GR international wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Eric Pichette, a business enthusiast who always has a project on the go.
When Eric enters the industry in 2010, the business networking model is rigid and old fashioned and only speaks to an elite crowd where solopreneurs and small businesses don’t have a voice. He quickly identifies an opportunity and launches Groupe Reso international Corp. Understanding that the success of a business relies on the quality of its network, he hits the nail on the head by positioning Groupe Reso as THE business networking group for sole proprietors and leaders of small, medium and large corporations alike.
At the time, Eric invests all of his time and energy in the business and rapidly puts a team together to support him. The business grows at the speed of light, first in Quebec, then internationally, opening new groups every day in Canada, the U.S., Europe and even Africa.
However, life has this way of sending us a message. Hit by health issues, Eric Pichette decides to sell the business in order to slow down and focus on other projects but maintains his ties to the network as a member and consultant.
A few years go by and it becomes obvious that business networking is once again at a turning point. A credible business needs to be able to innovate and as the great thinker that he is, Eric starts re-imagining the business he founded, motivated by passion and a desire to help entrepreneurs go the extra mile. With an amazing team to his side, he buys back his shares and launches GR international in 2019 with the goal of becoming the world leader of business networking.
Now more than ever, the GR international family offers the best of the best to its members – a professional network that is approachable, modern, relevant AND efficient - while remaining faithful to the values of its founder and its team of committed and honest professionals.
Establish a business networking connection around the world to foster growth, opportunities and prosperity amongst our members, while offering unique and innovative solutions.
To be the leader and the global standard in business networking.
At GR International, each and every one of us is accountable for our actions. We strive to go above and beyond business networking by offering an environment that is conducive to active participation and generates a sense of belonging and member loyalty. This culture of commitment allows us to choose how as individuals we can best contribute to GR’s mission.
We’re always ahead of the game because innovation comes from boldness. GR International’s vision of business networking has always been about innovation; it is what dictates its model and its evolution so to increase its efficiency and productivity. To us, it only makes sense to constantly be on the lookout for new opportunities and new trends in order to continue offering unique and innovative solutions to our members and show them the way.
Integrity is what guides our decision-making process and shapes our work culture and our team. Every member of the GR International team acts in a fair and honest manner. For us, integrity is a demonstration of our capacity to respect our commitments and to act with passion and professionalism even when the odds are against us. Someone who acts with integrity is someone we can count on, someone whose decisions are reliable and stable and whom accepts to be held accountable for its actions.
Passion is what makes us go above and beyond and seek new and unique business networking solutions to improve the prosperity of our members. Guided by perfection, enthusiasm and a desire to commit without compromising, GR International aims to exceed the expectations of its members. If we are the world’ leader in business networking, it is thanks to our team of motivated and enthusiastic individuals.
At its core, GR International’s professionalism relies on two aspects: its business networking expertise and its understanding of the importance of soft skills. Professional know-how, skills, involvement and reactivity, day in day out, we are fully invested because we want to increase the growth and the prosperity of our members. Professionalism implies that we are constantly learning, innovating and developing as professionals.
Commitment, the secret of a successful business.
When I founded GR international, I knew what I was getting into, having had other businesses before. Entrepreneurship is not easy and one needs to be perseverant. I’ll repeat it again and again, starting a business involves commitment, time and energy - it’s as simple as that. I’ve stopped counting the hours spent on my businesses but I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and know that I was able to get there because of hard work and passion.
With this new endeavour, my goal was to share my experience and knowledge to benefit the most people and prevent them from making the same mistakes I’ve made. If I’m this passionate, it’s because there’s nothing I enjoy more than to see you prosper.
I’ve understood from a very young age that our network can act as a propeller, as long as we nourish it and care for it. That’s exactly what GR international is offering: an environment allowing you to build relationships and leave your mark, whether it’s locally, regionally or internationally.
Strength might lie in numbers but commitment is the true secret of having a successful business. A group of disengaged individuals will never generate positive results.
The key? The more you invest in your business, the better returns you will generate. The more you develop those relationships, the better people will understand and appreciate you and the more likely they are to refer you.
See for yourself, join the GR family! You’ll receive valuable advice and gain access to professional development opportunities while increasing your client list and making more money.
Founder of GR international, master networker, franchising expert and influencer, Eric is the brain of the organization. Always on the lookout for new ideas to better support the members, his beliefs and passion are what have made GR international the business networking leader that it is today. When he’s not busy developing new markets, you can often find him participating in the meeting of a local group.
Involved in the organization since the early beginnings, Danny is an astounding networker and an experienced manager who equally understands the realities of sole proprietors than of large corporations. Always questioning the why of things, he is the guardian of GR international’s mission and vision while ensuring it can deliver from a structural and organizational stance.
For Olena, nothing is more important than for GR members and partners to feel they have a voice and are well-informed, which is why she is making it her priority. Having owned her own business, her experience speaks for itself. Public relations, social media, special events, much of her attention is focused on visibility as she believes it is key to generate new member opportunities.
In many ways, Monique is GR international’s conductor. Thanks to more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, administration, finance and accounting, no one is better suited to supervise the operations of GR. Solution-driven and a model of integrity, she oversees GR’s customer service, human resources and bookkeeping.