SandStar Today

South East Building Conference
We're busy taking classes and checking out new products that are being displayed at the convention center in Orlando!
-2013-07-11 11:22:44
Angie's List Review
Description Of Work: SandStar designed and installed custom cabinets in my garage. They came to the house and helped us plan on the best approach for our design. SandStar guided us through the material selection process , design , and construction. Member Comments: The job went flawlessly. The cabinet design and construction were completed on time. The installation , when complete was simply beautiful. Couldn't be happier.
-2013-07-09 10:25:28
Gold Cup Award - 2nd Year!
The 22nd annual Arthur Rutenberg Homes Pride In Partnership awards dinner was held on June 18th at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg. Awards were presented to ARH franchisees and vendor partners who exhibited noteworthy performances during the past year.Barry Rutenberg presented the Builder Gold Cup Award to Jim Sanders and Larry Sandles of SandStar Homes for the second year in a row. The Builder Gold Cup is awarded to the franchise with the highest customer satisfaction rating in the past year based on customer surveys. It recognizes outstanding performance and critical success factors, including service promptness, courtesy of staff, quality control, and the addressing of customers' concerns - all as rated by its customers. SandStar Homes scored 99% in overall satisfaction and 100% of those respondents would recommend them.
-2013-07-03 09:34:15
Arthur Rutenberg SandStar New Model
Construction of our new Turnberry model is in full swing. It's located at 3456 Bal Harbor Dr, Punta Gorda. For information on our Turnberry, Coquina or Corial Lotus models call Teresa at 941-505-1800
-2013-06-06 12:31:13
New Team Members
Welcome Caroline Wilkinson (Customer Concierge) and Mike Mavraganes (Purchasing)to the SandStar Homes family.
-2013-04-04 10:54:05

Our Team

The SandStar Team is Ready to Serve You...


Jim Sanders, Pres

Jim Sanders, Pres

Jim Sanders is President and Founder of Five Star General Contracting, Inc., the parent company of the SandStar family of companies that include:

SandStar Custom Cabinetry | SandStar Commercial
SandStar Custom Kitchens and Baths | SandStar Remodeling 
Five Star Realty | Arthur Rutenburg Homes/SandStar Homes, LLC

A graduate of the University of Florida's School of Architecture with a degree in Building Construction, he also holds a class A General Contractors license, as well as a Florida Real Estate Brokers license.

Jim is a member of the:

  • Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association - twice Past President
  • Building Industry Oversight Committee
  • Charlotte County & Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce
  • Rotary Club of Punta Gorda - past President
  • Professional Remodelors Council 20 Club - past Chair

The Sanders family reside in Punta Gorda and includes wife, Cathy, son JT, and daughter Jenna.



Larry Sandles, VP

Larry Sandles, VP

Larry Sandles, Vice President/co-principle owner of the SandStar companies in Punta Gorda. with 29 years serving the Charlotte County construction and real estate industry.

A class A General Contractor and real estate agent in the state of Florida, Larry is a well known member of the business community. As a community activist he is recognized as a knowledgeable local industry representative.

Larry is past president of the Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association and past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. He has served and currently serves on several City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County boards and is very active in his local church.

Larry and his family reside in Punta Gorda. The Sandles family includes wife, Joan, their sons Nick & Tate and daughter, DeShea 



Abbey Roloff, AS, CKD,

Abbey Roloff, CKD
Kitchen & Bath Designer

Abbey Roloff is the Kitchen & Bath Designer and Design Center Manager for the SandStar companies.

Abbey graduated from Edison Community College with an AS in Drafting and Design and from Southwest Florida College with a BS in Interior Design and specializes in construction design.

She has also earned her Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and is working to complete her certified Bath Design (CBD) certification.

Abbey resides in Punta Gorda with her husband Alan.



 Tina Bongiovani, ABA

 Tina Bongiovani, ABA, AS

Tina Bongiovani has been our Accountant since 2007. These years of experience at SandStar Homes/Remodeling has given her a unique education in the many back office phases of construction as well as client and subcontractor relations.

Born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Tina relocated to sunny Florida in 2000, where she now calls Port Charlotte home.

Tina attended Southwest Florida College, and was awarded her Associate of Science Degree in Accounting in 2006. She earned her Accreditation in Business Accounting (ABA) in 2010, and plans to complete her Bachelor's Degree in the near future.

When not working at the office, Tina enjoys adventures with her little girl, Sadie. 


Jeri Tyson, ASID allied member

Jeri Tyson, ASID allied member
Interior Designer

Jeri, a native Floridian, has an AS in Fine Art and an AS in Interior Design. She taught at Florida Jr College in St. Petersburg and then opened her own licensed commercial interior design firm in St. Petersburg.

After her husband, Michael retired in 2009, they moved to Charlotte County and reside in Port Charlotte.

As our in-house interior designer, Jeri has helped to design the changes at our Design Center. She's brought in new suppliers for wallpaper, fabrics & flooring as well as furniture, accessories and window treatments. With our new division, Interiors by SandStar, a client can have their home totally remodeled from conception throught interior design.



 Caroline Wilkinson
 Customer Concierge

The first voice you hear when you call SandStar Remodeling and Arthur Rutenberg Homes is Caroline Wilkinson's. Her cheery disposition and bright smile come across the phone lines to welcome all callers.

As our Customer Concierge it is her responsibility to make sure our clients have an experience that exceeds their expectation. From first meeting through closing, Caroline handles all the paperwork for scheduling, color selections, permits, etc. as well as verbal and written communications with the homeowners.

She and her huxband, Tim, have lived on both the East & West Coasts of Florida for 25 years and in Charlotte County for the past 8 months. Caroline's favorite pastimes? Traveling, cruising and decorating her newly purchased SandStar home!


Theresa McCarthy

Teresa McCarthy
New Home Sales Consultant

Teresa started in new home sales in 1985. She holds a CSP designation and is a licensed Realtor. Teresa brought her 20 plus years of experience to SandStar in 2008 and is responsible for the daily operations of our model, realtor interactions, marketing and customer contact.



Matt Bandler

Matt Bandler
Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Matt is responsible for the oversight of purchasing and construction projects. He has over 10 years of construction experience as well as a Bachelor's degree in Construction Management is from the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.

A third generation resident of Florida, Matt, Adrienne and their two children live in Port Charlotte. In his leisure time, Matt can always be found fishing on his boat.



 Luis Morales

Luis Morales
Remodeling Supervisor

Luis Morales has been working with SandStar since 2005. He is our Lead Carpenter & Supervisor for our Remodeling Division. Luis has 16 years of experience in the construction trades.

He's been a resident of Charlotte County for 13 years and moved here from New Haven, Connecticut.  Luis lives in Port Charlotte with his wife and 2 children.


 Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner
Construction Manager

Our Construction Manager, Kevin Turner, is responsible for the oversight of field operations. He and his wife, Jody, have two children and live in Northport. Originally from Long Island, NY, Kevin has lived in Florida for 32 years.



 Mike Mavraganes

Mike Mavraganes
Purchasing Associate

Mike Mavraganes moved from the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago to Port Charlotte with his wife, Julie, and their son about two years ago. As Purchasing Associate, Mike works with suppliers to fulfill our orders for products needed for each home we build.

For a description of each of the designations that our SandStar Remodeling Team has earned - go to Designations