Meet the team
New Home Star was built upon the experience of the home building industry’s brightest executives and most established companies. This foundation has provided us with a unique perspective and has positioned us to better serve our clients today.
David Rice is the founder and architect of New Home Star. For more than 13 years, he has been a technology disruptor, home building industry expert, and sales and marketing authority.
In 2008, David recognized an opportunity to sell homes differently — he wanted to create a company for salespeople built by salespeople and powered by the most collaborative and comprehensive new home sales enablement platform. New Home Star is the modern home sales management firm that puts career growth first and uses data and technology to better sales performance. Its full-time team of developers constantly iterates on New Home Star’s proprietary in-house technology to create a platform that fosters close-knit teams, efficiency, friendly competition, and connection.
For nearly a decade before founding New Home Star, David led Pulte Homes as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their DiVosta, Del Webb, and Pulte brands. During his time there, he led Pulte’s top-performing division to nearly $1 billion in single-year sales revenue, set the state record for the most new homes sold in Michigan in a single year, and was named the youngest vice president in a Fortune 150 home building company with more than 14,000 employees.
David has been recognized for his technology innovation in the new home sales space, his people-first focus that results in revolutionary ideas, and a team that now works with some of the biggest builders in the U.S. and Canada. He was named one of Glassdoor’s Top CEOs of 2018 and was named an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Finalist.
David holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School. He is married to his junior high school sweetheart and has three children. In addition to leading the New Home Star team, he is the Founder and Chairman of the charitable organization Debbie’s Closet™.
- Glassdoor Top CEOs 2018
- Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Finalist
Keith McKinney is one of the most dynamic leaders in the new home sales industry. As the Vice President of Organizational Development, he is directly responsible for personnel development on all tiers of New Home Star, application of our national sales training programs, and maximizing the sales performance of all associates across each division. Keith's vast understanding of the new home sales process combined with his unique and commanding leadership style has propelled him to play a vital role in several other organizations, and our own.
Keith is an award-winning sales and management professional who has been operating in the new home industry for more than two decades and has been with our organization through its very inception. Throughout his career, he has been recognized as National Sales Leader of the Year, State Sales Manager of the Year, and Regional Sales Professional of the Year. Through these accolades, Keith has shown an expertise in expert-level sales training, organizational management, community marketing analysis, and people development. Keith’s strong belief that New Home Star offers individuals a unique place where they can find the resources needed to have an excellent career beyond their own vision of themselves is what motivates him in his position to be a leader in driving the award-winning culture at New Home Star.
He finds joy in watching people achieve their maximum potential while being an integral part of their career path along the way. To further develop his skills, Keith received an MBA from American Public University and is currently in the process of obtaining his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. In addition to his studies, he also serves as a member of the University of South Florida’s Digital Marketing Advisory Board and the National Sales Network. Outside of his many responsibilities, Keith enjoys spending time with family, working on musical composition, and carries a love for theater arts.
- 2018 Sales Leader of the Year
- Dallas/Fort Worth Sales Manager of the Year
Mary Lindeman currently serves as the Vice President of Business Operations for New Home Star and oversees our Corporate and Business Operations. With nearly a decade of experience at New Home Star and over fifteen years in the home building industry, Mary was able to develop and foster her profession in one of the most volatile times in the industry.
Mary's tenacity to succeed while doing meaningful work helped her persevere through the entire Career Path at New Home Star. She has worked in our Chicago, Oregon, and northern Colorado divisions as Director of Sales and also oversaw sales operations in Texas and Florida as a Senior Sales Director. She now spearheads installing operations with new and expanding builder partners, implements national builder initiatives, and leads the national Online Sales division. Mary also provides support to the company through strategic marketing, management consulting, and business development, and she was named the 2018 & 2020 Corporate Leader of the Year, Sales Leader of the Year in 2022, and was selected to ProBuilder's Forty Under 40 Class in 2022.
Starting as a Sales Manager in Chicago and quickly moving into several Director roles, her unrelenting work ethic and involvement in the organization have brought unprecedented value. Born and raised in Michigan, Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University. She currently lives in Chicago, IL but has provided her vast knowledge, commitment, expertise, and work ethic to this organization wherever she has been needed.
- 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year
- 2020 Corporate Leader of the Year
- 2022 Sales Leader of the Year
- 2022-23 Silver Award for Online Sales Team of the Year (NAHB
Serving as Regional Vice President, Nate Amidon oversees all sales and operations for our builder partners in the southeast. As one of the longest-tenured team members at New Home Star, Nate has been an integral part of building New Home Star from the ground up. With more than a decade of experience in new home sales and sales management, he brings a unique perspective shaped from working with three of the largest private builders in the country, as well as mid-sized builders all located in various markets.
During his time with Pulte Homes, Nate was recognized as Top Sales Associate and awarded for achievements such as Best Performing Area in Chicago and Manager of the Community of the Year in 2010. In 2016, Nate received New Home Star’s Sales Leader of the Quarter award for his outstanding performance, and in 2017, he won the prestigious title of Sales Leader of the Year.
Nate strives to be the support individuals need in their life, whether that means being a coach, friend, critic, or voice of reason, and looks for any way that he can help others grow, just as people have done for him. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Illinois and currently belongs to the National Association of Home Builders. Nate resides in central Florida with his wife and two young children, enjoying all that the Florida lifestyle has to offer — noting that trips to visit Mickey Mouse are plentiful these days.
- Best Performing Area in Chicago
- 2010 Manager of the Community of the Year
- 2016 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2017 Sales Leader of the Year
Nick Czar, Vice President, oversees New Home Star’s sales operations for Maronda Homes and is responsible for three high-performing divisions - Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Joining the organization in 2017, Nick brought forth over 16 years of experience and expertise in the home building industry after working for several large public home builders. His vast knowledge and understanding of the industry led to him taking on a sales director role immediately, and he has been an exceptionally valuable asset to our leadership team and organization ever since.
Responsible for the upkeep of three high-performing divisions, Nick ensures consistency in sales, operational procedures, builder relations, and sales team engagement. From providing above-average sales performance to proactively working with his builder partner to ensure optimal market positioning, he is a highly-valuable, tenured, and strategic leader who maintains the top-tier performance New Home Star promises its clients.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University, Nick went on to foster his skills in combination with a successful career in sales for a wide variety of well-known home builders. He recently obtained his ALM degree in Management from Harvard University, his Real Estate Investment Graduate Certificate, and a Strategic Management Graduate Certificate. Since joining New Home Star, Nick has continued to climb the Career Path due to his stellar work, and he has won several awards, including Sales Leader of the Quarter in 2017, SEVRAR Top 40 Under 40, and multiple sales volume and salesperson recognitions.
- 2017 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- SEVRAR Top 40 Under 40
- Harvard University ALM Dean’s List Certificate for Academic Achievement
As Senior Sales Director, Austin Roff directly manages the Challenger Homes Colorado division and Empire Communities in Houston. He oversees the management of KPIs in each division along with ensuring that each division lives up to the organization’s mission and performs to its values. Working to influence and lead directors each day, Austin is directly responsible for assisting in leadership development and exceeding sales results for each builder partner.
Since starting with the company in 2013, Austin has excelled in his career path and has received several awards, including 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter and 2019 Sales Leader of the Year. He is passionate about building high-functioning teams that provide each team member the opportunity to have a highly rewarding career and life.
Austin strives to be a motivating and influential force behind people’s growth and development in achieving their purpose. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and is a member of the Colorado Association of Home Builders and the Colorado Springs Rotary Club. His family is the driving force behind everything he does, and he is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying everything that Colorado has to offer.
- 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2019 Sales Leader of the Year
As Senior Sales Director, Matt Esarey’s primary responsibility is to provide support to sales leaders and their teams. This includes training, guidance, and collaboration in order to work towards set goals and objectives. He also assists in business development, execution, and developing sales professionals throughout the organization.
Matt began his journey with New Home Star in January of 2014, holding various management and director-level positions along the way. Through his various positions, Matt has gained expertise in New Home Star processes, systems, and training materials, and is well-equipped to lead his division to success. In 2018, he received the Sales Leader of the Quarter award.
Matt is passionate about coaching and mentoring, and strives to lead by example, helping to develop individuals along their personal and professional journey. He received a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Matt competes as a triathlete and ultramarathon runner, and enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, and spending time with his wife and two children.
- Sales Leader of the Quarter - 2018, 2020
As Sales Manager of our Maronda Homes Columbus division, Tiffany Neiwert is primarily responsible for leading and managing the sales team to achieve goals and to build and maintain strong relationships with our builder partner.
Tiffany graduated in 2011 from Bushnell University. Before joining New Home Star in 2014, she operated as a licensed mental health therapist and previously as an aquatic swim center manager. She gained crucial experience overseeing operations, safety, finances, and staffing. With her expertise in real estate sales and investment, she has the tools to uplift her team members and empower them to grow and excel in their careers. Tiffany has earned multiple top sales awards and has won Rockstar of the Month twice, and she firmly believes that working hard and striving for excellence in everything she does is essential.
Tiffany’s motivation lies primarily in family and faith. She strives to positively impact the world and nurture the growth of those closest to her. She plays an active role in her Church and Girl Scouts with her daughter. She has a loving husband, Dean, a 6-year-old daughter, a 9-year-old son, and a playful new puppy, Jasper. When they are not home enjoying their pool, Tiffany’s family enjoys traveling the world and experiencing new food and cultures.
As Sales Support Director, Susan Bolin provides strategic leadership and support to both local and national management teams. She participates in ongoing development, training, and mentorship with field sales leaders and team members alike for one of New Home Star’s largest clients, Hayden Homes.
Before joining New Home Star, Susan spent several years with two well-known builders throughout the country. Her sales and leadership experience in her previous positions have brought a unique combination of skills to her current role. Throughout the years, Susan has been recognized for top sales and revenue performance and received the 2016 Sales Leader of the Quarter award.
Susan is passionate about people and focuses her efforts on collaboration and development in order to create systems and processes that help sales professionals throughout the company. She has a background in graphic and interior design and belongs to the National Association of Realtors. In her free time, you’ll often find Susan cooking and baking, doing yoga, or gardening.
