The Fresh Impact Award criteria: “This person has been in Kamloops less than 3 years but is already making an impact in the community in a leadership position in business, volunteer work or other community involvement.”
The 2020 Fresh Impact Award, sponsored by Venture Kamloops, goes to Trevor Koot:
On a trip back to Swift Current from Vancouver in 2017, Trevor Koot and family stopped in Kamloops to visit some friends. It only took a couple of days for them to decide that Kamloops was where they wanted to live.
“It was that quick,” Koot said. “Two weeks later, my wife and daughter were packed up and moving here.”
Koot rejoined his family in Kamloops later that fall, but kept two of his businesses in Swift Current, including a gym and supplement store — an interest that fits, considering his history as a competitive bodybuilder.
But Koot’s main gig is real estate and that is where he has quickly made an impact in Kamloops.
Koot, 42, quickly landed a job as executive officer with the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, based on his 15 years of experience in the industry and willingness to innovate.
Part of that innovative work includes development of the KADREA app, which was launched in 2019, and the Buyer Path tool, which tells realtors valuable information about where buyers are coming from.
Buyer Path isn’t just a local project — not anymore. Koot said the intellectual property was given to the Canadian Real Estate Association, which is now working to implement the tool across the country.
Koot’s role with KADREA has been to accelerate it into the 21st century. That has meant forming strategic partnerships with a number of groups in the community and turning the KADREA office into a real estate hub that includes education opportunities.
“The impact I’m able to bring is only because of the people who have given me the opportunity to do it,” he said, noting the KADREA board’s welcoming attitude toward new ideas.