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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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 involved in public service as Mayor of 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.
Richard Jennings - Project Manager
Richard has over 15 years of experience and has managed residential and commercial projects throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from NC State, MS in Structural Engineering from Georgia Tech and holds an NC General Contractor's license.
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.
Matthew Stoltzfus - 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.