A native of Victoria, Mike is the founder and CEO of Flintstones. With over 20 years in the industry, Mike learnt early on that the construction industry could often be vague, unpredictable and have an emphasis on a quick completion rather than quality. Mike’s vision in creating Flintstones was to do the opposite. He wanted to build a construction company with a focus on quality, attention-to-detail, being honest and transparent about potential issues and driven by old-fashioned customer service. Mike loves what he does and it shows; he consistently goes the extra mile, working long hours to ensure his clients are completely satisfied with both the quality and service they receive. Mike has had the honour of working with many of Victoria’s most talented designers, craftsmen and builders in the industry. Flintstones has gone on to be nominated and has won numerous awards for building excellence by the Canadian Home Builders Association. Mike himself was one of the winners in the Top 20 under 40 on Vancouver Island, he is a Founder Member in the McKay CEO group and works with numerous charities and not-for-profits.
Bubba is the unofficial, official mascot of Flintstones. Bubba is a senior dog who enjoys the finer things in life: swimming, acupuncture, physiotherapy and Michelin star food are some of his indulgences. He is super laid back that most of his office time is spent lounging beside his favorite human. Bubba loves people, and always enjoys introducing himself to office visitors. Should you ever visit Flintstones, you’ll be sure to receive a loving welcome from Bubba.
Max is the Director of Pre-Construction. In his role, he manages the front-end aspect of the building process. Max collaborates with designers, architects, consultants, and engineers to facilitate a smooth start to each project. Additionally, he focuses on scope development with an emphasis on preliminary budgets and schedules.
Max’s passion and interest for construction development began when he was in University studying Economics and Business. He became driven to combine his interest in business with his passion for creativity and design. This mindset continued to grow when he entered the construction industry, and quickly after joining Flintstones, he established not only an understanding of the industry but also a passion for the craft. As a born and raised Victoria man, having the opportunity to create forever spaces for families and their future generations to enjoy is what drives Max. Max loves the team aspect of Flintstones and is highly motivated, hardworking, dedicated, and driven. He believes in the company’s core values (communication, accountability, honesty, recognition, and positivity) and follows them in his professional and personal life. He is committed to personal growth, our team, our company, and most importantly – our clients. He believes that taking care of our clients is just as important as making sure every home detail is carefully crafted.
When Max has a spare moment in the office, he can be found snuggling up with one of our four office dogs. You might even find one sleeping on his desk while he works. It has quickly become evident that all of our dogs love him just as much as he loves them. Outside of work, Max enjoys spending time with his wife Natasha. Max lives a healthy lifestyle and is an avid mountain biker, soccer player, runner, and an overall adventure seeker.
Mike started in the construction industry in 1990 doing ornamental ironwork for numerous high-end residences and businesses in Victoria. He then moved to Calgary where he continued his ornamental work. After 5 years in Calgary, Mike relocated back to Victoria and joined Flintstones. Mike is our Senior Estimator and the backbone of our Production operations. He is responsible for estimating, managing and creating project timelines. His out-of-the-box thinking has enabled Flintstones to successfully take on complex projects; his experience, foresight, and knowledge are all credited with much of Flintstones’ success. When Mike isn’t at Flintstones, he enjoys creating abstract themed sculptures and decorative pieces of welded art in his studio.
Cindy is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with over 15 years of experience in financial and management accounting. Her experience includes her roles as a CPA facilitator and university accounting instructor where she marked student CPA exams. Cindy, as our Financial Controller, is responsible for overseeing all of the financial functions at Flintstones. She is the brains behind much of our operations and brings an analytical perspective to our financial processes. Cindy has proven herself to be a great addition to our team. Not only is she extremely intelligent but she is also one of the sweetest women on the planet. When Cindy isn’t working she enjoys spending her time reading, watching movies, biking and traveling.