- 2016 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As a Senior Sales Director for our Maronda Homes Florida market, Cliff Foster’s primary responsibility is to give sales leaders and their individual sales teams the support they need to be successful. This includes training, guidance, and forecasting to work towards profitable and desirable outcomes.
In his previous position, Cliff worked his way up the corporate ladder, ultimately landing a position as Vice President of multiple divisions and markets for a Fortune 500 company for over 20 years. He is a people person and loves to communicate with others, using this passion in his current position every day. From daily interaction with directors and sales agents, Cliff enjoys seeing how his conversations with each individual can help build a strong team capable of immense sales success.
Since joining New Home Star in 2015, Cliff has made his presence known in the company and was named Sales Leader of the Quarter in 2019. He’s an avid fisherman and enjoys everything the outdoors can offer him.
- 2019 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2021 Sales Leader of the Year
As a Sales Director for Maronda Homes, Brian Acri oversees all sales and manages salespeople throughout the entire Melbourne, FL division. He is tasked with running the playbook, coaching his team, and maintaining consistency through all aspects of business.
Brian brings forth years of valuable professional sales experience, and has received numerous awards, including Salesperson of the Year for Mercedes Homes in 2003, and later for Maronda Homes and NHS in 2019. He is passionate about helping buyers find their dream homes, and as a director, he makes it a focus to pass on his habits, tips, and insight to other team members.
He holds a degree in Business Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and is an avid lover of baseball, having played in college. After college, he coached baseball and softball from the Little Leage to High School levels, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Port St. Lucie Little Leage Softball. Above all else, Brian does it all for his daughter, who he has raised himself for the past 13 years, and will be going off to college this year.
- Salesperson of the Year 2019 - Maronda/NHS
As Business Operations Manager of New Home Star’s Online Sales Concierge (OSC) Department, Tyler Stevens provides oversight and ensures every aspect of the team is performing well for our builder clients. He provides reporting, onboards new members to the team, and helps lead the implementation process for new clients. Tyler embodies the culture of NHS with his focus on selling the American dream, and revolutionizing the industry.
Tyler has held a number of roles at NHS since he started eight years ago, ranging from the Marketing and Organizational Development teams, to on-site sales in Florida, to online sales and his current position in OSC Management. The experience he has gathered in different areas of the organization has been invaluable, as he enjoys navigating work challenges that center around strategy and process. He prioritizes growth within his team and is passionate about helping them progress through their careers, and uses his range of experiences to instill the values and culture of NHS into a young department.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and is naturally a lover of football. He is the President of Northline American Football Club Corp, a nonprofit that gives high schoolers the chance to play football who would otherwise not have that option. He is also a high school football coach, and in his spare time, he is passionate about live music, and spending quality time with friends and family.
- Silver Award recipient from NAHB Nationals for Online Sales Team of the Year (2021 and 2022)
Gary San Soucie
Gary San Soucie is the Sales Director for the San Antonio, TX Division of HistoryMaker Homes. He assists in the growth, development, and mentorship of sales professionals throughout the organization, while working closely with his builder partner to aid in business development. Gary enjoys being able to wake up each day and have the ability to try to make everyone he supervises better than himself. He is passionate about getting to know everyone on his team and assisting them in any way possible to achieve their goals.
Gary is a 20-year Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In his last position, he was a Superintendent of Education and Training for Air Combat Command on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He lived in Stuttgart, Germany for over five years and holds a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification.
Gary’s out-of-the-box thinking pushes him to bring value to everybody he comes across, whether personal or professional. He was named Sales Leader of the Quarter in 2019 and 2021 and holds many credentials, including a Bachelor’s degree in Operations from Southwestern College, Associate’s degrees in Education & Training and Information Management from the Community College of the Air Force, and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Gary and his wife, whom he’s known since he was eight years old, have four children, two English Bulldogs, and a Golden Doodle.
- 2019 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2021 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As head of Lot Acquisition for our clients, Maronda Homes and Focus Homes, Michael Scott has been instrumental in the success of New Home Star over the years. Michael previously worked as a Senior Director for Simplicity Homes, and Sales Director for Maronda Homes, where he ran the sales operations throughout the Orlando North area. He’s an award-winning sales professional who brings a vast range of experiences, first starting in Human Resources at the New Home Star Corporate office to later transitioning out into the field to represent our clients.
Michael enjoys the environment of the real estate industry with new challenges arising every day, and he takes pride in having the opportunity to provide the American Dream to customers. Once Michael transitioned to the selling floor, he received several top sales volume awards in his division and from the organization as a whole, including the 2017 Corporate Member of the Year award.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Elmhurst University. He is a sports enthusiast and a big Chicago sports fan — Chicago Cubs to ensure no confusion. He’s been a great example of the advancement that New Home Star allows, and the organization has enjoyed watching him grow since starting his journey with the company in 2013.
- 2017 Corporate Leader of the Year
As Sales Director, Jodi Palin manages all sales and community marketing for Inspired Homes. Jodi uses her previous experience with numerous builders and developers in the Kansas City Metro area to better coach and mentor her sales team, while aiming to reach maximum profitability.
In her current position, Jodi enjoys being able to influence and assist salespeople to help them develop their skills and see them succeed in their careers. Her leadership and mentorship abilities make her a valuable asset to Inspired Homes.
She has been a licensed Realtor in both Kansas and Missouri since 2002 and is a member of the Kansas City Realtors Association with a certification in Green Building. Jodi is also a national award-winning Sales Professional. She was the recipient of the 2018 NAHB Sales Manager of the Year award at the International Builder Show and was named Director of the Quarter for New Home Star in 2022.
- 2018 NAHB Sales Manager of the Year
As Sales Director, Kristin Sweezea trains, coaches, and develops our Hayden Homes South Washington team. She works closely with her division president and builder partner to strategize sales, manage construction and closings, and ensure homebuyer satisfaction throughout her division.
Since joining New Home Star in 2014, Kristin has advanced along the organization's Career Path, beginning as a Sales Associate to now being Sales Director. She finds passion in being out in the field, interacting with homebuyers, and supporting each of her team members in their long- and short-term goals as they travel along their journey in the real estate industry.
Through her 14 years with Hayden Homes and seven with New Home Star, Kristin’s experiences and knowledge have been instrumental in the growth of her division. She is the recipient of several awards, including Hayden Homes’ Community Manager of the Year and Highest Net Sales, and New Home Star’s 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter. You’ll often find Kristin at the gym or spending time with her husband and three children.
- 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2022 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As SaaS Implementation Manager, Elizabeth primarily acts as the coordinator and primary point of contact for new users as they adopt our New Home Star’s proprietary platform, New Home Connect™, to bring their teams together, access data-driven insights, gain sales and marketing skills, and achieve their sales goals.
She is the primary liaison between the client and our internal team (data services, training, and support). She will drive the delivery of our client engagements according to the agreed-upon scope, time, and budget-all while ensuring the highest degree of customer satisfaction.
Elizabeth is also an active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee member and hosts New Home Star's 15 Minutes of Wellness podcast. Her specialties are product design/implementation, business growth planning, strategy development/ execution, and customer engagement.
As Sales Director for our Maronda Homes’ Pittsburgh division, Kyle Verbeek assists in training, mentorship, and support of his sales team. He provides strategic and tactical sales leadership and management, including recruiting, selecting, developing, and overseeing each community.
Prior to joining the organization in 2017, Kyle worked for multiple builders, gaining valuable experience to use in his current managerial role. He consistently leads by example and demonstrates success in many facets of his career, receiving several awards from his builder, including 2018 Top 10 Salesperson, 2018 Community of the Year, and 2018 Salesperson of the Year in Tampa North.
Kyle is passionate about leading and growing teams and enjoys working with people from all different backgrounds and skill sets. Seeing his team work towards one common goal and achieve success together is a rewarding and empowering sight to him. He received a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Sacred Heart University and played on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey team for four years there. In his free time, Kyle likes to golf and coaches AAA hockey with the Penguins Elite Organization in Pittsburgh. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Cassie, their son Nolan, and Bailey, their yellow lab.
- 2018 Top 10 Salesperson - Hayden Homes
- 2018 Community of the Year - Hayden Homes
- 2018 Salesperson of the Year Tampa North
- Sales Director of the Quarter - Q1 2023
- Sales Leader Top Contributor - Q1 2023
As Sales Director for our Hayden Homes Inland Northwest division, Russell Dowell is responsible for leading a sales team to success while providing a world-class customer experience. He works closely with his builder partner and Regional Director to execute pricing, marketing, and sales strategies to ensure an optimal approach to business operations.
Russell loves the relationships he gets to develop with his team, as well as the assistance he’s able to give them in working towards their goals. His consistent work ethic and commitment to the organization were noticed early on, and he has moved along the organization’s Career Path, first starting off as Selling Sales Manager and now transitioning into his Sales Director role.
Every day, he is driven to be an example of hard work, love, and faith so that one day he can look back and be proud of the work he’s done and the lives he’s touched along the way. Russell has been awarded New Home Star’s Rockstar of the Month award for his leadership and dedication to his position and company as a whole. In his free time, Russell spends as much time as he can with his three children, is a summer enthusiast, and has a special interest in mastering his barbecuing techniques.
Jeff Satterfield is the Sales Director of our Maronda Homes Tampa North division. His wide range of responsibilities includes managing sales, assisting with marketing strategies, overseeing budgets, and providing support to his builder partner and all associates throughout his entire division. Jeff brings over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, working with one of the nation’s top home builders and receiving many salesperson and sales performance awards throughout the years.
Jeff strives to provide the best life for his family and the highest quality experience to his customers. He is passionate about the real estate industry and enjoys the varying responsibilities of his position, along with the ability to influence and support his entire team daily.
