Some people go to work because it’s just a job. We go to work because we genuinely love what we do. Each of our team members plays an essential part in providing a thoughtfully reimagined home buying experience unlike any other.
The Shane Homes team is a close-knit family motivated by our passion for designing and building the highest quality custom homes in Alberta.
You could say it’s in our DNA.
Did you know over 200 people are involved in building a single home?
Cal Wenzel is CVO & Chairman of the Shane Homes Group of Companies. Back in 1979, Cal founded Shane Homes alongside his partner Barry Basillie. His business commitment is to maintain the best reputation for building quality homes, continuously improving, and satisfying his customers. Over the last three decades, Cal has served as president of several home building associations, partnered in other home building and land development companies, served on numerous charity boards, and was honoured by his contemporaries with awards and other recognitions. Cal was inducted in 2016 into Calgary's Business Hall of Fame to recognize his lifetime achievements in business, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions. Cal has been a lifelong fan of dogs and has two loving poodles that his family has deemed the "attack poodles."
Shane is the President & CEO of the Shane Homes Group of Companies and the namesake. Shane's responsibilities include strategic direction for the companies, policy advice for the building industry through BILD Calgary, and political involvement through the Alberta Enterprise Group on the economy, making him an industry leader in his field. Shane's sales and marketing background comes from growing up with two entrepreneurial parents, Cal and Edith, and participating in a business advisory group. On the personal side, Shane considers himself a bit of a "tech junky" and social media influencer on various platforms. He's also proudly apart of the LGBTQ community.
Dave Rickett is the COO and genuinely loves working in the home building industry. Over the past 40 years Dave has overseen many departments within the Shane Homes Group of Companies. Currently, Dave oversees numerous departments such as Estimating, Construction, Drafting, and Service. Dave leads our developer relations and lot purchases. He values family and appreciates the fact that he gets to work so closely with them! He is also a self-proclaimed golf professional and is quite the travel bug for warm locations.
As Vice-President, Finance & Accounting, Kayt Burren oversees the financial reporting and risk management functions across the Shane Homes Group of Companies. She supports the team with her strong background in financial analysis, compliance, and knowledge of private corporate structures. She believes in the benefit of remaining deeply curious throughout life and jumps at the opportunity to learn new skills. When Kayt is away from the office, this born and raised Calgarian loves to wander the beautiful city with her mischievous (but adorable) puppy.
Melanie Gowans thoroughly enjoys her role as Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Interior Design. She brings a wealth of knowledge with her and is responsible for leading the marketing, sales, and interior design teams. She has a strong passion for the home building industry and especially enjoys guiding others to build the home of their dreams. With a heavy addiction to 70's music, Melanie loves to have a good laugh and enjoys family movie night with the kids.
Sharlene Rickett is the VP of Administration and has been with Shane Homes since 1992. In her first fifteen years, she served in the Customer Service and VP Administration role. She has a straight shooter style, get it done mindset and learn from your mistakes attitude that has helped her. Shar believes that having a purpose, a connection, and personal fulfillment from contributing to its missions is rewarding to her career.
Shar's family has steadily increased in size and now has two outstanding grandchildren. She also loves to hang out with her friends and share in the laughter.
Sharlene's favourite quote is "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud" – Maya Angelou.
After ten years working as a planning consultant, Brenden jumped at the chance to work for the Shane Homes Group of Companies. As the General Manager of Land Development, Brenden brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for building communities to Shane Homes. His drive to build relationships with our developers, builders, consultants, and contractors leads to the strong delivery of projects. Brenden loves to grow and maintain his impressive beard when not working, even though it makes him look older than he is. At the office, Brenden enjoys bringing selections of his awesome vinyl collection to spin for his workmates.
Daryl has been working in the construction industry for the past 25 years. Starting with Shane Homes in 1994 as a Construction Assistant his ambition to succeed helped him to climb the ranks within the company. Throughout his years with Shane, Daryl has worked in several job roles including Service Technician, Project Manager, Safety Manager, and to his current position of Construction Manager. His responsibilities include managing the daily operations in the field and overseeing the service department to ensure the company’s quality standards are met. Daryl has passion for safe practices in the workplace and he continues to manage the Shane Homes Group of Companies’ safety program.
James Purcell oversees the daily financial reporting and accounting activity for the Multi Family and Land Development division within the Shane Homes Group of Companies. James’ brings a wealth of knowledge in financial reporting and tax compliance from his previous role in public practice. He values Shane Homes commitment to providing customers with high quality products as well as building strong relationships with all the stakeholders in the industry. During his spare time you can often find James tearing down the edge of a mountain on either a snowboard or mountain bike!
