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Team Professionals

Log Home Builders: Team Professionals   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
Log Cabins: Greg AltizerLeading a tremendous sales team that assist 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 25+ years in the housing industry, he is nowhere more at home than working through the individual aspects of a log home building project.
Blue Ridge Log Cabins is the perfect fit for Greg, as they both expect excellence in any endeavor they pursue. Greg challenges his staff to think outside the box because as he states, “You will never know your true potential until you search for it”.



Donald Owens – Sales Associate

Log Cabins: Donald OwensDonald 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.

Greg Scoggins – Sales Associate
Log Cabins: Greg ScogginsGreg is dedicated to assisting our clients achieve their dream of the Blue Ridge Log Cabin experience. Greg brings quality and excellence to the sales team through many years of manufacturing and quality leadership, assisting clients through important decisions, to a finished product with amazing satisfaction. That’s the Blue Ridge Log Cabin experience.




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.



Mark Botzum – Sales Associate
Log Cabins: Mark BotzumMark comes to us from Indiana where he last resided in Bloomington. He went to college at Indiana University and he has a BS degree and Graduate School studies in Psychology . He has 15+ years of in-home sales experience (basement waterproofing homes, walk-in bath tubs, reflective insulation). Mark is a professional artist and he has been in many galleries throughout the Midwest. He enjoys pleine aire (outdoor) painting landscapes and seascapes. In addition, to painting he and his wife (Kim) like to go camping, boating, fishing, taking photos and spending time in nature. They have a cat (their very first cat) and her name is Prettygirl. We love it down here in South Carolina, the people are so friendly and the area is so beautiful, with so many places and things to explore.

Rick Grover – Sales Associate
Log Cabins: Rick GroverRick 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
Log Cabins: Robert ThompsonRobert 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.

Susan Haynes – Sales Associate
Log Cabins: Susan HaynesAfter 20 years in Charleston, SC, Susan and her husband Tim returned to the upstate to be close to family. A graduate of Converse College with a BFA in Studio Art, Susan has worked in events, promotions and advertising. “I was drawn to Blue Ridge Log Cabins as a result of my own kit built log home experience. It’s my hope that I can help others avoid the pitfalls of a site built log home.”




Tom Angermeier – Sales Associate
Log Cabins: Tom AngermeierAfter 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
Log Cabins: Karen_Morgan 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
Log Cabins: Cathy Brusk 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
Log Home Builders: Freddie JonesFreddie’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
Log Cabins: Chris Dew 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.

Greg Coots – Builder/Developer
Log Cabins: Greg CootsFamily, Faith, Nostalgia and Baseball are his Hobbies. Since he was a child, and that was a few years ago, he had a dream of living in his own Log Cabin. “I thought, if it were good enough for Davy Crocket and Danial Boone, it is good enough for me.” Greg’s wife Jacque also shares the dream of a Log Cabin Life.
Greg was born in Kailua, Hawaii and has lived all over the United States. This is the benefit of having a Dad who was a 23 Year United States Marine.
After a 20 plus year career with the Walt Disney Company and putting to use his passion for Excellence in Guest Service, he now has the ability to pursue another dream. “When the opportunity to move to the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains presented itself, my first thought was to call Blue Ridge Log Cabins and hopefully become a member of this family.”
Greg and Jacque have 3 children, Jake, Melissa and Seth. The Coots family now live the in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina and cannot imagine living anywhere else!

Mills Smith – Builder/Developer
Log Home Builders: Mills SmithA 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
Log Home Builders: Wayne RobertsA 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
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Sarah Smitn 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
Log Home Builders: Wesley LawsonWesley comes to Marketing from our… Engineering Department!? You read that right, Wesley served a stint 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 spending time with his family and going on trips.


Mike Poteat – Site Supervisor
Log Home Builders: Mike PoteatWith 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.”

