Homes by Dickerson Team, August 2014
COMMITMENT. QUALITY. CRAFTSMANSHIP. SERVICE. It is understood that each staff member at Homes By Dickerson plays an integral role in providing and maintaining the commitment to craftsmanship, quality and service at Homes By Dickerson. We are made up of dedicated professionals that not only work directly with each customer, but also work with one another to achieve the most quality-built, custom home that each person involved is proud to be a part of.
|President Brant Chesson leads the Homes By Dickerson team with a passion for green design backed by years of experience in construction, project management and drafting. In his 10 years with Homes By Dickerson his vision has been instrumental in product design and community building, resulting in multiple Gold and Silver Awards at the NAHB Nationals,® as well garnering personal recognition on the Professional Builder 40 Under 40 list. He is committed to providing the best value for buyers and opportunity for his team members to grow and advance. When he isn’t at the office, Brant can most likely be found coaching his children’s sports teams, cooking on the grill or cheering for the Wolfpack at a NC State game. |
Brant@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.524.0629
|Managing partner Linwood Strickland began his construction career in 1977 working for various commercial construction companies in the Middle East. From his experiences in the overseas construction industry Linwood brought communication, team building, problem solving, and leadership skills to his life’s work in residential home building. Linwood has been in the homebuilding business with Homes By Dickerson since 1984.|
During Linwood’s tenure as president, Homes By Dickerson was often recognized as an industry leader and received many local and national awards. Linwood led Homes By Dickerson by insisting on attention to detail and having high expectations of those who learned from him to produce homes and communities of charm and value, resulting in a long period of continuous growth. Linwood has a passion for fostering the professional growth and development of the Homes By Dickerson team as is evidenced by excellent employee retention and satisfaction. In his downtime, Linwood enjoys spending time on the water in eastern North Carolina.
|Jon Showalter, CGP|
Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations, Jon Showalter fosters an efficient, dynamic and harmonious work environment that enables production team members to deliver high performing homes of unparalleled quality to Homes By Dickerson customers. He has been with the company for 20 years, learning all aspects of residential construction, including 15 years in the field as a Project Manager and later as Comptroller. As a Certified Green Professional, Jon has been a driving force behind Homes By Dickerson’s award-winning green building initiatives, resulting in significant operational cost savings for buyers. He is a past chairman of the Green Home Builders of the Triangle. Whenever he has a chance, Jon enjoys fishing on the Carolina coast and traveling with his family.
Jon@HomesbyDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
Vice President of Finance
|As Vice President of Finance, Cliff Atchison oversees and manages all of Homes By Dickerson’s finances. He brings to the team over 20 years of experience in privately held business accounting with two proprietary ventures in general contracting and securities investing. He is honest and extremely disciplined in his approach to maintaining the company’s financial health and positioning it for future growth. Cliff holds memberships in CFMA, IMA and NTAP. He is an Enrolled Agent and is currently finalizing his CMA and CCCIFP designations. When he’s not traveling or cheering for the NC State Wolfpack, Cliff enjoys quiet downtime with his family and friends.|
Cliff@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|As a Project Manager for Homes by Dickerson, Marc is responsible for planning, overseeing and maintaining the construction process in Heritage, Sunset Bluffs, Heritage Traditions, Carrie’s Reach and Barton’s Grove. He joined the team after graduating from East Carolina University and has distinguished himself as Superintendent of the Year, winning multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Parade of Homes awards. Because of his careful attention to detail, dedication to quality and commitment to customer care, Marc was chosen to lead construction on the 2012 Miracle Green Home project to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. He enjoys playing golf and soccer and spending time with his family in the backyard.|
Marc@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.868.7331
|Mike Mehringer, CGP|
|Area manager Michael Mehringer is passionate about ensuring that his team delivers the best new homes on the market in Briar Chapel to his customers. He learned the home building trade from the ground up, first working with architects and builders while at a software company which designs products specific to the industry, and then as a project manager for Homes By Dickerson. In his decade with the company, he has won multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Parade of Homes awards, was named Superintendent of the Year, and earned the designations of Certified Green Professional, NCBI Accredited Builder and NCBI Accredited Residential Superintendent. Michael uses his creativity and analytical abilities to resolve challenges with elegant solutions and ensure that the final product looks amazing. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, attending his children’s sporting events, cooking, traveling and following college basketball. He donates his time and expertise to his sister-in-law’s non-profit organization, Invisible Girl Project.|
