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Born and raised in East Vancouver, Robert “Bob” Ross has had an influential role in the furniture industry for more than 30 years. Bob went to SFU on a wrestling scholarship and completed his BA in Business. He took multiple kinesiology courses which perpetuated his keen interest in ergonomics. After his degree, Bob spent the first years of his career in the investment field which he describes as “a very interesting introduction into the business world”. After five years, he ended up transitioning into the office furniture industry where he has been ever since. Passionate about health and fitness, outside of work he enjoys long distance cycling and running in the forest with his dog Bruno.
Favorite Movie: Tombstone with Kurt Russel and Val Kilmer. Val Kilmer truly should have received an Academy Award Favorite Food: Potatoes Favorite Band: The Boom Booms, of course! Favorite Vancouver Spot: Lynn Headwaters
Kate grew up in New Zealand and after nearly 20 years locked inland is delighted to be back by the sea. Kate joined the Brooks Corning team at the end of 2016. Previously, Kate was Chairman and CEO for energy retailer, Simple Power in Austin, Texas. Kate received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Commerce and Administration (Accounting), and Arts (Education) from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. She brings a breadth of business experience and she is passionate about empowering employees and building high performing teams. When not working Kate can be found in the garden or hiking on the Northshore trails with her family and dog Patch.
Favourite Travel Destination: Anywhere warm – If I have to pick one B.V.I. Favourite Vancouver Spot: Stanley Park and the Sea Wall Favourite Book: The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka Favourite Food: Does wine count? If not, seafood.
Tanya hails from Southern Alberta and joined Brooks Corning in 2017. She obtained her CPA, CA designation with Deloittes and for the past 25 years has worked for various local businesses – The Keg, Aragon Developments, Flight Centre to name a few. Most recently, she was the Director of Finance for The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Tanya is married with 2 teenage children and spends her weekend driving them around to their various sporting events. Her dream is to one day own a small cabin in Point Roberts and finish her knitting projects.
Favorite Spot: Point Roberts Favorite Book: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston Favorite Artist: Tiko Kerr & Joe Average Favorite Food: Lamb Curry from A Taste of India on Robson
Ashley hails from “Friendly Manitoba” but has been living in British Columbia since 2007. She has been a part of the Brooks Corning team since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the CIDA accredited University of Manitoba, and is a LEED accredited professional. Ashley values the client relationship and makes it her goal to personally manage every detail of the project from the initial consultation stages through to its successful completion. Ashley is an avid cyclist who enjoys a cup of coffee and a good book or a casual glass of wine with friends. She is seeking help for her Instagram dog obsession.
Favourite Travel Destination: Italy Favorite Band: Impossible to choose one, but if I must it would have to be Sigur Rós. Favorite Food: Pasta! Favorite Movie: Stranger Than Fiction
Laura is one of the few ‘locals’, born in Richmond, BC. She has a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management from BCIT. Laura has been with Brooks Corning since 1995 and in the contract furnishings industry for over thirty years. Her role as Workplace Consultant fits her detail-oriented approach, passion for building & maintaining long-term client relations and her desire to ensure her client’s projects are successful. Laura loves outdoor sports, especially golfing and mixed slow-pitch.
Favourite Travel Destination: Algarve - Portugal Favorite Food: Thai wins Favorite Band: U2 Favorite Vancouver Spot: Stanley Park
George Rejto empowers people from small offices to large corporations to create sustainable workplaces. With over thirty years of industry experience, along with his patient and calm personality, George communicates innovative yet practical and cost-effective strategies. George’s passions include supporting worthy causes such as G F Strong, BC Women's Hospital and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Taking the time to appreciate family, friends and life is his top priority.
