Company President and Founder James Oliver was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia where he attended E.C. Glass High School graduating with an Honors Degree in the spring of 1988. In the fall of the same year he enrolled at Radford University and started a full time job which he maintained throughout college working as a restaurant manager and bartender to help pay for the cost of school. James graduated in 1994 with a BS Degree in Political Science.
In 1999, with the help and encouragement of his employer, James became a licensed Class A Contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and started Highlander Construction & Development LLC for the purposes of limited speculative and investment property construction. In 2001 James also became a licensed real estate agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2005 James pursued the growth and expansion of Highlander Construction & Development. In 2007 Highlander Construction converted from a Limited Liability Company to an S Corporation.
James has twice served as President of the New River Valley Home Builder’s Association and recently completed a term as Region I Vice President of the Home Builder’s Association of Virginia. In 2011, James was appointed to the Virginia Board for Contractors by the Governor of Virginia. In 2013, James was voted to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. James is happily married to wife, Donna. They have one child, David Samuel, and an eccentric but endearing dog named Juda. James is an avid fan of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Miami Dolphins, and the New York Mets. He enjoys a range of outdoor activities including golf, water and snow skiing, camping, and sailing. He also loves movies quoting from them often much to the chagrin of family members, employees, and associates.
As President of the company James’s responsibilities include implementation of the company business plan; developing organizational structure; recruiting, training, and evaluating key staff; establishing and monitoring quality standards and procedures; managing operations, and strategic planning.
Director of Marketing and Sales, LeeAnn Francis, was born and raised in the New River Valley of Virginia. She graduated from Auburn High School in Riner, Virginia in 1996 and started New River Community College that same fall while working full time as a receptionist. In 1998, with encouragement from a supervisor, she took a position as a technical writer/graphic designer for a local fiber optic manufacturer. Her attention to detail and ability to multi-task led to a promotion to the marketing communications department. There, a passion for marketing and customer service was born.
LeeAnn and her husband Steve live in her grandparent’s historic old farmhouse in Montgomery County with their dog Daisy and three cats Simon, Hokie and Chloe. LeeAnn lives in a house divided as she is a Virginia Tech Hokie fan and her husband is a Virginia Cavalier’s fan. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, spending time with family, and attending concerts and sporting events.
Director of Design & Estimating Stephanie Hixon was born in Roanoke, Virginia. Her family moved several times during Stephanie’s formative years from Tennessee to Alabama before finally settling in Indiana. Stephanie attended and graduated from Peru High School in the spring of 1993. It was in High School where Stephanie discovered she had a passion for design work. She took drafting classes each year and under the supervision and tutelage of Fred Vollmer, a dedicated educator and designer himself, Stephanie began to learn and master the skills that would eventually help her transform a hobby into a very rewarding career.
Stephanie is and has been active in numerous community activities. She has served as Vice President of the New River Valley Homebuilders Association and more recently Director of Youth Soccer for the Prince Edward Farmville Youth Association. Stephanie has two daughters, McKenzie and Aubrie.
As Director of Design & Estimating Stephanie’s responsibilities include for drafting complete construction plans, producing renderings, establishing budgets through the accurate and detailed estimating of construction drawings, producing key material takeoffs, bidding materials, updating the estimating soft ware, and assisting with purchasing.
Superintendent & Site Inspector, Eric Sealander, hails from Branchville, New Jersey. He graduated from High Point Regional High School in 1988 and attended Widener University in Chester, PA and Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey studying math and engineering.In 1990, Eric relocated to Virginia with his future wife Kathy who was attending Virginia Tech. Eric took a job as a baker and began making custom furniture in his spare time. As the demand for his custom woodworking grew, he founded E & K Cabinetry in 1998.
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