He studied Civil Engineering in college and went on to receive his real estate license in Florida, now a member of the Tampa Realtors Association. Jeff is a big sports fan, playing football and basketball in high school and now taking on golf in his free time. He’s a resident of sunny Florida where he enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
As Sales Manager of our Maronda Homes Columbus, OH division, Kyle Morford’s main role is to support his sales team in every way possible. He provides strategic and tactical sales leadership and management, including recruiting, selecting, developing, and overseeing his team while working closely with his builder partner to assist in business development and execution.
Kyle started with New Home Star as a Sales Trainee in 2016 and has quickly moved along the organization’s Career Path. His current position offers him the opportunity to truly be involved in the lives of his team members, which allows him to help each individual evolve both personally and professionally. Because of his successful leadership, Kyle earned New Home Star’s Rockstar of the Month award.
Kyle is passionate about helping others grow and develop into the best version of themselves, and his position allows him to use this passion every day. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University. Kyle is a big sports fan, frequently playing soccer, basketball, and baseball, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two labrador retrievers.
- 2022 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As Sales Director for Hayden Homes in the Oregon I5 division, Mark helps oversee the sales team and assists in the day-to-day responsibilities for supporting the team and managing sales for a multitude of communities.
Mark has been active in New Home Sales since 2009, and has converted over $125M in new home sales volume, helping over 300 customers achieve home ownership. He enjoys working with a team of sales professionals, and experiencing the pride that comes with helping them succeed. He has previously worked with organizations such as Amnesty International, Suicide Preventative Care, and with Make-A-Wish Foundation as a Wish Granter.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Lethbridge. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his dogs, hiking, playing ice hockey, and any activity that brings him closer to nature. He loves cooking with his partner Rachel, and the pair recently welcomed newborn twins Ella and Andy into their family.
- Tesla Rumble Winner
As Selling Sales Manager, Grace directly oversees her community, provides crucial support to her sales team, and contributes to many critical success factors for her Sales Director. She is a dedicated leader and mentor for new sales associates and has proven to be a valuable figure for the Hayden Homes team.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Grace worked as a technical recruiter and account manager for Insight Global, then for United Launch Alliance, under contract management and financial analysis. Grace brings forth a unique perspective that has proven beneficial as she coaches new sales associates. Through her expert execution of the Triangle Offense, she has helped countless buyers reach their dream of home ownership and mentored many sales associates to be the best professional versions of themselves.
Grace likes being active and often participates in Lagree Fitness. She is a golfer and avid hiker and loves to traverse the Boise Foothills with her husband, Ryan, and her Bernedoodle, Spruce. Always family oriented, she loves to travel with them to new food spots and wineries in the Treasure Valley.
- Community Manager of the Year for Hayden Homes - 2021
- Professionalism Award Winner from Boise Regional Realtors - 2022
As Sales Director for our Orlando South division of Maronda Homes, Stephanie Gonzalez plays a critical role in helping her team meet monthly and annual sales goals, hiring and staffing model homes, training new associates and role playing sales to ensure her team remains sharp. She is focused on developing and coaching team members to grow within their roles and throughout their careers.
With her vast array of experiences as a project manager, operations manager in the health insurance industry, and training coordinator, Stephanie brings forth a decorated background in sales and leadership. She has overseen mergers, and has a talent for holding people accountable and achieving goals, no matter the reach. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and above all, she has a knack for helping agents reach their greatest potential on the sales floor.
Stephanie is passionate about creating better communities; she is strong in faith and regularly attends and volunteers with her local church. She serves her purpose by helping people, taking care of the environment, and to break generational curses by looking after her family and teaching fiscal responsibility. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling to new cities and experiencing new food with her husband, and three incredible children.
As Sales Director for our Maronda Homes’ Tampa South division, Michelle Storms coaches and mentors sales associates, works closely with her builder partner, and assists in negotiations, planning, and training throughout her entire division. She is the main player in strategizing the day-to-day operations between her sales team and builder partner, helping to drive sales and foster relationships in the field.
Michelle comes to New Home Star with over 12 years of experience in the real estate industry, including working as a Sales Manager for the nationally recognized builder, DR Horton. She is driven by watching her team members reach their goals and see first-hand how this industry changes their lives for the better.
The ever-changing nature of her position and the ability to impact people on a daily basis are rewarding to Michelle. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Retail Management from the University of Arizona, and holds a real estate license in multiple states. When not managing her division, Michelle enjoys all that Florida has to offer, especially spending time at the beach with her family.
Katie Brown is the Sales Director for our Maronda Homes Jacksonville division. Her responsibilities include developing a divisional sales strategy, managing all sales plans, developing and coaching team members, proactively monitoring the competition to gather market data and intelligence, and working closely with her builder partner on all levels.
Katie realized her passion for real estate and, since then, has consistently shown her dedication and talent in the field. One of her greatest joys is watching her team succeed, and she is constantly working to assess opportunities to assist in developing her team members while helping the organization maximize profitability along the way.
Katie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Marketing from the University of Miami, FL. From there, she joined the new home sales industry while also working in the marketing field. She has been a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council since 2017 and, on the side, enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her daughter and two rescue dogs.
- 2021 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As Sales Manager for LevelTX, Brionne is responsible for providing sales leadership, direction, and operational support to her builder partner and the sales team. She consistently lends her expertise in creating a customer service driven environment during the new home sales process.
Brionne attributes the experience of finding the right home for a buyer and seeing their face light up as one of the driving factors of her success. Having previously held Sales Manager roles at Toll Brothers and Stylecraft Builders, Brionne appreciates the effort it takes to push through, as she firmly believes the only mistakes you make are the ones that you do not learn from. In the face of adversity, the greatest reward you can give yourself is to not quit.
Having graduated from Full Sail University, Brionne is apart of numerous organizations, including Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Warrior’s Weekend, and MSGA. Her passions include traveling around the world, painting, concerts, volunteering, boating, swimming, and coaching softball. She does it all for her daughter, who is her why, and who drives her to keep going each day to provide her with the life she deserves.
- Million Dollar Circle Awards- GHBA 2020, 2021, 2022
- 2018 Customer Service of the Year- Stylecraft Builders
As Sales Director for our Hayden Homes division in Central Oregon, Lindsay Klaassen manages day-to-day operations throughout her division, oversees local communities, and assists her team members in management and selling tasks. She provides support, mentorship, and guidance to her sales team and works closely with her builder partner throughout each community.
Since joining New Home Star in 2015 as a Sales Trainee, Lindsay has seen significant success at each stage of the Career Path and has been acknowledged for her sales and leadership performance along the way. She enjoys the collaboration and teamwork she does daily and thrives in a fast-paced position that requires adaptability, noting it makes each day have a sense of excitement and surprise.
Lindsay received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Oregon State University. She is passionate about being involved in others’ successes, and enjoys watching and helping her team members achieve their goals. Lindsay is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding, also enjoying traveling abroad and exploring new places.
Madeline Schoppert serves as Sales Manager for our Gallery Homes of DeLand sales team in Florida. Her main responsibilities include bridging the communication between her sales team and builder to ensure processes and policies are being followed, assisting her builder partner in business development, and leading her sales team to success.
Since joining the organization as a Sales Associate in 2015, Madeline has progressed and developed in each position, showcasing excellence at every level. Her leadership and dedication to her team help her continually develop top-performing sales professionals. She has a passion for coaching and strives to help each of her team members learn and grow both personally and professionally.
Working to provide the best life possible for her family is what drives Madeline each and every day. She previously served as President of the DeLand Women’s Organization and is also a committee member for her local Volusia Builder Industry Association. Madeline was Miss America Teen in 2009, and you’ll often find her relaxing with her family at the beach, fishing with her dad, and being her sons’ cheerleader at their baseball games.
As Sales Manager of our Challenger Homes’ Colorado Springs division, David Martin’s primary responsibilities reside in strategic planning, customer service, mentoring, and community development. He leads his sales team, directly assisting in the training and coaching of each individual in order to guide them in becoming successful sales professionals.
Since joining the organization in 2017, David has worked his way up the career path to his current managerial role. He has completed the Mentoring and Educating New Sales Associates (MENSA) Program and Leadership Development Program (LDP), along with earning the Rockstar of the Month title. He most enjoys being able to engage and inspire his team to strive in being the best at what they do and leading them in the right direction.
David is an honorably discharged combat Veteran. His family is his deepest passion and commitment, and he is an Assistant State Director for the Veterans Golf Association. When not working, David enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and archery.
Kristine Golden was recently promoted to a SaaS Field Manager, assisting various builder partners throughout North America with implementing New Home Star training and sales tools to aid in strengthening their teams. Prior to this, she was the Sales Director for our Maronda Homes client in Orlando, Florida, leading one of our largest sales teams. During her tenure there, she was responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the day-to-day operations of her sales team, ensuring client and customer goals and expectations are met, fostering the builder relationship and developing business, as well as actively networking and promoting New Home Star throughout various markets.
Kristine comes to us with 20 years of experience in real estate, the majority of which was in new home construction. Kristine served as a consistent top performer, ultimately earning the Salesperson of the Year award by K Hovnanian Homes and qualifying for the President's Club with various builders over the years. Since joining New Home Star in 2019, Kristine was named one of the winners in our first-ever Top Gun contest and a graduate from our Leadership Development Program.
She is passionate about health and wellness — she has a black belt in Taekwondo and is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She loves spending time at beaches around the world in her travels, has a heart for helping others, and is a total foodie. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Salesperson and a Florida Real Estate Broker.
- 2018 Salesperson of the Year
As Sales Director of our Maronda Homes Melbourne, Florida division, Christina Cox is responsible for leading, coaching, and training her team of sales professionals. She also assists in staffing support, marketing initiative development, as well as working closely with her builder partner to ensure sales success and consistency across all communities.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Christina worked for several home builders, exhibiting experience in the arena of new home sales, marketing, design, and construction. She most enjoys working closely with her sales team — being a part of their growth and celebrating their successes. Helping her team members find joy in all the aspects of this amazing career is extremely rewarding to her.
Christina received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. She is passionate about her opportunity to operate in a career that allows her to be part of changing people’s lives every day and enjoys encouraging homeownership and workforce development initiatives, noting that the feeling of welcoming a family into their new home is unlike any other. Christina is an animal lover who previously worked as a professional handler, was a member of the United States Equestrian Team, and owned her own farm.
