Kelowna lawyer Matt Dober, 38, never intended to be a lawyer.
“I have a masters in business and I took my law degree because I thought it would be good as I developed businesses,” said Dober.
“I never expected to have a law practice. But, here I am with Business Law Group and Real Estate Law Group. I treat the practice as an entrepreneurial business. I consider myself a businessperson before a lawyer.”
Thus said, Dober spends about 70 per cent of his working life as a laywer.
Business Law Group is part of Okanagan Business Professionals, an entity that started in 2012 as shared office space at 1593 Ellis St. with PDC Business & Tax Accountants.
“When someone is staring up a business they really need the services of both a lawyer and an accountant in tandem,” said Dober.
“I would say 40 per cent of my clients also use PDC.”
While Dober’s day job is lawyer, he also has multiple businesses, both related and unrelated to law.
For instance, he started Snap Incorporation, a business that allows companies to incorporate by filling out most of the paperwork themselves online.
Dober finalizes everything via phone with the new business.
“It’s a Kelowna-based business, but most of the incorporations are in Vancouver, because it’s the biggest city in B.C., and Northern Alberta, because there’s so much oil and gas activity up there,” said Dober.
The lawyer is also the developer, owner and operator of Mission Villas, a 51-unit ownership and rental supportive living townhouse complex in the Mission neighbourhood.
The development doesn’t conform to traditional retirement home living because all homes have private entries, large patios and full kitchens.
However, there are also planned activities, meals and housekeeping for seniors who want those services.
Dober left a comfortable law practice in Calgary to come to Kelowna in 2005 to develop Mission Villas with a business school friend.
Despite coming to market as the 2008 financial meltdown happened, Dober was able to renegotiate terms with the lender, weather the storm and eventually fill the townhouses with residents who enjoy the new concept in supportive living.
Dober also started Lease Line, an equipment finance business.
He’s also co-ventured with a development company to form Trigen Energy, a develop a small-scale run-of-river hydro-electric project to sell power into the B.C. Hydro system.
While Dober’s goal as a lawyer and businessman is to always help others and himself to success, he also helps small businesses that have run into trouble with free legal services.
Editor’s note: This is the 19th of 40 profiles for the Kelowna Top Forty Under 40 program presented by BDO Accountants and Consultants, Junior Chamber International (Okanagan branch), Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Courier.
Every week in this space, we’ll feature someone under the age of 40 who is making an impact through business, community involvement and innovation.