Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NC

At Bluefield Builders 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 ArndtTom Arndt 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. The more hills, the better. Next up – cycling the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NC

Karen Cook is likely the first friendly face you will see when visiting our model. Helping people design and build their dream home is what she loves to do. Karen likes to say that our homes sell themselves, but it’s her warmth and energy that really encourage our clients that if you can dream it, we can build it!

Karen’s background in property management, remodelling and real estate have instilled her high standards for delivering the very best service to all of her clients. From the moment you walk in the door, Karen is here to guide you through the entire processof choosing a home site, developing and designing your customized plan and assisting you in working out all the details involved in bringing your vision to life.

Karen is a Carolina native – she’s from Conway SC and lived in Charleston before moving to the Charlotte area 11 years ago with her beloved Yorkie, Prince.  In true Bluefield style, she’s a workout nut, and enjoys hiking, kayaking and traveling. That is, when she manages to take some time off…


Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NCMindi Kiefer came to Bluefield from the ARH design studio in Charlotte, where she was the senior designer, soshe has the perfect background for translating the conversation between homeowner and builder. Making a complex process a little more straightforward is the best way to describe it. Mindi’s job is to take care of all the finish selections for the home and make sure that homeowners are part of the process as much or as little as they would like to be.

Mindi graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte with an Interior Design Degree and has worked in residential and commercial construction since 2004. She has been with Arthur Rutenberg since 2012, as customer concierge for a sister franchise and then as a designer. Mindi’s hobbies include trail running and completing four marathons, which is pretty amazing, considering she has four children, all involved in various activities including lacrosse, baseball, archery, football and swimming. The driving alone sounds exhausting.


Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NCGene Pickens has more than 20 years of experience building and managing custom homes. Besides a wealth of knowledge in the field, Gene also has the qualities that make him a great Construction Manager for Bluefield – he is an energetic problem-solver and a quick thinker, dedicated, hardworking and always ready to pick up a tool if needed. His good-natured manner, his ability to listen and an intuitive understanding of homebuilding have earned him the respect of homeowners and contractors alike.

When he’s not focusing on your job, Gene will be spending time with his lovely family (he’s incredibly proud of his two talented daughters), cooking, grilling, spending time outdoors, boating and fishing and – sometimes – traveling to the Caribbean. Not till your home closes though…


Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NCBo Butler grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He moved to Mooresville, NC in 1996.  Bo has his general contractors license and has been building houses for over 20 years. Bo enjoys spending time with his family – cycling, snowboarding, watching football and throwing Frisbee with his two labs.

In the grand tradition of Bluefield Builders, Bo is a serious cyclist. Leaving Tom in the dust, Bo is a local hero in the cycling community and a veteran of many cycling centuries. He clearly loves being outdoors (which is a good thing for us) and enjoys great relationships with both homeowners and contractors. He’s organized, he’s committed, and he’s also serious about building great homes. We are delighted to have him on our team.


Lynsey HochstetlerLynsey 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 using her construction skills remodeling her own home and loving life with boyfriend Kirk, and their beautiful Dobermans.

Dawn HardyCall Dawn Hardy 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 permits, pays the bills, manages warranty, 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.

Meet The Bluefield Builders Team, Lake Norman, NC

Marie Stagner is the other friendly face you’ll see at our model home. She loves to showcase the model, walking through features and options in real time, and is happy to engage in discussions of the latest trends in new home design. Marie is intuitive and responsive, a good listener with some great ideas of her own, who works hard to understand what new homeowners are really looking for.

Marie has a background in sales, administration, and customer relations. She studied to be a paralegal at school and is a true crime junkie – a natural sleuth who will research anything ad infinitum. A mother of seven (no typo!) – two daughters and five bonus sons – Marie is not easily ruffled…but she does like the calm and quiet at the model, and is more than happy to cover for Michael on his days off. It’s a welcome break from the school runs…