Favourite Movie: Blade Runner, the original. Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Band: The Doors Favorite Vancouver Spot: Lighthouse Park
Born and raised in Iran, Latty began working at Brooks Corning in 2000. She holds a Masters Degree in Architecture form the University of Iran. Latty volunteers for many different organizations including Ballet BC for over 10 years, and actively supports several different organizations including VPA and WIA. She has travelled to over 60 cities around the world and now calls Coal Harbour her home. She is very proud of her two sons that now live in Calgary and San Francisco.
Favourite Travel Destination: New Zealand and Japan Favorite Food: Persian and Italian Favorite Product: Haworth Archibald chair Favorite Vancouver Spot: Coal Harbor
With a Diploma in Interior Design from BCIT, Julie has over 7 years of combined design and sales experience at Brooks Corning. Utilizing her extensive product knowledge and her desire to maintain strong relationships, Julie has a passion for delivering functional yet creative solutions for her clients. Born and raised in Vancouver, Julie can be found trekking through trails with her dog Sammi, sampling beer flights at a local craft brewery or planning her next backpacking adventure.
Favourite Travel Destination: Prague, Czech Republic Favorite Food: Tacos Favorite Designer: Marcel Wanders Favorite Vancouver Spot: JJ Bean; they keep me heavily caffeinated!
Brandon has been working in office furniture sales since 2012. Previously, he studied Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and played on both the men's golf and baseball team. Brandon focuses on a consultative approach – he presents solutions that will add value to the client's workplace. His knowledge and understanding is supplemented by the many industry networking events and information sessions that he has attended. He brings a fun and positive attitude into work and is known for his occasional meme jokes around the office.
Favourite TV Show: Shark Tank Favorite Travel Destination: MLB baseball stadiums Favorite Company/Brand: Under Armour Favorite Vancouver Spot: PHAT’s deli
Gordon is Director of Merchandising and Brand Management. In addition to his role as A+D representative, he oversees our ancillary furnishings category - managing and growing our portfolio of products. Gordon’s previous experience includes senior leadership roles within the luxury jewelry and construction industries where he assisted organizations to define and cultivate a culture that would propel their brand forward. Hardwired with a passion for design and all things beautiful, Gordon’s passion for furniture began at a young age. His very first furniture purchase was a pair of Le Corbusier LC2 armchairs. In his free time he enjoys searching the web for an elusive Robbsjohn-Gibbings dining table and adventures with his family which include Walnut - the most adorable Border Terrier ever.
Favourite Book: James Merrill’s A Different Person: A memoir Favorite Travel Destination: Any road trip – preferably with many curves in the road Favorite Band: ABBA Favorite Product: Meridian Sooloos (use it everyday)
Shiyan Jiang, from Canton, China, moved to Vancouver in 2007. She holds a Diploma of Interior Design from both BCIT and Visual College of Art and Design – Shiyan became a part of the Brooks Corning team in June 2017. She is experienced in Residential Interior Design. Her goal is to assist the client in creating their desired work environment. Shiyan is working toward building a healthier life style, and has discovered the magic of refreshing the brain from exercising after work.
Favourite Travel Destination: Spain Favorite Artist: Emma Lindstrom Favorite Food: Seafood Favorite TV Show: Grimm
Raised in Atlanta, Chicago and Australia, Whitney developed strong social skills that have given her the advantage to maneuver any environment. She received her BA in Hospitality and Event Management from Florida International University. In 2011, Whitney co-founded an Artist Management and Marketing company, while establishing a non-profit organization named Pop-Up Piano Miami. Through Whitney’s experience in brand development and website design, she has had a smooth transition in applying these skills to her role as Marketing Coordinator at Brooks Corning. Outside of work, Whitney spends her time dancing and singing around her apartment.
Favourite Movie: Corina Corina Favorite Artist (of 2017): Amber Mark and Francis and the Lights Favorite Food: Cheese – pecorino, brie, you name it! Favorite Vancouver Spot: Chez Meme
Kim joined Brooks Corning in October 2016 as a Client Services Coordinator. Kim brings extensive experience in Customer Service and Management, including 16 years in the commercial furniture industry. Kim likes monitoring all the details in a project and working with each team to ensure nothing is overlooked. Her number one concern is completing each project successfully and resulting in a happy customer. Outside of the office Kim enjoys spending time making memories with her extended family.
