Our Team

Experience Matters

Similar to finding the right contractor for home renovations, hiring a qualified and experienced monument builder assures that the job is done right. With decades of experience, the Summit team would be honoured to help you create a lasting memorial tribute to your loved one. For more information, please contact us today.


Ken Reeson, AICA

Owner/Manager
 

A third-generation memorialist, Ken Reeson has over 30 years of monument industry experience. Ken represents Summit as a member of the American Institute of Commemorative Art (AICA), was a previous President of the Alberta Association of Memorial Craftsmen and has also served as a member of the Monument Builders of North America’s Board of Trustees. Ken and Brad Wiggins founded Summit Memorials in 2005. 

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Andy Reeves

Alberta Business Development Manager
email: andy@summit-memorials.com
 

Beginning in British Columbia, Andrew (Andy) Reeves’ career began as a licensed funeral director for 27 years. In 2007, Andy transitioned to the cemetery monument industry and was hired by Summit in January of 2014 as Business Development Manager for the province of Alberta. Andy is actively involved in industry association work, serving on the board of the Alberta Funeral Service Association as suppliers liaison and volunteering with the Green Burial Society. He also serves his community as a member of the Rotary, Fort Macleod Cemetery Committee and serves on the board of Park Meadows Baptist Church.  Andy and his wife Sue have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren. In his spare time he loves spending time with his family, and two dogs and two cats, riding his motorcycle, and hunting. 

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Brad Marshall

Saskatchewan Business Development Manager
 

After an 18 year career as a funeral director, Brad Marshall’s interest in monuments lead him to the monument profession in 2012. He joined Summit in January of 2014 as Business Development Manager for the province of Saskatchewan based out of Summit’s Saskatoon office. Outside of the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife – Raylene Marshall, and 4 boys: Nathan (15), Connor (13), Dylan (11), Nash (8) and a dog (Sadie Anne).

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Travis Johnson

Calgary Branch Manager
 

In August of 2015 when Summit opened an office in Calgary, Travis Johnson was brought on to the team as Branch Manager. Travis has over 5 years of monument industry experience in a variety of capacities including installations, operations management and sales.  This unique level of experience and expertise provides peace of mind to Calgary and area families when working with Travis to select the right memorial for their loved ones.

Outside of the office, Travis enjoys acting, watching movies, playing poker and spending time with his wife Camille and their three children Piper, Ty and Naomi.

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Heather Hall

 Heather Hall is the most experienced Summit employee with over 35 years in the monument industry, joining Summit in October of 2011. Throughout her career, Heather is most proud of being a part of helping families at a difficult time create a lasting memory of their loved ones. Outside of the office, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends.  

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Charlene Sigmeth

Memorial Counsellor
 
Charlene Sigmeth has a passion for helping people select the right monument for their loved one. Her 20 plus years of experience in the monument profession gives families peace of mind in knowing they are dealing with an experienced professional. Outside of the office, Charlene enjoys spending time with friends & family, travelling, music, fashion and hockey.

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Venice Harrington

Rendering Artist
 

Venice Harrington joined our team as a Layout Artist in January of 2009. She enjoys cycling and tries to ride her bike year-round including two-day charitable cycling events through the countryside and foothills. 

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Pamela Hofstetter

Production Scheduler
 

With a full season under her belt, Pamela has proven to be a strong addition to the Summit staff.  Outside of work, Pamela loves the outdoors and spend the majority of her summers playing softball, going camping or just bbq’ing in the yard. In the winter months she like to escape to the mountains to snowboard and also soak in the beauty of the hot springs.

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Vladimir Varbanov

In-Cemetery Technician
 

A native of Bulgaria, Vladimir “VladVarbanov joined Summit in 2013. His set of skills and experience is unique, as Vlad’s career in the monument industry has spanned 20 years and 2 continents. Outside of work, Vlad enjoys fishing, biking and spending time with his wife & two daughters.  

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Stjepan "StivVlainic

In-Cemetery Technician
 

A native of Croatia, Stjepan "Stiv" Vlanic brought with him decades of monument industry experience when he immigrated to Canada to join the Summit team in the spring of 2014 as an In-Cemetery Technician. Stiv has quickly adapted to his new surroundings and has proven to be a highly skilled craftsman who excells at added lettering, monument installations as well as granite polishing & repair.

Often using his favourite expression "It’s ok", Stiv’s calm and positive demeanor make him a popular and valuable member of the Summit team.

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Sabrina Vos

Stencil Applications
 

Sabrina Vos joined the Summit team in July of 2014 as a Stencil Applicator at the Edmonton manufacturing plant. Since that time, Sabrina has shown that she is a talented worker and has been given an expanded role within the plant. In addition to applying stencils to monuments in preparation for sandblasting, Sabrina also helps operate the computer driven diamond-etching machine as well as assisting wherever needed in crating and load assembly.

When she’s not busy at the plant, Sabrina enjoys movies, music, sports and spending time with her family.

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John-Gilbert Jacquard

Sandblaster
 

After previous experience in the oil & gas industry, John-Gilbert joined the Summit team as a Sandblaster in the spring of 2015. A Sandblaster is a technician who uses a high-pressure hose and an abrasive sand mixture to expertly & delicately carve lettering and design into granite. 

When he’s not busy engraving monuments, John enjoys quading.

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Cory Sidney Mitchell

Load Assembler
 

After years of experience in the concrete industry, Cory Mitchell joined the Summit team in the spring of 2014 as Load Assembler for the Edmonton plant. Cory’s job is crucial to the flow of operations, as he is responsible for organizing and preparing finished monuments for shipment or installation. He always seems to have a smile on his face and his enthusiasm for the job is infectious to other members of the Summit team. Cory says he views his fellow co-workers as his family and genuinely cares about his teammates.

When he’s not busy palletizing a load of monuments, Cory enjoys snowboarding, martial arts and paintball. 

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Reflecting a Life Well-Lived