We are very proud of our reputation within the community and feel privileged to live in a place with such abundantly beautiful scenery and the community’s dedication to maintain it.
Owner-and Production Manager
Kyle assumed ownership of Lake James Custom Homes in January 2022 and has been with the company since March 2018. He is a licensed unlimited General Contractor. He is a graduate of James Madison University in Business Management and has 15+ years of experience in construction management. Kyle’s ability to manage job sites and schedules is what makes him not only a valuable asset to the LJCH team, but also what makes LJCH an efficient and timely builder. Kyle and his wife Erin, who oversees the company’s website, live in Asheville along with their son Kaden and two dogs, Gus and Madi. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys mountain biking and white water kayaking, as well as wake surfing after work or spending time at their cabin in Nebo.
Managing Partner and Project Manager
Rick joined the LJCH team in 2021. As a licensed General Contractor and Owner of Sonoma Building Company, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the rest of the LJCH team. Rick was born and raised in New England. After earning a degree in economics and business administration, he spent fourteen years in manufacturing and corporate America. In 2005, Rick decided to leave the corporate world and launch a lifelong dream of owning his own business, Sonoma Building Company. Rick enjoys being involved throughout a project with clients, architects, designers, and trade professionals. He understands the considerable trust and responsibility clients place in him when building their home and considers it a privilege when chosen to be a part of the process. Rick and Jen look forward to residing in western North Carolina, which is originally home to Jen. They have four grown sons and two awesome daughters-in-law. The entire family has a passion for the outdoors and can often be found mountain biking or hiking together.
Jason joined LJCH in September 2018. He brings 20 years of experience in hardwood flooring and general carpentry with him, along with an exceptional eye for detail. Jason is heavily involved in the finishing stages of each project. He and his wife Rebecca live in Lenoir with their two dogs Silas and Sadie. They have two adult daughters Jennifer and Lyndsay.
Champ joined LJCH in September 2020, and comes with nearly 27 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. Projects he has worked on have ranged from 100k to over 5 million dollars involving varying degrees of difficulty and detail. He was a selected builder within the Cliffs communities for a number of years and has worked with several renowned architects over his tenure. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is an avid Dawg fan! He has two young men, Straton and Wyatt, as well as two cats and his dog Lola, who can be found with him most of the time. In his leisure time, Champ enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and golf. He is a lover of music and plays multiple instruments with several local churches, as well as recreationally.
Eric joined the LJCH team in 2020. His roots in home building run deep. Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Eric is the son of a General Contractor. Eric brings 19 years of construction experience ranging from general carpentry and plumbing to fireplace and garage door installation. Eric’s high standard of quality can be seen in every stage of the building process. Eric and his wife Juanita have a son Brayden, an adult daughter Courtney and two dogs (Diesel and Layla). Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing golf and being with friends and family.
Don joined the Lake James Custom Homes team in 2021. He is a graduate of Blanton’s Business College with an Associate of Applied Science degree. A former General Contractor in residential construction, Don brings 48 years of experience in construction management with him. During that time, Don owned and managed three construction businesses. Don currently lives in Fairview with his wife Dianna and their cat Luna. Outside of work, Don is an avid golfer and a pastor since 2000.
Caitlyn joined the LJCH team in 2022. She is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in Construction Management. She will be working closely with homeowners to ensure a smooth selections process.