As Selling Sales Manager, Vicki’s responsibilities are split between selling homes and managing the field. She is responsible for assisting in weekly sales meetings and trainings, attending weekly builder, and operations meetings, ordering signage, and participating in bi-weekly signage and marketing meetings. She is a current member of LDP and provides exceptional support in overseeing MENSA and new trainees.
Vicki held several roles in the beauty and hair industry, including management and sales positions, and she later took a Sales Associate role at Maronda Homes. At NHS, Vicki quickly seized the opportunity for continued growth to complement her already impressive background in new home sales. With 18 years in the new home building industry, Vicki is integral to her team and is a significant part of the strong culture in the division. She takes great joy in helping new associates lead the charge in assisting others to become homeowners and helping these associates flourish in their careers.
Vicki is grateful for the opportunities presented to her, as they allowed her to reach her dreams, such as visiting 19 countries and counting, owning her own home, being a role model to her nieces and nephews, and supporting her family. She is a licensed realtor, hairdresser and barber, and when not at work, she is an avid reader, a lover of music, flowers, and the beach, and spending quality time with her partner Robert and her rescued pitbull Lily.
- Licensed by the Ohio State School of Cosmetology & THE Hair Expert, Barber College, 1991
As Sales Director for our Maronda Homes’ Virginia division, Ceilie Holmes oversees the management and training of her sales team. She collaborates with division leadership to ensure the communities, products, and pricing provide the most profitable results, meeting the expectations and goals of the organization and builder partner.
Ceilie has spent much of her career working with many builders in the Mid-Atlantic area, developing industry, product, and market knowledge surrounding new home construction. In her current position, she strives to make a difference in the lives of her team members — to create a positive environment where everyone thrives and can be as successful as possible.
Ceilie is a VP of Membership for the American Business Women’s Association. She received a General Sales Manager of the Year award from the Virginia Building Industry Association. Ceilie is a die-hard Washington Capitals fan, and when not working, you’ll often find her cooking, gardening, or bike riding.
- General Sales Manager of the Year
As Sales Director for our Simplicity Homes Central Oregon division, Gavin Rogers recruits, manages, and supports his sales team for scattered lot new construction. His main responsibilities lie in delivering an excellent customer experience and identifying all the unique risk factors in homesite development.
Prior to joining NHS, Gavin worked for numerous years as a Regional Sales Manager. In his current role, he most enjoys working with people to help them solve the complex challenges of building a home on an undeveloped piece of land.
Gavin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University. His family is everything to him, and you’ll often find him cheering on his two children at their events. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing, skiing, and camping.
As Sales Manager of our Idaho division of Hayden Homes, Whitney Cimarusti provides strategic and tactical sales leadership and management support. She oversees team operations, including recruiting, selecting, developing, and managing personnel while achieving key business targets.
Whitney started with NHS in 2017 as a Sales Trainee and has moved her way up the career path to her current managerial position. In her current role, she most enjoys helping team members gain confidence in their position and grow in their professionalism. She strives to lead by example and assist her team however she can.
In 2019 and 2020, Whitney was named Hayden Homes’ Community Manager of the Year. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach. When she’s out of the office, you’ll often find her exercising, hiking, riding bikes along the river in Boise, snowboarding with family and friends, or spending time with her three dogs.
- 2019 & 2020 Community Manager of the Year
As Sales Manager of our Maronda Homes’ Orlando North division, Jordan Donald trains, coaches, and develops the sales team to assist in business development and execution. He works closely with team members and our builder partner to sell homes in the most profitable manner while providing leadership and support throughout each community.
Before joining NHS, Jordan spent ten years in organizational and people development, assisting with streamlining systems and projects of various kinds. In his current role, he most enjoys helping individuals solve problems and educating them on solutions as well as interacting with clients on a daily basis. Helping people accomplish the dream of homeownership is extremely rewarding to him.
Every day, Jordan’s ‘why’ and main purpose is his family, first and foremost — his wife and daughter, who’s on the way. He’s a foodie, and when out of the office, you’ll often find him going on walks, playing with his border collie, or spending time at a beach or pool.
As Sales Manager of our Maronda Homes’ Pensacola division, Kelsey Johnson recruits, hires, and trains sales associates, assisting with the execution and development of the region. He partners with the division president to develop available home options and create market analyses for sales opportunities to increase brand awareness and facilitate land acquisition.
Before joining NHS, Kelsey worked as a Sales Executive for a well-known company, managing business partners and developing training objectives. Currently, he most enjoys the opportunity to create a division from the ground up, allowing him to build a team and establish a culture of cohesiveness between NHS and the builder partner.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Lamar University and is in the process of obtaining his MBA. He strives to get to a place in his life where he can travel the world and show his children a different lifestyle than what they are exposed to daily.
As Sales Manager for Challenger Homes in Colorado Springs, Stehly Reden provides strategic and tactical sales support for New Home Star and our builder client. He supports both divisions in day to day essentials and long term plans to hit sales targets, increase builder margins, and secure contracts for the preferred lender. He is gifted at earning sales through in-person visits and leads as well as motivating his team to exceed expectations.
Previously, Stehly attended Brigham Young University, and played in the NFL/AAF as a tight end for two years. Being a team player is second nature to him, and he continuously serves as a role model for newer agents on his team, providing helpful insight and guidance at every turn. He thrives off of solving problems on a daily basis, and is grateful to be in the position to provide solutions.
As a family man, Stehly is intent on building a life for his family that allows his children to reach their goals and dreams, as well as giving back in meaningful ways. He lives with his wife and three boys, 4-year-old Stone, and Cash and Colt, who are 18 months. In his free time, he is an avid golfer, and enjoys surfing and boating.
As Director of Sales for Stoneridge Homes, Tammy Brown is tasked with overseeing sales, sales training, and personnel supervision for her sales team. She provides crucial insight in forecasting, implementing sales strategies, providing mentorship, monitoring financials, budgeting, and pricing.
Tammy brings forth over 20 years of real estate experience. She earned her broker license in Minnesota and Tennessee, and previously acted as the VP of Sales for Centra Homes, and helped to bring the business to new heights. She is a natural leader and dedicated coach who brings out the best in her team, visualizes their potential, and nurtures their strengths to transform them into top sales performers.
While not digging in the trenches with her sales teams, Tammy is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is an outdoor enthusiast who loves long walks, biking, and rides on the boat. She is a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of three more.
As Sales Director for Elliott Homes, Loveless Decuir is responsible for leading his team’s daily operations to ensure the fulfillment of customer expectations. His focus lies in building and nurturing relationships with his builder partner, developing business, actively promoting New Home Star in the market, and networking with potential clients.
Having previously worked for two of the nation’s largest home builders, Loveless brings forth a unique perspective. No matter the scenario, Loveless always lets his positivity and compassion radiate. He is passionate about creating the best home buying experience, and leading his team to deliver results no matter what obstacles they face.
Loveless is passionate about professional development and personal development. He often attends professional seminars to learn about inventory trends as well a personal growth. While not at work, he is an avid traveler, a dog owner, and a lover of books and podcasts.
As Sales Director for Censeo Homes in Texas, Eric is responsible for leading sales teams to not only reach, but exceed their goals, and close on homes. He is a driven leader with a background in the US Marine Corps, a decorated background in home sales, and proven success in the industry.
Prior to joining New Home Star in 2023, Eric earned critical experience working for LGI Homes as a VP of Sales, and Design Tech Homes as Sales Director. His mission is to ensure every customer reaches their dream of home ownership, and with dedicated coaching and support for his team, Eric has helped numerous families reach this reality over the years.
Eric is passionate about family and fitness. His kids are his world, and he takes great joy in attending his two son’s baseball games, and seeing his daughter progress as a dancer. Outside of work, you can likely find Eric at the gym, as he works out five days a week, honing his boxing and jiu-jitsu skills.
As Sales Director for HistoryMaker Homes, Guillermo Guzman oversees the Houston sales department, providing training, support, and leadership to his team. Equipped with over five years of new home sales experience, Guillermo is a capable and dedicated leader with a knack for connecting with clients.
Having previously worked as a Regional Sales Manager for Stylecraft Builders, Guillermo was fortunate enough to have great mentors that encouraged him to develop his skills and form a success-driven mindset. Having followed his calling to enter a leadership role, Guillermo is a gifted coach, mentor, and entrepreneur who leads by example for the rest of his team. He focuses on finding the strengths of every member of his team and honing those skills while facilitating overall development.
Guillermo is earning a Construction Science Management degree from Sam Houston State University. While not at work or studying, he is an avid fisherman, hunter, and hiker who plans to visit every national park in the US. He lives with his wife of six years, Adriana, plus a Golden Retriever and a Cat, who are the first pieces of their soon-to-be expanding family.
Aaron Wagner operates as Senior Director of Organizational Development for New Home Star. In tandem with our Organizational Development team, Aaron oversees our Leadership Development Program (LDP), creates a wide host of training content and processes for sales associates and managers, and travels to New Home Star’s 30+ markets nationwide to assist with sales training and recruitment.
As one of the organization’s most successful leaders, Aaron has been recognized as the 2014 Salesperson of the Year (Colorado South Division), 2016 Sales Leader of the Quarter, 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year, and Pro Builder Top 40 Under 40. He finds it rewarding to watch individuals develop and grow both as leaders and as people, and, in his current position, he’s able to play a significant role in seeing and contributing to this growth on both the Corporate and Leadership levels.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a Change Management specialization. Aaron currently resides in Florida but frequently makes his presence known in our markets across the nation. He plays a pivotal role in the continual development of our organization and continues to improve our processes and effectiveness year-round.
- 2014 Salesperson of the Year - Colorado South Division
- 2016 Sales Leader of the Quarter
- 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year
- Pro Builder Top 40 Under 40
As the Director of Marketing for New Home Star, Chris Laskowski oversees a diverse range of projects and manages the Star Marketing team at the Corporate Support office. He works to ensure that overall marketing efforts are at the highest level possible for company operations, including recruitment and business development marketing as well as internal initiatives such as contests and events. Chris is also tasked with overseeing our in-house marketing agency that offers design services for team members and clients nationwide.
