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Sartaj was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but moved to Vancouver, BC at the age of 6 months. In 2016, he moved out to North Vancouver and have been appreciating nature ever since. Sartaj has been involved in several companies, and he also has been working on his BBA in Financial Management. Most recently, he has worked for a sporting goods store in North Vancouver as an Assistant Manager. He was responsible for online sales, scheduling, customer relations and client orders- this was the perfect background to go into the CSC position. Sartaj says he is fortunate enough to have the whole world celebrate his birthday as it is on Halloween! Outside of work, Sartaj enjoys cooking, cleaning, playing video games, playing soccer (men’s league), and visiting his dog Tigger along with the rest of my family whenever he has some free time.
Favorite Food: Pasta/Steak/Pizza Favourite Travel Destination: Los Angeles but he would love to go somewhere tropical Favourite Vancouver Spot: Early mornings at deep cove Favourite Movie: Inception
Will was born in North Vancouver and has lived in the lower mainland his entire life. He has recently completed his second year at the University of Western Ontario, where he is pursuing his Honours degree in Business Administration with a specialization in marketing and communications through the Ivey School of Business. In his studies, Will has gained valuable experience in the fields of database management and financial modelling. His role on the Client Services team allows him to be detail-oriented and to build relationships with clients. Outside of the office, Will is film buff. He enjoys camping, canoeing, archery, and both performing in, and watching, theatre. Will is an active community volunteer and is most proud of his long-standing role as youth liaison for the Pulling Together Canoe Society, an organization which works to enhance understanding between Public Service Agencies and Aboriginal Peoples. Recently, Will was chosen to represent BC on the Youth Council for Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
Favorite Food: Indian Favourite Travel Destination: Sorrento, Italy Favourite Vancouver Spot: Summer Night Market @ Lonsdale Shipyards Favourite Movie: Heat, Back to the Future, Singin’ In The Rain Favourite Band: Queen, David Bowie, The Police
Ali is from Iraq-Baghdad and arrived to Canada in 2009 with his family. He has 8 years of experience in the furniture industry, as well with integrated systems technology. Ali previously worked as a PM and Network Coordinator for one of the largest furniture dealers in Vancouver. Ali has a B.Sc in Software Engineering and is a Microsoft certified professional. His strengths are planning and organizational skills, problem solving, negotiation skills and is highly motivational. Outside of work, Ali enjoys playing basketball with his friends and soccer with his son.
Favorite Food: Turkish food Favourite Vancouver Spot: Stanley Park Favourite Movie: Green Mile Favourite Artist: Russell Crowe
Brandon has been in the furniture world for over 7 years - he began as an Installer and advanced to a Lead Hand. Prior to that, Brandon was working toward becoming a Carpenter as a framer and concrete former for about 6 years with various companies. He moved to the Lower Mainland from Belleville, Ontario about 13 years ago - not too long after graduating high school. Brandon thinks that Vancouver is a really vibrant place and once some good friends sold him on the idea of moving here, he never left. He likes interacting with people in a positive way. Brandon also likes understanding how things work and how to make things work such as the products Brooks Corning sells. Outside of work he spends a lot of time with his family - he has an almost two year old son who demands much of his time and he has no problem with that! He is a huge Toronto Raptors fan and tries not to miss to many games.
Favorite Band: The Roots Favourite TV Show: Breaking Bad Favourite Movie: The Guardians of the Galaxy Favourite Book: 1984
Leticia’s passion for people, art, and business, has lead her to transition into a new industry, where she can still apply her education in community support, and desire to fulfill the needs of her clients. Leticia has been an educator assistant, a concrete finisher performing heavy labor and resolving deficiencies, and most recently she has been a private nanny and assistant! She is excited to be part of a company with the same values that will allow her to explore her creative side. In her free time, you can find Leticia at the field playing soccer, volunteering, playing piano, shopping, and spending time with her husband. PS: Her brother is lead hand, Jake Rodriguez!
Favorite Food: Mexican Favourite TV Show: Game of Thrones Favourite Travel Destination: Chile Favourite Vancouver Spot: Andy Livingston Field
Jake is from Vancouver from Salvadorian descent. Jake comes with tons of experience – he started as a kitchen cabinet maker for 6 years at Sierra Cabinets. He then moved to another prominent furniture dealer where he had one year as an installer, and then four years as a lead hand. With over 5 years of system furniture experience, Jake has gained the experience to lead project with ability to initiate/manage a cross-functional team and multi-disciplinary projects with years of customer service and management experience. Outside of work you can find him with his wife and two kiddos, playing flag football with the boys going for another championship, or watching his favorite - the Seattle Seahawks.
Favorite Food: Pupusas (Salvadoran traditional plate) / and tacos Favourite TV Show: Anything sports wise - basketball, football, soccer Favourite Travel Destination: Mexico / Caribbean Favourite Movies: all the Marvel movies / Transformers
Born in Ontario, Michelle moved to BC in 1999. With over 25 years of Business Development experience in global firms such as Novartis, American Express and HOK, Michelle’s focus over the past decade has been the culmination of her business experience and expertise with her passion for design. She finds inspiration and ‘magic’ in bringing together a cross-functional group of people that will have a measurable impact on how she, alongside the team, can best meet clients’ needs. At her home in Squamish, Michelle can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding (pretty much anything in the mountains, ocean or forest!), all while ‘trying’ to keep up with her two very active boys – Graydon (11) and Ridley (8).
