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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, 2015, and 2018 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
Franchise owner Derek Nelson brings a vast amount of expertise and long tradition of building in Sarasota and Manatee counties through Nelson Homes, Inc. Derek has over 29 years of homebuilding experience with Arthur Rutenberg Homes and he has won the prestigious Builder of the Year award seven times, four as Building Company President and three times, including 2018, as Franchise Owner.
Jim Grittner
Jim GrittnerPresident
Jim Grittner started with Arthur Rutenberg Homes in 2002 in the purchasing department and became the Vice President of Purchasing the following year. He has been and integral part of Nelson Homes since it’s inception and was promoted to Building Company President in January 2015. In his role as BCP Jim manages the day to day operations and is heavily involved with sales, purchasing and the construction management team.
Dawn VollmerController, V.P of Finance
Dawn Vollmer started her career with Arthur Rutenberg Homes, in June 2002, as Controller/Vice President of Finance. She is an integral part of the Nelson Homes Inc. team as she is in charge of the accounting department as well as human resources. Her role involves working with home buyers, lenders, and subcontractors/vendors. She offers a supporting role for sales, purchasing, and construction. Dawn is a Certified Public Accountant and is working on obtaining her real estate license. She is a tremendous asset to the Arthur Rutenberg Franchise System.
Joe Dweck
Joe DweckBroker, V.P. 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.