Meet the Red Jasper Team

The greatest asset that Red Jasper offers you is our committed team. Our expert project managers and superintendents are grounded in strong core values and hands-on residential experience. Backed by a full support staff from our parent company, Erhardt Construction, they are the key to building your dream home.

Experienced Home Builders - Ben Wickstrom, President and CEO

As the visionary President & CEO at Red Jasper Crafted Homes and Erhardt Construction, Ben assumes stewardship over every facet of the division’s exquisite creations. With an impressive construction career spanning over 25 years with Erhardt Construction, Ben embarked as an Assistant Project Manager at Erhardt and ascended to the esteemed position of President in 2011.

Ben’s distinction lies in his unparalleled skill for finding construction solutions for some of the most complex builds within West Michigan’s residential landscape. His expertise encompasses transformative additions, meticulous renovations, and grand new constructions boasting commercial-grade attributes.

In addition to his professional roles, Ben actively contributes as the co-chair of the West Michigan Minority Contractors Advisory Council and is a valued member of the Western Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Outside of these commitments, Ben cherishes his free time. He enjoys quality moments fishing with his two sons or embarking on family vacations to the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Experienced Home Builders - Ryan Formsma, Senior Vice President

Ryan is a results-driven leader with a proven track record spanning 30+ years. His accomplishments shine through award-winning projects, where he’s provided guidance and resources for truly unique residential experiences.

His journey started early, learning the ropes of construction and industry standards side by side with his father and brother-in-law. About 15 years ago, he took his skills to the Caribbean and Southern Florida, where he spent almost a decade overseeing the construction of luxurious beach villas and mega yachts. Now, back in West Michigan, he’s using that wealth of experience to elevate the high-end residential market.

Transforming his client’s concepts into reality and navigating the challenges accompanying these endeavors fuels Ryan’s daily motivation. In addition to overseeing the construction of over 300 homes during his illustrious career, Ryan enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking, and cheering on his children at their sporting events. Ryan’s preferred getaway destination is the captivating White Bay, British Virgin Islands.

Experienced Home Builders - James Balk, Residential Project Manager

Boasting an extensive background spanning nearly three decades in the residential construction realm, including a noteworthy nine-years as the proprietor of his own construction firm, James thrives on his extensive experience. His advanced ability to help each client navigate the emotional decisions that are inevitable on a new home project make him a key member of the Red Jasper team.

The majority of James’ experience takes place building executive homes along the West Michigan Lakeshore. He takes a client-first, collaborative approach with every project he is involved with. 

The excitement of transforming a client’s vision into a tangible reality fuels James’ eagerness to embrace each new workday enthusiastically. Outside of the office, James thrives in the great outdoors, enjoying activities such as fishing, exploring new destinations through travel, and spending time with his grandkids, firmly believing in the importance of family time. His dream destinations to visit one day are Alaska and New Zealand.

Experienced Home Builders - Derek Strickland, Residential Project Manager

Derek possesses over 15 years of hands-on experience managing residential construction projects. He ventured into the industry after college, kickstarting his journey by establishing his own residential construction business. Over the span of eight years, his path meandered into business development, and eventually,  high-end residential project management.

Derek’s enthusiasm lies in staying engaged throughout each client’s journey. Witnessing the elation and contentment that light up clients’ faces as they witness their dream homes materialize is the true highlight of his career.

When asked about the driving force behind his work, Derek attributes it to his dedicated team and valued clients, expressing, “The ability to turn our clients’ dreams into reality, from initial conception to ultimate fruition, is a profoundly rewarding experience.” Beyond his professional life, Derek is often found fishing or immersing himself in the tranquility of the woods during hunting season. In addition, Derek, along with his wife Audrey, their twins, Colt and Lyla, and their youngest son, Boone, proudly owns and manages a hobby farm.

Experience Home Builders - Daryl Bird, Millwork Manager

Possessing over 20 years of experience in residential construction, Daryl began building cabinets in 2008 when he was working as a trim carpenter for a residential builder, which included site-built cabinetry on residential projects. As the price of cabinets from suppliers rose and the quality of cabinets started to fall, Daryl began a custom cabinet shop that he managed until joining the Red Jasper team.

Daryl’s favorite aspect of his job is incorporating clients’ unique requests with innovative solutions to build quality products while meeting their individual needs. He credits his background in residential construction for enabling him to create and build the custom cabinetry found in Red Jasper homes. 

Daryl’s enthusiasm for his craft derives from the satisfaction of designing, creating, and constructing exceptional custom cabinets that seamlessly cater to the unique needs of his clients. In addition to cabinet making, Daryl’s interests extend to all things water-related during the summer and playing and watching sports year-round. One of his bucket list items is to travel to Banff, Canada, with his wife, Heather, and their four children – Harlan, Haley, Hayden, and Hazel.

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