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Kelsey Grow

 

Executive Officer

Kelsey Grow

BIO

Kelsey graduated from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Upon graduating, she worked for Marriott Hotels in Washington DC. Wanting to travel the world, she soon was accepted into a German-US young professional exchange program and spent a year learning and working in Germany. She joined the New River Valley Home Builders Association in June of 2019 after serving as the Director of Marketing and Events for The Blacksburg Partnership. Kelsey brings extensive event planning experience to the table, along with excellent marketing, communication and organizational skills.

In her free time, Kelsey loves to travel and see new places, cook, and binge watch documentary series. She lives in Christiansburg with her husband, dog and two cats.

Justin Boyle

President

Justin Boyle

Green Valley Builders

BIO

Justin Boyle is a 2001 Virginia Tech graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics.  During his childhood and early 20’s, he ran his own business as a successful Livestock Broker traveling between Lancaster PA and Southwest VA.  After deciding a change was needed, he sold everything, moved to Denver to live with his sister, and travelled the Western States for a year.  Upon returning to Blacksburg in 2004, he begin working with his brother, Jason Boyle at Green Valley Builders.  In a short amount of time, the brothers decided to create a partnership and together have developed and built over 100 dwellings across the New River Valley.  Green Valley Builders focuses on Energy Efficient Custom homes and became certified EarthCraft Builders in 2006 when the program was introduced to VA.  GVB works hard to keep a successful building model and was named the 2010 Virginia EarthCraft Builder of the Year.  In 2015, the brothers formed a new venture - Southeastern Contracting Inc. with Ben Price, a Blacksburg native with a strong commercial construction background, which specializes in Commercial Masonry.. Green Valley Builders continues to grow with more of an emphasize on Commercial Construction and celebrated their first projects’ grounding breaking in 2016!

Ian Friend

Vice President

Ian Friend

SAS Builders

BIO

Ian is a Project Coordinator with SAS Builders & Development. He helps manage multiple development projects in the New River Valley. These range from mixed-use projects, student/professional housing, and single family homes. Upon graduation from Youngstown State University, Ian immediately enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Virginia Tech. From connections made in that program he was introduced to SAS and began working as an intern. In April 2018 he was promoted to a full time position in which he currently serves. He is still new to the Building and HBA world but looks forward to many years of learning and growth.
Ian was fortunate enough to have his now fiance move down to Virginia with him from Ohio. They currently live in Christiansburg with their two dogs Lilly & Cappy.
Philip Walker

Treasurer

Philip Walker

National Bank of Blacksburg

BIO

Philip Walker is a 2006 graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Radford University. In his over 15 years with National Bank, he has worked his way from Branch Manager to Regional Manager and Commercial Loan Officer. Construction lending, ranging from residential renovation projects to ground up residential and commercial projects, has been a very rewarding part of his banking life for the last 8 years.  Philip lives in Christiansburg and enjoys spending his free time with his wife Jessica and one year old daughter Ryleigh. Outside of work, you might occasionally find him on the golf course or at the lake with his family.
Austin Hauslohner

Secretary

Austin Hauslohner

Setter Construction

BIO

Born and raised in southwest Virginia, Austin Hauslohner has over 18 years of construction industry experience. Taking an interest in carpentry at an early age, Austin began learning the carpentry trade before graduating high school. He then went on to obtain two trade degrees in Construction Technology during his college years. After completion of college, Austin spent many years in construction material distribution in both sales and management. Austin also focused on construction design and drafting throughout his career. Having worked as a carpenter, project manager, and retail sales manager, Austin brings a diverse skill set to the team at Setter Construction. Austin joined the NRVHBA Board of Directors in 2021.

Jeff Nosenzo

 Immediate Past President

Jeff Nosenzo

Brown Insurance

BIO

Jeff Nosenzo is a 2004 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Pamplin’s College of Business. From an early age he was passionate about business and hard work as he could often be found playing in the dirt with his toy trucks or later, selling golf balls he found along the course to passing golfers. Upon graduation, he immediately began working for Ferguson Enterprises honing his skills in their management trainee program. In 2015 Jeff, as an Area Branch Manager, was approached by a past customer to pursue a start-up venture in the heavy equipment industry. Though this new venture turned out to be short lived, his knowledge of contracts, management, and general business practices grew dramatically and eventually led him to Brown Insurance; a company who has served Southwest Virginia since 1927. There Jeff serves as Vice President and handles all lines of insurance with special focus on contractor and business coverage. In his free time Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Joy, son Braden, and dog Duncan. He can still often be seen playing in the dirt via adult soccer leagues, golf, or many other activities that bring him and his family outdoors.

