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 after completing his education. Most recently Shane has held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and has been 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.
Jim Smith, Senior Vice President of Production and Cost Control
Jim has a long history in residential housing which he began in the supplier sector. He has achieved years of direct experience in the industry working first in estimating and purchasing and has worked through all facets of operations. He also spent several years as a partner/owner of his own home building company. Jim began as Purchaser/Estimator with Shane Homes in 1991. Over the years he has held the positions of Manager of Business Development, Manager of Operations and was appointed Senior Vice-President of Operations in 2004. In this position his key role is leadership in all Field Operations, Service and Warranty and Purchasing/Estimating. He has been instrumental in leading advancement in productivity and service, customer service relations, and innovation in efficiencies and best practices in construction and service with workforce development.
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.
Dave Rickett, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Dave Rickett has worked in the residential housing industry in various capacities for over 30 years. He first worked in the construction side of the industry, and then moved into sales. With sales experience spanning over 24 years, Dave was aptly promoted to the position of Sales Manager in 2003 and Sales and Marketing Manager in 2004. In this role he has led the sales team in providing the upmost in customer satisfaction while achieving the company's sales targets. Dave also led the marketing team in researching and developing innovative advertising and marketing ideas, contributing to Shane Homes being one of the top volume builders in Calgary and surrounding area.
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.
Lyle Faas, Drafting and Design Manager
Lyle was exposed early on to drafting, being raised in a home his parents designed and built. He learned carpentry skills from his father but particularly enjoyed architectural design and drawing. He pursued this interest through High School and graduated from the Architectural Technology Program at SAIT in 1977. Prior to joining Shane Homes in 1987, he gained experience working with two other builders. Over the 23 years Lyle has been with Shane Homes he has been directly responsible for building a team of creative Architectural Technologists and has been instrumental in conducting research for new product ideas and implementing them in Shane’s new home designs. Lyle has volunteered with the Calgary Regional Home Builder's Association on various committees for over 27 years. His key role as Drafting and Design Manager at Shane Homes ensures that Shane customers have access to the most creative and innovative design in their new homes.
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.
Nels Margetts, Production Manager
Nels has been in the construction industry for 40 years. During his career, he owned and operated a plumbing company for 16 years, and following that formed and operated a new home construction company for 12 years. He joined Shane Homes in 1997 as a field Project Manager where he was responsible for managing field operations in one of Shane's locations. In 2005 Nels was appointed to the position of Production Manager where he became responsible for day-by-day operation of the construction and service departments. He provides leadership and expertise to the Project Managers working in the field. His primary responsibility is managing logistics and new home scheduling. He also provides direction and expertise to the trades working on Shane Homes in all of the Shane communities.
Dan Price, Controller
Dan has been with Shane Homes since October of 2004 and was promoted to the position of Controller in May of 2006. He began his accounting career in public practice in Lethbridge, focusing on small business and income tax, and in 2002 received the designation of Chartered Accountant. Dan oversees the day to day operations of the accounts payable and estimating departments and is in charge of preparing the company’s internal financial reporting. Dan has also played a key role in revising and strengthening the company’s internal controls.