Favourite Book: I can’t choose just one; currently anything by Nora Roberts Favorite Travel Destination: Europe Favorite Food: French Favorite Artist: My daughter, Melissa
Born and raised in British Columbia`s Lower mainland, Melissa joined Brooks Corning in early 2014 as an Installer. With 13 years experience in Customer Service and Management, her transition to a Client Service Coordinator came just 6 months after her start. As a Client Services Coordinator, Melissa works directly with Clients, Workplace Consultants, our Operations Team, and Manufacturers to manage the flow of services and paperwork. The Brooks Corning team relies on her unique skill set to ensure no detail of the project is overlooked. Melissa is a social being who enjoys spending her time with friends and her very large family.
Favourite Movie: Moonrise Kingdom Favorite Product: Haworth Poppy (with the 5star base!) Favorite travel Destination: Roberts Creek Favorite Book: Illusions by Richard Bach
Trish was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. After a labour of love (and 4 hours a day on public transportation), she received her English degree from SFU. From there, she began a three-year stint at a local retail start-up called Kit and Ace where she was a trainer and coach for an extremely fast paced and growing customer service team. Building excellent client relationships is something that Trish has always taken seriously. With over 12 years of experience in sales, she is very excited about her role at Brooks Corning – working in clienteling, small sales, and marketing. During her down time, Trish loves to attend as many concerts as possible, spend time with her friends & family, and walk the Seawall.
Favourite Movie: Erin Brockovich (or Pretty Woman... anything Julia Roberts will do the trick) Favorite Food: Pizza (with a glass of white wine!) Favorite Artist: Bruce Springsteen Favorite Travel Destination: London, England
Amanda has been in the office furniture industry since 2001 and has been with Brooks Corning since 2009. She has recently completed her CCA Gold Seal designation as a qualified Project Manager. Amanda works closely with the Installation and Client Services departments. She is essential in making sure all aspects of a project run smoothly. Some of her special interests include Waste Diversion and endorsing sustainable practices, nature & animals, and international cooking.
Favourite Sports: Hockey, volleyball and snowboarding. Favorite Food: Thai Favorite Show: Game of Thrones Favorite Team: Those darn Canucks!
Rory has been working in the furniture industry since 1986. He started off working for the Sheraton Hotel Project Office on a three hotel renovation. The move to the modular furniture industry started with Haworth dealerships, Syncor and Gio-tec, where he progressed from Lead installer to Operations Manager to Project Manager. Rory joined the Brooks Corning team in 2005. He excels in customer service, project completion and smooth office reconfigurations - deliveries, office densification and expansion. When he’s not at work, Rory enjoys exploring the South West US deserts, camping and off road travels.
Favourite TV Show: Jim Jeffries Favorite Travel Destination: South until the butter melts. Favorite Food: Cordon Bleau Favorite Vancouver Spot: Porteau Cove
Eric is a 20-year veteran of the office furniture industry. He has excelled in many roles over his career at Brooks Corning. His unbridled passion for detail and creating the ultimate client experience is second to none. Eric makes it his personal goal to ensure all projects are completed to the utmost customer satisfaction. Mentoring young talent to excel is what fuels his passion during the week. Away from work Eric can be found playing hockey at the local rink, spending time in the forest mountain biking or hiking, and enjoying a craft beer to relax.
Favourite Travel Destination: Oregon Favorite Food: Greek! Favorite Band: Bob Dylan Favorite Vancouver Spot: Stanley park
Bret is a true local; born in Vancouver and raised in Coquitlam. He has post secondary education from Langara and BCIT. He has been a part of the Brooks Corning team since 2008. Starting as a junior installer, Bret has helped the team in the field and has been the Scheduler for the last 4 years. He has always loved the personal connections made with clients and enjoys the daily opportunity to help fill clients needs. When Bret is not working he loves to fish in the beautiful lakes of interior B.C and hike in local mountains of the lower mainland. When he finds time, he has been known to draw and paint.
