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 six grandkids whom all live in Vegreville.
Partner / Controller
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 / Commercial and 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, Joshua, Lucas, Emily & Maddy.
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.
Commercial, 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 / Overhead Door Sales
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 and overhead door sales. Marvin has three sons and lives just outside of Vegreville with his wife, Rose.
Head of Vantage Electric / Master Electrician - ESCO
Todd’s employment with us is what sparked the beginning of the Vantage Electrical division in early 2017. He brings with him three decades of electrical experiences while maintaining Master ESCO electrician status as well as handling the majority of estimating and sales in-office. Todd is our go-to person for all things electrical for both Vantage Builders project and Vantage Building Supplies over-the-counter sales along with Scott. Todd has two children, Dylan (who is one of Vantage’s journeyman electricians on staff) and a daughter, Kristen, who lives in Sylvan Lake. In his spare time, Todd enjoys boating and doing renos around the house and yard.
With the success of the electrical department since its launch in January 2017, Scott has fulfilled the role of electrical purchaser to help keep up with demand. He comes from a long history of purchasing while working at Flint / AECOM in Edmonton for 13 years. Prior to that he completed his apprenticeship at RJV Gasfield / Electric and later earned his Journeyman ticket. Scott resides in Vegreville with his wife, Trina, and two daughters Avery and Ardynn. They enjoy time spent camping, swimming & doing extra curricular activities as a family.
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 working part-time and focuses on drafting and design. She and Rob have two little girls, Locklan & Kassia and a boy, Dominic.
Reception, Administration & VB/VBS Payables
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 the summer of 2016. Now Megan is working in the office and excelling in both administration & payroll, as well as payables for both Vantage Builders & Vantage Building Supplies. 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.
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, twins Koen & Kynlee, and Kooper. Kris is also known as ‘Krash’ around here. If you’re curious how he got that nickname just ask!
Design & Drafting
March of 2018 Khalid and his family, consisting of his wife and two children, moved all the way from Syria to Vegreville, where they are now learning and living Vegreville’s culture and traditions while sharing theirs with us. His primary role in Vantage’s team is a registered in-training engineer, where he is tackling the task of learning differences between Syrian and Canadian engineering, and also works alongside Dayton in the designing/drafting department. Be sure to say hello when you see him on the Vantage Builders side in our glass bullpen (as we call it); he’ll be more than happy to tell you about all that he’s experienced in our town thus far!
Nyomi was among the recent additions to our office this spring and is likely to have greeted you with her friendly smile at the front desk of the Vantage Builders entrance to the building. Nyomi hails from Saskatchewan but chose to explore life in Alberta before planning to resume her post-secondary education next year. Even at a young age she has quite a diverse work experience history including working as a care aide, a section leader during Moose Jaw Warriors hockey games, a tour guide at the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, in retail sales and as a lifeguard; all of which afforded attributes that have surely carried over to the administrative and payroll/accounting roles she now fulfills at Vantage. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family and being active outdoors and at the gym. Be sure to stop in and say hi to Nyomi if you haven’t crossed paths with her already!
VBS Store Manager
After over 23 years in the building supply industry in both British Columbia and Alberta, Wayne has joined the Vantage Builders family. Working on an already strong framework Wayne continues to strengthen the relationship between the Vantage Builders and the Vantage Building Supplies retail lumber yard. As Store Manager his goal is to build existing product lines, source new and innovative products and provide competitive pricing with big city markets. Supporting local business is important to Wayne and his team as they strive to provide a high level of customer satisfaction along with “hands on” knowledge and “can do” attitude. In Wayne’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Laura, and son Jack, as well as his daughter Claudia and her husband Jeremy. Wayne and Laura consider themselves foodies and love spending time with family and friends cooking, playing music and watching movies.
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.
Jeff is easily recognizable, just look for the guy with the big grin on his face working in the lumber yard. He’s always happy to help you with what you need and is always willing to go the extra mile for customers. He was born and raised here in Vegreville. He started with the company through Vegreville composite high school’s work experience program as a 16 year-old, and has been with us ever since. His work ethic, drive, positive attitude, and customer service skills make him an irreplaceable member on our team.
When not at work, Jeff enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, playing sports, reading, learning new things, and challenging himself to be the best person he can be in all ways.
Among his numerous goals and ambitions, Jeff is an aspiring entrepreneur and has high hopes of owning and managing a local company in the near future.