PROFIT/Chatelaine W100

#98

Sabine Schleese

Director of Corporate Affairs

Company Profile

Company: Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. & Saddlefit 4 Life Inc. Head Office: Holland Landing, Ont. Website: www.saddlesforwomen.com & www.saddlefit4life.com

Company Financials

3-year revenue growth (%): 10 2013 Revenue: $5M-$9.9M Employees: 30
Revenue from Exports (%): 70    

Spotlight

What her company does: Manufactures custom riding saddles ||

As Schleese’s business grew, she discovered that she’s happiest working on the back end and decided to hire someone else to be CEO. But no hired-gun candidate seemed to do a good enough job. So Schleese got the idea to ask one of her two partners to do it. “I see now that outsiders were doomed to fail, since we had the inherent problem all entrepreneurs do—we were loath to give up control.” In the three years since her partner took over, the company has been thriving.