Ken EwertGeneral Manager
Ken began working in the painting industry in 1978. During the 1980s, he completed both a B.A degree in economics (1987) and also an M.A. degree in public policy (1989). He became the principal owner of Remdal in 1991.read more
Dan SchmidtSales Manager
Dan’s strength is his strong work ethic and commitment to professionally completing all that he does. “After we finish a project, I’ve often thought of hanging a sign at the entrance that says Completed by Remdal. I am proud of the long term value to our customer, and see this as our measure of success.”read more
Dave HumphriesOperations Manager / Estimator
Dave joined the Remdal team in February 2006. His previous position was as Operations Supervisor with BLJC-WSI, which is the privatized management arm of the former BC Buildings Corporation, for whom he worked a little over five years.read more
Nima BanihashemiProject Manager / Estimator
Rising through the ranks at Remdal, Nima brings extensive hands-on experience as a foremen and crew leader to his current work estimating and project managing. His background allows him to see things on sites from a unique perspective, and bring practical value to his customers.read more
Mike InksterService Representative
Before entering the painting industry Mike completed a Marketing diploma from BCIT, and spent some time as an owner operator of a restaurant in North Vancouver.read more
Michael WithersProject Manager / Estimator
Michael is the newest member to join the Remdal team. Since finishing university he has worked in many different positions including sales, marketing, account management and business development.read more
Jason EwertProject Manager / Estimator
No, this is not a Photoshop enhancement of Ken. Jason is Ken’s eldest son who, after obtaining a Classical Christian Liberal Arts degree at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, returned to live in Fort Langley with his lovely wife Sandy.read more
Julia DyadigurovaService Representative
Born and raised in Siberia, Julia is accustomed to viewing life’s harsher elements as challenges to overcome. These challenges are best met with a positive spirit and a smile. One thing for sure – she is happy that the painting season is longer in B.C. than it is in Siberia.read more
Greg joined our team in 1993 and as one of our most senior Certified Foremen has successfully supervised many of Remdal’s strata and commercial projects over the past 22 years.
Greg loves music and is a big blues rock fan. He continues to enjoy playing guitar and singing in various local bands. He also loves to fish and often enjoys spending the day exploring our local rivers.
Greg finds his biggest delight in spending time with his two young children.
Greg has a Red Seal CQ (Certificate of Qualification) in Painting and Decorating. He has overseen many restoration projects involving concrete repair, caulking, and waterproofing membranes.
He has expertise in swing stage rigging and is knowledgeable in scaffold erection. In all of his work, Greg is very conscious of safety considerations.
Remdal has historically given an award which goes to the Foreman with the highest project performance and customer service ratings. Greg won this award so many years in a row that we actually began calling it “The Greg” award.
Greg is a student of his work, and he often spends hours of his evenings reading up on new products or application methods. We joke that part of Greg’s project preparation involves a sleepless night worrying about how he is going to do everything “just right”. He is a true student of his craft.
When you initially meet Greg you will likely be struck by his no-nonsense demeanor, followed quickly by his half-smile. Customers appreciate his dry sense of humour. But what customers love most about Greg is the competence he brings to oversee the project. With Greg on site, they know the job will be done right.
Zsolte began working at Remdal in 1997. Over the past 18 years, he has supervised the painting of several hundred strata and commercial projects.
He enjoys fishing and always looks forward to taking his crew on an October fishing weekend. He’s also a big soccer fan and loves watching his sons play. Beyond fishing and family, one of his biggest pleasures is eating good Hungarian sausage – which he makes himself!
Speaking of Hungary, Zsolte trained as a painter in his native country. He has painted in Canada for more than twenty years.
Zsolte loves painting, possibly more than anyone else in our company. He has the amazing ability to combine a genuine commitment to pleasing customers with a zealous intensity that often allows him to finish projects ahead of schedule. Through all this, he takes pains to minimize the disruption of the painting project to those he is working around. No matter how busy the season, he takes the time to show that he’s aware of what the job needs and that he will make sure it gets done.
It is no exaggeration to say that Zsolte is a true gentleman. We regularly get phone calls from customers who want to tell us of some little extra thing he – or his crew – has done for them. Often, that’s the first we’ve heard of it!
