Our committed, dedicated, passionate and growing team made decisions to come to the Blue Ridge Log Cabins family because they saw the opportunity to fulfill dreams and help families, like yours, find the quality of life you’ve dreamed of in a log cabin. We encourage you to spend some time reading through their bios to learn about the people who make Blue Ridge Log Cabins a reality.
Greg Altizer – Sales Manager
Leading a tremendous sales team that assists Blue Ridge Log Cabins’ clients realize their dreams makes Greg’s position one of enjoyment and satisfaction. Although he has held many positions in his 18+ years in the housing industry, from sales person to owner, he is nowhere more at home than working through the day on the individual aspects of a log home project. When Greg started in the housing industry, for a sales person to be successful they needed to know the entire building process, from mortgages to final inspections. He worked diligently to learn the smallest of details, knowing he had found an industry that he was passionate about and committed to. Blue Ridge Log Cabins is a perfect fit for Greg as they both expect excellence in any endeavor they pursue. During Greg’s tenure at Blue Ridge, he has challenged his staff to think and work “outside the box”, because as Greg states, “You will never know your limits unless you search for them”. Many achievements can be attributed to this type of drive, but Greg would prefer to look for new challenges of how to help people make their log home dream a reality than dwell on past accomplishments. Supporting Greg is his wife of 25 years, Kim. They are high school sweethearts and while Greg attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and playing baseball, Kim was receiving her degree in the legal field. Their 20 year old son Corey and 12 year old daughter Alexis are the joys of their life, but Greg does jokingly admit, raising children makes building log homes look easy.
Donald Owens – Sales Associate
Donald joins the Blue Ridge family with a passion for log homes and the log enthusiast. With over 17 years in the building industry, he brings a well-seasoned experience to the Blue Ridge team. From the system-built to stick framed and site-built log kit companies, Donald has seen first hand the challenges and issues that customers face when building their dream log home. “I’m convinced that the Blue Ridge concept brings an innovative solution to the natural challenges that have always been a part of any log home in the past. With our unique approach, we take the site-built issues out of the equation for the customer while providing them with a better built product at a lower cost. The beauty of it all is that, unlike site-builders, we give our customers a fixed cost on the home; and to a potential customer…that’s a solution.” Donald adds “If every buyer is searching for the right company that carries the right product at the right price, then Blue Ridge Log Cabins is the only wise choice.” Donald lives in Rutherfordton with his beautiful wife Janet and has 3 children. He is the minister of music at his church and his hobbies are woodworking, landscaping and is an avid outdoorsman.
Jerry Porter – Sales Associate
Jerry joins the Blue Ridge Sales Team with a combination of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm. He has been a general contractor/builder in western north Carolina for over 25 years. He has experience in both commercial and residential construction in addition to real estate sales and marketing. Jerry also served in a quality control capacity for the US government and spent three years in the US Virgin Islands repairing the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Marilyn in 1996.
Jerry found time to be the head tennis coach for both Asheville Middle School and Asheville High School for several years. He looks forward to the opportunity to bring his experience to Blue Ridge Log Cabins whom he considers the industry leader.
Jessica Williams – Sales Associate
Jessica is an experienced New Home Sales Consultant with over a decade of experience within the housing industry. Before joining Blue Ridge Log Cabins in 2016, Jessica has held positions of a New Home Sales Coordinator for a custom home builder in Duncan SC as well as a property management Administrative Assistant in Greenville SC. Jessica’s strengths lie in her sphere of influence within the community, love for homes and natural ability to connect with people. She is honest, sincere and will always work for the best possible outcome. Jessica is a native of Greer but Jessica along with her husband and children have called Campobello SC their home for the last 5 years. Jessica enjoys attending her 2 son’s sporting events as well as fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Jim Parker – Sales Associate
Jim has over 10 years experience in the housing industry from a couple of years in Sales to General Management for 8 years, and 15 years in Sales combined. He is excited to be a part of the Blue Ridge Log Cabin team. In his free time, he enjoys spending it with his wife Tracey, son Tyler who plays baseball at Erskine College, and daughter Ashley, who was recently married. He is very active in Church and has been in the Ministry since 2003. He was born and raised in Gaffney, SC where he continues to live now.
Rick Grover – Sales Associate
Rick grew up in the Green Mountains of Vermont and became passionate about log home living at an early age. He and his beautiful wife Debby talked about children, Dobermans, and log cabins on their very first date! After relocating to South Florida, the log home dream was delayed while Rick founded a high-end design company, building commercial waterparks and residential swimming pools and outdoor hardscapes throughout the Caribbean islands, Florida and the Carolinas. Rick and his family relocated permanently to South Carolina in 2006. In 2010 he was selected to design and manage construction of the Shipwreck Cove Waterpark in Duncan, SC. His 20 years experience in design, sales and project management in the construction industry has prepared him well for his work with Blue Ridge Log Cabins. Rick served with the U.S. Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He and his wife have two beautiful daughters and two awesome grandchildren. Joining the Blue Ridge Team in 2014 has been a dream come true for Rick, as he genuinely believes nobody builds a better home than Blue Ridge Log Cabins. Rick’s passion for log home living is now realized by helping others make their own log home dreams come true too!
