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.
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!
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 unrivalled 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, travelling 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!
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.
Blake Chase – Sales Associate
Blake is a sales associate with Everton Ridge Homes and you may see him working at our showhome. He has ten years in the service industry and brings an unmatched enthusiasm for customer engagement. Blake was born and raised in the Okanagan and, naturally, he developed a passion for being outdoors and has taken up related hobbies such as rock climbing, hiking in the backcountry, golf, and beach volleyball. Although Blake is a fan of outdoor activities, most of his free time is spent studying or socializing with friends.
Gordon Ritson – Purchasing Manager
Originally from the United Kingdom, Gordon is a former major in the British army with over 22 years in engineering, as well as project and operations management. He has proven himself to be a driven and ambitious site supervisor with the ability to execute the hefty workload entrusted to him. Thanks to Gordon’s dedication to the company, he has recently been promoted to purchasing manager. When not running the show at our developments, he spends most of his time on the lake, on skis, volunteering as a scouter with the 6th Vernon Cubs, or spending time with his family outdoors.
Michelle Knuhtsen – Project Coordinator
Michelle has been involved with the building industry her whole life. Coming from a family of builders, she developed a passion for people and seeing their dream home brought to life. Working with Everton Ridge on and off for years, Michelle brings a passion and drive for the industry that is unrivalled and expertise that will ensure your home is built right. No matter what career path she tries, she is always happiest being involved with the building industry. When not working in our office, Michelle can be found on a motorcycle with her husband, going to concerts, reading, or writing.
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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