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Brian McAndrew, President:

Although I have always been drawing, painting or doing something creative, I sort of mark 1976 as the begining. From then till the end of 1984, was when most of my original paintings and drawings were done. Those early times involved shows of my original paintings in Ontario and later in BC and In 1983, formed BEYOND GRAPHIX, to help market my original art.

In 1989, I got my first taste of publishing as cut and paste artist in a community paper and 23 years later, in March of 2012, I formed Vicom Design Inc., in order to publish The Kettle Valley Express.

South Central BC and it's Rail Trails are a world class vacation destination but due to many reasons, have never been marketed very well. Also in 1986 a highway short cut across British Columbia was put in which significantly reduced the traffic and economy traveling along Crows Nest Highway #3 through South Central BC. and 3 provincial tourism regions. The nature of these tourism regions made it hard to promote BC Rail Trails, part of the Trans Canada Trail running through it.

The Kettle Valley Express was created as a way to overcome those restrictions and join all the Trail and Tourism stakeholders together to market South Central BC and the Rail Trails as a world class vacation destination.

The popularity and growth of the KVE was so good, that while gathering info and advertising for the 4th issue, one of the provincial regional tourism agencies, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Agency entered a co-funding partnership with us and doubled that for the 5th issue now in production. More major stakeholders are joining and our provincial agency, Destination BC, will be getting involved this year as well.

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