Robert Thompson – Sales Associate
Robert is very excited to be working at Blue Ridge, for many reasons, one being the quality of log homes that Blue Ridge build. “Being in the log home industry for over 30 years, I am amazed at how far advanced Blue Ridge is over other log companies. They are the way of the future” Robert commented. Another obvious advantage is the cost. “You know the cost before you ever start building. Blue Ridge actually is responsible for the construction of the home. To me, another big advantage to our buyers is our Blue Ridge homes never gets wet inside, unlike traditional construction of a log or stick framed home. When Blue Ridge installs a home, it is in the dry within the day. Then the crews arrive to do all the final trim work. Our clients love our process because we have made building a log home a joy.” Robert is originally from Tryon, NC and enjoys working for a locally owned company. He and his wife, Gail, live in Spartanburg and are very pleased to be back in the area.
Tom Angermeier – Sales Associate
After more than 20 years with The Walt Disney Company, Tom knows a few things about making dreams come true. With a passion for customer service that is matched only by his enthusiasm for log homes built the Blue Ridge way, Tom is eager to help clients fulfill their vision—on time and on budget—by creating beautiful log homes where generations can gather to celebrate life’s best moments, and create cherished lifetime memories. Tom and his wife, Paula, live in Greenville with their three children. Active in his son’s Boy Scout troop, Tom also enjoys serving at his church. He spends his spare time gardening, woodworking, and making plans for his own log home.
Karen Morgan – Sales Coordinator
Karen Morgan is usually the first face you see when you visit our model center. She tracks and coordinates all visitor traffic with the sales staff. Before coming to Blue Ridge Log Cabins she worked as an assistant manager at Amazon for 5 years. Right out of high school she was in the Medical Tech program at SCC and worked full time as an In Home Health Aid. Later she went on to become a field representative for Mary Black Hospital. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with family and friends and working around the home. Her goals include to be the best mother and wife she can be and to open up her home to Children in need. Karen is married and has a 4 year old named Farrah.
Catherine Brusk – Finance Coordinator
Cathy is excited to join the Blue Ridge Log Cabin Team as our Finance Coordinator. With over 30 years experience in the mortgage industry her hopes are to help people navigate the world of finance right into there new log home! Cathy grew up in Ohio, met her wonderful husband Dave in Florida and after visiting SC ten years ago, fell in love with Spartanburg and made it their home. Cathy and Dave enjoy life on the lake with their furry family Tasha and Tinkerbelle and traveling RV style, especially meeting up with family for vacation. If time permits you will find Cathy cooking quilting, sewing or crocheting.
Freddie Jones – Builder/Developer Manager
Freddie’s two decades of System Built Industry experience are a significant part of the Blue Ridge Log Cabins sales team’s success. Freddie joined the Blue Ridge family in 2007 and currently fills a significant role for the organization as a Field Representative to train Sales Associates in builder training. Freddie leads our in house educational seminars for potential customers. He and his wife have two children, and are involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Freddie is also a competitive golfer.
Chris Dew – Builder/Developer
After 24 years of service in the medical industry, Chris decided to make a career change. Seeking a career that would support his passion to help others, Chris discovered and fell in love with Blue Ridge Log Cabins’ products, values, business approach and commitment to excellence. He, too, joined the Blue Ridge family in 2006 and has already sold 5 homes in one month, twice. A father of twin daughters, Chris enjoys golf and other outdoor activities. Chris spent his earlier years as a four-year letterman for the Wofford College track team as a pole vaulter. He has since spent his career fulfilling the opportunity to impact others in a meaningful way.
Mills Smith – Builder/Developer
A graduate from Wofford with an English degree, Mills is constantly pursuing his two passions; learning all the in’s and out’s of the log cabin industry and writing. Joining the team in 2010, Mills spent his days with the service team assisting customers needs and in 2014 joined BRLC’s Builder Developer division where he engages with customers who want to build multiple homes. His degree in English and love for writing has also proved to make Mills a valuable asset to the Blue Ridge Marketing team. Mills has turned into our designated blogger, letting followers get an inside look on life on the road with the BRLC team.
Wayne Roberts – Builder/Developer
A career of almost four decades in the building/developing business makes Wayne a significantly valuable team member with a perspective, insight and first hand knowledge of every facet of the building and home buying process. Since joining the Blue Ridge family in 2002, he continues to serve clients with seasoned perspective. He has interacted with some of the largest land developers in the Southeast. He and his wife, Sandy, live in a Blue Ridge Log Cabin and enjoy spending time with their five children and 12 grandchildren.
