ABOUT

Get to know us and how we work.

Here’s what we’re passionate about

Fantastic design

Great design isn’t just about creating beautiful homes — although we’re big on that too. It’s also about designing for the way you really live. We sweat the details (so you don’t have to).

Quality builds

From materials to construction techniques we pride ourselves on consistently delivering extremely high building standards across our projects.

Sustainable practices

Building green is more than a slogan to us. From the beginning we’ve focused on reducing waste, increasing home efficiency and using eco-friendly building styles.

What's in a name?

The Sussex team, our most important asset

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    Bekka Cantrell

    CDO/CSO

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    Ron Bartch

    CEO/CFO

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    Kasi Root

    Project Manager

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    Darby Forrest

    Production Coordinator

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    Derek Davis

    Operations Manager

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    Christie Pierce

    Interior Design

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    Jonathan Darouze

    Design & Drafting

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    Megan Buck

    Design & Marketing

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    Ben Todd

    Superintendent

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    Jeremy Thrash

    Superintendent

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    Vickie Carter

    Admin Assistant

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    Courtney Gomez

    Accounting Manager

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Bekka Cantrell

CDO/CSO

From a small village in Sussex, England, Bekka has always been happiest to messing about outside or with clay. Bekka’s love of gardening was nurtured at an early age by parents that immersed their children with the love of all things country-life, architecture, artistic, craft, and gardening. Little surprise that she found herself a life partner that shares these fascinations.

Together, Bekka and Ron started a construction company to pay forward the legacy of beautifully built structures that embrace the arts of traditional crafts combined with modern technologies to create heritage homes designed to last for many generations to come. They raise their two children, black labs, mouser, and hens surrounded by the breathtaking Elkhorn Mountains near Helena, MT. They ski, hike, bike, drift, and garden whenever they can.

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Ron Bartch

CEO/CFO

Ron is a Montana native with a business degree from Montana State University. He learned the art of construction and cabinetry from a master craftsman in Bozeman while attending MSU. He left home after college to serve the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan for two and a half years. After backpacking back to the States, Ron setup camp in his hometown of Helena MT. Together Ron and Bekka have built Sussex Construction from a small cabinetry and remodel business to a thriving design-build company. You will find Ron mountain biking, hiking, fly-fish on his raft, hunting, or making something with his hands in his spare time.

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Kasi Root

Project Manager

Once your project gets started, Kasi is your go-to gal; she is responsible for overseeing the construction process and keeping all the gears greased and moving. She grew up here in Helena and moved back a few years ago after being stationed around the country supporting her husband as he pursued his military career. Joining the Sussex team in 2018, Kasi’s infectious enthusiasm keeps our projects rolling and morale high. She and her husband enjoy all things outdoors, especially running. They spend most of their time supporting their two active children in all of their athletic endeavors, so you’ll likely see them out at a local sporting event.

Darby-Sussex-Team About

Darby Forrest

Production Coordinator

Darby is a Helena local who has traveled the world extensively. After living and teaching in New Zealand, she moved back to Montana to ski, boat, bike, hike, and raise her kids. She coordinates ordering for our projects throughout the design and construction process. Nothing gets by her meticulous gaze as she checks that all the “t’s” are crossed and the “i’s” are dotted. Basically, she’s the reason your windows will all open correctly on move-in day.

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Derek Davis

Operations Manager

Derek is a Montana native born and raised in Helena. He is a Gonzaga University alum, with a Civil Engineering degree. He spent many years working in Alaska and Northern Canada on heavy civil projects. He oversees our commercial projects, estimating, and subdivision planning and development phases.  He is living in his favorite place, raising his young family, and working with passionate, like-minded people.  Outside of work you will find Derek, fishing, hunting, or hiking with his family.

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Christie Pierce

Interior Design

Christie is a Montana native with a degree in Interior Design from Montana State University. She brings creativity and competence to our kitchen and bath designs while helping to make beautiful spaces within your home. With her innovative interior design knowledge, she will help guide you through our design selection process. She has lived overseas in Japan and Arizona before returning to Montana with her husband and sons. You can find them year-round fishing, riding ATVs, and camping all over our beautiful state.

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Jonathan Darouze

Design & Drafting

Jonathan is a graduate of UC Berkeley who is a creative and talented artist and designer. He is in charge of perfecting our homes’ drafting and interior design work. With over 15 years experience in design software, web design, art, and photography, he is a wiz on computers and helps to streamline the design process for you. Growing up in Lake Tahoe, NV, Jonathan has a passion for the outdoors, and has traveled, and lived, all over the world. When he is not hard at work, you will find him remodeling his home, creating art in his workshop, or exploring Montana with his wife & camera. His hobbies include: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, archery, camping, and exploring new places.

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Megan Buck

Design & Marketing

Megan comes to Sussex with 20 years of experience of branding and design. A Helena native, and a graduate from MSU with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Megan’s experience over the course of the last two decades allowed her to flourish as a designer for a host of amazing clients. Megan’s primary focus is identity and brand strategy, web design, illustration, marketing collateral, and photography. Her contagious enthusiasm for creativity finds the perfect balance of aesthetic excellence and strategic problem solving. As a constant student of design, she is always inspired by new ideas, places, and experiences. When she’s not at the helm of her Mac, you’ll find her exploring the mountains of Montana via bike or skis with her two kiddos and husband.

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Ben Todd

Superintendent

Ben is our commercial and excavation superintendent. He has many years of experience in the mining industry, and brings an extensive knowledge of dirt and concrete work to our job sites. He coordinates our excavation, concrete, and grading crews to lay the foundation for our projects. Much of his youth was spent in Colorado, but he is at his happiest in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Whether it’s riding his Harley-Davidson around hairpin corners, or driving his snowmobile up mountain peaks, Ben loves to get out in nature and experience all life has to offer.

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Jeremy Thrash

Superintendent

Jeremy is our residential superintendent. In 2003, he joined Sussex as a journeyman carpenter. He turned his hand to most parts of the construction process, but he found his true niche in framing, and quickly climbed the ranks to become a competent and proficient lead framer. After years of experience, working on hundreds of homes, Jeremey has the knowledge and insight to guide our crews through the building process with his calm and collected demeanor. He spends his free time working on his cabin in York, and you will find him with his faithful dog, Kuni always at his side.

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Vickie Carter

Admin Assistant

Vickie is your first point of contact when visiting our main office. As our administrator, she keeps our office organized and efficient. She has lived in Helena since 1986 and enjoys all things outdoors, especially riding her prized Harley Davidson motorcycle. She spends most of her time with her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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Courtney Gomez

Accounting Manager

Courtney Gomez earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montana Tech University. She worked in the public accounting sector for several years before joining Sussex Construction. She assists with the day-to-day bookkeeping functions by overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. When she is not in the office, she enjoys crafting, and spending time with her husband and three children.

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