SandStar Homes, LLC An Independent Franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Jim Sanders and Larry Sandles bring more than 32 years of homebuilding experience and success to SandStar Homes, an independently owned and operated franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

Larry, Franchisee, and Jim, Franchisee and Building Company President, are well known for creating timeless waterfront homes and for delivering a remarkable building experience to their Charlotte County customers. Their Punta Gorda-based team of building professionals is dedicated to meticulous detail and sensitive to each homebuyer’s unique tastes, needs and lifestyle.

Their homes have won numerous awards and are recognized throughout the area for their high quality. Before forming SandStar Custom Homes in 1991, Jim founded Five Star General Contracting, Inc. in Southwest Florida and Larry worked for Sun Castle Builders.

Jim Sanders
Jim SandersFranchisee/President

Jim Sanders is President and Founder of Five Star General Contracting, Inc., the parent company of the SandStar family of companies that include:

SandStar Custom Cabinetry | SandStar Commercial
SandStar Custom Kitchens and Baths | SandStar Remodeling
Five Star Realty | Arthur Rutenberg Homes/SandStar Homes, LLC

A graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Architecture with a degree in Building Construction, he also holds a class A General Contractors license, as well as a Florida Real Estate Brokers license.

Jim is a member of the: Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association – twice Past President, Building Industry Oversight Committee, Charlotte County & Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club of Punta Gorda – past President, Professional Remodelers Council 20 Club – past Chair.

The Sanders family resides in Punta Gorda and includes wife Cathy, son JT, and daughter Jenna.

Larry Sandles
Larry SandlesFranchisee

Larry Sandles, Vice President/co-principle owner of the SandStar companies in Punta Gorda has served the Charlotte County construction and real estate industry since 1982. A class A General Contractor and real estate agent in the state of Florida, Larry is a well known member of the business community. As a community activist he is recognized as a knowledgeable local industry representative.

Larry is past president of the Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association and past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. He has served and currently serves on several City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County boards and is very active in his local church.

Larry and his family reside in Punta Gorda. The Sandles family includes wife Joan, their sons Nick & Tate and daughter, DeShea.

Kathy Mino
Kathy MinoNew Home Sales Associate

Kathy is a licensed Realtor and she assists in the daily operations of our model, realtor interactions, customer contact, marketing and administration.

Kathy has worked 30+ years in the technical, construction and corporate organizations for a major telecommunications company. She holds a BA in Business Management. Kathy and her husband Bob purchased property in Punta Gorda Isles in 1996, then built their SandStar home in 2005; moving from Long Island, NY.

Teresa McCarthy
Teresa McCarthyNew Home Sales Consultant

Teresa started in new home sales in 1985. She holds a CSP designation and is a licensed Realtor. Teresa brought her 20 plus years of experience to SandStar in 2008 and is responsible for the daily operations of our model, realtor interactions, marketing and customer contact.