Since joining the organization in 2012, Chris has been an integral part of the development and growth of the marketing department and the company as a whole. He takes pride in leading the marketing team and enjoys the opportunity to create, develop, and collaborate on so many unique and challenging initiatives. His main goal is to help individuals realize their full potential each day, and because of his leadership and support, he was awarded the 2017 Corporate Leader of the Year award.
Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, and has received a certification in Digital Marketing from the University of South Florida. He loves the outdoors and views it as his second home, and he also likes to say he has the best and sweetest dog of all the Corporate Support office members, but that notion is still up for debate.
- 2017 Corporate Leader of the Year
Oren Jacobson serves as the Lead Market Analyst for New Home Star. Oren brings a combination of experience, education, and exposure to his role that is among the most unique in the industry. Over more than 15 years, Oren has had the opportunity to sell, market, and manage projects for every buyer profile, product type, and price point in the market across multiple regions. In this role, Oren focuses on driving systemic-level changes to improve organizational results.
In addition to this practical experience, Oren earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management, a Master’s in Economics and Policy Analysis, and a Master's in International Relations from the University of Chicago. This blend of frontline, managerial, and educational insight has turned Oren into one of the most trusted analysts for New Home Star’s partners across the country.
Oren leverages deep empirical research and insight on consumer segmentation, microanalysis of local market trends, macroeconomic forecasting, and asset positioning comparisons to help builder partners identify how to best position their brand for success. He has also been a major contributor to New Home Star’s proprietary sales training processes, leveraging insights from the more than 20 markets he visits each year to identify trends and provide advanced proactive content to frontline employees. Oren is heavily engaged in civic work, serving on several non-profit boards and running his own non-profit organization.
As a National Trainer, Heather Dunwoody travels around the country training and offering support to sales agents and sales directors in any way that she can. She is responsible for recruiting new agents, assisting with marketing efforts, executing one-on-one sales training, and building culture within each division.
Heather brings many years of experience in management and director-level positions in the real estate industry, including a ten-year period as a Sales Counselor at Pulte Homes. Her leadership abilities and mentorship qualities make her someone who team members throughout the nation look to for guidance.
On a daily basis, Heather’s main goal is to lead others to success. She most enjoys brainstorming to find solutions that help create change on both a community and nationwide level. Heather received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology specializing in Behavior Modification from Oakland University, and she was named New Home Star’s 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter. She is a mom to a teenage daughter and a foster parent to three children, and is also a Florida Department of Children and Families Foster Guardian.
- 2018 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As the Director of Field Training, Jamie Pugh develops, implements, monitors, and maintains both initial and ongoing training programs across the company. He spearheads New Home Star’s Mentoring and Educating New Sales Associates (MENSA) program aimed at developing future mentors and leaders. As one of New Home Star’s longest-tenured sales professionals, Jamie spends much of his time traveling around the country training sales professionals as well as assisting in the further development of the organization's training platform.
Jamie has been with New Home Star since 2010 and has consistently made his presence known throughout the company. He has been referred to as the quiet heartbeat of New Home Star for his unique, patient, and personalized teaching style for each individual. He strives to help others become the best version of themselves, which truly shows through his daily interactions.
Jamie believes that everybody is unique, everyone will learn differently, and it is important to meet each person where they are and work with them to get them where they need to go. He truly pours his heart into his work throughout all facets of the organization. In 2019, Jamie received the Corporate Leader of the Year award for his outstanding performance both on the Corporate and leadership level, and he continues to make large strides in improving the organization in many areas nationwide.
- 2019 Corporate Leader of the Year
As Field Development Manager, Corey McPherson’s main responsibility is to identify and generate promotable individuals within New Home Star. He works closely with our Vice Presidents to develop training curriculum for sales leaders around the nation as well as mentoring and developing current employees.
Prior to joining New Home Star in 2014, Corey worked as a Licensed Insurance Representative and Assistant Branch Manager for two well-known companies. In his current position, he most enjoys the ability to connect and work alongside many people with similar goals. Helping and mentoring others as they work through challenges and guiding them along the way is a rewarding experience for him. In 2017, he received New Home Star’s Sales Leader of the Quarter award.
Corey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State University. He is passionate about helping others and having the ability to change people’s lives for the better. Connecting with others, building relationships with them, and influencing them in a positive way is what he strives for every day. While not searching for top talent, Corey enjoys traveling, experiencing new places and cultures, and trying any new cuisine he can.
- 2017 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As Organizational Development Coordinator, Erin Clark develops training content for sales associates nationwide and spearheads development and project efforts throughout the organization. She also oversees New Home Star's Leadership Development program and helps our company's future leaders prepare to take the next step in their careers. Erin produces New Home Star's Real Estate Rockstars podcast and co-created the organization’s 15 Minutes of Wellness podcast. In addition to all of these responsibilities, much of Erin's time is dedicated to working with new sales leaders and builder partners to ensure their transition onto the New Home Star team goes smoothly and that they have the support and resources they need to be successful.
Erin brings a wide range of experiences to her current position, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Concordia College and a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago, with backgrounds in German and mathematics. They joined New Home Star as a Sales Associate in 2015 coming from their career in disability services, and worked their way up to Sales Manager, now having transitioned into a Corporate leadership role.
Erin most enjoys the opportunity to work across all departments to find common ground, enhance interpersonal experiences, and develop strategic solutions within the company. They strive to immerse themselves and their team in learning in order to leave one another better than they found each other.
As Manager of Field Training Operations, Victoria develops, implements, monitors, and maintains both initial and ongoing training programs across the company. She also specializes in builder transition — as new partners come on board, she goes to their markets to transition into New Home Star processes, train and mentor new hires, and help managers create infrastructure and identify future leaders. Victoria spends most of her time traveling across the country to assist in the continued development of our organization's training platform. Her talent for mentorship and support is channeled in her additional responsibility of visiting struggling communities to reframe marketing strategies and adjust best practices in order to strategize and rebuild community operations.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Victoria worked in a retail sales role, eventually working her way up to a General Manager. There she learned effective sales and leadership techniques, which she has successfully put to use in her current role. Watching the light bulb go off when sales techniques click with associates for the first time is one of the most rewarding aspects of her current position.
Victoria realized her passion for the real estate industry after graduating with her Master's degree and fell in love with New Home Star through living its culture. Since joining the organization in 2016, she has worked her way up from a Sales Trainee and has been named New Home Star’s Rockstar of the Month, in addition to receiving several sales volume awards, including 2018 Top Sales Performer. Victoria has also worked with many of our builder partners, including Toll Brothers and Maronda Homes. She has sold in multiple markets across the country and has built processes for these builders that are still used today. You can catch her at any opera or musical that she has the opportunity to see or spending time with her golden retriever.
- 2018 Top Sales Performer
As Field Training Manager, Rachael DeMaggio develops, mentors, and trains new hires at all levels across the company. Her specialties include helping create training programs and processes for new partnerships, onboarding new managers within builder transitions, and conducting field visits to strategize best practices for sales, community, and operations while training and identifying future leaders.
Having started at New Home Star as a Sales Trainee in 2016, Rachel quickly rose through the ranks, successfully completing LDP and MENSA before she joined the Organizational Development team. Her wide range of experience comes from working with five builders and six divisions. Rachael most enjoys watching her team grow — supporting each other, cheering each other on, and helping one another through challenges while working toward the same goals. Being able to motivate and inspire brings her joy every day.
Rachael is a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati and the NHS Wellness Committee. She previously managed a resort salon and spa in Vermont and is a certified health coach. When not working, you’ll often find Rachael traveling, running, doing yoga, or spending time with her two Labradoodles.
Carol Douis shares her experience and strengths on a broad range of special projects as well as supporting New Home Star’s builder and developer clients. Douis brings over 30 years of sales leadership experience to serve home builders and developers in the areas of new home operations, sales strategy, coaching, training, and organizational development.
Douis has a strong history of successfully maximizing sales effectiveness for both large regional and smaller division teams. In her current role, she enjoys consulting with her builders, developer, and other New Home Star leaders to structure data-driven sales strategies. Douis’ focus is on adding value to support all company efforts to become the best new home sales company in the world.
Carol is known to be the connector — fostering relationships and connecting people both personally and professionally. She is happiest when out in the field learning about the industry, walking homes, and watching developments take form. She is an inspirational leader who works to add value each day in an environment where she, herself, feels valued as well.
Dan White serves as Sales Director in our Hayden Homes Idaho market. While managing and leading his entire division, Dan specializes in new home sales and single-family new construction and provides his expertise to help his sales team grow and reach success. His purpose is to create an unparalleled building experience for his customers while helping builders sell more homes more profitably. His experience resides in sales management, team building, developing and building business relationships, and implementing and improving sales operations.
Dan finds enjoyment in unifying builder operations and field team members to create results greater than the sum of their parts, as well as positioning new land acquisitions strategically in order to maximize sales success. His efforts to support and empower those around him so they may realize their full potential and live their best life does not go unnoticed by his team members, and he received the 2017 Sales Leader of the Quarter award.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Positive Psychology, Organizational and Industrial Psychology, and Outdoor Leadership. While he’s not selling homes and leading his team, you may find Dan competing in Ultimate Frisbee tournaments internationally and throughout the country.
- 2017 Sales Leader of the Quarter
As Business Development Manager, Tiffany Smith focuses on fostering new relationships with home builders while sharing New Home Star’s mission, vision, and capabilities. Her main goal is to nurture successful partnerships throughout the industry.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Tiffany worked in the real estate industry for a number of years with a focus on new home sales for some of the country’s most reputable builders among the Fortune 500, ranging from starter homes to fully customized luxury homes. She attended Drury University where she studied Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services with an emphasis in Leadership. Tiffany has been the recipient of several awards, including the New Home Sales Exceptional Customer Experience award with 100% Enthusiasm and 100% Willingness to Refer, and New Home Consultant of the Quarter.