Sarah Smith – Marketing Director
Being passionate for the log home industry must be genetic. Although Sarah just became a part of the Blue Ridge team in 2010 as the company’s Marketing Coordinator, the industry has impacted her life for over 10 years. The daughter of Blue Ridge’s President and CEO, Chip Smith, Sarah was immersed with knowledge of the business at an early age. Born and raised in Upstate South Carolina, Sarah is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus, with a degree in Marketing and a Concentration in Fashion Product Development. Sarah’s innovative thinking, energy and creativity for the log home industry have proved to be an asset for BRLC’s marketing and communications departmen
Wesley Lawson – Marketing
Wesley comes to Marketing from our… Engineering Department!? You read that right, for the past 9 years Wesley has served in Engineering but has always had an indirect hand in marketing at Blue Ridge by preparing renderings and floor plan flyers. He attended Western Carolina University and earned a BS in Engineering but got his feet wet in marketing from the school of hard knocks. In 2003 Wesley opened a screen printing and sign shop that operated for 3 years. During this time he had to pick up graphics and website design layout fast as the only designer he could budget. Wesley is married to his wife, Kim and has 2 boys, Cole and Cooper. He enjoys making his boys laugh, going on trips, and listening to audio books on his commute.
Mike Poteat – Site Supervisor
With over 24 years working in the systems build industry, Mike is one of the most experienced men in the field. Before joining the Blue Ridge Log Cabins team he was the Sales and Marketing Manager for another building company and says that his time working in sales, scheduling and in the field on sets has allowed him to be involved with our customers through the entire process – from start to finish. Mike, his wife Marie and their daughter Mary live in Rutherford County, North Carolina and when he is not out on the job site he is typically found out on the golf course. Mike’s goal “To make sure every customer achieves total satisfaction with their Blue Ridge Log Cabin home.”
Bo Hodge – Site Supervisor
Bo joined the Blue Ridge Log Cabins family in 2004. He brings his expertise of over 20 years in the Log Home Industry, including nine years in housing industries and four years in the service field. Bo is committed to doing the best job possible for each and every customer. Bo and his wife, Millie, have three daughters and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Bo enjoys woodworking, fishing, hunting and roller skating.
Daniel Tessneer – Service Supervisor
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Donn Dack – Chief Financial Officer
Donn started in sales, purchasing, and manufacturing management before eventually running manufacturing for a lubrication equipment company. He built his first log home through nights and weekends in 20 months while working a full time job. After leaving manufacturing, Donn built spec log homes in the Asheville area. He became a project manager and then a general manager in construction before coming to Blue Ridge. Donn brings a unique combination of skills like sales, manufacturing, and experience in cabin construction. These skills, combined with his MBA from Duke, make Donn a valuable addition to our family. Donn and his wife have 3 boys and 3 girls. He enjoys tennis, craft beer from Asheville, and is very passionate about Duke Basketball.
Wanda Wilson – Executive Administrative Assistant
Wanda began her career with Blue Ridge Log Cabins with a card table and a straight chair when Mr. Taylor first opened the doors in 1997. Wanda keeps everyone on task at Blue Ridge, with a plethora of responsibilities. During her career she has assumed numerous job responsibilities at Blue Ridge from scheduling appointments to preparing monthly and year-end financial statements. When Wanda has a free moment, she enjoys spending time with her husband Pat, their three children and four grandchildren. She also owns an exquisite collection of rare baby dolls.
Larry Shields – Purchasing Manager
Before joining the Purchasing Department at Blue Ridge Log Cabins, Larry spent 30+ years in the construction industry focused mainly in estimating, purchasing, and project management. Born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, He and his wife Becky live and raised two sons. When not working you can find him outdoors hunting, fishing, or on the golf course.
Eddie Ruff – Purchasing Agent
Eddie has been with Blue Ridge Log Cabins since 2011 and has displayed his talents throughout many different construction disciplines. He started off in framing, then went to a position on our Quality Control team, served as Supervisor of Shipping and Receiving and he is now a Purchasing Agent in the Purchasing Department. Eddie is married and has five children. When not at BRLC, Eddie enjoys gardening and woodworking.
Doug Terrell – Vice President of Manufacturing
Doug is one of the longest tenured team members with Blue Ridge Log Cabins. With 16 years of service as part of our team. His talents provide the experience necessary to be chief architect on Blue Ridge Log Cabins’ two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. He is an inspirational leader within the manufacturing division. Doug’s knowledge of construction and manufacturing has given him a unique blend of insight into the manufacturing process. His previous experience includes managing a plastics company, as well as eight years with a modular manufacturer. He recently served 4 years on the NAHB Log Home Council and the NAHB Building Systems board of directors serving as the Log Homes council Chairperson in 2014. Doug is married to his wife Crystal and has four children. He enjoys golfing, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family.