Mike@HomesbyDickerson.com | 919.422.1344
|Ryan Speight, MBA|
|Project Manager Ryan Speight joined the Homes By Dickerson team after graduating from East Carolina University. He is responsible for overseeing the construction process in Croasdaile Farm, Haywood, Hamptons and the Build On Your Lot Program. Ryan’s attention to detail, design aesthetic and work ethic make him a natural fit for the company. He enjoys the challenge of identifying the perfect elevation for each home site and then customizing it to make every home unique. Three of Ryan’s homes have been selected as Parade of Homes winners. When he’s off the clock, Ryan enjoys day trips with his wife to check out house details in different neighborhoods, especially if the route goes past a Krispy Kreme with the “hot now” sign lit. He is a certified scuba diver and his favorite dive location is Bali|
Ryan@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.889.5694
|Christian Foss |
|Project Manager Chris Foss has had a passion for home building since growing up around it from a young age. He oversees the construction process in Carrie’s Reach, Barton’s Grove and Sunset Bluffs for Homes By Dickerson. Chris has a meticulous eye for detail and loves to learn the story behind each home he builds so it can be tailored exactly for the family who will begin a new chapter of their lives in it. The excellent quality of his work has been recognized with a Bronze Award in the Parade of Homes. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, especially playing golf and fishing, and he volunteers with Children’s Flight of Hope|
Chris@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.418.7983
|Bryan Pendergraft has been a project superintendent with Homes By Dickerson since 2011. He brings a highly responsive, customer-oriented approach to each build, skills developed during his prior experience in commercial real estate and flooring. Bryan enjoys the creative challenges each home site offers and feels there’s nothing more rewarding than having a happy and excited customer at the end of the build. When he isn’t working, Bryan is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and friends over a home cooked meal.|
Bryan@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.271.8941
|As a Project Superintendent, Jonathan Bailey turns customer and designer visions into beautiful, well built custom homes. Buyers appreciate his attentive, detail-oriented approach and know that their concerns always come first. He honed his reputation for thoroughness, efficiency and organization through years of experience in civil engineering design and as an estimator for a commercial painting company. A graduate of East Carolina University, he enjoys the Pirates and Carolina Panthers games and playing golf.|
Jonathan@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.413.5655
|Supervisor Ian Mayer came to Homes By Dickerson after six years in commercial construction. He wanted to focus his talents on more intimate projects instead of large, impersonal corporate structures. Customer satisfaction is Ian’s top priority and he takes great pride in crafting a home of superior quality for a client to comfortably live in for many years. The reward of turning over a new home to a happy customer makes all the hard work throughout the building process worthwhile. When he’s not on site, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and dog or playing golf and tennis.|
Ian@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.971.1956
|Lea Ricks joined Homes By Dickerson as a project superintendent after graduation from East Carolina University with a degree in Construction Management and two years of experience in commercial construction. She brings close attention to detail and an eye for perfection to every home she builds. Lea is passionate about making sure each homeowner is proud of every aspect of their new home. When she isn’t on the job site, Lea enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on the water, and playing tennis.|
Lea@HomesByDickerson.com | 252.670.0174
|Superintendent Zach Hohns joined Homes By Dickerson after several years in commercial construction and working with Honeywell’s Home Energy Improvement Program. This experience made him a natural fit for Homes By Dickerson’s green building initiatives. Zach continually strives to bring new knowledge to his projects, deliver exceptional customer service and make the building process as smooth as possible for his clients. He takes pride in the fact that his job makes a positive difference in his clients’ lives by making their dream home come true. In his free time, Zach loves to be outside – backpacking, playing golf and corn hole, or trying new restaurants and bars. He has volunteered his skills and expertise for Appalachia Service Project and Habitat for Humanity.|
Zach@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.534.5966
The Homes by Dickerson construction team is excited to welcome Don Stanley as a Project Superintendent. Don is a knowledgeable professional with a Construction Management degree from East Carolina University and six years of experience in energy efficiency testing/certifications and whole house energy efficiency retrofits. He also has experience as a HERS Score Rater, a perfect fit for our team who is dedicated and committed to building each custom home high-performance with the lowest HERS Score ratings possible.
