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Derek Nelson, a former Arthur Rutenberg Homes Building Company President and highly regarded second-generation builder, now operates Nelson Homes, Inc., an independently owned and operated Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise. Nelson started with Arthur Rutenberg Homes in 1989 as a building supervisor, working his way up to Building Company President in 1997. Under Derek’s leadership, the franchise won the prestigious Builder of the Year award four times and twice won The Gold Cup, an award presented annually to the Arthur Rutenberg franchise with the highest customer satisfaction rating based solely on customer surveys.

Nelson Homes, Inc. was presented the Builder of the Year award for 2012 and 2015 based on quality of company and financial management, marketing strategy, customer satisfaction, the contribution to the strength and quality of the Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise system and the building of people and organization.

Nelson Homes will build luxury homes in Manatee and Sarasota counties in prestigious, upscale communities and on customer-owned home sites.


7309 Merchant Court
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 907-2292
Fax: (941) 907-1266


Derek Nelson
Derek NelsonFranchisee
Jim Grittner
Jim GrittnerPresident
Joe Dweck
Joe DweckVice President of Sales
Joe Dweck moved his family to Florida in 2001 while building an Arthur Rutenberg Homes St Augustine V design in Lakewood Ranch. He joined the ARH sales force in May 2002 and became Vice President of Sales in 2007. Joe has been with Nelson Homes since the franchise began and continues to lead a successful sales team.