Meet Our Team
Jacob Kuiken – President
Jacob is a second-generation home builder having grown up in the home building industry. His early summers during high school and university were spent working and learning various aspects of new home construction. He has over 25 years experience working for new home construction spanning sales, marketing, business planning, operations and service and warranty in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
In fall of 2012, Jacob’s passion for new home housing excellence and a commitment to customer care that blossomed into Everton Ridge Homes. Having worked through construction management and a flair for personal interaction with his customers, Jacob has brought his vision to the Okanagan Valley. When not working Jacob enjoys skiing, golfing, coaching lacrosse and spending time with his family. Jacob loves all the activities that the Vernon Community has to offer.
Muriel McKay – Sales Manager
With over 21 years of experience in the Housing Industry in Alberta, Muriel is our Award-Winning Sales Manager. In that time, she has shown an excellent repertoire of working with homeowners to purchase and build their dream homes. Her hard work and commitment to customer satisfaction has proven to be exemplary and testament to why customers continue to work with her. She joined the Everton Ridge Homes Team in 2020, after building her home with the company in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys entertaining family and friends, travelling, and has a very active and healthy lifestyle of biking, hiking and golfing.
Michael Waterston – Sales and Marketing
Michael brings more than 10 years of Sales and Marketing experience to Everton Ridge Homes from endeavours from Canada and the United Kingdom. Growing up in London, England, and calling the Okanagan his home for the last 3 years, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and kids, going on road trips, and playing the guitar when he has some free time.
Clay Betker – Drafting Technician
With 30 years experience in the building industry, across Canada and the US, as well as multiple provincial and national awards under his belt, Clay brings an unrivalled level of experience and professionalism to Everton Ridge Homes. Whether the design is 1,000 sq.ft. or 10,000 sq.ft., Clay can bring your plans to life. Just as many other residents of the Okanagan, Vernon attracted Clay for the beautiful outdoors, the friendliness of the people, and the relaxed way of life. On top of all of this, over the last 45 years, Clay is an avid collector of Mickey Mouse memorabilia!
Michele Joly (MJ) – Client Relations Director
Alumna of the University of Alberta and recipient of various accolades, recognition and certification in her 16 years of service to the Home Building Industry, Michele displays an unrivaled passion about construction project management and interior design consulting. Extending this creativity to her active and healthy lifestyle outside of work, Michele loves spending time with family and friends; mountain biking, hiking, boating, singing, traveling and creative writing.
Garth Gartner – Construction Manager
With more than 20 years experience in Construction Management, our dedicated Construction Manager, Garth, translates this to ensure that your home is built to the highest quality. When not managing Everton’s builds, Garth enjoys camping and fishing. He coaches his three kids in their sport of choice and plays golf, hockey and baseball himself. Garth loves Vernon for its beautiful scenery and many outdoor activities. He believes it is the best place to raise a family, a place that has a strong community that cares about the growth of our youth.
Tanner Schulmeister – Site Supervisor
Tanner has 5 years tenure at Everton Ridge Homes in the Construction Department. Born and raised in Terrace, BC, and completing his formative years in Vernon, Tanner resides on East Hill with his beautiful wife and handsome dog (Towser). In his spare time, Tanner enjoys going camping, playing volleyball and baseball, as well as undertaking renovations on his own home – no wonder Tanner takes pride in the delivery of each home we build!
Liam Sallows-Cromarty – Site Technician
Liam brings Everton Ridge a background in pipeline construction, and equipment operation. This has taken him all over Western Canada (along with years of travelling for hockey). Being born and raised in Vernon, along with the breathtaking views everywhere you look and all the outdoor activities close by, it's difficult not to call it home. Relishing this all with his partner, and their dog, Luna; Liam also enjoys keeping fit, golfing, dirt biking, and camping.
Michelle Garvin – Estimator/Selection Coordinator
Michelle has been a part of the Everton Ridge Team as Project Co-ordinator for almost 2 years. Having moved to Vernon in 2017 from a background in Purchasing for Telecommunication Engineering, Michelle has brought a wealth of organizational skills and general know-how to Everton Ridge. When not at work, Michelle loves to enjoy spare time with family and friends exploring the beautiful Okanagan that she calls home.
Graham Snow - Controller
Since joining Everton in 2017, Graham has provided a strong financial and operational background to our team. He has more than 25 years of experience directly in the new home construction industry having previously worked for two major home builders in Ontario. He has also assisted a number of small companies engaged in various endeavours during their start-up phase.
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