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…
Kim Blanton - Sales Consultant
Kim Blanton, Bluefield’s Sales Consultant is likely the first friendly face you will see when visiting our model home. This is her first love, and she has been helping people design and build their dream homes since 2000. Kim likes to say that our homes sell themselves, but it’s her warmth and attentiveness, combined with a real in-depth knowledge of custom home building, that help people to feel confident in the decisions they make.
Kim’s former background in managing upscale hotels and country clubs has instilled her unwavering standards for delivering 5-star service to all of her clients. From the moment you walk in the door, Kim is here to guide you through the entire process of choosing a home site, developing and designing your customized plan and assisting you work out all the details of the decision to build your new home. Her expert knowledge of our home features, specifications, and building standards, as well as her many years of experience in custom home building in our area, allow her to give you the guidance needed to make your dream a reality with Arthur Rutenberg Homes.
Kim lives on Lake Norman and enjoys all the beauty and recreational opportunities the Lake Norman area has to offer. When she’s not working to help people build their new home (and actually we don’t know when that is!), she’s likely spending time with her children and grandchildren. Kim and her husband also love to travel whenever possible, taking in new cultures and experiences around the world.
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.
Lawrence Nenni - Construction Manager
Lawrence Nenni, a military veteran, served as a U.S. Navy Seabee managing construction projects on military installations in California, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Japan. He owned his own custom homebuilding company in New Hampshire for 17 years before coming to live in the South. Things might be a little different here, but Lawrence has an intuitive sense of homebuilding and a dedication to getting the job done, no matter what the climate. He is a tireless advocate for our homeowners throughout the length of the build, writing weekly updates and bringing everything to the job site on a tablet. Lawrence is one of the few construction managers who can build homes and save trees all at the same time.
Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration along with his extensive construction experience, and we are delighted to have him on the Bluefield Builders team. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and values private time with his wife and pets.
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.