When they’re respected, free to create solutions on their own, and can see how their work directly affects results, employees tend to work smarter.
Customers reap the benefits with better service and a higher-quality product, plus a happy interaction with our team.
The Hunter culture is the sum of these personalities, strengths and points of view.
We respect common sense, and together we enjoy a uniquely gratifying commitment to service.
David Unger strives to be outstanding in his field. On most days, you’ll find David laced into hikers, outdoors. With construction experience working on job sites for his father beginning at age nine, he learned early on that prosperity and abundance can be found in the open air. And so, he is an avid sportsman whose home on a wooded acreage offers trails to run and fish to catch, plus his version of a head office where he oversees company decisions, streamlines processes for efficiency and quality, and manages costs for Hunter. He finds happiness stepping out onto the open terrain of developable land for sale, and evaluating it for next projects. David’s work allows customers to gain a quality real estate asset that is poised for growth in value, and built for quality and longevity. Outside of work, David is a father to two boys and a husband to Priscilla. He serves as a board member for a charitable foundation, and works hands-on with communities in poverty, constructing homes and schools, or creating business opportunities for locals.
In the business of making honey, the queen bee is the heart and soul of the colony. Priscilla Unger is the queen bee of Hunter – and like in nature, a quality queen means a productive hive. The royal title is misleading, because Hunter’s queen chooses the humble job functions that serve her ‘tribe,’ and that preserve Hunter’s unique results-oriented culture. Buzzing with energy, Priscilla prefers to fly under the radar and outside the status quo in style and thoughtfulness. Whether it’s a creative vision or serving the community, the charitable foundation, or a colleague or customer – being different makes all the difference. When she’s not adding food photos on Instagram, she’s mom to two teenaged boys and manages a modern homestead with husband David.
When things don’t add up, Julie Novotny is there to get to the bottom of it. Any incorrect total will be investigated and brought to justice. She uses a spreadsheet like a weapon and an internet meme with the comedic timing of Jerry Seinfeld. She is the enforcer of accounts payable and the patroller of payroll. She loves order, and is a one-woman squad who ensures Hunter is principled in its business operations. Home purchase transactions run smoothly with Julie’s careful attention: cheerful correspondence from Julie provides homebuyers clear instructions on the steps to possession and lawyers give the thumbs up to release keys to proud Hunter homeowners. When she’s not at work, Julie enjoys dates with her newlywed husband, connections with her church, and friendly battles played out between friends around a board game.
Sibling rivalry can provoke a competitive spirit. Sometimes it’s fueled by some good-natured ribbing and a brotherly hard time. Garry Rouzes’ dry humour would seem rough if it wasn’t followed by a telling smirk or wink. In the Hunter ‘family,’ he naturally plays the role of ‘the serious tough-love older brother’ – he’s the eldest of a handful of blood-related brothers also employed at Hunter. Plus he’s a hands-on leader who is prepared to help the Hunter team where needed. His role creates a link between the company owners and the operation work on construction sites. Customers get a better home, and better after-sale service and communication with Hunter, thanks to the quality improvements created by Garry. He is a family man of grown kids, and when he’s not at work he enjoys adventure by horseback, or climbing in the gym or up a rock face of a mountain.
The Rushes of Southfork, Leduc, and Latitude51, Airdrie
Like the performance cars and vintage automobiles from the ‘60s that he admires, Kit Morrier is a bit of a classic who inspires a fun, unplanned trip to the lighter side. His roads into the company predate the company itself, when Kit sold homes for David Unger’s father. Although he has three decades of experience with homebuilders, Kit does not cling to old ideas. Instead, he’s a master of recognizing and perfecting the things that work, such as relating to people with humour and respect, or delivering unvarnished facts about value, design and sensible decisions. Outside of work, Kit is the father of three grown kids, and a grandfather. You might find him at either of Hunter’s show homes, at the gym or drinking wine in his kitchen. Or you won’t find him – which means he’s escaped behind the wheel into the blur of the highway.
Fairy godmothers may only exist in Disney stories, but Hunter’s Kelly Smailes is a close equivalent in the real world. As a part-time employee, she appears on the scene when needed and works her “magic” with willing hands and a warm heart. With neither wand nor wings, Kelly is practical, handling accounts receivable, general office duties, and management of Hunter’s rental properties. She takes pride in offering customers a beautiful setting to call home. She can often be found carrying out her work with an infectious laugh and singing along to the playlist of the day. In her off-hours she is a host to international students as a homestay “mom”, and she dabbles in music and art.
The Rushes of Southfork, Leduc
If communicating by text, email, or social media has replaced real connections, Jason Rouzes is a master of a lost art. Where others might depend on a cute emoji via text to convey laughter or joy, Jason is a face-to-face kind of guy. You will be glad to hear him LOL with your own ears, as his spirit is contagious. Jason could be a muse for an emoji artist – if there is such a thing. Fortunately for Hunter’s homeowners on possession day and beyond, Jason is not just a good-time-guy. Jason earns homeowner trust through merit; he’s meticulous, personal and efficient – and of course hands-on when it comes to responding to after-possession queries for help. Jason has practical solutions and a genuine manner, backed up with a talent for carpentry and technical knowledge about maintaining a home. While not at work, Jason can be found ROFL with his three kids and wife, camping and fishing.
Latitude 51, Airdrie
There’s a saying that God is in the details – meaning attention paid to small things has big rewards. You won’t find Brandon Hinman’s head in the clouds when he’s on the job. His nose is in the small stuff. Tasked with handling the finishing elements in the construction of the home, plus after-care assistance, his work is a part of how Hunter fulfils the promise of quality and service. When customers become homeowners, Brandon is like a proud papa, grinning as he makes the introduction to the new baby and hands over the keys. He’ll demonstrate the inner workings of the property, respond to calls for any fine tuning during the service period, and he frequently beyond this if necessary. In his off hours, Brandon swaps his work boots and hardhat for hip waders and camouflage to indulge in a clear mind outdoors.
Earl Rouzes is the Clint Eastwood of homebuilding. Not much gets past him, so Hunter homeowners will enjoy the confidence that their home is built to a high standard. In charge of planning, organizing, and scheduling his troops in the trades, he approaches his role with a steely seriousness, like he’s leading a tactical mission to deliver precision-built homes to last. But how do you make Earl’s day and melt his heart? Show him a happy customer receiving keys to a new Hunter-built home. When not obsessing about work, Earl is a family man and a passionate hockey fan.