Don prides himself on his commitment to build each Homes by Dickerson home like it was his own, in a thoughtful manor geared toward quality and energy efficiency. This Eagle Scout spends his weekends at Falls Lake either going out on the boat or hiking with his dog. He also enjoys working on his personal home using the skills he learns while on the job.
Don@HomesByDickerson.com | 919-720-2280
|A man of many talents, James Williams-a Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer-has had years of experience in the industry doing personal lending for NC SECU and then mortgage loan modifications for IBM. Now, as a project superintendent, James is gaining momentum from a different perspective of the building world. While he has traded in his suit and tie for a Homes by Dickerson polo, he is still applying his principals of quality, service and exceeding the expectations of his clients that he has held throughout his career.|
He is excited to be able to provide an attention to detail to each and every home that he builds at Dickerson. In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing gold with his friends, beach visits and trips to Lake Gaston. A graduate of East Carolina University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics, James enjoys cheering for his ECU football team as well as for Duke basketball.
James@homesbydickerson.com | 919-348-0088
|Jeff brings over 30 years of experience to his position as Homes By Dickerson’s first in-house architect. He is passionate about producing creative and original designs and is looking forward to helping the company continue to set itself apart from the competition through elevated design quality. Jeff sees green, energy-conscious building design as a top responsibility both because of its benefits to customers through cost savings and as the right thing to do for the planet. He enjoys finding innovative solutions to clients’ design challenges and has been honored with numerous design awards throughout his career. In his free time, Jeff enjoys writing screenplays and has won a Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting. He also volunteers for the Salvation Army and enjoys working in his yard and cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes.|
Jeff@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
Customer Service & Warranty
|Dale Pearce is Homes By Dickerson’s customer service and warranty specialist. He helps buyers to learn more about the special features of their High Performance Certified Green home. He has over a decade of experience working closely with homeowners to address walk-thru and warranty issues, and teaches them how to keep their dream home well maintained. Dale has been recognized for his professionalism, knowledge, and relationship-building skills with the President’s Award for Customer Care and the Customer Relations Employee of the Year award. He is a Carolina Hurricanes season ticket holder and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. |
Dale@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|As a Client Care Specialist, Christopher prides himself on his professionalism and attention to detail. Christopher's impressive work ethic stems from his 6.5 years active duty in The United States Army and his four deployments around the globe. He also brings experience from his many years in the construction industry working on projects ranging from high-end residential homes in Palm Beach, FL, to commercial and retail efforts in High Point, NC. A LEED Green Associate, Christopher cares about the benefits of building high-performance homes, quality control and exceeding customer expectations. In his spare time, Christopher is an avid outdoorsman, world traveler and goes to as many ECU Football games as possible, where he received his BS in Construction Management. |
Christopher@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.271.1702
|Senior pricing analyst David Stone joined the Homes By Dickerson team with 17 years of experience in building supply, engineered wood and millwork. He was initially attracted by how strong the company was financially and how well it weathered the downturn in the market. In the years since, David has played a crucial role in maintaining Homes By Dickerson’s financial health by building sound relationships with customers, allowing for timely ordering and delivery of materials and accurate pricing. He takes pride in ensuring the most efficient costs and resource management for the company, its partners and its customers. David is an avid cyclist and enjoys working in the yard and spending time outdoors with his family. He has participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity fundraiser for several years.|
David@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|Rachel Morrison, CGP|
Estimator Rachel Hudson’s attention to detail and analytical abilities are crucial to her work as she keeps track of every door, window, beam and nail to arrive at an accurate projected cost. She knew she wanted to be involved in residential construction since she was a teenager, watching her general contractor father build their home. Rachel is proud to be a part of a company that builds not just houses, but customized green homes for families to grow and make memories in, at every stage of their lives. She is particularly proud of Homes By Dickerson’s pioneering work in green building, has earned her Certified Green Professional designation and looks forward to helping the company take further steps in that direction. When she isn’t working, Rachel enjoys taking long walks with her dog followed by marathon reading sessions.
