Jim Treliving is a businessman and television personality, with the net worth of $640 million. Jim Treliving has earned his net worth through his business ventures, as co-owner and co-chairman of Boston Pizza. They had 95 restaurants opened all over Canada in just twelve years, and are co-owners of the TM Group of Companies. Through their ownership of TM they have also acquired ownership of Mr. Lube, Dermal Laser Centres, a real estate company called, White Rock Commercial and more. They are also the owners of Kitchen Partners Limited ( a custom food manufacturer ) and the Stonebrook Benchlands development, as well as, brand Live. The Global Entertainment Company, of which Jim Treliving is the chairman of the board, owns the Central Hockey League as well. Since 2006, Jim Treliving has been one of the dragons, (potential investors) for many entrepreneurs on the Dragons Den television show on CBC.
He was born in Verdin, Manitoba in 1941 and after completing high school he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While he was stationed in Edmonton, he had his first visit to a Boston Pizza shop and the owners ended up giving him his first chance to open a store. But he decided it would be so much nicer if he could have more than one store. Maybe 3 or 4. As of this year he, and his partner, now has over 300 stores all over Canada and 390 across North America. He hopes to expand into Australia, the UK and Asia. Where ever he goes, he always manages to make a stop at every Boston Pizza store in town and take the time to show his appreciation to the staff for the great job they're doing.
As a dragon, on CBC's reality television show, Jim,(along with four other dragons in the den) listen to entrepreneur's explain why investing in their product or business idea is worth their while. After considering their presentations, the five dragons cast their vote to either put up the money or choose not to invest. Jim Treliving has been a dragon on the show for the past six seasons, and has been called, the Nice Dragon, the Quiet Dragon, and the Loving Dragon, because of his kindness and the fact that he has total respect for those looking to forge ahead with their business ideas. He is careful not to criticize the entrepreneurs, even when their ideas or products are beyond reasonable.
He lives in West Vancouver with his wife Sandi and his two stepchildren, Daniel and Katie. They also have homes in Dallas and Palm Springs. Jim Treliving has two children from a previous marriage, Cheryl and Brad. Cheryl, is the executive director of the Boston Pizza Foundation and son, Brad, is the Assistant General Manager of the professional hockey team, Phoenix Coyotes, as well as a franchise owner in Boston Pizza. Jim Treliving has also won awards, such as being one of British Columbia American Marketing Associations Marketer of the Year, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, as well as, Pacific Canada's Ernest and Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year for Hospitality and Tourism.