Partner / Commercial Sales
Hugh Ziprick is one of the original founders of Vantage Builders Ltd. One day back in 1975 he and Jim Davis started the company with the hope that it would do well enough to put food on their dinner table. Over four decades later Hugh says he never dreamed the company would reach the level it has. Hugh will gladly tell you stories of the days when Jim, Walter and himself would play cards all hours of the day until they got the call to go out and do some work. Times have obviously changed very much since then, and Hugh’s role has grown exponentially since the company hasn’t quit growing. Hugh primarily deals with commercial building sales and submits the majority of any tender applications, among other managerial roles and responsibilities. He and his wife Linda have three children and ten grandchildren all in Vegreville & Smoky Lake. Hugh has an active involvement with his church, never passes up an opportunity to spend time with his family, go hunting, fishing or to their cabin at Carrot Creek.
Partner / Commercial Sales
Walter Gegolick, also known as “Sonny” joined the company in 1976, just one year after its conception and worked for Vantage for 29 years before becoming a partner in 2005. After completing the Architectural Technology program at NAIT, he began his career at Brytex doing blueprints for a year and a half before coming to Vantage. Here, he started off doing blueprints and working in sales. At the time Vantage primarily sold grain bins, farm buildings and small commercial buildings. Over the last 40 years the company has evolved into a multi-faceted general contractor and Walter now focuses on commercial building sales with projects all over Central and Northern Alberta, as well as traditional managerial roles and responsibilities. He is extremely proud of the heights the company has reached over the last four decades and believes the company will continue to make a positive impact in our community and the surrounding areas where we work. Walter and his partners have made it a priority to operate the company with strong morals and an open-door policy where all of its staff feel like family. Walter and his wife, Edie, enjoy motorcycling, back-country exploring, snowmobiling, fishing and spending time at their cabin at Elinor Lake. Their ever-growing family include their three married sons and five grandkids whom all live in Vegreville.
Partner / VBS Accounts Manager
Darren Davis came to Vantage in 2001 and took on the accounting for the company. Not long after, Darren became a partner in 2005, just a few years before his dad and original owner, Jim Davis, retired. Around the same time that Darren became partner Vantage Builders was just in the process of conceiving its sister company, Vantage Building Supplies. He was now involved in spearheading the development of the new retail sales department alongside Rick and helped it to reach the potential it has now. Among the traditional managerial roles and responsibilities, Darren has managed the accounting department for Vantage Building Supplies since it’s conception. Darren, his wife Colleen and daughters Bella & Brenna reside in their newly built house in Vegreville with their cat and three dogs. They all enjoy camping at their lake lot, fishing and rooting for their favorite hockey and football teams.
Partner / Site Superintendent / Sales
Out of high school, Ben worked in framing and finishing for 7 years before taking Carpentry at NAIT in Edmonton and Lakeland College in Vermillion. During his apprenticeship he started at Vantage in 2003. Two years later he earned his Journeyman Carpenters certificate and Red Seal. Ben continued to specialize in framing & finishing and been foreman for the majority of his employment with us. Now, Ben is a site superintendent, salesman and became partner in early 2016. He and his wife, Kelly have twin boys, Samuel & Caden and a daughter, Annika. They enjoy spending time as a family, vacation-ing, camping & playing sports.
Partner / Agricultural Building Sales
Paul was once originally employed with Vantage as a bin erector for a number of years in the 1990s when he was fresh out of high school. He returned in 2006 and took a position in the sales department selling bins, and in 2008, he became one of the lead salesmen for agricultural and storage post-frame buildings. Paul still leads those departments and is entering the commercial sales department as well. His lengthy career with us has awarded him extensive experience in numerous areas including having the valuable asset of working both in the field and in customer service. Paul joined Dayton and Ben and became partner in early 2016. He lives in Vegreville with his wife, Ashley, and their four children.
Partner / Drafting & Design
Fresh out of the Architectural Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Dayton started working at Vantage full time in 2005. Prior to that he did work for us while still in school. Now head of the drafting & design department, Dayton handles the majority of our commercial projects and excels in custom and unique designs complete with full color 3D renderings that showcase the many specialty products the majority of our commercial clients are utilizing. Dayton is Walter’s middle son and has not only followed in his dad’s footsteps career-wise, they are now business partners since Dayton became part owner in 2016. Dayton lives in Vegreville with his wife, Krista, and son, Archer.
Project Coordinator / Estimator / Safety Officer
Chris started his career at Vantage in 1997 after leading a very diverse career history in wildlife and environment. He held a job in commercial construction before working as a Park Ranger for Alberta Environment, then as a Wildlife Technician at the (formerly known as) Alberta Research Council. He joined us for what was supposed to be a temporary position on the concrete crew in the fall of ’97, but he opted to stay with us in an effort to stay working close to home. He worked in the field for a number of years before moving into the office to manage crew scheduling and material purchases for jobs. He later took on the role of Safety Officer and Estimator which are what his primary roles are today. Chris and his wife, Rachel, have three children, Chenoa, McKale and Dawson. They enjoy spending time as a family, horseback riding and camping.
