ROMEX CANADA WEST

CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR OF ROMEX PRODUCTS

OUR STORY

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ROMEX CANADA WEST are the exclusive suppliers of the German-engineered ROMEX hardscape solutions product line to Canada and the Pacific North West.

ROMEX CANADA WEST provides not only the products, but also expert advice and planning, estimates, installer training, and world-class follow-up and customer service.

The company was formed when Tom Kirk moved from the UK to Canada and sought work as a project manager for landscape masonry construction, his field of expertise. While working at Houston Landscapes for Jeremy and Kirsty Miller, he crossed paths with Graeme Hodson-Walker, who was running the natural stone supply company, Stone Event Imports.

Tom sought to use ‘ROMEX’– a product line he had used for 15 years in Europe through his family’s construction company – for paving stone installs. It soon became apparent that ROMEX was not available in the region, and the three groups joined forces to bring ROMEX to Canada. After much discussion, analysis, and vetting, ROMEX CANADA WEST was formed to do just that. The rest, as they say, is history.

Built on 30 years of success from installs in 27 countries around the world, ROMEX CANADA WEST joins the global ROMEX team to finally bring the World’s Most Resilient Permeable Hardscape Solutions to projects right here at home in Canada.

MEET THE TEAM

Tom Kirk is a highly-experienced masonry installer and project manager with over 15 years of experience working with ROMEX products.

Based in Northeast Scotland, his family’s masonry company, Kirk Natural Stone Developments, was approached by ROMEX as they expanded into the UK. Hence Tom first used ROMEX on his parents’ driveway – which today, after 15 years of -30oC winters, is just like the day it was done.

From 2004-2008, Tom earned a BSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University.

In 2013, he moved to Canada, found work with Houston Landscapes, and was soon promoted to Residential Estimator and Project Manager.

Frustrated that ROMEX was not available, Tom collaborated with Jeremy and Graeme to bring the first ROMEX products to Canada. Tom remains the technical guru and go-to, hands-on expert for all things ROMEX.

Graeme has a lengthy history of entrepreneurship with a keen interest in using business as a mechanism for driving sustainability, primarily through launching innovative ideas and products that create market transformation.

After completing his BBA degree, Graeme spent several years at BC Hydro’s Power Smart, before accepting an offer to be a founding partner of the Vancouver start-up “M13 Functional Juice”, which counted Whole Foods as a client. Turning to opportunities in the urban farming movement, Graeme launched the “Earthbox” self-watering planter across Canada. To mitigate the seasonal nature of the business, Graeme started also working for Houston Landscapes.

Graeme soon divested from the Earthbox to run the newly-acquired Stone Event Imports. Five years later, it all seems fortuitous. Graeme manages Business Development and Marketing while championing sustainability initiatives, including Climate Smart and Carbon Neutral Certifications.

Jeremy has always been an entrepreneur. At 25, he started a small web company that was acquired by PGI Events and Destinations, with Fortune 500 clients such as Coca Cola.

In 2004, he left to start two new companies: Wallop Creative, a boutique web design company, and Houston Landscapes. In 2009, he decided to focus on Houston. It was soon ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada by Profit Magazine (2013), the same year he was named a Business in Vancouver “Top 40 Under 40”. Today, Houston remains one of the most well-recognized companies in the business.

Through an advisory role, ROMEX CANADA WEST is a beneficiary of Jeremy’s expertise in business management and strategy, as well as the landscaping industry, in general.

Kirsty Miller has an extensive background in people and materials logistics, financial diligence, and generally ‘keeping things on track’.

Educated at UBC, Kirsty spent over a decade in global event management, including the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Beijing and Vancouver.

Shifting her skills to the landscape construction industry, she has held Office Management roles for Houston Landscapes, Stone Event, and now ROMEX CANADA WEST.

It doesn’t hurt that Kirsty also speaks fluent German, much to the delight of our German Head Office! You know what they say: Behind every great company, there is a great Office Manager, and we are fortunate to have Kirsty behind us all the way.

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