Our work doesn’t only consist of designing and building. A large part of it encompasses collaborative communications and working shoulder-to-shoulder as part of a team. We need to be skilled listeners and thinkers while focussing on quality, integrity, and excellent service.
When Joele could hold a hammer, his father brought him onto the building sites. On Saturdays he would pack lumber, clean the 2x4s and stack it in a clean pile under the watchful eye of his dad. As a teenager, he would go straight onto a work site after school, apprenticing in carpentry and residential framing. Joele worked closely under his father for 12 years, before taking a break and working in landscaping. He returned to his roots soon after, founding his own construction company and following in his father’s footsteps.
Joele brings the strong DiMeglio work ethic to the operational side of the business. He strives to build trust with clients by being completely transparent, proactive and hands on. He focuses on offering the highest level of communication for every single client and building strong relationships.
Suzanne officially joined the team in 2017, working directly with clients from a service perspective. With a background of over 15 years in media and sales, and an education in Business and Marketing, Suzanne has ample experience working in customer relations. Hardworking and open, she earned a reputation for listening closely to her clients’ needs and delivering on time, within budget.
A major renovation on her own home sparked a passion for interior design. She developed a deep knowledge of home finishing materials, and combined this with an understanding of how to source and shop for products. Suzanne now shares this passion with NOVERO clients. She adores helping clients realize their dream living space, determining the best materials to suit the family’s needs and lifestyle. And she keeps suppliers on track, with a close eye on timelines.
Joe’s extensive experience in the hands-on aspects of construction incredibly spans almost 60 years and two countries. He began his apprenticeship at age 11 under a local builder in his town. Instead of continuing with school Joe entered the trade full time and by the age of 13, was supervising two labourers. At 17, he built his first large-scale custom home – his family’s home – from the ground up with concrete rocks and blocks.
Moving to Montreal to work in the construction boom around Expo 67, Joe added landscaping to his skillset. Relocating his young family in Vancouver, he worked for over a decade with Artuso Brothers as Lead Carpenter building large complex projects before striking out on his own.
Joe understands everything going on across the site at all times. His ferocious work ethic carries over to the rest of the team, instilling efficiency, integrity and mental toughness.
Matt specializes in carpentry and millwork, building residential structures from scratch. A graduate of the unique Heritage Carpentry and Joinery program in Ontario, Matt gained hands-on knowledge of preservation, renovation and restoration of historical architecture. This program focussed on producing high-quality work, a perfect fit for NOVERO’s strict standards.
In addition, Matt has worked in finishing carpentry, exterior sliding, deck building and framing. At Sashmasters, a heritage window and door restoration specialist, he gained valuable knowledge in the repair, construction and installation of wood windows, doors and mouldings. Matt’s talents extend to the kitchen, where he has a passion for cooking and whipping up an amazing meal.
Merle first arrived on one of our work sites as a subcontractor. His work caught Joe’s eye, and after much scrutiny, Merle passed the test. When Joe suggests that we hire someone who meets his strict standards, we listen.
Like many in the industry, Merle has learned and honed his skills on-site from other highly experienced tradespeople. Possessing a knack for finding people who excel at what they do, Merle will absorb everything that person can teach him, and then apply it. Home Inspection and BC Building Code courses have rounded out his skill set, enabling him to better understand what building authorities expect from the industry, and he includes this knowledge in his work at NOVERO.
Merle’s career highlights include stripping a 100-year-old house down to the studs, then breathing new life into it; acting as foreman on a 20-story tower; running large crews on big commercial sites; and working for himself for six years. Merle excels in his role as site supervisor, with thanks to his friendly and adaptable personality. Clients find him very approachable, customer-focussed and always available for questions.
Jillian is a great asset to the Novero team by bringing her previous experience as a residential interior designer with a design and build firm. She has the flexibility to work on the full spectrum of projects from smaller one-room remodels to high-end custom homes. Her easy-going personality allows her to connect and work with all types of clients. She loves being able to work on the design process from start to finish—witnessing her clients shift from greatly wanting change in their current space, to being thrilled with their new improved space.