Carol Pritchard – Human Resource Manager
With an Associate Business Administration degree from ICC (Rutherford, North Carolina), Carol has been the HR Manager at Blue Ridge since 2001. Prior to joining the team, she spent 15 years in the textile industry. She and her husband live in Mill Spring, NC and have three children and three grand children. In her spare time she enjoys bowling, being outdoors and serving as an active member of their church family.
Greg Barnes – Engineering Manager
Greg joins us from Pennsylvania and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of being in the modular industry for over 29 years. Some of his hobbies include going to the gym, going to the movies & swimming. His wife Cindy has been by his side for over 20 years and they are excited to be able to spend more time with their son Brandon and daughter-in-law Bailey who just blessed them with a grandson, sweet Camden. Greg looks forward to seeing them much more often as they are moving from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March.He is very excited to join the Blue Ridge team where he can take his modular experience and combine it with the beauty of a log home. Greg says, “The most exciting jobs start with a sketch or concept on a napkin which later become that dream home design.”
Dewayne Mayberry – Lead Product Engineer
After years of considering the possibility of a career in the architectural industry, Dewayne finally decided to take the steps necessary to fulfill his career dreams. He joined the Blue Ridge Log Cabins family in 2004 and quickly became an accomplished designer, gaining expertise in the intricacies of the building process. A devoted family man, Dewayne has three daughters and enjoys working out.
Cody Talley – Product Engineer
Cody started his career in architectural drafting at Blue Ridge Log Cabins in 2014. Cody attended Highland School of Technology High School in Gastonia, NC for four years, where he began his career path in architectural engineering. He graduated Isothermal Community College in May 2014 with a degree in Architectural Drafting. Cody brings new energy to the team. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of architectural design and drafting software. Cody is very involved with his church, in several aspects. He loves to collect antiques as well as spend time with family. He hopes to further his career in architecture and keep expanding his knowledge.
Kevin Laughter – Quality Control and Safety Manager
Kevin joined Blue Ridge in 2006 and with 12 years of experience in the modular home industry, he is a respected leader in the Blue Ridge Log Cabins quality control department. He also coordinates Blue Ridge Log Cabins Safety programs. An avid golfer, Kevin’s passion for his faith and his family are evident every day. When asked why he works at Blue Ridge, his commitment to the Blue Ridge vision comes through in his response: “How often can you help somebody build their dream?”
Lora Shippam – Quality Control Inspector
Lora came to Blue Ridge Log Cabins in 2010 with over 10 years experience in the modular home industry. She has past experience as a production worker, Quality Control Inspector, and Quality Control Manager before becoming Quality Control Inspector in Final Finish at BRLC. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three grandsons, working in her yard, vegetable garden, and greenhouse.
Josh White – Quality Control Inspector
Josh is a passionate, optimistic, and dedicated individual. He has a great amount of perseverance to achieve his goals and always goes the extra mile. His high standards ensure all BRLC homes are built to the highest quality. He loves to spend his free time with his family and friends, and he enjoys the outdoors.
Glenn Hutchins – Sawmill Supervisor
Glen Hutchins has been at Blue Ridge Log Cabins since August of 2006. Glen has an extensive background in carpentry, roofing, and masonry work. He loves working at BRLC building the heavy timber roofs and dormers. When not at work he enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Martin Grimm – Framing Supervisor
Martin is no stranger to the in’s and out’s of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, he has been working here since 2007 and his vast 16 years of experience and knowledge in framing have been a vital component in ensuring that our factory line starts off with perfection. When Martin is not working he spends time with his wife and 4 children.
Rick McGuinn – Electrical Supervisor
Rick brings almost three decades of significant experience as a licensed electrician to Blue Ridge Log Cabins. Rick oversees the electrical, plumbing and final finish departments. A team member since 2006, he has three children and enjoys fishing, farming and gardening.
Robert McNaughton – Final Finish Supervisor
Robert McNaughton has been in maintenance for over 20 years. He loves working for Blue Ridge and is over maintenance on plant systems and transportation. Robert has education in welding, electrical, heating and air, and autorepair. He enjoys spending time at home.
Jim Shippam – Maintenance Supervisor
Jim has an extensive back ground in maintenance and homebuilding that goes back 25+ years. The past decade he has spent his time at Blue Ridge, starting in maintenance and eventually promoted to manager. He loves the responsibility of keeping the entire facility operating. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and camping.
James Nolen – Transportation Supervisor
After six years as a supervisor in the home building industry, James became the framing supervisor for Blue Ridge Log Cabins in 2005. He has been married to his wife Renee for 19 years, and they have two sons. When he has free time, James enjoys his passion for hot rods.