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SUSAN KOPRASH

President of Hi-Tec

Security and Investigation, Hi-Tec Armoured Services

Age: 44

Residence: Sault Ste. Marie

Named by Profit Magazine as one of Canada's Top 100 Women Business Owners, 2003

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Q What was the best vacation you've ever taken?

"I was out west at Banff a couple of years ago and it was spectacular. We did hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, white water rafting, everything out of doors. Just the scenery out there is beautiful."

Q What's the most disgusting thing you've ever eaten?

"I'm pretty fussy, but I've had clams that were pretty gross. I love seafood but clams are way too slimy and they got stuck in my throat."

Q Finish this sentence: "I'd give a month's pay for one chance to ...?

"... safely skydive. I gotta get back to work the next day."

Q What aspect of your business has the greatest growth potential?

"Our newest business is Koprash Building Services. We do operations and maintenance of buildings, whether it's elevators, plumbing, heating or electrical. We're on a real growth spurt with that. It's a new market venture for us and one that we're finding pretty successful."

Q What was your first car?

"I think it was a 1976 Mercury Capri. It was a hand-me-down. My father bought it for my two brothers. I had it for about two months and smashed it up."

Q What influential person--living or dead--would you like to have dinner with?

"I'd like to have dinner with Hillary Clinton. She's achieved a lot in her life and endured a lot. I'm sure she has some interesting stories to tell. She's a very powerful woman, extremely intelligent and also very compassionate."

Q If you weren't in this line of work, what else would you be doing?

"I know I'd be self-employed and in some kind of service-based business but I can't think of what, probably because I love what I do so much and we (our group of companies) are so diversified."
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Title Annotation:News; Hi-Tec
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Article Type:Interview
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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