Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NC
At Bluefield Builders our team of custom home specialists have been strategically assembled to provide our customers unique experience in the fields of home building, buying, and decorating. Our team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service throughout the home building process, and delivering a superior product in the form of your new Lake Norman custom home.
Tom Arndt - Building Company President
Tom has been building houses since the age of seven. From tree forts to beautiful custom homes, it’s been a lifelong passion. A Chicago native, Tom has built homes in multiple markets across the US, including California, Seattle and the Mid-West, before finding a home in North Carolina.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Tom worked as a carpenter, roofer and painter and then as an on-site project manager on the way to becoming division president of a boutique homebuilding company, specializing in new urbanism. He was instrumental in the Build America program, working toward greater energy efficiency in the homebuilding industry, and has taught cost estimating and project management to builders across the country.
Tom loves the design-build process and is proud of his team of professionals at Bluefield, who are committed to realizing the unique vision of each custom home buyer. His near-fanatic attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of the industry is sometimes exhausting for his staff, but a real asset for our home-owners!
When he’s not managing the business, Tom transfers his fanatic attention to cycling, his other great love. This summer, he completed the Double Triple Bypass in Colorado – 240 miles and 20,000 feet of elevation in 2 days. It took 9 months to prepare for that, so he’s already working on next summer’s jaunt – cycling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Sara Arndt - Customer Concierge
Sara Arndt is Bluefield’s customer concierge. As the advocate for our buyers from contract to close, Sara’s job is to take care of the details and make sure homeowners are part of the process as much or as little as they would like to be! Making a complex process a little more straightforward is the best way to describe it. So when the need arises, she’s happy to go to bat for customers in discussions with the builder – who happens to be her husband. Never a dull moment in that household.
Sara is a communicator. Her experience as public relations director for a national real estate company and many years of writing and editing have given her the perfect background for translating the conversation between buyer and builder. She will often develop relationships with homeowners that last long after closing.
Sara also makes a couple of trips a year to visit family in England, so if you get an email that looks like it was written in the middle of the night, it probably was…
Michael Ingold - Sales Consultant
Michael believes that most people have a very good idea of the kind of home they want to build and that his job is to ask the questions that will help shape the vision. Building relationships is just as important to us as building a home and that starts from the minute you walk into our Verdict Ridge model.
Michael has a talent for listening that allows him to quickly become a trusted resource for anyone considering building a home with Bluefield. More of a problem-solver than a salesperson, Michael will discuss potential issues or concerns and offer solutions, and all with the quiet and thoughtful manner that has earned him his Southern gentleman status.
Michael joined Bluefield with an extensive background in new home and semi-custom sales in the Charlotte area. He grew up in the Carolinas, graduated from UNC Charlotte, and has called the Greater Charlotte area home for most of his professional life. When he’s not helping bring dream homes to life, Michael is usually enjoying time with his family, boating, fishing…or an occasional round of golf.
Sam Castadoro - Sales Consultant
Sam Castadoro is the other friendly face you’ll see at our model home. She’s a Houzz and HGTV fanatic – so she’s happy to engage in discussions of the latest trends in new home design, whatever your taste. Sam loves to showcase our new model, walking through the features and options in real time, and has a natural talent for working with homeowners to help turn ideas into designs. She is truly a gem – a good listener with some great ideas of her own.
Besides being a licensed realtor, Sam has a broad background in customer service, from post-secondary education to real estate; she believes in providing exceptional service and truly enjoys helping others to achieve their goals.
Sam is another escapee from the North – no more winters! Originally from the Boston area, she is a mother to three children (and recently two adopted cats, Maisy and Miles). She’s also an identical twin, which could be useful for covering the model on her days off.
David Timmerman - Construction Manager
David Timmerman has been managing the construction of custom homes for 15 years. He is a true pro – and will not allow a house to close until there is not so much as a roof tile out of place. David is a perfectionist who takes a great deal of pride in every house he builds. From start to finish, he is a tenacious problem-solver with an easy manner and a wealth of experience in homebuilding. David really gets to know our homeowners, and spends a lot of time with them. Sometimes it’s hard for people to let go, even after they move in!
David is a talented, competitive cyclist, and a true gentleman who will never leave a man behind, either on the mountain or off. When he’s not cycling or on the job site, David will be enjoying some time camping, fishing or at home with his lovely wife and daughter.
Lynsey Hochstetler - Purchasing Manager
Lynsey Hochstetler grew up in the wilds of Michigan, riding 4-wheelers, canoeing and loving spending time outdoors on her grandfather’s property. With a degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University, she began her career in purchasing 15 years ago. Lucky for us, Lynsey decided she wanted to be active all year round, not just four months of it, and embarked on a brave new adventure – moving to North Carolina.
Lynsey’s energy and enthusiasm bring a real momentum to the daily operations of a homebuilding company. As purchasing manager, she’s Tom’s right hand; from color session to close, Lynsey is involved in everything. She is a systems person par excellence – with multiple talents including finance, logistics and accounting — and she also manages most of the paperwork that goes through the office, without ever using paper. Go Lynsey.
If she ever turns off (and good luck with that one), Lynsey will probably be at the Whitewater Center, trying out a new craft brewery, or hiking with her dog, Breslin.
Dawn Hardy - Administrative Coordinator
Call Dawn if you need to check on anything that’s happening with your home – if she doesn’t have the answer, she’ll find someone who will. She’s not just a talented administrative coordinator, she’s also a voice of calm in a very hectic office.
When Dawn first joined us, she told us that the job would never be the most important thing in her life. It was always going to be her family – her little boy Dalton, and husband Jacob. That’s the way it should be. If Dawn had the choice, it would be her son’s photo here instead of hers!
Once we can manage to tear her away though, Dawn is the perfect person to have watching the store. She tracks POs, pays the bills, keeps the office supplied and functioning, double and triple checks everything, answers the phone, helps the guys in the field, keeps totally paperless files (she and Lynsey are in cahoots)…and leaves her desk spotless every day. What more could you ask? Now we can’t remember what we did without her.