Cassidy Jones

Builder Director

Cassidy Jones

Slate Creek Builders

BIO

Cassidy is a 2005 graduate from The College of William and Mary, where she was a member of the Track and Field team for four years.  She then came to Virginia Tech and completed her Masters of Science in Housing Studies in 2007, with an emphasis on Kitchen and Bath design.  She spent the next eight years working in kitchen and bath design in the Roanoke and New River Valleys, and joined the Slate Creek Builders (SCB) team in 2015.  She now serves as the Lead Designer and the Director of Business Development for SCB.

Since finishing her graduate degree in 2007, Cassidy also returns to Virginia Tech to teach as an adjunct professor from time to time.  She has taught several courses over the years, including: Introduction to Residential Drafting, House Planning, Advanced Kitchen and Bath Design, and Introduction to Design for Consumers.  She loves being part of such a vibrant university town that offers such incredible opportunities for growth and development alongside a top notch educational institution.

Jason Hardy

Associate Director

Jason Hardy

Carter Bank and Trust

BIO

Jason is the Commercial Market Manager for Carter Bank & Trust in the New River Valley.  His primary function at Carter Bank is commercial business development and has over 20 years’ experience managing builder relationships.  Prior to moving back to his hometown of Blacksburg in 2016, he lived and worked in Raleigh where he was active with the local HBA. He lives in Blacksburg with his wife, Kara, two sons and dog.
Sean Beliveau

Builder Director

Sean Beliveau

Slate Creek Builders

BIO

Sean is a graduate of Blacksburg High School and the Charles E. Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and has completed some coursework towards a Masters Degree in Architecture. Sean is the Owner of Slate Creek Builders, LLC and holds a Virginia Class A Contractor’s License. He is a third generation Civil Engineer and Builder and grew up in and around construction, working for his family's construction and development company as well as several local builders while growing up in Blacksburg and attending Virginia Tech.
After college, Sean framed houses in Denver, Colorado before getting into a career developing CAD and positioning technologies in the early days of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Sean's work has brought him onto construction projects all over the world and onto some of the largest and most complex construction projects in North America including Frank Gehry projects, airports, stadiums and arenas, hospitals, high-rises, government and military bases/facilities.
Since founding Slate Creek Builders in 2010, Sean has focused on education as his custom design build company has evolved. Sean is an at large member of NAHB Remodelers and is an annual attendee of NAHB’s International Builders Show where he attends educational sessions, discovers new products and networks with other builders. Sean has received NAHB certifications for CGP (Certified Green Professional) and CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist)
Sean is also a member of an NAHB Builder 20 Club - Remodeler club R9 - ‘The Mavericks’. Builder 20 assembles builders/remodelers from all over the country to work together to improve all aspects of their construction businesses. The Mavericks are now part of the Slate Creek Builders family and are Sean’s de facto ‘Board of Directors’ and the group collaborates on any and all business related issues including financials, comprehensive sales through production processes, succession planning and anything else that may come up in a typical day as a builder.
Cat White

Builder Director

Cat White

Tyris Homes, Inc.

BIO

Since 2007 Cat White has been the owner and president of RA Homebuilders. Cat also serves as the Vice President of Construction Services for Tyris Homes. Cat has served on the Board of Directors for the New River Valley Home Builders Association since 2009. He was President from 2012 to 2014. Cat has also served as the Regional Vice President for the Home Builders Association of Virginia.
Chris Pfohl

Associate Member Director

Chris Pfohl

Rome Mechanical

BIO

Chris Pfohl is the President of Rome Mechanical, a new-construction plumbing company in Blacksburg. At 12 years old, he began helping his neighbor, the town plumber, after school and evenings and during summers until going to college. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1981 with a degree in Marketing and began his career in sales for American Scientific Products in northern NJ. After spending 22 years in the corporate world and being transferred six times during that period, he decided to stop the merry-go-round and settle in the southwest Virginia. He never imagined that his early experience in plumbing would come full-circle as Chris and his wife Kathy purchased Rome Mechanical from the founder in April of 2004 and moved to Christiansburg in 2005. He has served two years as president of the NRVHBA as well as chairman of the scholarship and awards committee.
Ed Tuchler

Builder Director

Ed Tuchler

Shelter Alternatives, Inc.