Rachel@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
Office Manager & Closing Coordinator
Pam Williams is Homes By Dickerson’s Office Manager and Closing Coordinator. After seeing a Homes By Dickerson home on the Parade of Homes 25 years ago, she knew she wanted to work for a company that put such careful thought, quality and beauty into their homes. Pam’s diligent attention to detail, ability to multitask and empathy for a customer’s needs keep both the office and the closing process running smoothly. She loves to see a happy and satisfied customer at the closing table, eager to move into a beautiful new home built by a dedicated team of talented coworkers. In her free time, Pam enjoys cooking and gardening and can usually be found either in her own back yard or out visiting other notable gardens.
Pam@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|Debby Gist, IDS|
Design & Project Coordinator
|Designer Debby Gist is responsible for all of the interior design and material elements that give a Homes By Dickerson home its signature warmth, livability and luxury feel. She loves helping customers plan their dream home in the design center where all of the finishing detail elements are represented under one roof. As a former middle school teacher, Debby has cultivated the skill of listening closely to her clients to gain a deep understanding of their needs and wants and shepherds them through innumerable design decisions with sensitivity and a sense of style. In her free time, Debby loves beach combing, working in her garden and spending time with her family. She also volunteers for the Wake County Interior Design Career Advisory Board.|
Debby@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.522.0711
|Pam Craig, IDS|
|As a member of Homes By Dickerson’s design team, Pam Craig helps customers make the design element decisions that personalize each home for them. She brings to the table extensive knowledge of the latest trends and styles and nearly 20 years of experience in the plan design area working with AutoCAD. Pam takes the time to understand the rhythm of the family so she can make their new home work best for their needs. Her excellent listening and communication skills help make the selection process fun and result in a home that fits their lifestyle in both design and functionality. Pam enjoys working in her yard, spending time with her husband and seeing her son’s band play live shows. She is an IDS member.|
PCraig@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|Rachel Bailey, IDS|
Rachel Bailey holds a degree in Interior Design from Meredith College, and joined Homes By Dickerson’s design team after nine years of management, sales and buying experience in a high-end boutique. She is passionate about helping clients piece together their ideal home. Her organization, stylish flair and thoughtful guidance smooth the way throughout the selection process. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family.
RBailey@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
Teddy Alexander joined Homes By Dickerson’s accounting department after graduating from NC State. Her efficiency, organization and attention to detail ensure that the bills get paid accurately and on time. Teddy is proud to work for a company that cares deeply about its customers’ and vendors’ needs and whose employees enjoy excellent camaraderie. Teddy is a member of the National Bookkeepers Association and just received her Certified Bookkeeper designation. When she’s not in the office, Teddy enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports and games, decorating cakes and volunteering with numerous organizations, specifically charities for special needs, children’s, breast and pancreatic cancer, and military support.