Liz Lipton is the Customer Experience Manager here at Shane Homes and began her career in the homebuilding industry in 2007. Liz brings with her a wealth of industry knowledge and a passion for providing each and every one of our homeowners with an experience that is nothing short of exceptional.
While you’re busy ironing out the final details, Liz and her team are getting ready to help your new house feel like a home. As someone who “sweats the small stuff”, no question or detail is too big or too small. Ensuring our homeowner’s feel cared for from the time they meet our sales team until years down the road is her top priority. She is responsible for the overarching customer experience provided by Shane Homes and is thrilled to work alongside a team brimming with knowledge, ambition, and a genuine interest in delighting those who trust us to build their homes. A professional friend maker, full time 90’s music aficionado and number one fan of the homebuilding industry, you can count on her to make your journey with Shane Homes a memorable one from start to finish.
Mark Albertin joined Shane Homes in 2007 as an Architectural Technologist. His hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed as he was promoted to Drafting & Design Team Lead in 2016, and to his most recent promotion of Manager of Drafting & Design in 2019. Prior to working at Shane Homes, he gained industry experience by working on the designs of residential remodels and working construction on high rise buildings in downtown Calgary. From a young age Mark has had an interest in art and design, which has earned him several awards. He pursued a career in the field he loved, completing his education at SAIT earning a Diploma in Architectural Technologies with a focus in Building Development Technology. Mark strives to bring a unique feel to the Shane product line through the use of quality materials, strong colors and bold design elements
Nabeal started his managerial career in the hospitality industry at the young age of 21. After getting married, he shifted his career focus to find a job in estimating with a small Calgary home builder. After gaining 8 years of industry experience in purchasing and cost control, he proudly joined the Shane Homes’ team in 2014. His responsibilities include building relationships with trades and suppliers to ensure the Shane standards of quality and craftsmanship are met, while keeping the company’s costs within budget. Nabeal’s ambition and dedication to the success of the company led to his promotion to Team Lead of Purchasing & Cost Control in 2017 and eventually to Purchasing & Estimating Manager in 2018.
Paul comes to Shane Homes with more than 20 years accounting experience at the senior level and brings home building experience with him. He worked as the corporate controller at a company in Calgary in the mid-2000s and a home building company in the United Kingdom in the 1990s. Included in his background is managing an accounting team as CFO for a technology company in Calgary and just prior to joining Shane Homes, was an accounting professional recruitment manager with Robert Half. He is originally from the UK and he tells us he was once told by a colleague he was the only accountant with a personality.
With more than 20 years experience as an Area Manager on his resume, Glenn also brings a great deal of knowledge of the construction industry to his consultations with customers. His close attention to detail and his valuable technical knowledge allows him to smoothly guide his customers through the buying and building process, making purchasing your new home an enjoyable experience.
Working in the home building industry since the late 1990s, Dave Gearey started with Shane Homes as a host, eventually working his way up to Area Manager. With more than 30 years experience in senior management positions, Dave excels at customer service. He takes great pleasure and satisfaction in helping customers throughout their entire building process and always places the utmost importance on building strong customer relationships.
After 12 years in the building industry, Jamie is excited and motivated to bring previous experience to his position as Area Manager. His extensive background in home renovation and customer service, serves his clients well and as a former member of the Canadian National Long-Track Speed Skating Team, his competitive nature is a benefit to his clients. Jamie has a degree in Economics as well as a Bilingual Diploma. He prides himself on being a dedicated representative of Shane Homes.
When Karen and her husband built their first 'new' home together Karen enjoyed the experience so much that she decided new home sales was the place for her, so in 2001 she began her journey in the home building industry. In 2005 Karen joined Shane Homes as a Sales Associate, quickly moving up to her current position as Area Manager. Over the years, Karen’s and her husband have built 2 gorgeous homes with Shane Homes. Karen describes herself as enthusiastic and her greatest reward is the look on her customers face when she hands them their keys and walks them through their newly built dream home. Karen is dedicated to making sure you have the same great experience that she had when she built her homes.
Another long-time member of the Shane Homes team with more than 27 years of sales experience under his belt, Jeff has earned the title of top salesperson of the year for a number of those years. It's a title that is earned only through dedicated customer service and experience. Jeff has helped over 1000 happy homeowners and is a true expect when it comes to guiding buyers through the home building journey.
