Meet the Everton Ridge Homes Tean

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.

Steven Kuhn – Controller

Steven comes from a municipal governance background and is new to the building industry and BC. He moved from Alberta with his wife and young daughter to enjoy everything the unique Okanagan lifestyle has to offer. He completed his BBA at ST.FX University and MBA through Cape Breton University before venturing overseas for a few years and eventually returning home to plant some roots. His favourite past times include playing sports, such as hockey, baseball and golf, camping and hiking with his family, and travelling the world.

Michael Waterston - New Home Sales Specialist

Michael has more than 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing across Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. After completing his LLB in London and venturing far and wide, Michael has chosen to call the Okanagan home, along with his wife, two daughters, and two cats. When not helping clients realize their home-building dreams, Michael can be found travelling, hiking, or at a winery.

Clay Betker – Design Manager

With 30 year’s 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!

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!

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.

Gordon Ritson – Pre-Construction Manager

Gordon is a former Major in the British Army with over 22 years experience in engineering management, as well as project and operations management. He has proven himself to be a driven and ambitious Site Supervisor and successful Purchasing Manager with the ability to execute the hefty workload entrusted to him. Thanks to Gordon’s dedication to Everton Ridge, he has recently been promoted to Pre-Construction Manager. When not running the show in our office, he spends most of his time on the lake, on skis, on a bike and also volunteering as a scouter with the 6th Vernon Scout Group, and in his spare time spending time with his family.

Tyler Holliday – Accounts Payable

Tyler handles accounts payable with Everton Ridge Homes and brings to the table expertise in telecommunications and a background in sales. She trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu, recently got her blue belt, and she is planning on taking her skills into tournaments soon. When not training her martial arts or working in the office, Tyler can be found taking care of her young daughter or throwing heavy weights around at the gym.

Clint McCulough – Site Supervisor

Clint has been with Everton Ridge since he moved here from Alberta where he was a general contractor, volleyball coach, on the city council, and a volunteer firefighter. After he and his wife enjoyed a couple of vacations in the Okanagan, they fell in love with the abundant lakes and mountains and decided to move here. When Clint has downtime he likes to ski, both cross country and downhill, as well as biking and hiking.

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Let’s bring your dream home to life!

Interested in learning more about building an Everton Ridge home? Our showhome is open by appointment only seven days a week.

Questions? We’d love to help: call, text or email us.


405 Morningview Drive, Coldstream, B.C V1B 2H8
Open Thursday - Monday. 11am - 5pm
Tuesday/Wednesday open by appointment only.

Michael Waterston
New Home Sales Specialist

P: 250.241.9444