Agricultural & Residential Sales
Cory joined Vantage in May 2015 and has been an invaluable asset to our sales department ever since. Having over 15 years of experience in the heavy construction, residential and commercial construction industries, he has fit in here just right. He was a business owner for seven years building new modern homes, commercial retails spaces and alternative building systems throughout central Alberta. At Vantage he handles post frame sales, commercial projects and tenders, concrete work, residential renovations and much more. He has proven to have the exact knowledge and expertise that we were looking for in expanding our sales team and to help us stay afloat during the busy season. Born and raised in Alberta, Cory moved to Mundare eight years ago with his wife Liana, sons, Dylan and Cayden and daughter, Ella.
Material Estimating / Window & Door Sales
Gary has a lengthy career history in teaching and education and taught at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Edmonton for close to 20 years before moving to Vegreville. His teaching career included Construction Engineering Technology where he taught Estimating, Project Management, Steel Design, Masonry Design & Timber Design, Carpentry, Electrical Drafting for Architectural Technology as well as a number of years in the Physics Department. Once in Vegreville he continued in Physics Textbook sales, which he authored and started selling to various Colleges while at NAIT, and also renovated his family's new home. He started at Vantage in 2006 as an estimator and salesperson, and was Site Superintendent for the construction of the local ATCO Electric Control Centre. Gary and his wife, Karen, have three daughters, one son, and 12 grandchildren. They enjoy spending their time running their local Tea Shoppe, camping and attending live theatre in their downtime.
Rental & Equipment Manager / Safety Officer
Marvin started at Vantage way back in 1981. He came to us after spending a little over five years working in construction in Edmonton. He started his career with us working in the field on various crews and eventually became a foreman. In 2006 Marvin took his safety training and traded hammers and nails for a managerial role in the office as a primary safety officer. He was also responsible for scheduling jobs and managing our human resources department for many years but has more recently become head of the ever-growing equipment rental department. Marvin has three sons and lives just outside of Vegreville with his wife, Rose.
Yvonne is the Queen Bee of Vantage Builders’ accounting department. She came to Vantage in 2003 and has been keeping the company’s accounts afloat ever since. She’s responsible for keeping our payable, receivable, payroll, medical benefit and RRSP accounts running smoothly and our accountants happy. You will likely find her playing cat and mouse, hunting down purchase orders or reminding our salesmen to get their numbers in on time. Yvonne lives in Vegreville with her dog Sammy and enjoys quilting, gardening and spending time with her kids and three granddaughters.
Lisa first came to Vantage to complete her practicum in 2008 after graduating from the Administrative Program at Grant MacEwan University. She is often referred to as the jack-of-all-trades in the office since she’s filled many roles prior to going on maternity leave in 2014. Primarily, she spearheaded and managed the window & door sales & installation department, aided salesmen with their invoicing, performed payroll, helped with project tenders and other administrative tasks. She returned part-time in 2015 and resumed doing payroll and administration and just recently began maternity leave again as she welcomed her second daughter in the fall. Lisa lives in Vegreville with her husband, Davin (Walter’s youngest son), their girls Lyric and baby H & pup, Oscar. The two keep very busy operating their photography business, Davin G Photography and enjoy camping, being outdoors and nurturing all of their other hobbies in their downtime.
Drafting & Design / Administrator
After completing the Architectural Technology program at NAIT and gaining work experience at a firm in Edmonton, Mandy found her way back to her hometown after meeting her now husband, Rob. She joined Dayton in the drafting & design department in 2005 and continued building her career providing residential and agricultural plans for our clients. She has since taken on many other administrative roles for Vantage Builders and has at one point or another managed her time between drafting, payroll, accounting, and reception. Mandy is currently on maternity leave as she welcomed a baby boy, Dominic, in May. She and Rob also have two little girls, Locklan & Kassia.
Reception & Administration
After graduating high school Megan moved to Ontario where she attended Redeemer University College and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree with her honors in biology and minor in chemistry. Megan had plans of continuing her education to become a Veterinarian, but that changed when she moved back to Alberta and started working at Vantage in 2014. She installed doors & windows, kitchens and worked on the finishing crew for two years, which she enjoyed, before a shoulder injury took her out of the field in summer of 2016. Now Megan is working in the office and excelling in both administration and payroll. Megan lives in Vegreville and spends much of her spare time with her horses, and doing what she loves, which involves anything to do with animals!
Brad began his career in carpentry after he was accepted to NAIT on a basketball scholarship in 1994. He completed the Cabinet Making & Carpentry course in 1996 and started working for Jayman Homes shortly after graduating. Brad spent the next five years doing various carpentry jobs such as kitchen renos, garage packages, interior finishing work and window & door installations, and he worked at a few feedlots as well. He joined Vantage in 2003 and worked on the finishing crew, eventually becoming foreman 2005. In 2009 he earned his Journeyman Certificate and more recently, in 2012, Brad took on the role as site superintendent at a number of our large commercial projects. Brad and his wife, Adrienne, live in Vegreville with their two sons Aaron and Adam and enjoys fishing, camping & basketball.