Deb Gearey joined Shane Homes over 2 decades ago as an Associate, quickly earning the role of Area Manager. She has experience in selling to first time buyers with our townhomes, duplex and laned products. Her goal was to represent a builder that empowers their customers, late nights customizing a home is where she thrives! Her enthusiasm is well-known, as is the passion and knowledge she brings to guiding her clients through the planning and building of their homes. Deb combines professionalism and knowledge with kindness and sincerity to build warm, successful relationships with her customers.
More than nine years of experience in Calgary's new home industry has given Michael the knowledge and experience to not only anticipate clients' requests, but to also make them a reality. He has a passion for customer service and has demonstrated a proven ability to help people create their dream home time after time.
Erin Jorgensen joined Shane Homes in 2018 with 11 years of prior experience in the industry. She specializes in assisting first time and move up buyers in building their dream home. With an educational background in Marketing Management from Mount Royal University, she strongly understands the importance of product knowledge and customer service making her an exceptional addition to the Shane Homes team. In 2017/2018, Erin won an AVID Customer Service Award as a result of her exemplary customer satisfaction scores; she falls within the top 5% of homebuilding professionals in North America. Her attention to detail and dedication to buyer needs ensure her customers are always happy with their home purchases.
Rut joined the new home industry in 2015 and quickly fell in love with the ability to help customers customize and build their dream homes. Prior to starting her career in home sales, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. Rut has had the opportunity to sell every product line from semi-detached homes to larger custom houses. This experience has led to a passion in building relationships, providing superior customer service and ensuring all of her customer’s needs are met within their new home.
Brooke joins the Shane Homes Multi-Family team exhibiting a great deal of enthusiasm and three years of experience in the home building industry.
Brooke’s breadth of industry knowledge and experience comes from selling a wide array of product types from starter to move up to estate homes. Since she can remember, she has always had an affinity to and passion for this industry and is continually looking to expand her knowledge in every aspect of it. Brooke has a passion for assisting clients in finding their perfect home and ensuring the utmost satisfaction is maintained throughout the process.
Customer service is Troy’s passion creating the ideal new home for his clients is his goal. With over 10 years in sales and over 5 years in new home sales, Troy has a wealth of knowledge in the process of building and a keen attention to detail. Troy won an AVID Customer Service Award in 2019 & 2020 falling within the top 5% of homebuilding professionals in North America.
In his free time, Troy loves spending time with his family, hiking, biking, skiing & travelling.
Leon joins the Shane Homes team with over 10 years of home building experience, and a passion for architecture and interior design – which compliments Shane’s Love it or Customize it philosophy. Leon knows a thing or two about finding the perfect home, as he has lived in more than 13 countries. He can speak 5 different languages, in addition to English. When Leon’s not helping homeowners build their dream home, you can find him with his two dogs enjoying the views in the beautiful Rockies!
Bipin recently joined the Shane Homes team, he has over 8 years of new home sales experience. Bipin loves every aspect of building a home from the ground up for each customer! He enjoys helping customers through the building process and seeing their dream come to life
Anand joins the Shane Homes family with over a decade of sales & management experience, and is excited to help you through every step of the home building process! As long as he can remember he has loved the home building industry and everything to do with it.
With his attention to detail & passion for customer service, Anand will ensure your home buying experience is one you won’t soon forget!
When he isn’t working with clients, you can find him working out at the gym and spending time outdoors with his family.
Cheryl Dobos has been a helping hand here at Shane Homes for the past decade. Cheryl's enthasuism and positive attitude brings every customer a better experience.
Although a newcomer to the Home Building industry, John worked with Shane Homes for decades when he was their advertising representative for a group of radio stations.
As the real estate specialist in his former career, John got to know the hallmarks and values of many of Calgary’s Home Builders.
He always loved Shane’s ‘Love it or Customize It’ program, as well as their strong commitment to many great charities throughout Calgary. So having the opportunity to join the team was a quick and easy decision.
Even though he’s new, he’s keen and happy to help you with finding your perfect new home.
Tyler joins our sales team here at Shane homes as our online sales advisor. Tyler is our first point of contact with our clients and works to ensure our clients are assisted at all hours of the day. Working alongside our sales team he is here to assist you with any questions you may have and set you up with our area managers to begin your new home journey. Tyler is here to help you!
Joe comes to Shane Homes with the utmost love for customer service. The whole human experience is special to him, and in that journey, the process of calling a house ‘home’ is very fulfilling. With experience in the real estate world and banking, Joe has seen firsthand what the right place to call home does for your life. With the advantage of Shane Homes being able to build to the specs of the client, he has found his perfect fit to build the perfect home for all his customers. Always rewarded by the smiles on the faces of the people he comes across.