Tiffany is passionate about developing relationships with others and serving as a resource to help people live their most fulfilling, enriching, and purposeful lives possible. She strives to live her life with intentionality at the forefront of everything she does and works diligently to deliver exceptional service to everyone she encounters. Tiffany is a very involved member of her community for organizations such as Special Olympics, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Miss America, VFW, and other local food banks and animal shelters. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pups while experiencing all the joys that Texas has to offer!
As Special Projects Manager, Michael Coppers works to promote and expand the New Home Star offering with new and existing clients. His primary responsibilities include showcasing the organization, developing tactics to continually grow the client base, and managing relationships across many levels.
Michael brings 15 years of experience working in educational leadership and nearly ten years in the real estate industry to his current position. He has a passion for working with education and compassion efforts worldwide along with teaching and mentoring others personally and professionally. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Since starting his journey in the real estate industry, specifically new home sales, it has allowed Michael to create a life for his family that he’s always dreamed of. He received the Division Salesperson of the Year award in 2016, his first year on the selling floor with New Home Star, as well as being named a 2019 Top Sales Performer. Michael is an avid baseball fan who enjoys camping and traveling the world with his wife and two children.
- 2016 Division Salesperson of the Year
- 2019 Top Sales Performer
As New Client Implementation Manager, Jessica Whiteman coordinates with and manages multiple departments during the new client implementation process. By keeping constant and proactive communication with all new clients, she can ensure the highest level of customer service while executing all necessary meetings and training during the onboarding process.
Jessica joined New Home Star in 2017 as a Sales Assistant and has worked her way up to her management position — throughout this time, she has relocated with New Home Star across three different states. As a recipient of several awards, including the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Southeastern Michigan 2021 Sales Professional of the Year, New Home Star’s Rockstar of the Month, and numerous regional top sales volume and top net sales awards, Jessica’s dedication and success in the industry is apparent.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communication from Arizona State University and completed New Home Star’s Leadership Development Program. Along with her extensive involvement with New Home Star, she is also a member of the Professional Women in Building Councils for both the HBA of Southeastern Michigan and the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids. Jessica is passionate about her family and strives to provide the best life for her children. She enjoys reading, traveling, and snowboarding, and she even lived in Western Canada for a period of time.
- 2021 Sales Professional of the Year - HBA of Southeastern Michigan
As Senior Business Manager, Eric Ficke is tasked with growing our business by developing new strategies, products, and services as well as building and promoting brand awareness within our industry. He is currently leading our efforts to grow our SaaS business portfolio and Consultation offerings. In addition, he works in close cooperation with numerous departments within our Corporate Support and Services teams, including assisting our Organizational Development team by providing sales and leadership training at a national level, supporting efforts in conducting competition and market analyses, and working closely with our SaaS clientele to provide solutions to their needs.
Since joining New Home Star in 2015, Eric has been on the sales floor and led sales teams in five different markets with four builders while working up our Career Path to his current leadership role. He enjoys coming up with creative solutions to make the most out of every opportunity as well as sharing who and what New Home Star is to potential partnership opportunities and anyone curious about the company.
Eric has received numerous sales performance and leadership awards throughout the years. His passion for our organization is evident each and every day, as his contributions have made significant impacts in every role he has held. Outside of work, Eric loves to travel and is a history and geography buff. He was born in Guam and has lived in seven states.
As Marketing Manager, Erin Henderson leads the Star Marketing team at the Corporate Support office. She works directly on all experience-based marketing and oversees the internal and external messaging for New Home Star. Erin also spearheads the planning and organization of company-wide initiatives each year and is a key player in the success and execution of each of these events.
Erin’s outstanding leadership and communication skills were realized early on, and she has quickly moved along the organization’s Career Path after starting as a Marketing and Communications Intern in 2016. In 2018, Erin received the Corporate Leader of the Year award for her exceptional performance supporting the Corporate team and field staff nationwide. Erin’s true passions reside in helping others and making a difference. With a natural knack for people, Erin is able to do that in her day-to-day responsibilities through our experience-based projects in the organization such as contests, events, gifting, and the charitable giving and volunteer programs.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Saint Xavier University. Erin enjoys spending time with her loved ones, taking weekend trips to the lake, and indulging in a great meal out — breakfast is her favorite type of food and brunch is her go-to.
- 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year
As Senior Marketing Strategist, Adan Chance oversees Star Marketing projects with a focus on Sales Associate Marketing Initiatives (SAMIs). His primary responsibilities include improving SAMI processes, developing brand identities, and further developing all brand assets while supporting his team and builder partners nationwide. Adan started with New Home Star as a Junior Graphic Designer and worked his way through the organization’s Career Path up to his current managerial role.
In his current position, Adan most enjoys collaborating with his team of marketing professionals who are committed to consistent innovation and professional development. By being tasked with bringing agents’ creative marketing ideas to life, he noted that “the agents’ success is our success,” and he strives to assist his team and field members through marketing support and design initiatives each day.
Adan believes there’s always room for improvement and is always looking to push forward into new spaces and solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Bradley University. He is passionate about art and design, and prior to working at New Home Star, his previous job involved designing Harry Potter merchandise.
As Creative Manager, Jessica plays an integral role in designing the branding and collateral for all of the organization’s employee engagement initiatives. Her responsibilities include helping to brainstorm creative initiative concepts, creating a brand identity for each initiative, and designing or delegating all visual aspects of the project.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Jessica worked as a Designer for a major publishing company and also worked as a Professional Graphic Design Intern at Walt Disney World. In her current position, she enjoys being able to bring the team’s ideas to life through visuals and physical collateral displayed company-wide.
Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the University of St. Francis. She is passionate about food and music and loves to try new restaurants throughout Chicago. She could spend hours in the Art Institute of Chicago and enjoys watching any kind of art history documentaries.
As the Event Manager at New Home Star, Erik Maranto is an exceptional addition to the Star Marketing team, with wide-reaching experience in event facilitation and production. Erik plays a key role in overseeing company events, including site selection, vendor negotiations, event registration, travel logistics, on-site staffing, event marketing, and post-event reporting.
As a student at Elmhurst University, Erik played an active role in Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, where he still serves as the Grand Chapter Advisor and mentors current undergraduate members. Erik received his degree in Business Management and Organizational Communication and has since earned certifications in Cvent Event Management and HubSpot Marketing Software.
Erik is a motivated worker with a team-first attitude and primarily aims to bring people together by providing memorable experiences and the opportunity to grow individual relationships. After many months of planning an original idea, he finds it incredibly satisfying to see an event fully come together and witness a real-world experience. In his spare time, Erik is an avid Chicago Bulls, Bears, and White Sox fan, and he greatly enjoys game nights with friends. He is a proud older brother to his three siblings.
As a Graphic Designer, Becca Lam balances a number of responsibilities: She creates high-level collateral for our directors and agents in the field, takes the lead on design for various corporate and national initiatives, and provides guidance to newer designers.
Becca's ultimate driving factor has always been to design for good and use her work to support and uplift others. She loves seeing reactions to her creative works, whether it be enthusiastic New Home Connect™ posts with unique collateral to assist agent campaigns or photos of coworkers having a blast at national events where she led the design direction. She also enjoys keeping up to date on design trends and staying active in the local design community as a member of the American Graphic Institute of Arts (AIGA).
She received a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design and French from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining New Home Star, Becca worked as a Graphic Designer for Notre Dame's Gender Relations Center, interned as a Graphic and Web Designer for a California start-up, and freelanced for various other clients. When she's not designing, most of Becca's free time is spent on the dance floor, and you can find her performing on stage with two Chicago-based dance teams.
As a Graphic Designer at New Home Star, Megan O’Russa primarily designs print and digital collateral for Sales Associate Marketing Initiatives (SAMIs). Other day-to-day duties include creating logos and other assets for NHS events, designing t-shirts, or collaborating with the other designers on internal marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Megan worked as a Graphic Design Intern for a non-profit organization and was also a student Graphic Designer for the University of Missouri Graduate School. Megan is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and she received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Mediated Communication Studies from the University of Missouri. She most enjoys getting to be creative while also helping others through the use of her designs, and she loves seeing the collateral she creates being put to use on New Home Connect™ or in photos.
Whether in her personal or professional work, Megan strives to do something meaningful every day as she strongly believes this can aid in a fulfilling life. When not at work, you might find her hanging out at a local coffee shop, playing with her cat, Cosmo, or buying too many plants at the local garden center.
As Junior Graphic Designer, Alek Medenica designs print and digital collateral that accompanies sales associate marketing initiatives (SAMIs). He also assists with designing New Home Star’s Corporate branding materials and other digital resources.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the University of Montevallo and was a full scholarship collegiate athlete. Alek most enjoys being able to collaborate with his fellow graphic designers while being part of a tight-knit marketing team. He strives to create designs that have a positive lasting impact on anyone who sees them.
Alek was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and lived there for 16 years before moving to the US. He’s bilingual and even played on the U15 and U16 national basketball teams for Serbia. His interests lie in space, general sciences, and gaming, and he’s a huge Marvel fan.
As a Junior Graphic Designer at New Home Star, Elise Hayes plays an integral role on the Marketing team, creating engaging designs in a wide variety of contexts. Her responsibilities include working on Sales Associate Marketing Initiative (SAMI) requests, email campaigns, collateral orders, and exciting internal projects. Elise is a go-getter ready to help her marketing teammates at any turn.
While receiving her Associate's degree in Graphic Design from College of DuPage, Elise honed her skills as a Student Lab Aide for the graphic design department, where she maintained all design labs and equipment, tutored other graphic design students, and assisted faculty with day-to-day organizational challenges.
Elise lives an active lifestyle outside of work, where she enjoys working out and keeping creative by doing puzzles. Elise thrives on the creative environment and culture provided by her team. Her purpose in work, and in life, is to become as successful as possible in her career to give back to family, friends, and the world around her.