Rhett began his career in construction at age 17, working for a local construction company building residential homes and completing large scale renovations. After many years in the industry, Rhett himself became a Certified Home Builder through the Canadian Home Builders Association and moved to Dawson Creek, BC where he had the opportunity to successfully build numerous homes in a booming market and establish himself as one of the most trusted home builders in the area. Rhett’s focus has always been quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction.
After numerous years of conversations with Mike De Palma (Flintstones CEO), Rhett was finally convinced to move back to Victoria, the city he’s always loved and bring his many skillsets, and positive attitude to the Flintstones Team. Rhett is a partner in Flintstones and oversees personnel and project management of all large scale projects. His knack for scheduling ensures efficient and timely completion of projects. While out in the field he provides direct support and mentorship to our installers. Rhett’s building and project management abilities make him a gifted leader, and he is proud to have lead the Flintstones team in building our beautiful Showroom & Design Center, amongst other award-winning projects.
When Rhett isn’t taking care of business he is out on the water sailing or fishing with his family and friends.
Jeremy, a Red Seal Carpenter and joinery specialist, is a Project Manager at Flintstones. Bringing a combination of calmness and vigor to every project he manages, Jeremy is responsible for ensuring our construction projects are completed to the highest quality standards. He has a keen eye for excellence and does whatever it takes to ensure his projects are 100% perfect. Jeremy has built everything from decks, furniture, staircases, bannisters, mantles, extravagant tables, reception desks, and even homes, but he has spent the majority of his career performing high-end interior finishing and building high-end kitchens. When Jeremy isn’t managing magnificent wooden projects, he enjoys the outdoors: camping and building off-road trucks are some of his passions.
Since the beginning, masonry has been passed down from father to son. That is certainly the case with Gary. As a third generation stonemason, he was practically born with a trowel in his hand. He cut his teeth in England, under the tutelage of his father and grandfather. Today Gary is a sought-after Master Mason, and is actively engaged in passing on his knowledge to young masons through hands-on mentorship. Gary has built some of our most exquisite masonry projects and has been awarded on multiple occasions for his excellence in masonry.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Winston Churchill once said. Building has always been a passion of mine. It gives me great satisfaction to change the world around us and make homes a better place to live. Attention to detail is very important to me, I strive to ensure all facets of the building process run as smoothly as possible.
Born and raised in Victoria I feel a sense of connection to the city. My great grandfather once owned a bookshop downtown where his name is etched into a brick close to where his store once was. It gives me a sense of pride to be a part of our city, I am not sure I could live anywhere else. It is interesting to see the landscape of Victoria change and also be a part of that change.
After buying a house on Shelbourne Street at the age of 19 years old I soon realized the struggle to make my way. I was offered an apprenticeship after a couple of odd jobs and this is when I learned to become a carpenter. Completing my Red Seal was important so I attended school at Camosun College to complete my apprenticeship. It seems like yesterday now but I have over 17 years of carpentry experience.
In my spare time I enjoy fishing, camping, dirt biking, hiking and spending time with my family. Having two young sons takes up the bulk of my spare time but I wouldn’t change that for anything. I am never afraid of any challenge that life presents me. My future is yet to be written.
Fascinated with architecture from a young age, Anchal believes that combining art through design and functionality creates a visual stimulus in a home environment that is important for everyday life.
After completing her BBA in international business with a double minor in supply chain and project management, she went on to work as a coordinator in the event and development industries which provided a creative outlet while utilizing her organizational and technical skills.After returning to the lower mainland from Montreal, Anchal made the move to Victoria during the summer of 2021 with her furry sidekick Max and is enjoying exploring our beautiful coastal city.
Ian is a red seal carpenter and journeyman scaffolder offering 25 + years of experience, knowledge, and understanding at all levels within our industry. Coming from a culture of safety, his priority is to elevate and maintain the highest standards of safety on any of his project sites. Understanding, plans, specifications, scheduling, and budgets are components that he’s excelled at throughout his career. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and dog Genie. Vancouver Island offers him his favorite activities providing him the best camping, boating, and fishing in the world.