Richard Kowalchuk Medicine Hat: Small Living Spaces

Richard Kowalchuk is the Chief Operating Officer at EnerStar, a provider of rentals and sales of portable living units to the North American oil and gas industries. With offices in Medicine Hat, and shale plays throughout the United States, EnerStar ensures its industry customers have comfortable well site accommodations and efficient work spaces.

Richard Kowalchuk came to EnerStar as its Vice President of Special Projects and Sales in 2010. One of his achievements was the development of a well site trailer resale line, known as Outside the Box “www.otbhousing.com”. He realized that the company could increase its revenues by promoting the well site units as an alternative to the standard housing market. The idea came at a good time: there has been a growing movement in recent years of people downsizing their living space with tiny homes. The average American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the average size of an EnerStar unit is 750 square feet. Downsizing to a tiny home has allowed some people to escape a heavy cycle of debt.  With the large supply of these units in the energy field we are able to acquire these units well below book value and redistribute them to the general public. This enables OTB Housing to help the accommodation field by reducing the supply of units to rebalance the supply and demand equation for well site accommodation units.

Richard Kowalchuk Medicine Hat became Chief Operating Officer for EnerStar Rentals and Services in early 2016. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Lethbridge, where he received a degree in Management. In addition to EnerStar, he is the CFO and COO of Five Star Oilfield Communication, a remote communications company her started from scratch with two partners. It has been profitable since its inception in March of 2014.

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