Brief Employee Biographies

Amanda Parks, Administrative Assistant and Accounts Payable

Amanda Parks began working part-time for Lee Wetherington Homes as an administrative assistant during her senior year at Lakewood Ranch High School. During that time, Amanda also aided the company in construction permitting. In 2014, Amanda joined the company full-time. Currently, Amanda serves as an administrative assistant and provides support for all activities surrounding accounts payable.

Amanda is a native Floridian who lives in Sarasota with her husband and young son.

Alyson Byrne, Sales Consultant

Alyson Byrne has been one of the Top Ten in new home sales volume in the entire state of Florida for each of the past three years, selling almost $36 million in new homes during that time. Alyson’s experience helps her find the perfect home for her buyers and provide exceptional customer service throughout the process.

Alyson is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and has lived in Florida since 1990.

Amy Baldwin-Smith, Design Center Coordinator

With more than 20 years of design experience, Amy Baldwin-Smith oversees the Lee Wetherington Homes Design Center as the design center coordinator. Amy is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and her work has been published in Florida Design magazine. Amy’s prior employment includes seven years as a residential designer at a high-end furniture company, and her experience includes participating in designer showcase homes and designing the interior decoration of several model homes.

Amy is married and has one son.

Cecelia Davie, Chief Financial Officer

Cecelia Davie joined Lee Wetherington Homes in 1976 and was the first employee of the company. She has held numerous roles such as office manager and bookkeeper, and provided support in the accounting, warranty and human resources departments. Currently, Cecelia holds the position of chief financial officer.

Cecilia is a Florida native, originally from Jacksonville.

Dave Nemeth, Pool Construction Manager

Dave Nemeth joined the Lee Wetherington Homes team in 2000 as a pool construction manager. Dave is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman who practices catch and release so that fishing is sustained for many generations to come in Florida.

Dave has a son who is in college.

Dennis Blazey, Sales Consultant

Dennis Blazey came to Lee Wetherington Homes with over 20 years of corporate experience and over 12 years in the home improvement industry. In 2002, Dennis transitioned to new home sales and joined Lee Wetherington Homes in 2008 as a sales consultant at Country Club East.

Dennis is married and has a grown daughter.

Gregg Carlson, Chief Executive Officer

Gregg Carlson is the Chief Executive Officer at Lee Wetherington Homes. Gregg started in the homebuilding industry as a laborer and carpenter. In the early 1990s he joined Lee Wetherington Homes and was a major part of the company’s growth through the early 2000s. From 2003 until 2016 he was the Tampa division president for two national homebuilders, returning to Lee Wetherington Homes as the new CEO in September 2016.

Gregg and his wife Kari have been married for 26 years, and have a son, Cory, who is a construction manager with a national homebuilder, and a daughter, Cassidy, who is a high school freshman.

Jack Williams, Vice President of Construction

Jack Williams started with Lee Wetherington Homes in 1995 as a construction superintendent. He was promoted to production manager and then, vice president of construction. Jack left his position at Lee Wetherington Homes to work for another homebuilder in the same capacity. In 2016, after only a few years, Jack returned to Lee Wetherington Homes as vice president of construction.

Jack and his wife live in Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota. They have two grown children.

Jae Cho, Vice President Purchasing and Estimating

Jae Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated with his family to Venice, Florida, when he was 2 years old. In 1992 he started his career in the homebuilding industry and joined Lee Wetherington Homes in 2005 as the purchasing manager. He is now the vice president of purchasing and estimating.

Jae is married with two young children and is a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders.

Joanne Pratt, Sales Consultant

Joanne Pratt is a sales consultant at Lee Wetherington Homes. A licensed real estate associate, Joanne learned of the company while shopping for her own home and making the decision to purchase a Lee Wetherington home.

Joanne and her husband have a grown daughter.

Jocelyn Thompson, Administrative Supervisor

Jocelyn Thompson has worked for Lee Wetherington Homes for 21 years in various positions. She is currently the administrative supervisor.

Jocelyn was raised in Kansas although she has lived in Florida for 30 years. She has three stepchildren and five grandsons.

Lois Reed, Sales Consultant

With over 30 years of experience selling homes and holding a Florida real estate Broker license, Lois Reed is a sales consultant at Lee Wetherington Homes. Prior to her work in real estate sales, for 15 years, Lois co-owned a Central Florida utility company that specialized in new home subdivisions. She also has experience working for an insurance company and in the legal profession in several areas, including working as a real estate paralegal.

Lois has two adult children, both of whom are involved in the real estate industry.

Matt White, Architect Designer and CAD Operator

Matt White has over 20 years with Lee Wetherington Homes as an architectural liaison, designer and computer-aided design (CAD) operator. Matt’s 3D models allow the homeowner and the Wetherington team members to look beyond the construction drawings and see the home’s mass, scale and style.

Matt was creative at a young age and his design and drafting abilities were nurtured by his highly talented and artistic father, a veteran of World War II.

Sara Hoiby, Lead Builder

Sara Hoiby joined the Lee Wetherington Homes team in 2006. In 2009, Sara moved to Nashville, returning to Florida and Lee Wetherington Homes in 2013. Sara’s prior employments included working as an operations manager for a cabinet company for four years and working for a national homebuilder for two years.

Steve Birtwistle, Lead Builder

Steve Birtwistle has worked in the construction industry since the age of 18. Today, he is a construction manager with Lee Wetherington Homes. Since 2001, Steve has built 105 custom homes ranging in size from 2,500 to 14,000 square feet. Previous to building homes, Steve’s experience includes overseeing a multi-million dollar cabinet company, design-build and high-end trim work.

Steve has a teenage son.

Steve Manka, Customer Care Representative

Steve Manka joined the company in 2006 as the customer care representative. Steve works in the field with builders, sales representatives and homeowners, fostering trust and facilitating communication. His previous experience, in addition to owning his own company, includes working for Florida Power & Light and East Coast Painters as a superintendent.

Steve grew up in Miami and enjoys scuba diving and boating.

Steve Nelson, Architectural Development

With nearly 17 years at Lee Wetherington Homes, Steve Nelson has a solid reputation in residential architect development. Steve attended the School of Architecture at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning and served in the Air Force ROTC. Prior to working at Lee Wetherington Homes, Steve designed hundreds of custom homes in the Florida Keys, condominiums, automobile dealerships, large factories and shopping complexes.

Steve has lived in southwest Florida for most of his life and enjoys boating, golf, tennis, and flying.

Todd Hubbard, Vice President of Operations

Todd Hubbard joined the company in 2000 and is the vice president of operations. Todd attended the University of Florida and served in the United States Air Force.Todd has been a licensed commercial swimming pool contractor for over 22 years building approximately 2,000 pools during that time.Currently, Todd holds a certified residential contractor license.

Todd is married and has four children.