“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants”
In an industry full of financial planners in their 40’s and 50’s, 31 year old Graham Lyle really stands out. As the branch manager and division director of Investors Group in Penticton Graham took a big risk in 2009 in leaving his successful career as a golf course turf expert in Kelowna to pursue a career in finance.
“Making the leap from a secure, safe, solid paying job to an entrepreneurial type career that had no salary and no guaranteed income. That was a difficult decision and obstacle as the bills don’t stop coming in when you start a business. I had a very strong mentor at that time, in Stephen Judd, and he helped me generate the foundation of a solid business and with hard work, it really paid off.”
Graham moved back to Summerland with his partner and young daughter and is currently enjoying the ability to set his own schedule and work flexible hours to spend more time with his family. “Now that I work the structure I do, I could never go back to a 9-5 type job. I need the ability to control my schedule and my level of success.”
Despite the risk of his career change, Graham is strongly encouraging of young entrepreneurs pursuing there goals “If you are truly passionate about what you do, you will be successful. Find something you love and put your heart and soul into it. People can see that in your business and it will change the way they look at you and your business. You have to love what you do.”
This dedication and passion in what he does has led to Graham’s success in a highly competitive industry. Early in his career Graham decided to focus on building relationships to “show people that you are willing to work hard for them and you’re open and honest, people love that.” “I love my job and am passionate about helping people. I love the fact that my success or failure is completely up to me and my team and I can control my level of success by how hard I work.”
Graham also draws inspiration from the community around him. “The area I have the luxury to live in inspires me to work hard to be fortunate enough to stay here and build a business here and my daughter inspires me every day.” “To me, community means the area we live that we all work together to make a better place. The community I live in is a privilege and I want to do whatever I can to make it a positive and vibrant place.”
In addition to the large demands of his fast paced finance career and spending time with his family, Graham gives back to his community by volunteering and participating in community events such as the Giant’s Head Grind, the Swing for Kids Golf tournament and serves as a board director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.