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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
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 26 years of homebuilding experience with Arthur Rutenberg Homes and has won the prestigious Builder of the Year award six times, four as Building Company President and twice as Franchise Owner since opening Nelson Homes in 2009.
Jim Grittner
Jim GrittnerPresident
Jim Grittner has more than 14 years of experience with Arthur Rutenberg Homes starting in the purchasing department in 2002 and becoming Vice President of Purchasing the following year. Jim has been an integral part of Nelson Homes, Inc. since its inception building a team that focuses on customer satisfaction. He was promoted to Building Company President in January 2015.
Joe Dweck
Joe DweckVice President of Sales, Broker
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.