LOABA Board & Staff Members

 

Jacob Meyer - President / State Director

 Jacob Meyer is a Greensboro native and second generation custom home builder. His passion for creating quality custom homes was born through working alongside his father, Craig Meyer, since a very early age.
 
Jacob worked with his father while attending school at Greene County High where he graduated in 1996. He attended college at Northern Arizona University while working in various construction roles in Flagstaff, Arizona on his way to receiving a degree in music and education in 2000. After graduating college, he and wife, Katherine, joined the Peace Corps where they were stationed in Chipli, Zambia for two years working on water sanitation and health education projects.
 
Upon returning to the states, Jacob rejoined his father, Craig, at Meyer Contracting in Greensboro where they have worked together now for close to 20 years. Jacob and Katherine have two beautiful daughters, Ella and Claire. As a member of LOABA, Jacob has served on various committees and was most recently Vice President for the Board of Directors.
 

 

 Bryan Combs- Vice President

    Bryan is the co-owner of Artisan Built, LLC and has been building and remodeling custom homes in the lake area since 2000.   He served on the LOABA board in several capacities over the past 15 years.

Bryan earned a BS in engineering from the US Air Force Academy and MS in engineering management from St Mary’s University.  In addition to being a partner in Artisan, he served 24 years of active and reserve duty as a civil engineer in the US Air Force.  He is currently a colonel in the AF Reserves and serves as a deputy commander at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta.

Bryan lives in the lake area with his wife, Maggie, and their three sons, Alden, Smith and Conley.  He looks forward to serving on the board in the years to come and the opportunity to improve and expand participation of the board in the community.

Mitchell Jones - Treasurer / Secretary

 

 

 

    Mitchell is the project manager for Daniel A. Jones, Inc, officially joining his father’s business in 2008. Growing up, he spent many summers on his father’s job sites at Lake Oconee, working on whichever crew needed an extra pair of hands. He learned the construction business this way and decided to make it a career following a brief stint in the insurance business after college.

He played one year of college basketball at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, before returning home to Athens to finish school and cheer on the Dawgs at UGA. Graduating with a BBA in Finance, Mitchell followed his first job offer to Atlanta, and within a year, realized that a suit and the city traffic weren’t for him. Back to Lake Oconee.

Mitchell now resides in Reynolds with his wife of three years, Carlyn, and their two-year-old son, Ford. They are looking forward to growing their family in the Lake Oconee area.

 

Charlie Vill - Past President

     Charlie Vill owns Oconee Construction Services, which is a licensed General Contractor specializing in commercial projects including retail, recreational, restaurant, hospitality, office, institutional and medical projects for clients such as Reynolds Lake Oconee, the University of Georgia, UGA Athletic Association, The Village at Harmony Crossing, the Harbor at Harmony Crossing, Atlanta Gas Light Company, and Athens Technical College. 

     Charlie has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. Charlie graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the US Army. 

     As a member of the association Charlie serves a board member of the Fran Faxon Scholarship Foundation and has previously served as a Builder Director.

 

Tim Askew - Associate VP & Lake Vegas Co-Chairman

 

Tim is the son of Doug and Jackie Askew.  A lifetime resident of Greene County, Tim has been closely associated with Askew Appliance his entire life.  Mr. Doug opened the business in 1972 with a vision of high-end appliances for the luxury home market and dedicated service after the sale.  


    After graduating from Oconee County High School in 1994, Tim became a full-time employee of the family business.  He started in the service department where he became a certified repair/install technician for Viking, Sub-Zero Wolf, JennAir, and several other major brands. 
In 1997 Tim moved from the service department to Sales. Since that time Tim has attended numerous trade shows and training seminars for all the major appliance brands.


    After almost 30 years in the business, Mr. Doug relinquished the business to Tim in 2001 making Askew Appliance a second generation family business.  Tim has continued to run the business with a reputation for unsurpassed customer satisfaction, personable sales and dependable post-sales service that is known throughout the lake area.


    Tim lives in Greensboro with his wife, Tracy.  She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Psychology and an Associates of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Athens Technical College.  Tracy works as a stenographer for Putnam General Hospital. 
 

 

David Calvert - Builder Director

    David Calvert brings over 20 years of experience in the building industry in the Lake Oconee area. Born and raised locally in Putnam County, David graduated from the University of Georgia with a Degree in Engineering.

    Calvert Custom Homes has built both commercial and residential properties but specializes in the building of custom homes in the Lake Oconee area. David believes in using a hands on approach to building and supervising construction to assure customers receive the craftsmanship and quality they deserve.