BIO

Ed Tuchler, son of an electrical contractor, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a Bachelors degree in Architecture. After a brief stint in graduate school and a 2,000 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, he returned to Blacksburg to work in the construction field. In 1988 he was hired as a carpenter with the newly formed Shelter Alternatives, Inc., a custom design-build company focusing on creatively designed and energy-efficient single family projects. Ed worked as a field supervisor for 12 years before moving into the office to assist with company management in 2001, and then in 2005, becoming sole owner of Shelter Alternatives. He started Energy Check, a sub-company, in 2007 to improve the efficiency of existing homes in the community through diagnostics and repairs using lessons learned and skills acquired from years of studying and applying building science. He has served 2 years as NRVHBA president, several as treasurer as well many years as the education chair.
James Ulmer

Builder Director

James Ulmer

Back to Nature Landscaping & Construction

BIO

James Ulmer graduated from Virginia Tech with a Horticulture Landscape Contracting degree with a minor in Business. He grew up in Bridgewater, VA, where he spent most of his waking hours in the great outdoors. James started Back to Nature Landscaping & Construction while he was in college in 2010 with only a pickup truck and a few tools. As the demand for his services grew, so did Back to Nature. Today, Back to Nature has over 25 employees, multiple crews of highly skilled workmen, an entire fleet of vehicles.

The company as a whole is always focused on continuing education. Many of the employees are Certified Virginia Horticulturist, Master Gardeners, Licensed spray Technicians, SRW (Segmental Retaining Wall Certified), and ICPI certified (Concrete Paver installer). Back to Nature also holds a Class A Contractor’s Licence specializing in RBC (Residential Building Contracting) and LSC (Landscape Serves Contracting.) Every year, James and designated crews attend the 21st Century Builder Expo and conference, NALP shows and seminars. The Back to Nature team is a group of highly educated individuals who are extremely dedicated to growing our business. We utilize our knowledge and use cutting-edge methods on all of our services.  Back to Nature is a rapidly growing company that is focused on continuing this growth while always increasing quality and efficiency to best serve our customers!

Back to Nature Landscaping & Construction strives to provide the highest possible quality of service while maintaining affordable prices for our clients. Our Company is unique from other service companies in that our goal is to provide a wide variety of services to meet every client’s needs through one point of contact. Back to Nature specialises in all Landscaping and Construction Services.

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Associate Director

Reid Broughton

Sands Anderson, Marks & Miller, P.C.

BIO

N. Reid Broughton is an attorney with the law firm of Sands Anderson PC (Virginia's oldest law firm), and manages their Christiansburg office.  Reid is an author of the book Construction Law in Virginia, and serves businesses and local governments in regard to construction, real estate development, and financing.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the New River Valley Homebuilders Association, the Blacksburg Partnership, and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Stephanie Bell

Associate Director

Stephanie Bell

Foresight Design Services

BIO

Steve Semones

Associate Director

Steve Semones

Balzer & Associates, Inc.

BIO

Steve is an Executive Vice President for Balzer and Associates and is the office manager for their New River Valley office. Balzer and Associates is a multi-discipline design firm founded in 1967 that provides Engineering, Architecture, Surveying and Landscape Architecture across Virginia. Upon graduation from Virginia Tech in 1998, Steve began his career with Balzer in their Richmond office and in 2002, he took the opportunity to open a new office in the New River Valley. The New River Valley office serves primarily private development clients on a number of different project types including residential subdivisions, multi-family developments, medical facilities, office and commercial buildings, and religious facilities.

Steve has been active in the New River Valley Home Builders Association since 2002 and has served on the Board of Directors for over 17 years. He served as President of the Association for 3 years with an agenda to foster more open communication between the development community and local governments and continues to serve as the Chair for the Governmental Affairs Committee. He is also active in the housing industry on a statewide level with the Home Builders Association of Virginia by serving on the Legislative Committee. His commitment to the industry was further recognized in 2012, when he was appointed by Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to represent the 9th Congressional District on the Board of Housing and Community Development.  He was reappointed in 2016 by Governor Terence McAuliffe.

Steve and his wife Lynn live in Christiansburg with their three boys where he is also active with the Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Advisory Board, Christiansburg Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America and the New River Valley Lacrosse Club.

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