Favourite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke Favorite Travel Destination: London, England
Megan has recently joined Brooks Corning from Wellington, New Zealand. Her previous experience has been working as a Facilities Manager and Project Manager on the client side of office refurbishments. Megan is a skilled planner and problem solver and will go the extra mile for her clients. On the weekends Megan loves to cook, hike, brunch and explore the city.
Favourite Book: I like you just the way I am by Jenny Mollen Favorite Food: Roast Lamb Favorite TV Show: Outrageous Fortune Favorite Travel Destination: The Coromandel, New Zealand
Erin was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She attended University in Colorado and Missouri – both on a sports scholarship. She received her BA in Broadcast Radio, TV & Print Journalism. She spent three years in Kansas City working at a local radio station where she had an all Canadian music show. Erin has been an Accountant at Brooks Corning since 2009. In her free time she spends time with family and loves to study horror special effect make-up.
Favourite Movie: Too many to count - Shaun of the Dead and Up. Favorite Food: It’s a tie - Mexican and Italian. Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead Favorite Travel Destination: South East Asia & South Korea
Katia is our South America connection! She is from Brazil but has been living in Vancouver since 2016 – she began at Brooks Corning in July 2017. After completing her Accounting Degree in her home country, she decided to acquire an international designation within her field: the CPA. Driven by that, she moved to Canada to accomplish this goal. Katia embraces diversity and is engaged in projects where she can help international people like her explore their identity abroad. Katia has a love for chocolate, books and travelling the world!
Favourite Book: Harry Potter saga Favorite Food: Brazilian feijoada Favorite Movie: Inception Favorite Travel Destination: San Andres (Colombian Island)
Ravi attended BCIT to obtain a Business Information Technology Management Diploma, and joined Brooks Corning in 2016. He enjoys data management including process mapping, tech support, SQL queries and reporting. Ravi loves hiking, reading, and listening to music. He has a slight obsession with his cars and loves lazy days with his little monster of a dog.
Favourite TV Show: Rick and Morty Favorite Food: Every kind of Chicken Favorite Book: Looking for Alaska Favorite Artist: Constantly changing, but currently, the Weeknd.
Chris was born in British Columbia and has worked at Brooks Corning since 2012. He has a history in carpentry and the construction industry. He likes solving new problems and values customer service. Chris enjoys the outdoors and exploring beautiful British Columbia as an avid hiker and is always looking for a new adventure.
Favourite TV Show: Spartacus Favorite Travel Destination: Cuba Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Band: Rascal Flatts
Tai was born in Japan, raised in Tokyo, California and Toronto. He was a guitar major at University of Toronto and received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Tai is a seasoned guitar player who has been playing professionally for 25 years. He has extensive experience working as a guitar instructor and HVAC maintenance and service work. He came on board with Brooks Corning in 2016 and enjoys working with his hands.
Favourite Toy: Lego Favorite Axe: The Candy Red Telecaster Favorite Tool: The Black Drill Favorite Guitar Player: Currently Bobby Broom
Leilani is from Victoria, BC and currently lives in Vancouver. As a Junior Installer at Brooks Corning, she has worked in some of Vancouver’s most beautiful buildings. Leilani enjoy’s seeing modern furniture against old brick - a contrast found in many of Vancouver's heritage buildings. When on the job, it never gets old to see the city skyline meet the ocean and mountains from 30 floors up. It’s exciting getting to know each client by seeing their culture reflected in their design choices. It's also interesting to see the same piece of furniture or product in a different setting. Watching a site go from a construction zone to a functional, comfortable, stylish space is always satisfying.
