin, hand cut French fries, tomato horseradish butter, choice of petite salad, soup or heirloom vegetables
Charred Hanger Steak | 29
whipped potato, brocollini, sauce bordelaise
Pappadelle Sauce Vierge | 23
Heirloom tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil, coriander
Add crab meat or braised short rib 8
Wild “Pacific Provider” Pacific Salmon | 35
tamari wild rice, bonito aioli, crisp seaweed
Chorizo Crusted Halibut | 42
roasted pepper emulsion, amaranth salad, mint chimicurri
Saffron & Carrot Gnocchi | 27
brown butter carrot puree, pinenut crumble, gruyere
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Potato Bacon | 7
PACIFIC FISH CHOWDER
Salmon Ling Cod & Clams | 8
Vegetable Kimchi Pancake | 15
creamy soy chili emulsion, salmon bites
soup, salad or fries
Smoked Salmon Salad | 18
fennel, arugula, cherry tomato, shaved carrot
grapefruit segments, lemon herb vinaigrette
Lamb Curry | 22
basmati rice, broccolini
Vanilla Custard Tart | 10
apple compote, cardamom crumble
Elderflower & Prosecco Gelee | 10
raspberry yogurt panna cotta
Red Velvet Cake | 10
cream cheese, shaved chocolate
Stay tuned for next quarter's wine club!