Jillian has her Interior Design Certificate as well as her Diploma in Interior Design Technology from BCIT. In addition, she holds a Certificate in Industrial Drafting from Kwantlen Polytechnical University. She started her career as a Colour Consultant at Benjamin Moore, transitioning to a kitchen and bath designer, then becoming a full-home interior designer.
Outside of work, one of her biggest passions is to travel and explore distant parts of the world. Jillian recently has taken up an interest in photography, with her favorite subject being her beautiful little girl, Brynley.
Lindsay’s creativity and eye for design is a genuine asset not only to the NOVERO team, but also to our clients who benefit from her expertise. She is particularly talented in building trust and understanding, then assisting clients in defining their style and creating cohesion throughout their home.
Her range of experience in design roles – from working as a designer in a prominent residential design-build firm to a high-end furniture retailer – allows Lindsay to provide dynamic solutions for each project and client. Prior to obtaining her Diploma in Interior Design, Lindsay worked in the service and hospitality industry—likely one of the reasons why she excels in customer service and connecting with people.
When not working Lindsay enjoys “West Coast lifestyle hobbies” such as hiking, skiing, and photography. She is currently focussed on supporting her two kids in pursuing and discovering their interests, and dreams of new world travel destinations.
Organized, resourceful, and dependable, Marika works closely with the design team in both the conceptual and physical side of projects. She arrived at NOVERO with over 15 years in legal administration focusing on accounting, client relations, and office management. Her experience forms the backbone of her contribution here, and this organizational talent easily melds with her love of design, resulting in vital support for our team.
Finding creative outlets in design and art has always been a part of Marika’s life. This began with the influence of both parents who are professionally trained in their own mediums, and has led to a range of interests in fashion, jewelry design and fabrication, interior design, and DIY projects.
Marika’s happiest moments outside of work are when she’s spending time on the Sunshine Coast working on projects and fishing—even more so when it’s with family and friends.
Cody’s role is to work with the client’s desired project, preparing estimates of probable costs for labour and materials in order to execute the project. He works closely with all stakeholders to analyze costs and timelines.
Cody has valuable background experience in the building field, including demolition, restoration, framing, and finishing. With a variety of CHBA building courses and restoration certifications under his belt, Cody spent several years in project management with a large design-build company before joining the NOVERO team.
We knew Cody was a great fit upon the discovery that some of his personal values – honesty, integrity, and family – mesh perfectly with NOVERO’s. His free time is either spent thoughtfully building a home for his family, hanging out with extended family, or enjoying BC’s outdoors—fishing, hunting, and camping.
Erica has worked as an office administrator in a range of industries since 1997, including real estate development, home inspections, shipping/receiving and graphic design. This varied experience has helped her fine-tune her office and efficiency skills to our considerable benefit.
Easily the most efficient member of our group, Erica leads the charge on the organization front, and is always ready to assist with a positive attitude, fantastic competency and professionalism. She has a love for home design, wine, and all things Christmas.
Chad came to NOVERO with over 10 years of experience in accounting. He has worked various industries such as construction, retail, and corporate home improvement supply chain. With his years of expertise and broad industry experience, Chad is able to provide our team with compelling reports and financial analysis.
When not in the office, Chad can be found golfing or travelling.
We lost our friend and fellow worker to cancer in August 2021. It is a great loss for our team—we will dearly miss his gentle manner, approachability, and work ethic.
Norm was typically one of the first ones to be on the job, and the last to leave. Many a client has acknowledged and appreciated his friendly manner, noting a memorable or meaningful conversation with Norm.
Born Victoria, BC, Norm grew up and lived in Ontario before returning to BC. Drawn to construction and design, Norm held an early ambition to be an architect but life led to other adventures such as extensive travel and living in Japan. Skilled trade became his career in 2004.
Norm strived to continually produce high-quality work and was always committed to putting the customer first.
His passion for all things art, food, and culture led to many world travels, especially to one of his favourite places, Japan.
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