Cal Wenzel, CEO/CVO
Cal Wenzel founded Shane Homes Ltd. in 1979; previous to that he held a senior management position with the Jim Pattison Group of Companies. Over the years he was a founding partner and President of Excel Homes Ltd., a company that specialized in the first-time home buyer market. He was also founding partner and Vice-Chair of Apex Land Corporation, a land development company involved in multi-family and institutional developments. Cal has served as President of the Calgary Region Home Builder's Association, President of the Alberta Home Builder's Association, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Home Builder's Association, Director of the New Home Warranty Program of Alberta, and is a member of the Alberta Home Builder's Association "Hall of Fame". Outside of the industry Cal has served on numerous boards, committees and charitable foundations. He plays a key role in the annual Willow Park Charity Classic which raises in excess of $500,000 annually for a variety of charities, the Kinsmen Children's Hospital Home Lotto and most recently was on the Ronald McDonald House fund development board. His commitment to the business is to maintain the best reputation for building quality homes, to continuously improve, and to satisfy his customers.
Shane Wenzel, President
Shane Wenzel joined the company at a young age and has learned the new home building industry from the ground up, first working in the field on job sites then joining the marketing and sales department. While in the role of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Shane was instrumental in leading innovation in marketing and design. Under his leadership Shane Homes appeared in the New York Times newspaper for their marketing to women initiatives, was twice the recipient of the prestigious Alberta Builder of the Year Award and launched a starter division, Creations by Shane Homes. In 2010, Shane was promoted to President, and carries on Cal Wenzel’s desire to be a leader in the industry and to be known as one of the top builders in Calgary. Shane is passionately involved in the new home building industry and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CHBA – Calgary Region and is Chairman of the SAM Awards Committee. Shane is also a board member of the Cal Wenzel Family Foundation. He also has a keen interest in technology and is a four plus year member of TEC Canada and can be found either on the golf course or on a lake when not working.
Dave Rickett, Vice President of Operations and Cost Control
Dave Rickett, formally VP of Marketing and Sales, will assume the title of Vice-President Operations and Cost Control for the Shane Group of Companies. In this new role Dave will be responsible for day to day field operations and cost management for the Shane Group of Companies. In this expanded role he will assume leadership of all field functions, trade and industry relations and ongoing company branding for delivering an excellent product on time. Dave has been with Shane Homes Ltd. for over 30 years, progressing through positions of Area Manager, and Sales Manager to his most recent position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Collectively, he brings over 35 years of experience to this new position with experience in construction trades, New Home Construction and New Home Sales and marketing. His leadership will be invaluable as we continue to evolve the quality and service for the Shane Group of Companies.
Sharlene Rickett, Vice President of Administration and Education
Sharlene joined Shane Homes in 1992 as Customer Relations Manager. Prior to working in the residential housing industry, she spent a number of years in the oil and gas industry and working for a major management consulting firm. At Shane Homes Sharlene has been instrumental in developing and implementing the best practices in Customer Relations. In 2004 she received an appointment to Vice President of Corporate Relations. In this position she is responsible for all internal and external corporate relations, for researching and recommending change and leading edge corporate efficiencies. She continues to direct all human resource policies and procedures, training initiatives, office management, and innovation in workforce development procedures.
Rhonda Halyn, Vice President of Finance
Rhonda joined Shane Homes in 2002 as Controller and Manager of Accounting and Finance. She holds a designation of CMA and brings 20 years experience in key accounting and finance expertise to the company. Prior to joining Shane Homes she spent numerous years in the oil and gas industry. She received the appointment to Vice President of Finance in 2004. In this position, she leads the accounting department and is responsible for all of the financial reporting, budgeting and risk management of the Shane Group of Companies. She works closely with the company's banking and legal partners and other outside partnerships. In October 2009, she also became responsible for the estimating at Shane Homes. She has been instrumental in the development of the company's overall technology strategy and in directing its implementation across the company.
Ron Heggs, Director of Special Projects
Ron grew up in the construction industry, and has worked in the residential home building industry for over 35 years. He joined Shane Homes in 1987 as a Project Manager directing construction in the field. In 1994 he moved to the position of Operations Manager where he became responsible for all field operations, and the design of internal training programs. Ron has training and expertise in all facets of new home construction and is a graduate of the Professional Home Builders Institute of Alberta as a Professional Site Manager. In 1996 he achieved the designation of Master Home Builder. He holds various other industry certifications and most recently received training in the use of solar energy. In 2005 he was appointed to the position of Director of Special Projects. His extensive construction history and knowledge allows him to take on the management of new projects for the Shane Group of Companies, and in researching and recommending innovative practices.
Dwain Kuhn, Manager of Purchasing and Cost Control
Dwain followed in his father's footsteps in the construction industry after graduating from High School. He completed training in Construction Technology and the Carpentry Apprenticeship Program at SAIT. Prior to joining Shane Homes in 1992 as a field Project Manager, he gained 17 years of experience in commercial construction with Cana Management where he worked his way from Carpenter to Project Superintendent. Dwain was promoted to Manager of Estimating and Purchasing with Shane in 1997. His key responsibility was to manage the department. In 2005, Dwain was appointed to the position of Purchasing Manager and in 2009 to the position of Manager Purchasing and Cost Control which allows him to utilize his skills in negotiating best value at the right price, and to concentrate on identifying innovative and leading edge products and services that differentiate Shane Homes from other builders.
Don Quast, Production Manager
Don has been in the construction industry for 40 years and over that time has been involved with almost all facets of new home construction. Don learned about residential construction from the ground up, starting his career as a construction laborer in the 70’s while his father worked as superintendant for a new home builder. Don then studied Architectural Technology at SAIT and moved into drafting and estimating, but found he preferred building more than drawing and became a journeyman carpenter. Don later ran a renovation company for 11 years before joining Shane Homes in 1992 as a service rep. Since then he was promoted to Project Manager in 1996; Safety & Quality Control Manager in 2010; Quality Control and Customer Service Manager in 2012 and Production Manager in 2014. In his current role, Don is responsible for the day to day operations of the construction department and to provide direction and expertise to the trades working on Shane Homes in all Shane Homes communities. Don is an Accredited Master Home Builder and holds his COR Safety Certification.
Rob Maleschuk, General Manager of Sales and Marketing
Rob Maleschuk, formerly Sales Manager at Shane Homes will assume the title of General Manager of Sales & Marketing for the Shane Group of Companies. In this new role Rob will be responsible for evolving the company’s design and sales team. His team is responsible for branding, public and media communications, sales support, and marketing operations. Prior to joining Shane Homes in 2014, Rob held positions of Business Development Manager and Director of Sales for over 10 years with Conagra Foods, followed by over 5 years as Vice President Advertising Sales with Post Media Network Inc at the Calgary Herald. His background brings a range of sales and marketing knowledge to this expanded role and will help the company stay abreast of new sales marketing technology, industry news and lead his team in social media efforts.