Principal and Co-Founder
Walter has participated in every aspect of the business and enjoys working directly with property owners and asset management helping them achieve the goals for each property.
Prior to Refino Services, Walter Co-founded a development company in 2005 building infill townhouse projects throughout downtown Seattle. Over the last 15 years, Refino Homes of Washington has developed over 100 homes in premier neighborhoods in Seattle’s core. In January 2000, he started the first Refino enterprise, Refino Inc. a California business which performed high end remodeling throughout Southern California. Early on, Refino’s Inc’s claim to fame was working as a general contractor for two home makeovers for the Oprah Winfrey show. Walter worked directly with well-known designer Nate Berkus to makeover the homes of Kirstie Alley & Jerry O’Connell. These projects both aired on the Oprah Show in November 2004 and April 2005. Refino, Inc continues its operations today as a leading Multifamily contractor specializing in project management and capital projects throughout California.
Walter Graduated from the from the University of California, Riverside in 1998 with a degree in Sociology and Law & Society. In college he enjoyed working for the family business, playing golf and participating in intermural sports.
Walter was born and raised in Southern California. For the last 15 years he has enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. Walter enjoys traveling with his family, boating, snow skiing and loves playing golf.
Director of Construction & Operations
In his free time, Ken enjoys time with his family. Ken has spent the last 2 decades coaching youth sports on both recreational and competitive levels, he especially enjoyed coaching his children, as it provided an arena that they could interact on a non-parent/child level. You can occasionally catch Ken honing his Carpentry skills by building furniture or helping friends with home improvement projects.
Director of Business Development
JD joined Refino Services in June 2018 bringing with him 22 years of apartment asset management, construction management services and general construction experience.
As an asset manager he was responsible for portfolios of 1,500 – 2,400 units concentrating in the turn-around of distressed properties and enhance and approve upon the value-added approach to property management. By 2005, JD transitioned his emphasis into providing his clients construction management services and general contracting overseeing major deferred maintenance capital expenditure projects, renovating clubhouses and units for the repositioning and disposition of assets. Today he specializes in business opportunities, overall company growth and client relations in the multi-family housing industry. JD focuses on achieving success for Refino’s clients, team members and the company.
Outside of his professional career, JD is passionate about his wife and kids. There is nothing more he prefers doing than traveling with his family. During his free time, he enjoys golfing, scuba diving, outdoor summer concerts, movies, and his beloved Seattle Seahawks.
JD graduated from University of Washington with a BA in Communication and holds a Washington State Broker’s License.
Morgan moved to Seattle to join Refino Services in the Spring of 2015 as Office Manager, and since then has transitioned to the role of Financial Manager. She started as a Bookkeeper in 2012 in the Restaurant industry and has 8 years’ experience in Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Office Management. She is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting.
Morgan enjoys road trips around the Pacific northwest with her Fiancé, trying out Seattle’s many different restaurants, and volunteering with different organizations including PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation and Seattle Pride.
Kenneth is originally from Costa Rica and moved to USA when he was 22 years old.
He started his first job at 15 years old at a gas station pumping gas and providing customer service.
He moved to work as a tour guide for an extreme adventures company doing activities like ziplining, rappelling among other activities providing not only entertainment but good customer service to the tourist.
When he moved to the USA he started working as a sales representative in the food industry providing the best customer service to all his clients.
On February 27th, 2017 Kenneth Romero started his new adventure with Refino Services as an assistant project manager for a year later becoming a project manager.
As you see Kenneth Romero has not been in the construction business for a long time, but he has been doing customer service since he is 16 years old.
Now he lives in the area of Lynnwood with his girlfriend and two beautiful kids.
Michael was born and raised in Rainier Valley (Seattle), the proud son of a lifelong Seattle Firefighter. He, his wife, and (2) children have since moved to the ‘country’ near Black Diamond where they thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet of open space farm living.
Originally from Indiana, Shawn has lived in Seattle for over 20 years and is still in awe of the area’s natural beauty. When she’s not at work, she can be found spending time outdoors with her family or playing tour guide in her own city.
Becky has been a number cruncher and problem solver her whole career. She has a background in mathematics having graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science. She started in the retirement consulting arena working in actuarial science and system development.
She eventually moved into accounting and became part of the management team for Catholic cemeteries, a skincare manufacturer, and healthcare staffing agency.
Becky was given the opportunity to join the Refino team in October 2020. Using her accounting and problem-solving skills to administer Accounts Payable and assist the project managers with procurement. She is always looking for a good deal! She is no stranger to the construction industry. Her husband recently retired after 33 years as a carpenter and superintendent.
Becky loves local sports teams. Go Hawks! She worked as a seating host for the Seattle Mariners just so she could go to the games! She and her husband are founding board members of a youth football program in north Seattle and ran it for 11 years! (That’s American football, Roy!)
Principal & Co-Founder
Roy came from his native Costa Rica where he played professional Soccer for a number of years before moving to the US in the 90’s. He started hands on where he learned the application and installation of many paint products and how it works on muti-family buildings and structures.
Director of Administration
Shauna loves the outdoors and is an established flower-grower and gardener. She enjoys travel, hiking and hosting family and friends for Argentinian style BBQ’s.
Jennifer joined our firm in January of 2020. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jennifer loves her hometown and can’t imagine living anywhere else as her family and friends are very important to her.
Accounting and office management have been her niche for the past 20 years – working primarily in the insurance brokerage, software and engineer fields. She is excited to expand her experience and dedication into the construction industry via Refino Services.
When she’s on vacation, Jennifer enjoys traveling and doing volunteer work.
Internationally, she’s spent the past 15+ years building dignified housing in Tijuana, Mexico as well as fundraising and travel to Ghana, Africa where the
focus is to bring clean water to villages with the most urgent need. Locally, she’s involved in various Breast Cancer organizations (in honor of her Mom)
and whatever else comes along that inspires her in the moment.
Jericha joined the Refino family in April of 2018. She is a Native Oregonian who follows Oregon’s motto.. Alis Volat Propriis meaning “She flies with her own wings” that being said she has always challenged adversity.
Commercial fishing has been her passion for 22 years as well as owning several small businesses. She has found that she is just as passionate about construction and thoroughly enjoys the challenges, chaos and all that that entails on a jobsite.
In her off time, Jericha is active in her Indigenous Ceremonies, gardening, racing Go-Karts, pit crew for Dodge Vipers, camping, rock hounding and anything else that keeps her outdoors.
Jericha’s attitude on life is.. If one person can do it, so can she. She reflects this in her daily activities.
As a Project Manager with Refino, Mike oversees jobs ranging from new home construction to apartment renovations.
Aside from being proud of the work produced on the jobsite, Mike is also proud of the personal accomplishment of being happily married for 28 years and raising 3 sons.
riginally from Guatemala, Edwin has called Seattle home for 12 years. When not at work he enjoys spending taking pictures during walks together with his wife.
Christy enjoys running, travel, and hosting friends.