Zsolte has been awarded our Premium Certified Foreman award twice and is one of our proud Remdal owners.
Hla Pe joined Remdal in 1998, and he’s been a valued part of our team ever since. One of our senior Certified Foremen, he has supervised his crew and successfully painted hundreds of strata and commercial units.
Some of his recent strata projects include The Carrington (15500 Rosemary Heights), Wedgewood (15715 34th Avenue), and Chestnut Lane (10238 155A Street). Hla Pe is also experienced at hi-rise and special access work, as well as concrete repair and restoration work.
When Hla Pe leads his crew on a project, he is not there just to get the job done. Instead, he takes great care to make sure that the painting process itself is a blessing—both for the customer and for his crew. It’s not uncommon to see him directing his painters like a conductor, making sure that each worker performs his part and that the job gets done efficiently and properly.
He is a hands-on leader, careful to observe and plan out a project before picking up the tools and leading his crew by example.
Hla Pe’s leadership is evident on the job site, but it also extends much deeper. He is heavily involved in the Burmese immigrant community, helping new immigrants to feel at home and personally caring for underprivileged newcomers that don’t have any family or friends nearby.
Over the past fourteen years, Hla Pe has gained and maintained the trust of our customers with his good sense of humour and quiet leadership. He approaches each of his projects thoughtfully, and customers love the result!
Hla Pe is an owner in Remdal and shares our company commitment to customer service and giving value. He has consistently been one of our Premier Applicators since first winning “Applicator of the Year” in 2006.
Gary occasionally smiles. But most of the time you find him with a more intense “I’ve got a job to do” sort of look on his face. He takes his work seriously!
Gary’s been with Remdal since 1997, and has a background is in the Canadian military. He still misses jumping out of airplanes! Now he contents himself with reading war history and biographies.
Gary and his wife have six children, which means they have a very active house. We joke that Gary comes to work for a rest!
But he’s not at rest when he is leading projects as a Certified Foreman for Remdal. His years of experience allow him to take on complex projects and consistently deliver a quality finished product. He expects high standards from his crew, and they like working for him.
Our customers consistently give Gary very high marks for project management and customer service, and as a result, Gary has received our “Premier Applicator” designation for three years in a row.
In addition to his painting skills, Gary is skilled at stucco and texture repair, wood repair, and renovation and finishing work.
Gary’s character comes through in his leadership. On one recent project we were well over our budgeted time allotment, but he wouldn’t let up on quality or allow the crew to take any shortcuts. He simply redoubled his efforts to make up for lost time. Our company commitment is to deliver what we promise, and Gary does just this.
John joined our team some 14 years ago and he’s been a valued part of our Remdal team ever since. As a senior Certified Foreman has supervised his crew and successfully painted hundreds of Strata and commercial units.
He keeps in peak physical condition with cross-fit, and he loves hiking and climbing in his North shore environment. John also has a deep commitment to being environmentally responsible, and is enthusiastic about his natural diet. We joke that he eats moss – but you can ask him if this is a joke or not!
Most of all, John loves his family. His two young children are the highlight of his life.
He has a CQ (Certificate of Qualification) in painting, and has extensive experience in applying all types of paint coatings. John has overseen complex projects involving concrete repair, caulking, and waterproofing membranes. Most recently he completed a large multi-tower project involving extensive caulking and installing water-proof membranes.
John gains and maintains the trust of our customers with his approachable, easy-going, and under-stated sort of manner. He approaches each of his projects in a thoughtful, methodical way. And customers love the result!
John is also an owner in Remdal since 2009. He shares our company commitment to customer service and giving value.
Gyula was born in Hungary in 1974. His father was the head of the local painting/decorating school, and he basically influenced Gyula’s desire to become a painter.
After painting/decorating school, Gyula worked at various construction sites in his native town in Hungary where he also learned other skills like working with concrete, laying foundation, carpentry skills, etc.
At the same time, Gyula studied to become a heavy duty diesel mechanic as he had always been interested in heavy machinery and trucks. However, he never got an opportunity to work as a mechanic.
