The Talbot & Associates story ranks right up there with the best you’ve heard. It has intrigue, suspense, romance, adventure and a continuous flow of happy endings (and winding turns!).
Let us take you back to 1991, when Jean-Guy Talbot (the youngest of eight kids) established Talbot & Associates in his home basement in St. Norbert, Manitoba. Brian Mulrooney was Prime Minister, a new national tax called GST was introduced, the Airbag is invented, Terminator 2 was a box-office chart-topper and Nirvana released the album, “Nevermind” which “unfortunately” says Jean-Guy (an avid country music fan) propelled a Grunge music explosion. That year Jean-Guy received his CGA designation and prepared 30 personal tax returns and figured there “may” be room for the company to grow.
In 1996, the firm grew to five employees and moved into a strip mall at 3487 Pembina Hwy. As the years would pass, Talbot & Associates kept taking more space in that strip mall until it was busting at the seams for room. In 2007, the team was shocked that they would require a larger space. That’s when T&A took over a spot that was previously a bank and pharmacy at 3553 Pembina Hwy. At that time there was room for 23 employees. Jean-Guy remembers the team thinking “they were set now for life” and “there would be no way they could grow bigger than this”.
Fast forward to 2017, Talbot & Associates has the pleasure of employing over 60 staff in seven offices across Manitoba in Ashern, Birtle, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Oak Bluff, Steinbach and Winnipeg (St. Boniface and St. Norbert). They have dedicated Agriculture, U.S. Services and Bookkeeping teams and a training centre where over 40 signature workshops and seminars are hosted. In 2014, T&A’s sister company, RêveNew Practice Management was born to coach other firms and companies utilizing all the hard and wonderful lessons Jean-Guy has learned in his career thus far.
If you ask anyone inside the firm what the secret is to this growth and success, we’d bet they’d tell you it’s because they are taken so well care of as a team that they are motivated to take care of the clients (Jean-Guy’s philosophy). Or, the answer could also be found in the firm’s mission statement which reads “We exist to give clients true peace of mind and our team members the opportunity to live their dreams (and have fun dong it!).”