Lawrence Crutchfield – Site Supervisor
Log Home Builders: Lawrence CrutchfieldAfter moving back to South Carolina, Lawrence caught the ‘Cabin Bug’ after his father in-law purchased one built in 1829. Lawrence passed Blue Ridge to and from their cabin in Lake Lure during the renovation and eventually stopped in to see if his 12 years of commercial construction, installation and project management would be useful to Blue Ridge Log Cabins.
Lawrence and his wife Heather live in Moore SC and have two children, Zachary and Madison that still live in Virginia Beach VA.



Daniel Tessneer – Service Supervisor
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Donn Dack – Chief Financial Officer
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Donn DackDonn 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
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Wanda WilsonWanda 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.



Laura Pitcher – Administrative Assistant
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Laura PitcherLaura has over 30 years experience in the accounting industry. Originally from Brookfield, CT, she relocated to SC in 1989. She obtained a BBA in Accounting from Western Conneticut State University and an MSA in Forensic Accounting from New England College. She has served prior roles as Assistant Accounting Manager, Corporate Accountant and Pricing Analyst for a Fortune 500 Company.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys figure skating, horseback riding, music, and the outdoors. She also collects model horses from 1950s-1970s. Laura lives with her partner of 14 years.



April Oligee – Purchasing Manager
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: April OligeeBorn and raised in Northern Indiana, April had a dream of living in the mountains. She fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and decided it was a place she would move someday. After 13 years of Purchasing at a large RV manufacturer, she decided to remodel and sell her home of 16 years and spend some time adventuring. She spent a year and a half in Breckenridge, Colorado playing in the Rockies (hiking, biking, skiing) and another month road tripping the Pacific Northwest before making the move to South Carolina. April joins the Blue Ridge Log Cabin team with passion and enthusiasm to play a part in other people’s dreams.



Eddie Ruff – Purchasing Agent
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Eddie RuffEddie 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
Log Home Builders: Doug TerrellDoug is one of the longest tenured team members with Blue Ridge Log Cabins. With 17 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
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Carol PritchardWith 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
Log Home Builders: Dewayne MayberryAfter 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
Log Home Builders: Cody TalleyCody 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.


Gabe Spencer – Product Engineer
Log Home Builders: Gabe SpencerGabe joined the Engineering Department in the summer of 2017. Since graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Architectural Design in 2002, he has worked in many different fields of design including commercial, residential, industrial greenhouse and spectator seating. His passion has always been residential design and he is looking forward to learning from and contributing to the Blue Ridge Log Cabin team. When he isn’t drafting and designing he can be found promoting bluegrass music in the region or reeling in a trout in a local mountain stream. Originally from Rock Hill, SC he is excited to be back in his home state and doing what he loves.


Stephen Schmoutz – Product Engineer
Log Home Builders: Stephen SchmoutzAfter being forced to take Drafting (by hand) by his father for 3 years at Shelby High School, Stephen began his career in Residential Drafting in Charlotte NC in 1990. After over 25 years of drawing dream homes, Stephen joins the Blue Ridge Log Cabin team to began to help draw dream vacation homes. When not drawing, Stephen is a devoted family man with three beautiful children aged 14, 13, and 10.
He has been married to his wife and best friend for almost 17 years. His wife is a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. They make their home in Shelby NC. Together they breed English Cream Golden Retrievers. Stephen feels blessed and proud to be at Blue Ridge and looks forward to being an asset to this already awesome team!


Kevin Laughter – Quality Control and Safety Manager
kevin_laughterKevin 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
Log Home Builders: Lora ShippamLora 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
Log Home Builders: Josh White 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
Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Glen HutchinsGlen 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.



Cindy Barnes – Framing Supervisor
Log Home Builders: Cindy BarnesCindy joined the Blue Ridge Log Cabins Team in January of 2017. She brings experience in Rough-In Electric/Plumbing, Quality Control, Management in High Volume Hiring and Team Building, Workplace Violence, Workplace Safety and HR investigations.
Cindy and her husband, Greg, have been married for more than 21 years. In her downtime, she enjoys gardening, spending quality time with her grandchildren, Camden and Caroline…and indulging in hot and fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts!



Chris Carver – Final Finish Supervisor
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Jim Shippam – Maintenance Supervisor
Log Home Builders: Jim Shippam 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
Log Home Builders: James NolanAfter 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.