Meet The Team At Arthur Rutenberg Homes By BCB Construction
Grady L. Thorne – Project Manager
Grady Thorne has been involved in the construction industry since 1984, when he began framing houses part-time on his two days off from his full-time job as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He was involved as an outside contractor sales representative for three years in the early 90’s then returned to field supervision with a regional production builder as a superintendent. This role made him responsible for the entire home building experience from site clearing through turn-key. He has also served as a Project Manager for a regional shell contractor managing their drywall operations. Grady was a builder for a national builder before coming to ARH as the Project Manager approximately a year and a half ago. Grady and his wife, Laquita have been married 35 years and are the very proud parents of three grown children with three grandchildren. They are both active in their church; Grady heads the Usher Ministry and Laquita sings in the 70-voice choir. When they are not in church on Sundays, they enjoy riding through the countryside on their Harley Davidson UltraClassic.
Bill Foster – Construction Manager
Bill Foster was born and raised in Panama City Florida. He began his career in construction full-time after graduating from Mosley High School in 1994. He began by framing houses and installing interior trim. Later he moved into remodeling, which taught him about all parts of the construction process. Bill has the work ethic to get the job done and give the homeowners the best home possible. Bill has been married to his wife Jessica for 21 years and they have two sons. Logan will be a freshman at Andrews College where he will play baseball on scholarship in the fall of 2016. Zach will be a sophomore in high school when classes resume in the fall of 2016.
Jewel Beall – Purchasing Manager
Jewel Beall has worked in the construction industry for 10+ years. She has an Architectural Drafting & Design degree from Gulf Coast State College and has gleaned experience designing and remodeling three of her former homes, including a 1200 sqft addition that she and her husband, David, contracted and did much of the work on themselves. Jewel and David have three daughters – Sara , Lauren, and Sophee. Sara and Lauren are married and Sophee is a senior in high school. They also have two grandchildren, Brayden and Livi. They enjoy spending time with their family, going to the beach, cookouts and bonfires.
Kim Dickey – Sales Consultant
Kimberly Dickey, one of the few Florida natives, brings in over 20 years of sales, training, and operational management experience to our team. She specializes in real estate now and has been a broker since 2004. Although she loved living in places like California and Colorado…she knew would be coming home to Panama City once she saw how her children took to the white sandy beaches and has been living here with her family since 2003. Kim loves spending time with her family, but when she is not with them, she spends time volunteering to help others and is committed to helping folks in every way possible.
Kim’s experience ranges between education and the investment industry, but ‘in previous life’ she was in the Army (Airborne qualified and Soldier of the Year, BAMC). She continues to have the same level of commitment and attention to detail that was necessary with her Army responsibilities. Most of her immediate family are retired, prior service, or currently active duty military. She continues to assist military families as much as possible therefore, she is a trained Military Relocation Specialist. She understands firsthand what it is like to transition to a new location, and is always happy to help!
Here at Arthur Rutenberg Homes – whether you are transitioning here, or moving from another neighborhood – she helps you every step of the way to build your dream home!
Lorna Brown – Sales Associate
Lorna brings with her ten years of attention to detail and customer service. She has always had an eye for details, and obviously in Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Building Details Matter! Which is why she finds herself completely at home here with Brian Baber and Arthur Rutenberg Homes. The livable luxury and comfort is in the smallest of the details…. she understands them and tries to helps all of her customers find them and attain them. She believes that no one should miss out on the details! She has two sons, and debated even coming back to work for a while until she met Brian, who is also amazed by the details. The rest is history.
Sherri Davidson – Accounting
Sherri has been in the construction industry for over 38 years. She started out working for her Uncle Oscar Cullifer in a local lumber yard. When asked what was the good and bad of the job, she will say the bad was actually “hand writing” every single sales ticket. The good was the knowledge she gained from “what material” was used in “what phase” of construction from the beginning to the end.
Sherri’s vision to work for a custom home builder came true in July 2004, when she started with Arthur Rutenberg Homes. She started as Purchasing/Office Manager and after 5 years elected to move to Part-Time as Accounting/Office Manager. She’s now the Property Manager for Brian and Lewis Baber.
Sherri’s life outside of construction is the love of her grandson Kolton and beautiful daughter Janie. She loves canoeing down Econfina Creek and working in her yard.