clip from OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE commercial
shot by CGP
Wait! That's my company!
by Steve Young
the cat's out the bag. I knew that this day would come, we dreaded it,
we looked forward to it...we...we'll, there's new owners of Canoe Girl
Productions. There's been a management shift here, and our staff, for
the time being, is not as large as it once was a year ago. The major changes,
a close friend of mine and former CFO of Canoe Girl Productions, Ryan
Torres, is no longer with the company. Ryan wanted something new and I
believe didn't like the direction that the new Canoe Girl was going to
undertake, so he left, venturing off into the land of selling life insurance.
Scotty Tsuha, our merchandising manager was briefly promoted to an operating
officer, but later resigned after realizing that he couldn't fulfil the
duties that were given to him. Fast forwarding to the present, the only
original soul of Canoe Girl that remains is me.
Girl and Dream Weddings Hawaii, and the majority of it's assets are now
in the hands of a holding company called Fifth Perception. A group consisting
of private investors, including myself, that shares an
extensive background business, real estate investments, and marketing.
The vision and projects of Canoe Girl Productions continue to remain the
same, but the realization to steady growth will be realized much faster
given the higher caliber of people backing the corporation.
- WEDDING INDUSTRY
- Canoe Girl, now more than ever
is engaging itself into the wedding industry, primarily, wedding couples
originating from Canada and the Mainland wishing to tie the knot in
Hawaii. The wedding industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that
is 99% recession proof. The company is called Dream
Weddings Hawaii and provides honest and affordable coordination
I always loved the wedding industry and at one time in 1998, CGP aggressively
pursued the wedding photo and video market. Ryan on the other hand,
hated the wedding industry and hated dealing with the couples and did
not want to invest into a wedding company so we didn't. One of the major
reasons why Ryan left Canoe Girl was that he hated the notion that CGP
will begin to derive a good portion of it's income from the wedding
industry until we died.
- AN ONGOING COMMITMENT TO THE WEDDING
INDUSTRY - Canoe
Girl Productions plans to create businesses, products, acquire beach
front real estate properties, provide services for the modern day working
bride and to market them under an unique individual label. Exactly what
products and services will be created are highly classified as they
viewed as revolutionary products.
AGENCIES - CGP
is also expanding Dream Weddings Hawaii to handle travel arrangements
for the reception party and creating a sister agency, Dream Vacations
Hawaii, to handle single to group travel arrangements for families or
friends primarily interested in packaged tours to Hawaii, Fiji, the
Caribbean, or Mexico City. The travel agency will take advantage of
a network of home-based travel agents, networking them across the United
States to sell the agencies supplies. Due to the lower overhead of not
having a storefront, the agency can deliver cheaper prices to clients,
while enhancing customer/client relationship.
- LESS COMMERICAL VIDEO PRODUCTIONS -
CGP will no longer invest any time into chasing
after commercial contracts due to the stagnant advertising market here
in Hawaii. It will also cut back the amount of in house productions
that it will take on. We have two in-house video projects on our plate
right now that we will shoot this year and next...
- LESS GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WEB DESIGN SERVICES
- People, businesses, love the web sites that
we have built for them, but unfortunately, there's no money in it. Nowadays,
everyone and their grandson can build web pages....great web pages.
And we just don't want to compete with our consumers. We will continue
to build web pages for our own businesses, but will not actively promote
our graphic/web design services anymore.
- MORE PHOTOGRAPHY!
- We still
love the modeling and wedding industry and we still love to take photos.
This venture, while not the most profitable for our company, is a nice
stress reliever for myself or our other employees. We see most work
generated by portfolio work and weddings for this sector. The advertising
market is still a little soft, but may pick up as our economy turns
- A HALT TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRODUCTS
- I'm sorry,
but we won't be creating any more University of Hawaii product anymore.
We wish the new licensees great luck.
- CONCERTS/PROMOTIONS, I'M SORRY
- It feels as though artists are charging
more to make up for the loss in revenue from pirated music. Higher ticket
prices meshed together with a faltering economy equals high-risk, low
profit venture for concert promoters. Plus, Clear Channel has almost
everything locked up. Until the economy turns around on the nose for
a steady two years...we're out of the promotion game for awhile.
- EVENT PROMOTION
- There is just no sponsorship
money out there to go around. Unfortunately, CGP will have to back down
from managing or creating any event until the economy turns around and
sustains growth for at least two or more years.
THE FUTURE LOOKS RATHER BRIGHT.
The great thing about our new direction is that
our company is doing great and it's fun to see it moving at a rather astonishing
growth rate while providing honest affordable service to anyone who rings
our bell. The crappy thing about this all is that my former partner isn't
here to share the glory. But I guess that's just part of business.
Hey, I'm 26, wide-eyed....Wish me luck.