Shawn Hilliard, General Manager, Project Manager and Principal, is a leader and strives for excellence in all that he does. Having chosen the Building Technology Program with Economics Project Management Option at BCIT, Shawn decided long ago he wanted to work in construction. He has pretty much done it all, from working on the job site to creating the company vision.
Shawn started his career working for one of the Lower Mainland’s major multi-family developers. As he progressed through his career, he found his preferred place building single family custom homes. After working for Somerset Homes for 10 years, it was a natural progression to become a joint owner of the company in 2008. As an owner, it is clear that Shawn is well respected by both his clients and his peers. He likes the diversity of his role in the company, with his high energy and strong work ethic, he is successful in all areas of the company. Shawn makes sure things are done on budget, on time and done right; every detail is accounted for. Some may say he gets this from his father, a well-respected business man who counseled Shawn on many occasions about running a successful company.
As the father of two young children himself, his home life is just as busy as his work life. Shawn enjoys taking his girls to Softball, Soccer and Cheer. When he does find some time for himself, you might find him playing softball with the guys or working on his golf game.
Ed Ballard, Operations Manager, Site Superintendent, Principal, has over 30 years of experience in Residential Construction including 23 years of Site Supervision and Construction Management experience. He attended BCIT for Mechanical Engineering with the Mechanical Design Option.
Ed has spent most of his Custom Home building career on the North Shore and Vancouver’s West Side with the occasional special project on one of the neighbouring islands. Ed has earned a reputation for excellence in supervision, coordination and quality control on his job sites. Ed attributes his strong work ethic to lessons he learned from his parents. His father was instrumental in getting Ed started in the construction business and much of their quality father/son time was based on working together on small renovations projects around their house when Ed was still in high school. As a partner of the company, Ed brings a personality that is undeniably energetic and charismatic. Ed is happy he took the joint ownership opportunity in 2008 and is a proud Owner of the company they have become today.
As an avid father and community member, Ed has coached high school baseball, soccer and basketball teams. Ed enjoys boating, sports, the outdoors and spending time at his cabin where he can relax with his family at the end of a long week.
Shawn and Ed each contribute a unique style to the company that is not only complimentary but successful. They have an excellent friendship and working relationship that brings about the best for the company and their clients.