JAG Construction is a local company committed to building quality crafted Green homes in the city of Asheville and the surrounding area. We specialize in exceptionally built custom homes as well as smaller and simpler “JAG Built” homes. Having a range of construction options allows us to build Green in all price points. We take pride in bettering our neighborhoods and creating sustainable housing that will be here for generations to come. Contact us today to start the conversation about your new home!
The employees of JAG take their jobs very seriously and enjoy working for a purpose and a mission. We have a very low turnover rate of workers because we provide an opportunity for people who are passionate about building better to do what they love. If you are interested in submitting an employment inquiry, please fill out our employment application.
Jody Guokas – Founder and President of JAG construction.
Jody received a BA from Warren Wilson College in 2001 in Environmental Studies. He went on to work in both Vermont and Maine for small Timberframe companies. Upon returning to Asheville in 2002 Jody started his endevour into self-employment working for several local contractors, and building a few timberframe structures. JAG Construction was established in 2003 completing countless rehab and renovation projects in the City of Asheville. Since then Jody has refined the mission of JAG construction to be focused on infill construction of efficient green-built residential structures. Jody has a passion for trying to figure out how to provide the highest quality well crafted home at a reasonable price. Since 2010, Jody has served as vice chair of the WNC Green Building Council, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices.
“For the green movement to be successful, we must make it attainable by people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.”
The Crew at JAG Construction
Rob Johnson – Senior Project Manager / Operations Manager
Rob Johnson is an experienced project manager and building science consultant. From 2001 to 2006, Rob honed his green building skills as the Georgia operations manager for EarthCraft House, a green building program managed by Southface, an Atlanta nonprofit. Prior to EarthCraft House, Rob worked in quality control and as a finish manager for a large residential production builder. Since then he has managed numerous custom home projects throughout the Southeast and performed both residential and commercial energy audits as a field operations manager with The Energy Partners. Rob shares the JAG vision of making green building the standard for residential construction and it is clear from his portfolio of projects and client testimonials that he is passionate about the creative process.
“Rob managed the construction of our new Timberframe home from start to finish. He was instrumental in keeping everyone organized and the project running smoothly. His organizational skills were outstanding, with never a week going by where there was not major progress on the project. His attention to detail was amazing, with him finding issues and reordering work without us having to ask. He was there every step of the way, and communicated with us constantly, keeping us up to date on everything. He was very easy to work with, and very responsive to our questions and comments. Over the course of building the house we relied on Rob. He exceeded our expectations and made the house building process a joy. We feel Rob took pride in building our home as if it were his own. We absolutely recommend his work.” – Patti W.
Martin Stebbins – Crew Leader
Martin Stebbins joined JAG and Associates in 2007 as a project manager and lead carpenter. Since this time he has built more than 25 houses with JAG. Martin, originally from California, has been working with wood for most of his life and professionally now for 8 years. He also has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University.
His two dogs, Porter and Charlie accompany the JAG crew on a daily basis helping out with various tasks such as sniffing the perimeter, eating unwanted scraps, and warding off squirrels.
Nate Lillethun – Project Manager
Nate began building when he moved to Asheville in 2002. While working for a general contractor he learned all aspects of carpentry including framing, siding, interior and exterior trim, and cabinetry. He focused on trim and cabinetry for a few years until signing on with Biltmore Farms Homes as a manager. During his time there he learned the overall process of residential home building while also receiving his associate’s degree in Project Management from A-B Tech. He joined JAG Construction in 2008 and has been fine-tuning his green building skills ever since.
Gary Palmirotto – Project Manager/ Chief Estimator
Gary has been in the industry for over 45 years in various capacities. Continuing the development of his career as a union carpenter working on the facilities for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, he gravitated through the industry as a General Contractor in New York, and a Project Manager and Purchasing Agent for a large volume builder in Florida, running start-up projects around the state. He holds a Florida Certified General Contractors License, North Carolina Building Contractors License, North Carolina Code Enforcement Certification and is a Licensed Commercial Pilot and part time woodworker.
Moving to Asheville five years ago to be near his daughter and three grandsons (his son lives in Brooklyn), he joined JAG in September 2015 as Chief Estimator and occasional Project Manager.
He and his wife of 46 years enjoy time with their grandchildren, long walks, swing dancing, and drives through the mountains. He is committed and passionate about being a part of the JAG team.
Noi Calhoun – Office Manager
Noi Calhoun started working for JAG in 2007, and transitioned into the Office Manager position in 2014, serving as executive secretary, overseeing office staff, and handling the day to day surprises. She also handles the massive amount of paperwork involved: accounts payable and receivable, change orders, following insurance protocol, and payroll for the staff. She is a Notary Public in the county of Buncombe, North Carolina. She is highly committed to easing the client’s side of the process by providing excellent customer service, combined with easy to understand billing. She has been a part of the growth of this company from the beginning and is proud to be a member of our JAG team.
Noi moved to Asheville in 2006 from a tiny mountain town in Colorado, where she had previously been in the banking industry. She spends most of her spare time baking, picking up after her husband and two kids, and waterfall hunting.
John Humbert – Renovations Project Manager
John Humbert has been involved in residential and commercial renovation for 15 years. He began his journey in 2000 with a small renovation company out of Austin, Texas. There he realized his passion for renovations while striving for 100% client satisfaction. In 2009 John moved to the Lake Norman area in NC where he continued honing his renovations skills while moving into project management. While always looking to improve and incorporate green and sustainable practices into renovations, John has begun his new journey with JAG and their superior team of craftsmen. John began working with JAG in 2015 where he believes he can strengthen JAG and have the number one renovation team in Asheville.
Kevin Reese – Project Manager
Kevin joined JAG in November of 2015. He received a BA from Appalachian State in 2001. Prior to Project Management for JAG, Kevin was the Director of Construction/Development for a home builder in the Asheville area. Kevin has also managed home construction and development in the Charlotte area. Kevin is a LEED AP and shares JAG’ s green building vision.