Allen Preston grew up on the family farm in the Vilna area. After working as an auto body mechanic, he and his wife Eva took over the United Farmers of Alberta agency in Spedden from her parents. The couple turned Heartland Fuels into a multi-million-dollar business with operations in Smoky Lake, Glendon, Lac La Biche, and the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.
Allen has been 4-H beef leader and district president in St. Paul, a volunteer firefighter in Glendon and Ashmont, softball coach, and was the president of the Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills PCAA constituency association. He raised two boys; one a farmer, the other a consultant. Allen toured the province with his band Latigo, playing in almost every town in Alberta, for beerfests, rodeos, weddings and community benefits.
With a changing economy and desire to get back to his roots, Allen and Eva sold their UFA agencies now run the Fix Auto in St. Paul. They also ramped-up their own cattle operations, and raise a small herd of purebred Angus.
Allen has a proven track record in business and in his community. He has brought people together for profit and for charity. He’s a fourth generation Albertan who is deeply concerned that the province he has been brought up to love will either continue down the unsustainable path it is on, or attempt to turn back the clock 20 years.