Scott Westendorf - Owner & G.C.
Scott is an established local general contractor in the Highlands-Cashiers area with a strong community connection. He holds an unlimited NC General Contractor's license and has been in construction since 1994. As a "hands-on" owner managing the construction end of the business as well as overseeing all of the other facets of the business, Scott works between the client and project manager from design to finish to ensure the home is completed to the ideas and specifications of the client. Scott's education in art & graphic design has proven an added asset to our clients when working in the design stage of their project. Scott also sits on the board at Summit Charter School.
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Matthew Stoltzfus - Senior Project Manager
Matthew oversees all construction projects working directly with each Project Manager. Matthew studied aviation at Ohio University before moving to western NC in 2003 where he has been working as a successful Project Manager for high-end custom homes in the Cashiers/Highlands area. Matthew lives with his family in Brevard and has been a part of the Chinquapin Builders team since 2007.
Danae Westendorf - Vice President & Sales
A native of Highlands, NC, Danae holds a degree in Business/Office Systems Management and oversees customer service and sales. Danae is also a board member at Cashiers Valley Preschool.
Kolleen Begley - Controller
Kolleen has a BS degree in Accounting from the University of South FL and an AS degree in Business Management and is responsible for all accounting and marketing functions of the company. Kolleen oversees compliance requirements, administrative processes, and all in-house accounting including detailed job cost reports for the clients. Kolleen is also active in public service for Jackson County and Forest Hills, NC.
Debra Green Hedden - Interior Design Manager
As a specialist in construction consultation, Debra works with the homeowner as well as the contractor to assist in selections, convey ideas, and keep projects on schedule and in budget. After obtaining a degree in Interior Design at Cazenovia College near Syracuse NY, Debra relocated to the Western North Carolina mountains, where she has practiced design since her arrival. A native of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, Debra has over 30 years of experience, specializing in luxury residential design. Debra and her family live in Franklin, NC.
Sam Long - Project Manager
Sam graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Construction Management. He has over 15 years of construction and project management related experience in the mountains of North Carolina. Sam has 19 years of active service in the U.S. Marine Corps and currently in the NC National Guard. Sam and his family have been in Western NC since 1999.
Darrell Stillson - Project Manager
Darrell has been in the building industry since the late 70's. He owned and operated a general contracting firm as a licensed contractor in San Diego, CA before relocating to Brevard, NC in early 2018. Darrell's experience in high-end construction allows him to work with homeowners, architects, designers, and subcontractors throughout each phase of the projects to completion.
Brad Rice - Project Manager
Brad has been in the construction industry since 2001 starting out in electrical contracting working for Duke Energy. He then worked locally for 14 years as a Building Inspector for the Jackson County Building Inspections office and holds certifications in all 5 construction trades. Brad is also an active volunteer firefighter for the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department. Brad and his family reside in the Cashiers area where he has lived his entire life.