In 2008 moved to Canada and worked for a garage door company installing garage doors and painting them. He then found Remdal thru ‘STEP’ program, and decided to apply to join the team. At Remdal, he has an opportunity to paint as well as use his carpentry skills. He has also been learning how to do drywall repair and re-texturing.
Gyula is a certified swing stage and a boom lift operator; also holds a certificate for working in confined spaces. In fact one of his jobs at Remdal was in the waste water treatment plant. It was a tough one. Gyula says: ‘never again!’
Gyula is happily married to Natalie; they have 2 boys. Gyula likes to take his sons camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and even ice fishing. He likes to keep active and on the move after the work day is over.
He loves his job at Remdal because of the opportunity it gives him to learn new things, acquire new skills, and meet new people.
Joon joined our team in 2002 as a Painter helper, and over the past thirteen years he’s become an experienced crew leader and valuable part of our Remdal team. Joon has completed numerous Strata, commercial and residential projects.
Joon’s native land is Korea, where he served as an officer in the military. Don’t let his smiling face and pleasing personality fool you: he has a black belt in Taekwondo! But we’ve never seen this more militant side of Joon. He is a gentleman, and he’s very involved in his church, loves camping, and has a delightful family with two sons.
Joon has the ability to focus on the job at hand, and consistently brings an exceptional attention to detail. He brings a quiet confidence to his jobsites, and customers quickly realize that they are in good hands when he is supervising the project. One Strata told us that they didn’t know what to expect when we began their painting project because of their previous bad experiences with contractors. Once they met Joon, they told us: “It was like we could take a deep breath, and we knew everything was going to be alright.”
Joon treats those around him with graciousness and respect. He is eager to please and this is one of the reasons Joon is the recipient of our 2012 “Gold Applicator” award – which goes to the top performing foreman in our medium volume category. Joon has actually won this award an amazing 5 years in a row! We now nickname the award: “The Joon award.”
Once a customer has experienced his service and professionalism, they often insist that Joon be the one to do their next project. This makes him one of our most-requested Certified Foremen.
Bryn may look like he recently graduated from high school, but don’t let his youthful good looks fool you. He is beginning his 10th year painting with Remdal (yes, he did begin when he was in high school!). Over the past five years he has grown to be a very competent and effective Certified Foreman on our Strata repainting projects.
Bryn is happily married to Laura. He loves music, and even has his own “in-home” studio where he helps others make and mix music. He also loves to stay fit, and his favourite sport is snowboarding.
Customers appreciate Bryn’s strong commitment to keeping everyone in the communication loop, and his approachable, eager to please manner. His crew enjoys his leadership, and his happy and motivated crew delights in producing a well-executed project.
Bryn is upbeat, smiling and has a “let’s go and get her done!” kind of attitude. But he also brings careful planning to his projects.
Bryn also brings a willingness to learn, and recently did his first Bosun’s chair project.
Geza joined our team in 2010 and he’s successfully supervised a number of strata, commercial and residential painting projects as a Certified Foreman.
He enjoys his family time whether it be spent swimming, kayaking, tobogganing, or just at the neighborhood playground. He says of his two daughters: “Whatever they like to do is what I like to do!” Beyond time with the family, Geza has been an active member of the Japanese Karate association for the past 18 years. So far, he has earned 3 black belts!
Geza’s educational background includes studying electrical engineering, computers, and aircraft mechanics. He settled on painting because he loves the variety of work he gets to do. He most enjoys the challenge of a new project. “I know that in a few days, I’m going to leave and everything will be fixed.”
In addition to painting, he is skilled at carpentry repairs and wood finishing, including installing crown moldings, baseboards, and wood trims. He also does a considerable amount of drywall repair and retexturing work for our customers. He knows how to work in occupied homes and suites and keep things neat and clean.
Geza sums up what he likes most in his work: “I like to meet new customers, and I like to leave them satisfied.”
Jose is new to Remdal, and is just beginning his second year with us. He spent most of his schooling years in the Vancouver area, and returned to his native Guatemala to pioneer his own business in swimming-pool construction.
Nine years ago, Jose and his family returned to settle in the lower mainland. Just this past year the family celebrated his wife becoming a Canadian citizen.