Favourite Artist: Currently Corb Lund Favorite Sport: Snowboarding Favorite Book: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Favorite Food: Cheese and Avocado
Although this is Jason’s first time delivering furniture, he has been a delivery driver for 17 years. Being a professional driver with his class 1 license and accumulating years of experience enables Jason to be a productive team member and valuable addition to the company. Outside of work, he enjoys playing sports such as basketball, volleyball and golf. On weekends he spends time with his niece and nephew as their basketball coach and trainer.
Favourite YouTube Channel: Sugar Shack Sessions Favorite Restaurant: Gringos Favorite Sports Brand: Nike Favorite Travel Destination: New York
Age: 4 1/2 Breed: Doberman Favorite thing to do: Running through the forest and rearranging pillows on the couch.
Age: 6 months Breed: Portuguese Water Dog Favorite thing to do: Chew Barbie dolls
Age: 6 Breed: Norwegian Elkhound/Rottweiler Mix Favorite thing to do: Swimming, playing ball and spending time with all his human friends.
Age: 5 Breed: Yorkie Chihuahua Favorite thing to do: Play fetch with a squeaky ball and eat.
Age: 12 Weeks Breed: Border Terrier Favorite thing to do: Hide under bed waiting for perfect time to attack your toe.
Age: 13 Breed: Maltipoo Favorite thing to do: Sleep
Age: 8 Breed: Corgi-Papillion Favorite thing to do: Beg for Chicken
Dan was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He moved to Alberta to attend the University of Calgary, ultimately earning his Bachelor of Science in Geography. He got his start in office furniture as a part time labourer while at the U of C. Continuing in installation after he moved to Vancouver, he has recently worked his way to a Project Management position within the company.
Born and raised on a subtropical island, Formosa (where people are friendly and passionate), Aria has been in the Architecture and Interior Design industry for 5 years. With a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Aria specializes in concept design, brand image, creative space planning for retail brands, restaurants, and high-end custom homes. In her spare time, she runs a blog writing about her little observations on cultural differences, traveling, Swiss culture, gourmet cooking and RVing. Her favorite and most memorable experience is to walk through different towns and cities step by step in Europe and Asia.
Favourite book: Sherlock Holmes Favourite travel destination: Switzerland Favourite food: Fondue with Appenzeller Extra Favourite artist: Oriol Paulo & Ennio Morricone
Born and raised in Vancouver, Karen has been in the office furniture industry since 2006. With 30 years’ in customer service and management, Karen brought her extensive experience to Brooks Corning in January 2018.As an Order Management Coordinator, Karen works directly with clients, workplace consultants, operations and manufacturers to ensure a smooth order process, and timely job completion for our valued clients. Outside of the office Karen enjoys road trips, concerts & plays, cooking, shopping, and spending time with loved ones.
Favourite Movie: The Green Mile or Forrest Gump, LOVE Tom Hanks! Favorite Book: Anything by Margaret Atwood Favorite Travel Destination: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Favorite Food: Seafood
Justine was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Her background and education is in dance, teaching and performing. After working seasonally since 2010 for BC’s largest reforestation company, Justine joined the Brooks Corning team in February 2018. Justine is known for having the friendliest face in the office. She came on board as our receptionist – helping organize everything from employees, clients, events and services. She also dedicates time to keeping our OH&S Program (Occupational Health and Safety) up to date. In her free time, Justine loves teaching dance, hiking, rock climbing, seeing live music and being with her family.
Favourite Book: Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan Favorite Movie: Forest Gump Favorite Destination: Iceland Favorite Vancouver Spot: The top of any Vancouver mountain
With over 20 years of experience in the office furniture industry, Ryan has an extensive knowledge of every aspect from delivery and installations, project management and sales, helping ensure projects are completed as efficiently as possible. He has spent a number of years working on some of the largest projects throughout the lower mainland and built a reputation for delivering high results. Ryan has spent his entire life in BC where he and his wife Sabrina have a 10 year old, Hayden and a 7 year old, Rylan. When they are at home, they love to catch a movie or take their dog out to the park to burn some energy.
