A lot successful people in the world of business will tell you they grew from small beginnings. John Coughlan, CEO of TransCold Distribution Ltd and Inc. is no exception to the rule. John loves ice cream, plain and simple. His history with the cold stuff goes back many years, but it all started after he moved to Canada from Limerick, Ireland in 1982.
He settled with his family in southern Ottawa where he acquired a Dickie Dee Ice Cream vending franchise, starting with only 8 ice cream tricycles. Seeing the friendly ice cream tricycles putting smiles on the faces of kids on a hot summer day was one of the things John loved most about the business.
In 1987 John Coughlan transferred his business from Ottawa to Kingston and grew from 8 ice cream bicycles to 25. He was quickly becoming one of the largest mobile vending bike operators in central Canada.
Years later, John served with excellence as the Distribution Manager for Western Canada for Unilever. In 2002, when Unilever made the decision to contract its distribution services, they turned to John to handle distribution for Western Canada, forming TransCold Distribution.