Inspired by design, Sabrina decided to join the New Home Sales industry just over 10 years ago. She describes every day of work as truly rewarding as she gets to help her clients on the journey of home ownership. Eager to learn the Shane Homes way, Sabrina is excited to join the team as an Area Manager and looks forward to welcoming new clients home.
Ling is always excited about being the helping hand, bringing together the right people to the right house. She strives for continuous expansion of her knowledge in communities, the real estate market, construction and design elements in visual art, delivering a fantastic new home-building journey for every homeowner and family! Ling has an “Outstanding Customer Service Certificate” and “Business Management & Entrepreneurship” training from Alison. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, skiing, and travelling! “
Chantel recently joined our team here at Shane Homes with over 16 years of sales, management, and customer service experience. Chantel supports the Shane Sales Team in ensuring homebuyers have a great homebuilding experience and are ready to rave about Shane Homes for years to come. She brings a wealth of knowledge in driving team morale, engagement, and customer satisfaction. Chantel’s approach is to “do the right thing” and loves being in the new home industry helping people build their dreams homes all while having the absolute best experience possible.
Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to the Shane Homes’ team with over 10 years of experience working in the new home construction and interior design industries.
She holds both a Diploma of Interior Design, and a Certification of Interior Decorating.
Her design style focuses on combining timeless elements with a hint of an edge, which has led to two showhome BILD award nominations. Suzanne loves to assist her clients in creating polished spaces that are functional, unique and always full of visual interest.
She loves all things fashion, and is a doting “Dog Mom” to her goldendoodle, Theodore!
Tricha has been in the interior design industry since 2017, after graduating from Bow Valley College with a Diploma in Interior Decorating. She loves to use colour and texture in unexpected ways in her showhome designs as well as combining vintage and modern elements. Tricha is passionate about creating spaces for her clients that are visually impactful and highly functional.
In her spare time Tricha can be found renovating her 1970’s house into a modern dream home!
Jenn brings 5 years of experience in the home building industry to the Shane Homes team. She holds a Bachelor's of Applied Interior Design from Mount Royal University and continues to build her industry knowledge through her portfolio. Jenn designs with the mindset of creating spaces that reflect every clients’ unique personality and needs. She is passionate about “design in the details” and continually strives to push the envelope.
Jenn is also a certified pyro-technician and can be found shooting off professional fireworks in her spare time!
Magdalena brings over 20 years of experience working with people, understanding their needs, and helping to make their dreams come true. While completing her master's degree in Tourism and Hotel Industry in Poland, Magdalena started her career as a Tour Leader in the Mediterranean Region. She then embarked (literally) on a 10-year adventure onboard Cruise Ships organizing adventures and sightseeing trips for customers from all over the world. Her enthusiasm and passion for helping others led her to the New Home Building Industry. Completing her Certification in Interior Design and Home Staging at Mount Royal University in 2017, Magdalena was able to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a designer. Magdalena draws her design inspirations from her exposure to diverse cultures and unique places she visited around the world. She loves nature photography and long hikes in the mountains.
Paige has had a passion for all things design from as early as she can remember. So it was only natural that her 3 AM bedroom makeovers and HGTV Love it or List it marathons would eventually morph into the pursuit of a career in the design industry. She now holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Mount Royal University, where she discovered her contemporary design style of which she delicately balances with her love of all things eclectic. A self-proclaimed “people person” with previous experience working in high-end residential design and an additional 8+ years in various customer focused roles in adjacent industries, Paige prides herself on her ability to connect, communicate (and crack a joke or two) with anyone she crosses paths with!
When Paige isn’t working with clients bringing their dream home to life, you can find her watching documentaries about anything and everything, dreaming about future travel destinations or deciding what funky colour she’ll be getting at her next manicure!
Clint has been in the construction / renovation industry for the better part of 20 years and enjoys learning new related trades, techniques and facing new challenges in his role as a Home Care Specialist. In his personal life Clint enjoys a multitude of activities including fishing, camping and spending time with his wife Amanda and their dog Sully at their rustic Cabin in the woods. He is looking forward to the rest of a long and fulfilling career here at Shane Homes!
Gerry has been a service and warranty technician for Shane Homes since 1992. Prior to that he had 20 years of experience working in carpentry and framing, finishing and custom cabinetry as well as painting. He really enjoys meeting people in this job and he delights to fix, repair or replace whatever concerns the customer has in regards to their house as well as helping them to see how they can maintain their home down the road. We have a really great team of staff that makes him enjoy coming to work every day. He also enjoys spending time with his family as well as photography which helps him to appreciate the life we all have.