As a Junior Graphic Designer, Alondra is responsible for creating innovative designs and a wide variety of marketing materials to meet the needs of sales agents and builder partners across the country. Additionally, Alondra provides design support and setup help for corporate office events, as well as larger company initiatives. She is a team player and always strives to create an inviting atmosphere for the entire team.
While attending Augustana College, Alondra double majored in Graphic Design and Psychology, and played an active role in campus life. She created marketing materials for the Office of Student Life, and while holding the role of Festival Creative Director, she orchestrated the largest on-campus event to date.
She is family-oriented, and always strives to set an ideal example for her younger brothers and to fulfil her lifelong dream of being an artist. When she is not making new designs, Alondra can be found keeping active at the gym, tending to her plants, getting lost in a good book, travelling to new places, and experiencing new restaurants.
As a Junior Marketing Coordinator, Valbona manages Sales Associate Marketing Initiative (SAMI) requests, ensuring brand consistency and quality for each content piece. On a daily basis, she collaborates with graphic designers on concept creation, consults agents on marketing practices, and assists in the creation of divisional and community marketing plans.
Valbona has always had a passion for marketing and loves the creativity and strategy in the industry. In her current position, she most enjoys the collaboration and support between her team members — someone is always there to lend a helping hand.
Valbona holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Elmhurst University, and she’s a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Mu Delta. Her interests lie in fashion, blogging, and content creation, and when not working, she’s an avid gym-goer and loves being active.
As a Junior Marketing Coordinator, Melanie Bateman plays a critical role on the Star Marketing team — assisting agents in managing requests, working with designers, and carrying out consultations to advise on marketing efforts. She consistently works with our builder partners’ marketing teams to ensure brand consistency for each asset.
Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. To hone her craft and keep in touch with her creative and artistic side, Melanie also managed a number of social media platforms at her university. In her current position, Melanie especially enjoys the team she works with and seeing all the unique initiative ideas come to life.
Melanie is widely recognized as a people person and loves to connect with others throughout the organization. Her coworkers greatly appreciate the many baked goods she provides; she was even a finalist in a cupcake-baking competition at a pastry school she attended.
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As a Junior Marketing Coordinator, Zach’s primary responsibilities include project managing requests for agents, supporting builder partners, assisting with gifting requests, event coordination, and much more.
Zach greatly values teamwork and collaboration with the entire NHS team. From the beginning of his internship to now working full-time, he has trusted that the team will come together and support each other. He lives by the phrase, “Have courage, and be kind.”
Originally born in Germany, Zach earned his degree from the University of South Alabama. While not at work, his interests include cooking, going to the beach, playing video games and tennis, and enjoying a hot cup of coffee.
As a Junior Marketing Coordinator, Derek is responsible for providing marketing support for agents around the country by completing Sales Associate Marketing Initiatives, as well as writing the Neighborhood Notes newsletter each month, and assisting NHS in a variety of copywriting and marketing initiatives as needed.
Derek is focused on always learning new marketing strategies and being the best professional version of himself. He thrives off of lending a hand and taking on supportive roles to see the entire team reach their goals. He enjoys the collaborative nature of his work and loves contributing to a team of other driven, hard-working, and creative individuals.
He graduated from Lewis University in 2021 with a degree in journalism. Having previously held roles as a freelance reporter, and later as a description writer for a home decor company, Derek is drawn to the art of writing and loves to create short stories. In his spare time, Derek is a guitar player and enjoys repairing old instruments. He is drawn to exploring the country on road trips, and lounging with his two miniature dachshunds, Oscar and Gromit.
As a Junior Marketing Coordinator, Emily works with HubSpot utilizing B2B marketing strategies, publishes and edits content for the NHS website, creates personas, and helps publish various marketing campaigns through different mediums, namely social media and email.
Prior to working at NHS, Emily spent time as the Sales and Brand Growth Director for Chick-Fil-A Mount Prospect, and later as the CMO for Enactus, the President of Nexus, a business mentorship program, and was part of the Executive Team for the Habitat for Humanity club. She also worked as the Event Manager Assistant Intern for an international radio conference for Christian Music Broadcasters. Emily takes sincere joy in helping people through servant leadership and goes the extra mile to ensure needs are met.
Emily has a business degree from Liberty University. Her passions include singing, playing guitar, meeting new people, and organizing events. She aims to create a fun and engaging atmosphere to those around her.
As lead of Product Design at New Home Star, Matthew Jacobson oversees the research, design, and usability of our technology solutions. With his understanding of UX, balanced with creative ability, and hands-on approach, he ensures our organization is getting the necessary tools to succeed in todays competitive marketplace.
His main responsibility is to ensure the company’s sales enablement platform, New Home Connect™ remains and continues to be a valuable tool for our operations here at New Home Star. He also enjoys leading the technology team and collaborating with other departments within the organization.
Prior to Joining New Home Star in 2014, Matt worked as an ambitious freelancer, striving to help small business’s succeed in todays competitive online space. You can often find him with his fiancee, either spending time outdoors or at one of their local favorite restaurants.
- 2020 Corporate Leader of the Year
Christian Gomez serves as Technical Lead for New Home Star. His main responsibility resides in leading his team in the development and implementation of new features on the company’s sales enablement platform, New Home Connect™. He works closely with developers to ensure the proper direction and architecture of the code to create a user-friendly and innovative platform for team members nationwide.
Prior to joining New Home Star in 2012, Christian worked as a Junior PHP Developer and a freelance Web Developer. He has a passion for technology and programming, and enjoys building PCs and keeping up-to-date with the latest tech trends in the industry. Christian learned to program at a young age and, since then, has been interested in technology, automation, and building tools that make a difference and improve efficiency.
Christian most enjoys working alongside his talented team. Whether implementing a feed update or custom chat interface on the company’s platform, the variety and creativity that he’s allowed are two of his favorite parts about his position. In 2018, Christian received the Corporate Leader of the Year award. He loves experimenting with technology and learning how things work, and you can often find him playing guitar or video games in his spare time.
- 2018 Corporate Leader of the Year
As a Front End Developer, Kiana Greene works to make the company’s sale enablement platform, New Home Connect™, the most interactive, unique, and user friendly as possible. She works closely with designers to recreate their designs in code on the web and is a Tech Coordinator for Corporate support and field leadership.
In her current position, she enjoys being able to do something different each day. She’s able to interact and help so many people while also doing one of her favorite hobbies — coding! She’s a people person and is passionate about making everyone she encounters feel loved, valued, and appreciated for who they are.
Kiana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Web Design. She loves dogs, good food, and all things nerdy, and if you give her a puppy, a bowl of pasta, and some wine, she’ll be happy forever.
Xuhui Jiang is a Full Stack Developer who develops and maintains the company’s sales enablement platform, New Home Connect™. He works on both the front end and back end of New Home Connect™ products and services, working to make them the most effective and collaborative for team members throughout the country.
Xuhui has an interest in developing large-scale product software and is passionate about learning new technology. To go along with this passion, he received a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
He enjoys seeing the positive impact the New Home Connect™ products and services have and how each offering helps individuals in the field. When not developing awesome new features for the company’s platform, Xuhui is a huge sports fan, and you may find him watching basketball nearly every day.
As Business Analyst, Amaan Khan works directly on the company’s sales enablement platform, New Home Connect™. He is responsible for working with team members to identify and resolve any technical issues with the platform, assisting with project management, and serving as New Home Connect™ tech support for individuals throughout the entire organization.
Amaan is a certified Scrum Master and is passionate about learning about new technology. He is an individual anybody can depend upon and is always willing to go the extra mile to help others. Amaan and his team work every day to ensure a smooth and one-of-a-kind user experience on the company’s platform.
He enjoys getting to work with technology in his position each day, and he loves collaborating with other teams in the organization. In the Corporate office, Amaan is the certified “candy man” and ensures that his candy jar on his desk is always filled for anyone who needs a sweet treat throughout the day.
As a Full Stack Developer, Brett Scheller focuses on improving the organization’s sales enablement platform, New Home Connect™. Some days she is writing SQL queries to manage the database, and other days she’s perfecting the front-end user experience in the browser. Most times, she works with the frameworks that live between the database and the browser.
Brett started her career in full stack development by working with a software team based out of Athens, Greece before joining New Home Star. She earned a degree in Mathematics from DePaul University, and she’s a member of MENSA and LearnedLeague, a trivia competition.
Brett views the world as her puzzle, and it’s her job to solve it. She loves riddles, poker, and trivia, and is always looking for any kind of friendly competition. When not working, you’ll often find Brett spending time with her cat, Dexter, and taking daily walks around her neighborhood.
As a full-stack developer for New Home Connect™, Jared helps maintain existing features and develop new features that are required to meet the needs of our corporate and field teams. He works on both the front end and back end of New Home Connect™, learning different programming languages to contribute to our codebase and enhance every aspect of New Home Connect™.
Having earned tangible experience in his previous role as a software engineer and a degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Jared enjoys exploring new technological frontiers and finding creative solutions. He believes a positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile will inspire everyone around him to succeed.
When he isn’t developing creative solutions to enhance New Home Connect™, Jared is an active cyclist, having biked over 1,200 miles in 2022. He loves trying new food and attempting to cook, trying different breweries, earning passport stamps through traveling, and spending time with his girlfriend and dog at home.
As Human Resources Manager, Melissa Garcia partners closely with the HR team, Corporate team, and New Home Star employees to support the delivery of the organization’s mission to be the best new home sales company in the world while providing excellent careers for our people. She supports HR administrative functions, ensures compliance, and creates and implements HR strategies.
Melissa has over 15 years of leadership experience in roles that focused on HR process management and execution of business operations. In her current position, she most enjoys the rewarding feeling that comes with seeing employees grow and move through the career path within New Home Star. Melissa is committed to continually learning, developing, and evolving to be the best version of herself in order to best serve the organization.
Melissa is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her husband, enjoying lots of time with family, summer boating on Lake Michigan, and hanging out in her favorite Indiana and Michigan harbor towns.
As Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist, Michelle Smith’s primary responsibilities include sourcing candidates, reviewing resumes, advertising open positions, creating and maintaining active communication channels with candidates and new hires, and building and maintaining relationships with hiring managers. Michelle works with the Human Resources department to communicate with team members throughout the country and collaborates on projects to implement procedures that continually improve the organization.
Michelle truly enjoys helping people find that same connection with New Home Star that she is grateful for each day and looks forward to being part of what could be a candidate's last interview ever. Seeing someone start and develop in the New Home Star Career Path and an equally pleased hiring manager who just landed a top performer is not only satisfying but truly amazing to her.
She is a member of the Northwestern Human Resource Council and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Michelle is passionate about circus arts, dogs, and working out, and she even built a tiny home.
As Wellness Coordinator, Laura oversees the Wellness Program company-wide, As Wellness Coordinator, Laura oversees the Wellness Program company-wide, committee, and Ambassador programs. Her core responsibilities include creating a robust wellness calendar each year, conducting wellness surveys, educating employees about available benefits, and working with benefit providers to get the most out of our contracts.
Laura strives to be the best version of herself every day. Her passions lie in helping others, making a difference, and looking after others, and she believes the skills she has honed in this role allow her to do just that.
She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently volunteers with her children’s school committees. In her free time, she loves reading, exercising, socializing with friends and family, attending her children’s sporting and dance events, traveling, and going on walks with her dog Lucy.
As Talent Acquisition Specialist, Jean Arjes’s major responsibilities include sourcing and interviewing candidates for open positions in the Colorado, Florida, and Midwest regions. She actively searches for high-quality talent to help teams in the field build the strongest collaborations possible.
Jeanna enjoys getting to speak with people and match them to their dream jobs. She believes that if you love where you work, you'll never work a day in your life — and with great coworkers by her side, New Home Star makes that happen for her.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Illinois State University and is a member of the Northwest Human Resources Council. She loves to travel and spend time with her cat, Potsie, and she’d eat Buffalo Wild Wings every day if she could.
As Recruitment Coordinator, Natalie Janik creates job posts, screens resumes, conducts interviews, proactively reaches out to potential candidates via online job platforms, and connects with local hiring teams to determine staffing needs and recruitment efforts. Natalie also works to roll out HR initiatives and collaborates with other departments throughout the organization.
During her time at Elmhurst University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resource Management, Natalie worked as an HR Intern and a Resident Advisor in the residence halls on campus. She has cited these experiences as giving her optimism for her future professional pursuits.
Natalie enjoys connecting with applicants and strives to give them the best first impression of New Home Star. She is passionate about being a resource to others and providing assistance whenever possible, which plays directly into her daily responsibilities. While not recruiting for the team, Natalie channels her creative personality through embroidering, drawing, painting, and crocheting.
As Human Resources Coordinator, Sadiya Khan is instrumental in the people side of New Home Star’s business operations. Sadiya helps oversee the onboarding process for new hires as well as processing promotions, terminations, and new policies and procedures for the company. She also focuses on maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, along with spearheading a variety of short- and long-term projects to enhance the department and company.
While earning a degree in Business Management from Elmhurst University, Sadiya worked as an HR Intern for all four years of undergrad. Currently, she is pursuing her MBA with a concentration in Managerial Leadership.
Sadiya holds forming genuine connections with others of the utmost importance. She strives to build effective workplaces that help grow the entire organization, and she is a proponent of taking one small step each day to inch closer to her lifelong goals. In her spare time, Sadiya enjoys quality time with friends and family, diving into a good book, binging TV shows and movies, and shopping.
As a Recruiting Coordinator, Ryan’s primary responsibilities include sourcing potential candidates, managing the applicant tracking system, reviewing applications, and scheduling and interviewing candidates for positions primarily with New Home Star's southeastern divisions. He communicates daily with sales directors and field leadership as he helps to recruit talent for their teams.
In his current position, Ryan most enjoys collaborating with his team members and the opportunity to learn something new every day. He appreciates the team-oriented culture that New Home Star embraces and finds his role in the company to be rewarding as he gets to play a part in helping candidates find the right fit within their career paths.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in leadership and managerial skills from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2018, he participated in the Disney College Program and advanced to be an Inventory Control Coordinator with Animal Kingdom’s Outdoor Vending department. Over the years, Ryan developed a love for basketball and is now a coach for an AAU high school team. Additionally, he’s an avid Chicago Cubs and Marvel fan who enjoys going on evening walks exploring Chicago, playing sports, and traveling to new places.
As a recruiting coordinator, Payton is responsible for finding top talent for our Corporate Division as well as sales divisions in Texas, Kansas, Alabama and for our remote Online Sales Teams.
Payton enjoys getting to meet new people everyday. She finds it very rewarding to find the right person for a role, as the company and the individual both win.
She earned her Master’s from Wichita State University and is passionate about learning about different people and cultures. She has travelled to 13 countries, and even spent a summer travelling 3,000 nautical miles through the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about health and wellness, and enjoys long walks with Boots, her puppy.
As Recruiting Coordinator, Michelle’s primary responsibilities include sourcing candidates for open positions, moving applicants through the interview process, and scheduling and conducting interviews as the first point of contact. She networks and maintains strong relationships with sales leaders from Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, and Florida to ensure their staffing needs are met.
Michelle is motivated to make an impact in the world, seeing every day as a new opportunity. She enjoys connecting with new faces daily, especially when she helps them find their perfect career match. She lives by the motto, “Every day, you have an opportunity to grow yourself. To become better. Work hard. Train harder and make each day count.”
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Elmhurst University, where she joined the Sigma Kappa sorority and acted as their Public Relations chairwoman. She is a singer, a music lover, a jazz and hip-hop dancer, an avid fan of fashion and sports, an enjoyer of the gym and social outings, and she dreams of owning a furry dachshund someday very soon.
As Director of Brokerage Operations, Ron Bell is responsible for ensuring each brokerage is in compliance with its state commissions. He oversees the managing brokers in each state and helps develop and implement policies and procedures that allow each brokerage to operate legally along set standards.
Ron is one of the longest-tenured team members in the organization and has been utilizing his over 20 years of real estate experience for New Home Star since 2009. He enjoys traveling around the country to visit sales associates in each area the organization operates.
Ron holds a certification in Strategic Leadership from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Housing and Building Administration of Colorado Springs and has been very involved with the HBA for many years. Ron has a significant interest in all things nature and astronomy–related, and he is passionate about providing as big of a contribution as possible to the success of New Home Star.
Keith Hall works as the Controller/Finance Manager at New Home Star. He is responsible for overseeing all finance and accounting functions throughout the firm. Keith brings past experience in a Controller position to his role each day as he manages his responsibilities and assists team members throughout the country.
Keith received a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Governors State University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. He also holds a CPA license in Illinois and Indiana. In his current position, he enjoys ensuring the organization’s financials are complete and as accurate as possible.
Keith is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing various sports, including baseball, football, volleyball, and basketball. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and brings a vast range of knowledge to the organization each and every day.
As Assistant Finance Manager, Victoria Heinz works closely with sales directors and leadership team members around the country to ensure key financial metrics are communicated effectively and payroll is accurate and timely. Vikki and her department strive to implement sustainable and efficient solutions that are scalable and promote profitability, helping to build the best new home sales company in the world.
Vikki loves that she gets to interact with different people across the country and create meaningful relationships with them, all while working towards a common goal in each separate location. She double majored in Accounting and Finance at Elmhurst University, local to our Corporate office.
Vikki has two sons that are her motivation each day, while also driving her crazy on a daily basis. She has been deemed Ms. Elmhurst and is passionate about sustainability, helping those in need, and spending time with her family. She’s a big sports fan and enjoys watching football — actively participating in the office fantasy league each year.
As Finance Coordinator, Olivia Glasder assists with bi-monthly payroll for sales agents, provides financial reporting to agents and managers, processes incoming commission checks, and collaborates with various departments in the Corporate office.
In her previous positions, Olivia worked as a Project Manager and Accounts Payable Coordinator for companies in the Chicagoland area. In her current role, she enjoys being able to work with such a wonderful team who are so knowledgeable and also great teachers.
Olivia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Illinois State University. She’s passionate about learning something new every day and continuing to expand her knowledge and comfort zone. When not making sure all finances are in order, she loves to cook and create fun experiences for her young daughter.
Becky Demas serves as Business Operations Coordinator for New Home Star. She works on various business operations, including working closely with our Online Sales Concierge, Corporate Office, Broker Relations Team, and Compliance Committee, and assisting the VP of Business Operations directly to ease fluidity and promote operational success throughout the organization.
Prior to joining New Home Star, Becky worked as a Sales Associate for a major home builder and spent over 12 years working in the marketing industry as a Media Consultant and Director of Marketing. She enjoys that her current position allows her to be part of many different aspects of the organization on a national level. Her responsibilities not only correlate to her areas of expertise, but they have also allowed her to learn and grow every day.
Becky received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a secondary focus in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working on completing a program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to help increase her business acumen. She loves to cook and experiment with different recipes, read, play soccer, and frequent the beach, although the Illinois weather doesn’t allow for that as much as she’d like. She’s passionate about her family and spends as much time as she can with her three children.
As a Junior Staff Accountant, Hugo Dorsey has a keen eye for detail and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Hugo brings forth an invaluable background in accounting and assists New Home Star in payroll processing, revenue recording, and auditing monthly financial reports for internal accounting and external reporting. Hugo thrives when working with data, as he is most focused and alert when crunching numbers.
After attending Briar Cliff University as an Accounting major, Hugo honed his craft as an Accounting Intern. Additionally, Hugo spent time as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA), where he prepared income taxes for underserved communities. He has also spent time writing blog articles for small business owners on different accounting and financial topics.
Hugo lives by the phrase, "Life is not what happens to you, but how you react to it," and considers enjoying the process leading up to goal achievement incredibly valuable. In his personal life, Hugo enjoys the art of film and music, as well as watching Formula One races on the weekends. He is committed to learning new skills, such as acting, boxing, playing guitar, and even card and magic tricks, to keep his mind as sharp as possible.