Being a part of a community is much more than an address; it is a commitment you make to bringing out the best in that community. If we look around our Canadian cities today, can we honestly say that we are building strong communities, or are we simply building more non-descript housing and basic office structures? Is it about the people, or simply about the bricks, mortar and dollars?
Roy Murad believes in Giving More Than You Take in life and in business. Together with his wife, the Murads have spent years renovating and rehabilitating historical homes to their former glory. Through these projects the couple have combined a passion with the opportunity of giving back to, and enhancing, the communities in which they live and work.
“When we came to Toronto we were immediately attracted to older homes. World War II vintage homes,” says Roy Murad, Entrepreneur and Business Consultant. “Where someone else would look at these older structures and see a disposable shell, we’d see what once made it great. Each home has a story within its walls and rather than simply knocking those walls down, my family worked hard to renovate and rehabilitate each and every property.”
Roy says that it’s difficult to explain, but when he and his wife venture into an historic home, their first reaction is to transform it back to its original glory and never to knock it down as so many others would. They decided early on that this was something they could do to create value for the communities that they lived in.
“Our first step is always to go to the city and consult with them about their vision for the area and the property,” says Roy. “We have an initial vision, but being part of a community requires engaging others’ ideas and finding common ground. We also choose to engage the architect who wrote the guidelines for the historical society in Toronto and complete the renovations according to community preference and historical preservation. It is important to us and we love adding value to our community.”
“We truly believe that we are only borrowing these historic homes for a short time and ours is but just one story housed within its walls,” says Roy.
Roy Murad is a father, husband, business consultant, investor, advocate for new business ventures, and consummate entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years building businesses, guiding companies and identifying strong investment opportunities, while nurturing a thriving family, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience; experience, that may be of value to others who are looking to shape a balanced and successful life experience.