Joe is a Home Care Specialist at Shane Homes and his goal is to always give exceptional customer service in every home he has the pleasure of going to. He feels he has the greatest job as he gets to meet so many wonderful people. He enjoys and loves spending time with his family and when he has some free time he enjoys going fishing. One of his hobbies is making the best wine which he shares with family and friends.
Kevin has worked for Shane homes since 2005. He has been a Red Seal journeyman Carpenter for over 20 years and brings a love of learning and of building quality things to everything he does. During that time Kevin has enjoyed helping people realize their dream of home ownership. Outside of work Kevin enjoys cooking and crafting with his wife and kids.
Mary’s previous work experience comes from the airline and hospitality industry. She brings with her extensive experience in building productive relationships with clients, partners and team members along with event planning and execution to a new and exciting industry. In her spare time, Mary enjoys keeping fit, watching sports, playing poker and going out for dinner and drinks with friends.
Michael has over 25 years in the home building industry and loves sharing his love of well built homes with homeowners. Michael is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys getting out into nature year-round. He also loves several sports, both watching and playing, but has a special love for hockey and the Calgary Flames.
Nate has been working in the construction industry since 2004 and is a journeyman carpenter by trade. He is always happy, loves to find solutions and fix things, and most of all loves the opportunity to help people every day. When he isn’t at work helping our homeowners, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife and three beautiful children or can be found playing pool with his league. Make sure to ask him for shot tips the next time you see him!
Patrick has been part of the Shane Homes service team since 2017. He is originally from the UK and has called Calgary home since 1989. Patrick has two grown-up kids and now likes to spend his free time travelling and riding his motorcycle (weather permitting of course).
Tara is a Home Care Specialist for Shane homes and is ambitious and success driven. She enjoys a challenge and something to strive towards. In her personal time she likes to listen to music, swim and play cards or candy crush. Working for an excellent company like Shane homes allows her to fulfill all her professional and personal goals and needs.
Rosemary Torriero is a Home Care Coordinator at Shane Homes. She feels she has one of the most rewarding jobs because she has the pleasure daily of interacting with our wonderful Customers whether it’s a concern or a question regarding their beautiful home. her hobbies that she enjoys are cooking and baking and she is always looking for a new recipe. Her greatest joy is her family and friends and her favorite quote is “Every day is a Great day”
Suzie is your amazing, helpful and courteous Home Care Coordinator with 24 years of experience in the building industry. Her passion is helping others which is why she enjoys helping you navigate your service requirements effectively and efficiently and is dedicated to providing the best service possible. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing grandchildren, golfing with her son and spending time with her family.
Daniel has been working in customer service roles since 2007 and loves to help his customers solve problems. His goal is to have every homeowner's experience go smoothly, leaving them satisfied and even happier than expected. Daniel loves hanging out with his wife and two children in his spare time and can often be found listening to '90s hip-hop and dance records. So if we ever need a dance party to lighten the mood, Daniel is our go-to guy!
I'm new to Shane homes, but not the industry. I love to create the homes of people’s dreams! If not at work you'll find me (or not find me) in the Crowsnest Pass.
Jess has been in the residential construction industry for 15 years. Starting as a labourer, she has worked her way up to project manager in her time at Shane. In her time away from work, Jess loves to camp with her family and friends.
Braeden started working with Shane Homes in 2017 as a Construction Assistant and has since been promoted to Project Manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Calgary and a certificate in Residential Construction Management from SAIT. With a keen interest in design and new home construction, Braeden works to ensure your home is built perfectly every step of the way. In his spare time, he enjoys adventuring and hiking with his wife and border collie, Scout.
Kent has been with Shane Homes for six years and was hired into the Multi-Family division team on December 15, 2016, as a Site Carpenter. What brings Joy to Kent is seeing the excitement on a client's face on possession day. When not at work, you can find Kent outdoors - boating, fishing, hunting spending time with family and friends.
I have been working at Shane Homes since December 2003 and haven't looked back! I originally started as a construction assistant in cougar ridge. I worked for about 1.5 years before the opportunity opened up to join the service team in 2005. In 2018 I was presented with a great opportunity where I become a project manager. Why I love what I do is simple: I start with a hole in the ground, and when done, it's a beautiful home where family memories will be created and the smile on our customers when they take possession of the new home.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy coaching soccer on my son's team, the outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, snowboarding, and hanging out with my family and friends.
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