Meet our team


Meet our team who will craft your new home.

When you partner with WA Country Builders to build your new home, you will gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from our team members. They will work with you to help assess the unique needs of your block, to articulate your lifestyle and your needs in your new home and to ensure you get the perfect design before you move forward into the building stage. Read more about our key team members below.

ALISHA HOTKER
Admin Team Leader

Alisha has lived in Albany all her life and has been part of the WA Country Builders team since 2015. Previously Alisha had a long career in hospitality management where she developed excellent customer service skills. Together with her partner, Alisha has recently built her own home with WA Country Builders and so has first-hand experience of the new homes process which she now applies to helping guide her clients. Alisha is passionate about the business and enjoys leading her team with enthusiasm and a thirst for excellence. Alisha is a mother of two boys and spends her spare time with them, cooking, camping and getting outdoors.

DARREN WELSHMAN
New Homes Consultant

Darren has lived in Albany all his life and has worked in the building industry for over 26 years. Darren has built several new homes in Albany and uses his experience to assist clients with every aspect of the building process. Darren is married with two children and loves surfing, fishing and camping and spending time with family.

DION KNUIMAN
Construction Supervisor

Dion joined the WA Country Builders team as a Construction Supervisor in 2016. He was previously a plumber and worked for himself before joining the JWH Group as a Supervisor with Active Plumbing in 2014. Dion is an Albany local and soon to be married and lives in his home built by WA Country Builders 2015. As an A-Grade Motocross rider, Dion enjoys getting out on his dirt bike and prefers to spend his spare time outdoors with friends and family.

JASON RIEDYK
Construction Supervisor

Jason qualified as a carpenter in 1992 and ran his own carpentry business in Albany for 8 years before joining the WA Country Builders team in 2000. He became a Construction Supervisor in 2009 before being promoted to the Construction Manager role in 2013. A tradesman at heart, Jason’s skills, knowledge and industry experience are extensive, and he has a passion for working together with clients to build their perfect homes. In his spare time, Jason loves to get outdoors; racing go karts with his son, or riding dirt bikes.

KURT MENTLEIN
Regional Manager

Kurt has worked in the building industry for 18 years. As a qualified carpenter Kurt has thorough construction knowledge and has used that experience within the building industry to work in various departments after he moved off the tools.

Kurt has a strong passion for the building industry and the people within it. Kurt worked as a New Homes Consultant for 6 years and in that time he helped many people through the building process. He knows the building process can sometimes be challenging but Kurt believes if you have the right team behind you, the process can be extremely fun and memorable.

When Kurt is not in the office he spends his time with his wife and two young children and can often be found down the beach or off on a two wheels adventure somewhere.

DAVID HOCHWALD-JONES
Group General Manager

David is a no nonsense bloke with a combination of passion and drive for the industry that is infectious. With over twenty three years in the building industry working on everything from multi residential developments, manufacturing, subcontracting through to 7 million dollar luxury homes David brings a wealth of experience to the role. David is a registered building practitioner and contractor and has been involved with the HIA sitting on the Industrial Relation Legal Committee and served also as the Chair of the Technical Services committee. David Loves his sport and anything on two wheels. David is married with two adult children.