Get to Know Jeremy & Sheena Sinclair, Bella Vista Developments

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At Refined, we recognize the importance of local businesses in our community. They are the engine that makes our economy run — employing people, taking risks, meeting market needs, and supporting important causes. So often, we only see the business — the storefront, the products, the services — and never really get to know the business owner behind the scenes making everything happen. Refined is proud to profile two business owners who are winning at their game, and help you get to know them better with some personal and fun questions.

Where did you grow up/what schools did you attend? Sheena grew up in Kyle, Sask. And studied business and marketing at Medicine Hat College. Jeremy grew up in Beechy and Lucky Lake, and studied Business Administration at Saskatoon Business College.

What led you into this business/career? Jeremy gutted a rental property in Swift Current, and fell in love with the project management and the design side of construction.

What do you love most about your business? Sheena: Creating really unique and personalized homes; getting to know our clients, many of whom become friends after. Jeremy: Seeing a project come to life and the joy it brings to the customer.

What is your most important characteristic? Sheena: Passion. Jeremy: Courage.

How do you support the community/social causes? One highlight of our business careers was working with the great people at Cameco on their Touchdown for Dreams program, which grants wishes to women battling life threatening cancer. We gave a wonderful lady a full kitchen renovation and worked day and night to complete the project in four days. Words can’t describe how rewarding that experience was. We also support other fundraising events in Saskatoon and smaller communities we work in. We participate in many charity golf tournaments.

What do you value in your friends? Sheena: Honesty Jeremy: Loyalty

Who is the living person that you admire most? Sheena: My parents. My dad battled cancer seven years ago and had a stem cell transplant. Through all the ups and downs, he kept a positive outlook. My mom put everything on hold to be by his side the entire time. They’ve taught me that attitude is everything and family comes first.

What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Sheena: Don’t let fear of failing paralyze you from going after what you really want. Jeremy: Take the risk sooner rather than later and believe in yourself.

Let’s talk favourites:

Vacation – Sheena & Jeremy: Italy

BookSheena: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon; Jeremy: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury

Movie – Sheena: Love Actually; Jeremy: Any sports movie. Bull Durham is a classic!

Song – Sheena: Forever Young, Rod Stewart; Jeremy: Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Food – Sheena: Anything seafood and it’s even better if I’m eating it in the Maritimes! Jeremy: Steak-Frites

Dessert – Sheena: Panna Cotta; Jeremy: Crème Brule

Vehicle – Sheena: Anything I’m a passenger in; Jeremy: Dodge Challenger convertible

Way to relax – Sheena:  Reading or a good spa date with friends! Jeremy: Nothing beats a round of golf

What is your motto? Sheena: Good things come to those who hustle; Jeremy: First things first

What talent would you like to have? Sheena: I wish I was more confident at public speaking; Jeremy: Artistic. I’m blown away by people who can hand sketch.

What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? Sheena: Best is caring; worst is I tend to run a bit late. Jeremy: Best is loyal; worst is stubborn.

What brings you joy? Sheena & Jeremy: Family time and vacations.

How did you know you were on the right path? Sheena: When I didn’t dread Mondays anymore; Jeremy: When my wife joined the company.

Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others?

Sheena: Nope. Face your fears, find good people and learn from your mistakes; Jeremy: Never. Keep your head down, set clear goals and don’t neglect focusing on the business side of things.