Teddy@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.847.4447
|Jenn Nowalk, CSP, CMP, CGP|
Broker, Director of Sales and Marketing
|Jenn Nowalk is Homes By Dickerson’s Sales and Marketing Director. A licensed Realtor®/Broker, she started her career selling new homes in Heritage Wake Forest, representing Homes By Dickerson. She developed a passion for their quality, aesthetic, and green building features. With over a decade of experience in selling new homes, Jenn still loves to see a community and streetscape come to life, knowing she had a hand in creating homes and neighborhoods where families can live their dreams. Her hard work and dedication has been recognized with a Nationals® Gold Award for Building Industry Community Spirit for the Miracle Green Home benefitting Duke Children’s Hospital and a Nationals® Gold Award for National Sales Team of the Year. Jenn serves on the Executive Council of the Triangle Sales & Marketing Council as Awards Chair and has earned the designations of CSP, CMP and CGP. When she’s not working, Jenn loves to spend time with her family, listen to live music and put her toes in the sand. She is also co-founder of local charity Triangle Spokes Group.|
Jenn@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.454.8173
|Julia Reinert, CMP, CSP|
|Marketing Manager Julia Reinert brings more than twelve years of experience in marketing, design and sales to her position at Homes By Dickerson. Her creativity, willingness to go the extra mile and professionalism make her a favorite among clients and have led to distinctions including MAME Marketing Professional of the Year, MAME Chair and TSMC Executive Committee positions. She is on the editorial board of NAHB’s Sales and Marketing Ideas publication, is a freelance writer for New Homes and Ideas magazine and serves on The Professional Women in Building’s communications committee. Julia’s client-centered focus builds lasting relationships. In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family and their golden retriever. She is involved with her church and community service projects and her hobbies include photography, writing, planning events, cooking, reading and traveling.|
Julia@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.260.7225
|Peter Winkler, MBA, CSP,CMP, CGP|
Broker, Homes By Dickerson Real Estate
|Community Sales Manager for Briar Chapel, Peter Winkler has been involved in real estate since he purchased his first investment property at the age of 19. Homes By Dickerson recognized his passion for the community and knowledge of high-performance homes, and offered him a position with the opportunity to grow with the company. Peter authors his own Briar Chapel Blog offering insight and happenings in the community. Peter has achieved the designations of Certified EcoBroker®, CMP, CSP, CGP and SPS, and has won numerous awards including MAME Sales Team of the Year, top-selling Real Estate Broker in Chatham County, and finalist for National Sales Team of the Year. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family exploring new places, scuba diving, boating, and fishing off the Carolina coast.|
Peter@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.360.1285
|Whitney White, CSP, CGP|
|Whitney combines high intelligence with a bubbly, eager-to-please personality. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Princeton University, Whitney furthered her education with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston. The experience of purchasing her own home solidified her desire to combine her love of helping others with her passion for the Real Estate Industry. Her goal is to help alleviate as much of the stress as she can on her homeowners by making the home building and buying process an enjoyable and fun experience. She recognizes how imperative it is to help her clients choose a home that is not only well-built but one that is built well for their needs. While she makes herself readily available to her homeowners, Whitney does carve out time for her friends and family. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs exploring the area, watching theater, art and sporting events. |
Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.324.4341
|Renee Magee, CSP|
Online Sales Counselor
|Renee joins Homes By Dickerson as the Online Sales Counselor after several years in general brokerage and new home sales. She takes the time to listen closely to clients and get to know them well in order to help them discover exactly what they need and want in their new home and collaborate with them to make it possible. In her free time, Renee loves to spend time with her family and their rescued golden retriever. She often volunteers with Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.|
RMagee@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.917.3132
|Sydney Smith, sales agent at Wendell Falls, is a NC State graduate with an Agricultural Business degree and a love for real estate! After finishing college, she immediately went to work as a Regional Marketing Director for the Zaxby’s Franchise. She then worked to achieve her real estate license in December 2014 and began as a buyer’s agent for MORE Real Estate Group at Keller Williams in January 2015. Not only does she enjoy helping others to reach their goals but she also loves to be challenged and is looking forward to professional growth at Homes by Dickerson.|
Her zeal and enthusiasm transcends into her personal life where she loves spending time outdoors and with her family at NC State football games. She also enjoys volunteering and teaching Sunday School at her church. When possible, she volunteers coaching for young soccer teams.
Sydney@HomesByDickerson.com | (919) 987-0900
|Susan Ferdon has joined Homes by Dickerson as a Sales Associate at Wendell Falls. |
Susan@HomesByDickerson.com | 919.986.2692