Favourite TV Show: Suits Favorite Travel Destination: Hawaii Favorite Food: Mediterranean Linguine Favorite Product: Haworth Capo chair
Sam was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He lived in many different countries during his childhood and adult life including Brazil, Ecuador, USA. Sam previously spent 10 years working in New York City as a Warehouse Manager. In one of his travels he met and fell in love with a Russian/Canadian girl and recently moved to Vancouver to be with his wife. In his free time, Sam enjoys being outdoors with his wife doing Calisthenics, playing guitar, Reading the Bible, trying new food and walks around Nature.
Favourite Book: The Bible Favorite Travel Destination: Any beach in the Caribbean Favorite Brand: John Varvatos Favorite Food: But Steak always hits the spot
Raha moved to Canada in 2008. She holds a Master of Interior Design from University of Nicosia in Cyprus and Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the Soore University in Tehran. She also attended the Interior Design program at BCIT in 2010 to upgrade her design knowledge based on BC building codes. She also received AUTOCAD awards from BCIT. Raha is experienced and specializes in specifying system furniture and successfully completed many projects related to banks, government & educational institutions. Her goal as a designer is to be always creative and assist the client to design of their desired work environment. Living in Cyprus by Mediterranean see with Greek culture was the most memorable experience in her life. Raha loves decorating spaces, following fashion trends and shows, doing art work & painting.
Favourite Artist: Le Corbusier, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso Favorite travel destination: Mediterranean Countries Favorite food: Greek food Favorite music style: Classical Music, Jazz and Pop Music
Ivana was born in Belgrade, Serbia – a beautiful, sunny country and moved to Vancouver a bit more than a year ago. Ivana is our Systems & Business Analyst. She is very experienced in operations – she assists Brooks Corning with everything from processing invoices, IT questions, and operations help. Ivana has her BA and Master’s in Business Economics. She has spent lots of time in the USA doing student exchange programs; her favorite city that she lived in was Boston. Outside of work, she loves Pilates, long walks and trying new food. On weekends she loves to plan vacations and watch documentaries.
Favorite travel destination: Maldives and Bahamas, I’m obsessed with turquoise water Favorite food: Seafood Favorite Vancouver spot: Vancouver Seawall Favorite tv show: Hard to choose but two of my favorites are -How I Met Your Mother, and Grey’s Anatomy
Eric Ramirez Immigrated from El Salvador with his family at age 3. He grew up in Vancouver and since an early age has been naturally curious to learn how things work and operate. With a Diploma in International Trade and a Certified International Trade Professional from FITT, Eric has over 8 years’ experience working in Operations with a focus in Supply Chain Management. Previous to Brooks Corning, Eric worked for such companies as BuildDirect Technologies Inc, TransGroup Worldwide Logistics, Delta Hotels and Docksteaders Automotive to name a few. From here, Eric leverages an unconventional approach to business and a bag full of new ideas. He loves learning new ways of doing things and challenging the status quo. He is a strong believer in failing forward and failing often and approaches any situations with a positive 'can do' attitude.
Favourite tv show: Narcos Favourite movie: Inception Favourite book: How to Win Friends and Influence People Favourite company: Amazon
Kevin is our Operations Director! Kevin comes with an abundance of both education and experience. To give you a bit of insight into his impressive resume, Kevin has an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Royal Roads, a Certification of LEAN Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Certification of Change Management from ProSci and finally, he is also has a Certification as an Executive Coach from Royal Roads. Kevin is passionate about many things, particularly transparent team communication, building relationships, and the discovery and continuous development of standard practices within the workplace. He loves getting outside, learning guitar and travelling.
Favourite tv show: Current; This Is Us. All time; Breaking Bad Favourite movie: The Usual Suspects Favourite book: Grapes of Wrath Favourite travel destination: Anywhere where I’ve not yet visited