    He and his wife Rana have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, David has watched and experienced the growth and development of the Lake Oconee area first hand. He plans to use his experience and his love of the area to help strengthen and support the local building industry and the community in which it resides. David has served in the past on the board as a director as well as secretary and treasurer. 
 

Dan Jones - Builder Director

   Dan Jones is co-owner with brother Bobby Jones of Jones & Jones Premier Builders, Inc. 

Dan has been involved in construction for 30+ years in various fields ranging from apartment developments, restaurants and other light commercial projects to luxury custom homes.

Jones & Jones was incorporated in 2000 and excels in the quality custom home market, but also does large and small remodeling, as well as light commercial projects.  Jones & Jones won the 2010 Builder of the Year award for homes over 7,000 square feet, as well as Lake Oconee Living Magazine’s Builder of the Year for 2010 and 2011.  Jones & Jones was also awarded the first ever HBAG BEAM Award in 2012 for its commitment to the local building industry.

Dan graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Building Construction in 1987 and received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Wharton Business School in 1996. 

Dan lives in Madison with his wife, Reevee and their two sons – Bobby (20) and Denham (18).  Reevee teaches 2nd grade at Morgan County Primary School.  He has served in numerous positions within the MMBA and is looking forward to continuing his efforts within the LOABA. 
 

Bob Hatfield - Builder Director

    Bob has been building in the Lake Oconee area since 2006.  He and his wife, Charity, currently own Hatfield Custom Homes.  Bob has built more than 100 homes occupying the landscape of Georgia’s Lake Country.  Originally from West Virginia, Bob honed his home building skills in Lexington Kentucky, while operating his own building company before moving to Georgia.


   Working in the Lake Oconee area, Bob has had the opportunity to work with several award-winning architects while building show homes for Southern Living, Link’s Golf, Ideal Living, and Travel and Leisure magazines.  Bob has obtained professional designations through the National Association of Home Builders including CGB, GMB, CGP, MCGP and EarthCraft Builder.


  Bob and his wife Charity reside in Reynolds Lake Oconee with their daughter who is a senior at Lake Oconee Academy, their son attends the US Naval Academy and their oldest daughter, and her husband live in CA. 
 

 

Derrick Lyle - Builder Director

    Derrick Lyle has been involved with building and remodeling going on 30 years. He graduated from Oconee Co. High School in 1984 and began studying drafting at Athens Technical College while working full time with an “old school ” builder. In 1987 he joined the United States Marine Corps and obtained the rank of Sergeant while serving his country.

    Then, in 1991 he started Lyle Construction.He began with additions & remodeling which led to custom home building. He has enjoyed success with new home construction while also doing light commercial work for the Hilton Hotel Corporation. In 2018 he joined Camden Homes as a builder of luxury custom homes.

    As a licensed contractor and member of the Lake Oconee Homebuilders Association he looks forward to serving with a positive attitude while learning from the experience of others within the association. Derrick and his wife Melanie have two children, Morgan and Josh, both of which are attending local colleges.

 

Greig McCully - Associate Director

  Greig has been in the Outdoor Cooking business since 2007 and an enthusiast for over 20 years.  He has established himself as an expert in the safe construction, installation and appliances for the outside of the home.  Greig and his business Fireside Outdoor Kitchens have extensive experience with gas logs, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and all outdoor appliances.  His retail store in Augusta, GA displays multiple outdoor kitchens, gas logs, outdoor heaters and all the most popular cooking tools along with stand alone grills.  They offer cooking classes which always strive to offer the customer betters ways to use what they already own and a strong desire for people to walk away with new ideas and knowledge they can use to enjoy the outdoor cooking experience even more.  Fireside Outdoor Kitchens design, sell and build outdoor kitchens enjoying a strong working relationship with builders that desire access to a larger product line and CAD services for these projects.

Greig and his wife Katherine “Kat” have enjoyed the Lake Oconee area since 2007 and have recently made Lake Oconee their full time home.  They have one daughter in college and one son attending the Nathanael Greene Academy.

Having been a member of the Lake Oconee Area Builder’s Association for several years Greig wanted to become a more involved member looking to meet people in the area and expand his network of friends and customers and work to see the association become an even bigger success.
   

Dennis Chamberlain- Associate Director

     Dennis is the owner of Stair South and a former Vice President of the Stairway Manufacturer's Association, currently serving on the Code Committee. He, his wife Terri and granddaughter Bella reside at Lake Oconee. Originally born in Minnesota, he grew up in Atlanta where he began trimming houses and installing staircases with woodworking always being his gift and passion.


    After doing a few installations at the lake he moved his family here and never looked back. Stair South is now a full manufacturing and installation business which includes metal, millwork, CNC machining and powder coating in residential and commercial markets.