Favorite Musician/ Band: I love festivals; the Killers put on one of the best shows I have ever seen at Skookum ‘18 Favourite Book: I have to pick just one? Isabel Allende, House of Spirits Favourite Travel Destination: Anywhere! Recent, Morocco. Local happy place, Tofino, of course! Favourite Restaurant: Vij’s Favourite Artist: Chili Thom
Born and raised in Vancouver, Aneesh is a recent graduate from the UBC Sauder School of Business where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce. He previously worked in Accounting roles during his time at school and he is now ready to settle into his full-time role as a Business Analyst. Aneesh is a passionate Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Raptors fan, and he is still celebrating the Raptors 2019 champion win. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on home projects, and keeping up with the latest in technology.
Favourite Travel Destination: The Domincan Republic Favourite Musician/Band: Drake Favourite Food: Medium Rare Filet Mignon from the Keg Favourite Restaurant: Tastys Indian Bistro Favourite Brand: Tesla
Divya was born and raised in India. She moved to Vancouver in 2010. She spent the next few years getting her undergraduate degree in Interior Design. Having worked in the design industry over the last few years, her favorite part of the design process is programming and concept and design development. Outside of work and in her free time, Divya enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She is very passionate about mentoring and volunteering.
Favourite Travel Destination: Barcelona and New Zealand (please don't make her choose one!) Favourite Musician/Band: Whitney Houston Favourite Food: Risotto or almost any kind of chocolate and candy Favourite Restaurant: La Taqueria Favourite Brand: COS
Natalie has called Vancouver home most of her life. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an honors in Sustainability from SFU. In her years prior to joining the team at Brooks Corning, she worked in sales management in the real estate development industry - prior to that she gained experience in operations management, customer service management, and corporate event planning. She is a detail-oriented, problem-solver, who is well equipped to see the project through from pre-conception to the finishing touch. Outside of the office, Natalie is an avid hiker and snowshoer, but if she's not in the mountains you'll likely meet her walking her spotted pup along the seawall or browsing with measuring tape in hand through furniture, decor, and antique shops. And yes, she will lend you her measuring tape.
Favourite travel Destination: Fall/Winter: Eating my way through Manhattan or hiking in Arizona - or ideally both. Summer: Beautiful Haida Gwaii to visit friends and discover our next off-grid adventure. Favourite food: Mushroom and sage anything! Favourite restaurant: Waterfront Wines in Kelowna, BC (Note: It's not on the waterfront and it's not a winery, but it's all sorts of delicious.)
With a Communications degree from Royal Roads University and several years of diverse work experience across several industries , Thomas brings a breath of fresh air to the Brooks Corning team. His experience in strategic business development, account/project planning, and communication strategy design offer a solid foundation for his role. Thomas is passionate about helping future-proof organizations' growth by using modular technology. On the weekend, you'll likely find Thomas chasing surf, getting lost in the mountains, or kayaking up the Arm.
Favourite Travel Destination: Montañita, Equador. Local spot is Sombrio, BC Favourite Musician/Band: Wu-Tang Clan Favourite Food: Tortellini Favourite Restaurant: Blue Water Café Favourite Book: A Systems View of Life – Fritjof Capra
Rachel has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Otago. Originally from New Zealand - she has lived in Canada for two and a half years. Rachel has a background in civil engineering and construction – this included working for New Zealand's largest roading construction company for ten years. She started off in Environmental Management and worked her way into Project Management specializing in Sustainability Projects. In Vancouver, Rachel began working for TransLink before moving to a LED lighting company where she has been their Operations Manager for the past two years. Outside of work, Rachel loves to be outdoors. She snowboards and hikes often and can't get through a week without at least a couple of yoga classes. Rachel likes to support community projects and has been actively involved with the cooperative lending library "The Thingery" since it began in 2017.
Favourite Travel Destination: Summer camping in BC or Peru for hiking further afield.
Favourite Vancouver Spot: Up Cypress mountain summer or winter
Favourite Musician/Band: Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, The War on Drugs
Favourite Food: Sushi or Margarita Pizza
Jacob grew up on Shuswap Lake and moved to Vancouver 9 years ago (originally intending to study History at UBC). Shortly after and thanks to a part time job, he discovered his talent for hands on projects and installing furniture. Jacob has been in the furniture industry for eight years - starting as an installer and then diving into the world of Design and Specification. With Jacob’s background and his strong knowledge of computer software, he has a practical advantage for specifying the product required to ensure a seamless installation. Outside of work, Jacob enjoys playing guitar, as well as producing his own music and spending time with friends and family. He is always looking for a challenge and loves discovering and learning new things.
Favourite Travel Destination: Los Angeles
Favourite Vancouver Spot: The Commodore Ballroom
Favourite Musician/Band: Trivium, The Glitch Mob
Favourite Food: Steak/ Roasted Vegetables
Favourite Restaurant: Tacofino
Favourite Brand: Uniqlo
Age: 6 years old
Breed: Red European Doberman
Favorite thing to do: Play at the beach
Katia moved to Vancouver from São Paulo, Brazil about 4 years ago to obtain her post degree diploma in Accounting and is currently pursuing her CPA designation. Her passion for numbers and critical thinking translated into a 10 years accounting career! Katia's work experience comes from a different range of industries: professional services, retail, telecommunications, furniture and aerospace. Katia is actually a Brooks Corning alumni who joined the company in 2017 for a part-time role during the completion of her studies and has rejoined the family for a full time position! When not in the office, you can find Katia reading a good book in any park around the Mount Pleasant area or playing board games with friends if it's too rainy outside (which means a lot of board gaming!).
Favourite Travel Destination: San Andres (Of course it has to be somewhere in the Caribbean)
Favourite Vancouver Spot: The peaceful Cleveland Dam (in the bottom of Grouse Mountain)
Favourite Book: I love to read so this is so hard, i will pick a top three: Sophie's World, Harry Potter series and any from Jodi Picoult!!
Favourite Food: Brazilian Feijoada
Favourite Movie: Inception