Renovation company appears on Dragon’s Den

Glass, left, and Rosko featured virtually on Canadian business television show, Dragon’s Den. ECA Review/Paved to Pines
Written by Terri Huxley

Glass, left, and Rosko featured virtually on Canadian business television show, Dragon’s Den. ECA Review/Paved to Pines

Rhonda Rosko (Scoville), a graduate of Coronation High School and husband Greg, along with Grandma and Grandpa Conrad and Judy Scoville, have been showing their pride for their son/grandson, Mitchell who recently appeared on famed Canadian TV show, Dragon’s Den.

The premise of the show is to give an inside look at how business deals are made while also giving startup entrepreneurial companies some clout and tips for their efforts while on national television.

The best scenario is getting the attention of one or more ‘dragons’ for a deal to invest in their innovative idea.

In the case of Paved to Pines based in Prince Albert, Sask., Mitchell

Rosko and business partner Steven Glass had the chance to speak virtually face to face with six Canandian business moguls looking to invest in the next big thing.

Like many Canadian’s growing up watching the show in awe, Rosko and Glass were no exception.

“We both had watched it since we were kids and loved it and we both are pretty entrepreneurial and had a couple different businesses and this has always been a dream of ours.

“So when we were approached by a producer in the summer time we immediately knew we wanted to do it. It was almost like our dreams coming to fruition. It was awesome,” said Mitchell.

Normally, entrepreneurs are whisked away to CBC headquarters in Ontario but since COVID-19, Rosko and Glass headed to Edmonton instead where they were securely set up by greenscreen at the CBC studio there.

The show aired on Thur. Dec. 17 and is available for viewing on CBC Gem.

The pair were pleased with how the deal went.

“As soon as the camera turned on, it was like we couldn’t feel anything from our neck down. We were just shaking in our boots. We were blacked out so hopefully we don’t look too silly on TV,” said Rosko.

Rosko and Glass asked for $200,000 for 10 per cent in their company but after discussion they did not come out with any offers from the dragons.

“We felt awesome. We think that our pitch went really well,” said Rosko. “We represented ourselves and the company very well so we were very happy with the performance and the way things went.

“Like I said it was a dream for both of us and I think we were a little relieved when it was all said and done. The blood started to rush back into the rest of our body,” said Rosko.

Before and after photos of the front half of a 40-ft skoolie bus transformed by Paved to Pines. ECA Review/Paved to Pines

Paved to Pines is a custom van and school bus conversion company where they turn these commercial vehicles into off-road, four season custom homes on wheels.

Since the pandemic began in March, the company has seen an uptick in sales as many people are finding the luxury of travelling in comfort to be suitable as they are asked to isolate.

Paved to Pines has been operational for three years.

In that time, they have changed shops a couple of times and now hope to purchase the building they currently rent out of for all of their custom work as well as hire more people as they expand.

“We get bigger every year which is great and with the pandemic, it really helped our business thankfully.

“We are very grateful but it just seems like everybody wants to be outside and wants to travel since nobody can fly anywhere,” said Rosko.

“It seems like RVing and camping is the next best thing to do and in our mind it has always been the best. This is definitely the way to do it in style with the comforts of your own home with all the customizations we can do.”

There is a 15 month waiting list to get your order in and then an average of three months to have the vehicle renovated and ready for delivery.

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.