    Now with his son Greg running the day to day operations he devotes the majority of his time measuring and designing various projects and working closely with his builders and clients to deliver creativity and quality to every project.


    He looks forward to interacting with the other members and board members, strengthening the association and building industry in our area.
 

Mitchell Copelan - Associate Director

     Mitchell Copelan is a Vice President, Relationship Manager with BankSouth, a locally owned community bank headquartered in Greensboro, GA.  He has been with BankSouth for 3 years, and spent over 6 years in banking/finance.  Mitchell is a graduate of The University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business. He was born/raised in Greene County and currently resides in Madison with his wife, Daniela.

Daniel A. Jones - Regulatory/Government Affairs Representative (Local & HBAG)

    Daniel A. Jones is a native of Greensboro, GA, and has been designing and building homes and commercial buildings around Lake Oconee since the lake was formed.

    A graduate of the University of Georgia, with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Daniel moved back to the lake area in 1980 after working as a land planner and landscape contractor on Hilton Head Island.  Daniel is a registered Landscape Architect and also holds a license as a Residential and Light Commercial builder. 

    He is a past-president of the LOABA and has received Remodel Builder of the Year awards from this association for 2009 and 2010.  He has also served as president of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel and his wife Martha have four children and eight grandchildren.
 

Brett Mauldin - HBAG Area Vice President

 

 

     Brett is the Vice President of Marble Works.  The company was founded and owned by his father, Larry Mauldin in June 1990.  Brett has worked his way up through the ranks since age 11.  He is married to Candice Mauldin.  He attended high school locally, graduating from Gatewood. He later received a degree in Business Administration from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where he proudly served as the captain of the Rugby Football Club.

Marble Works joined the association in November 1990.  Brett became a second-generation associate board member, following in his father’s footsteps.  He has three amazing children that are his greatest accomplishments. 
 
 

Christy Kimbrough - Membership & Charitable Contributions Chairman

 Christy Kimbrough with Oconee Comfort Insulation has been in the construction industry for more than 19 years.   She has been an active member of the Builders Association for many years including serving as Association Vice President as well as the following committees Membership, Blood Drive, Charitable Contributions, The Big Event and Golf Tournament committees.  She was recognized as the Associate of the Year for the LOABA for 2009.  Christy and her husband Robert reside in Greene County with their 3 children – Peyton, J.R. and Cory.

Alan Deariso - BPAC Trustee

  Alan Deariso was reared in McDuffie County (Thomson), GA and is a 1989 graduate of Georgia Tech.  He is Vice-President of Fowler-Flemister Concrete, where he spends most of his time focused on quality control and making sure customers get a product that meets their needs. He is a past chairman of the Georgia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

  He is married to the lovely and gracious Diane Hooper Deariso of Inverness, FL. They have two grown children, Foster and Jesse.   Alan enjoys a good maduro paired with a fine pale ale, reading, music, and long walks on the beach.
 

 Chuck Wooley - Education Director

 

     Chuck is the Building Official for Greene County which encompasses the responsibility of building inspections, erosion control, development inspections, code enforcement, zoning and the Fire Marshall.  He has spent his entire career in the construction industry.  His previous employment was with Rockdale County as a Building Inspector III.   
 
  Chuck holds multiple ICC and BOAG certifications along with multiple levels of erosion control certifications.  In addition, he has certifications with OSHA, MSHA and in code enforcement.
 
  Chuck feels that his number one priority is to confirm that new and existing buildings are safe for the builders and end-users.  Since federal and local codes along with zoning laws are so complex, education of the builders and home/land owners along with providing corrective advice, are a major focus in his job.  In this ever-changing environment, he strives to stay on top of the changes by attending regulation update conferences and taking continuing education courses. 
 
  Chuck and his wife Kathy live in Madison.  They have two children and four grandchildren.  They enjoy spending time with the family, traveling and camping.  He is an active member in the community and holds offices in multiple charitable organizations.
 

Tim Pierson - Big Event Chairman

     Tim Pierson is a Financial Advisor and owner of BluePrint Financial Strategies, LLC. His financial planning firm partners with small business owners and others to craft personalized plans that help his clients achieve the retirement they desire.

He has been involved in many community and civic organizations including the Lake Oconee Elks and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is looking forward to another year of working with an amazing group of volunteers to put together “The Big Event” in March.

Tim and Lisa live in Eatonton and have two daughters – Alix (recent UGA Graduate) and Jessica (attending UGA). 

 

Blake Noles - Lake Vegas Co-Chairman

    Blake Noles is co-owner with his father Steve Noles of Noles Landscaping, LLC and Lake Oconee Tree Farm.