Curtis has been a part of the Vantage family since 1997. He joined us after a short few years working for Binder Construction in Edmonton and spending six years building houses with Gordon Lang Homes here in Vegreville. During his third year, Curtis was promoted to foreman and has since been managing various crews throughout the year. He has also taken on a site superintendent role in the last couple of years on a few of our large commercial projects. Curtis and his wife, Karri, have two children, Barret and Ellery and enjoy hunting, fishing, playing sports.
Kris (Krash) Gusnowski
Safety Officer / Sales
Always having a knack for building and construction, Kris came to Vantage when he was just 15. He started out building bins (and skipping school to come to work!) for a few years before going to NAIT for his Journeyman certificate in 2000. Kris started back full time with Vantage immediately after graduating and became foreman of the metal building erection crew one year later. Following an injury in 2014, Kris began working in the office during his recovery and developed a niche for working with customers and utilizing his knowledge and experience in the trades to better assist our customers. Kris recently earned his title as Safety Officer since having completed his National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) training and is also managing several sales jobs for Vantage Builders. He lives on an acreage with his family, known as the 5K, his wife Kristen and their children, Kenzie, and twins Koen & Kynlee. Kris is also known as ‘Krash’ around here. If you’re curious how he got that nickname just ask!
VBS Retail Sales
Carpenter turned salesman, Tyler found himself a spot in the office in 2014 after working in the field for three years. He’s been selling building supplies and helping to ease Rick’s workload by taking over sales accounts ever since. Tyler has extensive experience working in the field as a window and door installer, among other things, and has earned his journeyman certificate and Red Seal so far. Among other milestones, Tyler has managed sales and installation in the window & door sales department and now helping manage the Vantage Building Supplies supply desk. Tyler is a wealth of information when it comes to the ever-growing specialty building supply industry and is guaranteed to help you find exactly what you need to get the job done! Tyler lives in Mundare and we’re hoping will make his better-half, Nicole, a permanent addition to his biography real soon!
Rick, the face behind Vantage Building Supplies, was an integral part in its conception in 2005. Rick came to us with 36 years of experience in the retail sales industry and quickly made VBS his baby. By managing all of our sales accounts with our suppliers and our buying group, Sexton, and being head of the purchasing department, Rick continually has his hands full. Having said that he will always make the time to sit down with you and go through all of the products we offer until you’re confident that you’ve found the perfect materials you need for the job. Rick celebrated being with Vantage Building Supplies for a decade in early 2016. Rick and his wife, Gloria live in Vegreville and enjoy spending time with their three daughters and their families.
VBS Building Supply Sales Desk Associate / Payables
James is the newest and much anticipated addition to our team at Vantage Building Supplies. He joined us in the spring and wasted no time settling into his role as the payables clerk for the building supplies division and a sales desk associate at the order desk. His customer service skills and knowledge in the estimating department have already proven to be an asset to the company and our customers. James moved to Alberta in 2009 from Vancouver and later completed the SCMP Purchasing course at the University of Alberta. He has work experience in the plumbing industry as an apprentice and was a purchaser for both a manufacturer in the oil & gas industry, and a general contractor working in the high-rise condo construction market. Most recently, he was the operations manager for an Edmonton contractor for which he handled estimating, sales, and material take-offs. James is looking forward to working towards his MBA (Masters of Business Administration) as he continues his new career at Vantage. He and his wife, Emilie and their children Oliver and Agnes recently moved to Vegreville from Sherwood Park. They enjoy spending time on the farm together and playing music.
Human Resources / Crew Scheduling / Overhead Door Department
Wanda joined Vantage after a lengthy career raising cattle and her children at their family-operated WD Cattle Co. followed by positions in Service and Administration at Vegreville Ford. She currently spearheads the overhead door department, schedules all crews and is the main contact of the Human Resources Department. If you’re lucky to be a client of hers, you can bet she’ll go above and beyond to make sure you’re completely satisfied. Around these here parts, she's known for being incredibly organized and thorough. Wanda and her husband, Dave, enjoy country living on their farm just outside of Vegreville, have four children and three grandkids, and enjoy spending time at their cabin in Valemount.
Building Supply Yard Supervisor
Jack is the yard supervisor and one of the friendly faces that will help you get your materials in the building supply yard. When he started at Vantage in 1981 he was working in the field on jobsites and was only 18 years old. He worked in the field for the next 30 years. In 2011 he moved to the Building Supplies division where he became the yard supervisor. So if you have a question about a building project or are unsure what materials you need to get the job done, he’s readily available and more than happy to offer some advice. Jack and his wife, Connie, live in Vegreville. They enjoy spending time with their two married children and their families.