He loves soccer, and likes to run at least 10 Km per day. He is devoted to his family and enjoys swimming and hiking with his three children.
Jose has extensive experience in all aspects of waterproofing. He is knowledgeable in concrete restoration, and in the application of sealants and liquid-applied membranes. He is also experienced in swing-stage rigging and high-access work.
He is a quick learner and a good communicator. He loves to solve problems. He always brings practicality and flexibility to his project management. “Every situation is different… people are different. And so every job involves looking at the people and the situation and finding the best practical solution.”
Jose finds great satisfaction in delivering a quality project. “If the client is happy, than I’m happy, because I know I’ve done my job well and this means a better future for all of us.”
Mehdi joined Remdal in 2013, and has quickly become one of the most respected and trusted foremen in our company. He immigrated to Canada 7 years ago from his native Iran. Before coming to Canada he worked as a sales rep for his dad’s company which manufactures steel for the construction industry.
When Mehdi came to Canada, he decided to explore new opportunities which brought him to painting. He quickly realized that he likes the sense of accomplishment this industry gives him: you start a project, do it well, and wrap it up in a timely manner! That’s also why he likes working at Remdal – he has quickly mastered our company systems, and has completed numerous projects that have earned him many survey ratings of “10” from our Customers. In 2014, Mehdi received the Premium Foreman award from Remdal.
He is fond of winter sports, and frequently goes snowboarding with his friends. He strives to excel in everything he does, an example being his winning several MMA championships at the national level in his native country.
That he is a fighter may surprise our customers, since Mehdi brings a gentle and friendly manner to his project leadership. Customers enjoy his ever-present smile, his “can do” attitude, and the positive and professional worksites that he runs.
“We would like to take a brief moment to express to Remdal how impressed we are with Mehdi and the crew. The work was top-notch and the communication between Remdal, the strata council, and the property manager was very professional. I have been involved with many painting projects in past years, and I can honestly say that this has been the best experience.”
Don N., Pacific Quorum Properties Inc.
“I have been very pleased with the quality of work provided by Mehdi and the crew. Everything has been completed as promised; and I look forward to calling on your company in a few years to do the complete exterior repaint on all our buildings.”
Randy V., on behalf of Brambley Hedge owners and strata council
“Great communication – at the very beginning all owners received a note from Remdal listing the start date, hours of work, a checklist of how to protect their belongings, and the names and phone numbers of both Mehdi the site foreman, and the project manager Jason.. The work site was left neat and clean at the end of each work day. The politeness of all the workers and their very professional manner was greatly appreciated by the owners.”
Grant H., on behalf of Fleetwood Oaks owners and strata council
“[Mehdi and his crew] were pleasant to all our owners and exhibited patience with the few who can be difficult. Every staff member is very pleasant and ensured each and every owner was satisfied with answers to their particular questions.”
Don K., Vice Chair, Sea Wynd Strata Council
Kaveh started off working summers at Remdal while he was in high school. He’s now approaching his twelve year anniversary with Remdal, and he’s been a Certified Foreman supervising our strata, hi-rise, and commercial repainting projects for the past five years.
He enjoys soccer and rugby, and earned a university scholarship in wrestling. His wrestling talents also landed him a spot on Canada’s Jr. National team. Today he still does some coaching in the sport.
Kaveh is part of a close-knit family. Both his brother and his father also work for Remdal. This past year we congratulated Kaveh on marrying a beautiful bride. Strangely, she thus far refuses to join us in painting, but insists on working in the medical field!
Kaveh is organized, knowledgable, and he instills confidence. He is quick to grasp what needs to be done to deliver a quality project. It’s easy to see that his personal commitment to hard work is imparted to his crew. And his upbeat personality is reflected in his crew’s positive approach to the job.
Recently, one “hard to impress” Painting Inspector told us that he regarded Kaveh as one of the best foremen he has worked with. It is no wonder that Kaveh’s crew receives so many letters of reference from pleased customers.
In addition to painting, Kaveh’s skills include wood repair, stucco repair, and concrete restoration.
Kaveh has been awarded our “Premium Applicator” award for the past three years in a row, and he is a proud owner of Remdal.