    They have designed and installed projects ranging from the largest commercial applications to smallest residential backyard additions. Blake and his father use only the highest quality trees and shrubs that are grown on their own tree farm located in Eatonton, GA.

    They have been in the landscape industry for over 35 years and can offer a proven track record of quality and creative designs and installation from start to finish. In the late 70's Blake’s father started out growing plant material for their mail order operation which quickly expanded into growing ornamental trees and shrubs for the landscape industry.

    Blake is married to wife Susie and they have one son, Braxton and a Chocolate Lab, Remi. They proudly chose Putnam County to call home and raise their family. Today, Blake has a strong relationship with builders and residents around the lake and cherishes the friends he’s made in the business. He strives to be a more active member in the association, by serving on the board.

 

Rick Buechler - Golf Tournament

  Rick Buechler has been building custom homes for 35 years.

  He began his building career in Columbus, Ohio, where, for 15 years, he was General Manager and Senior Executive Vice President of a homebuilding company.  He was involved in the development, marketing, construction and sales of custom homes in 32 communities throughout central Ohio, building over 7000 homes during this time.

  This experience led Rick, along with his wife Kim, to start Rick Buechler Custom Homes at Lake Oconee.  They are celebrating their 20th year here at the lake. Together, they have built over 200 homes within Reynolds Plantation and share a commitment to build the best – in quality, craftsmanship and style.

  Rick is looking forward to his involvement on the board of the Lake Oconee Area Builder’s Association and believes that the association is an excellent partner for education, communication and networking for all in the building industry around Lake Oconee.

Kelli Fowler - Marketing Chairman

     Kelli Fowler is a Senior Mortgage Banker for BankSouth Mortgage.  Kelli moved to Georgia in 1994 after graduating from college and has since called it her home.  She currently resides at Lake Oconee with her husband, Jerry.  Kelli has over 16 years of mortgage experience and prides herself on her commitment to her business and her community


  Kelli returns to LOABA as Marketing Chairman for her fifth year in 2018.  In addition to her service with LOABA, she is an affiliate member of the Lake Country Board of Realtors serving as their Programs & Events Chairman for her 12th consecutive year and works closely with Greene County Habitat for Humanity serving on the Executive Board of Directors as well as serving as the Family Selection Chairman for the 10th consecutive year.


  She hopes to continue to build strong relationships by serving on the LOABA board with a goal of providing assistance in the growth of the organization and strengthening their ties to the community.

Mark Smith, Jr - Marketing Chairman

 

     Mark is the General Manager for the Lake Oconee News and Eatonton Messenger. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in communications. Mark serves on several local boards including the Eatonton- Putnam Chamber of Commerce and the Steffen Thomas Museum. A member of Madison Presbyterian Church, where he serves on the board of session. He and his wife, Hannah, live in Madison. They have two daughters, Caroline and Natalie.

 Julie Wade - Blood Drive Chairman

 

     Julie Wade is co-owner of Oconee Cabinets with brother Brad Harrison.  Oconee Cabinets was established in 1987 by their father and specializes in providing custom and manufactured cabinetry of all types to the lake area.   They are committed to excellence in craftsmanship and customer service with a reputation of integrity, honesty and open communication with local builders and all of their clients for more than 30 years.

    Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.  She began her career at Reynolds Plantation as the Marketing Assistant then worked for Personna Medical, Wellington Leisure Products, Apple South and Century 21 gaining valuable experience in various fields.  Julie joined the family business in 2001 after being involved in construction and real estate for more than 20 years.


    Julie is married to husband Ray who also works in the family business overseeing the daily operations of the shop. They have one daughter Laura who attends the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. They proudly reside in Putnam County are committed to supporting the community and its continued growth.  Julie looks forward to serving again on the Board of Directors.
 

 Wendy Myers - Executive Officer

   Wendy Daniel has been employed by LOABA since April 2006. Wendy and her husband Derrick reside in Greene County with their children Delaney, Abby, Hayden and Ellie. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Georgia College & State University. As the EO, her main objective is to provide value to every member of LOABA through promoting, supporting, and educating members.
Susie Noles - Membership & Events Coordinator

Susie Noles has been with the Association since 2017. Before working at LOABA, she helped her husband with the Tree Farm Business and then after 10 years of working with him, they had their first child, Braxton, who she stayed at home with until she came to work at LOABA. She and her husband settled down full time here at Lake Oconee 10 years ago. She is very active in volunteering and donating to local charities and getting involved where help is needed.

Susie is excited about working for the Lake Oconee Area Builders Association and is striving to assist in helping the membership and ties to the community grow.