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Darren Sears

General Manager

Darren is a Director of Abode Homes and is also the General Manager.

He has worked in the building industry for 25 years and has a very strong depth of knowledge with building materials and processes. With his vast building industry experience, Darren brings a wide range of knowledge to Abode Homes and their clients.

Darren is a licensed building practitioner with a Site 2 supervisory licence through the Department of Building and Housing.

Darren is passionate about his family and sport.

John Phillips

New Home Consultant

John has a broad knowledge of residential construction and the building industry. He will take you through the initial design process from your first site visit and he plays a central role in the overall sales, consenting and construction processes.

He was born here in Wellington and is well connected to the wider business community. He draws on 25 years of business experience in which he held multiple roles and he has studied advanced Management and Corporate Finance at Victoria University in Wellington. Consequently, he has developed a diverse skill set with a good technical and analytical expertise.

John has a great understanding and empathy with clients and takes on their building projects with the same passion and commitment as if it were his own. He has great attention to detail.

John thoroughly enjoys every aspect of his job and builds solid, lasting relationships with his clients along the way. The majority of his work is by referral from business associates and past clients. He works closely with the investment community and developers and has a good understanding of current and future sub-divisions throughout the Wellington region.

So, whether you are first time homeowners looking to start a family or a retired couple looking for a low maintenance home, he can help you get the home you want.

He is always keen to help people with getting their dream home by providing professional advice and guidance. Please feel free to give John a call and get your new home building project started today!

Ken Zuo

Project Manager

Ken brings considerable experience in project management, ensuring all our new home builds are carefully monitored and managed throughout the build project. His previous experience includes being a Site Foreman, Site Manager, and Project Site Manager. With this background across so many key roles, he truly understands all aspects of the build process.

With all our new builds, Ken will be actively tracking and managing the build project, ensuring it is progressing as scheduled. As part of this role he will liaise closely with all key parties and contractors. With his close attention to detail, Ken will be closely tracking budgets, compliance requirements, and scheduling of upcoming tasks.

Having previously worked in Auckland, Ken joins us as a key member of our team. Ken is currently underway with becoming certified with his Licensed Building Practitioner Site 2 licence.

Wendy Sears

Office Manager

Wendy Sears is the Office Manager for Abode Homes. She began her career in the building industry in 2007. She has excellent organisational and people skills and makes a significant contribution to the smooth running of the business.

Prior to joining the building industry she worked in the computer industry as a Sales Assistant/Purchasing Officer.

Leon Zhao

Quantity Surveyor & Administrator

Leon joined the Abode Homes team in 2016. He brings with him a wealth of experience in project management, financial management and construction programming. These skills, combined with his specialist quantity surveying skills, make him an integral member of the team.

His on-site experience with building projects and his great attention to detail, helps ensure your new home will be effectively managed throughout the build process. As part of his project management background he has expertise in negotiating with contractors and subcontractors.

Initially from China, Leon moved to Wellington in 2011; he is fluent in Mandarin. He is passionate about his job and with his strong administration background you can be assured that your building project will be closely monitored and managed.