About SandStar

For over 40 years, our award-winning companies have been dedicated to high-quality construction in Charlotte County, Florida. Today, we are recognized for quality and experience within the building industry. This has been earned by years of commitment to the local community.

Jim Sanders, President, FCMB, GMB, CAPS, CGR. CGP

Jim Sanders

President
FCMB, GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP

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

SandStar Remodeling
SandStar Commercial Construction
SandStar Custom Cabinetry
SandStar Interiors
SandStar Handyman & Home Maintenance Services
AR Homes/SandStar Homes, LLC
Five Star Realty

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 Remodelers Council 20 Club (past chair).

SandStar Team Members

Abbey Roloff Vice President Construction & Design

Abbey Roloff

Vice President,
Construction & Design

SandStar Remodeling & Interiors

Biography

An integral part of the SandStar family since 2001, Abbey is the Vice President of Construction and Design for SandStar Remodeling and SandStar Interiors.

Abbey graduated from Edison Community College with an A.S. in drafting and design and from Southwest Florida College with a B.S. 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 currently resides in Englewood with her husband, Al.

James Pobuda  Vice President Construction  AR Homes/SandStar Home, LLC

James Pobuda

Vice President,
Construction

AR Homes/SandStar Homes, LLC

Biography

James currently heads the Construction department for SandStar Homes/AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg. He has been with SandStar since 2015 and brings a plethora of construction experience and knowledge and helps to keep the new home construction process running efficiently and smoothly for both clients and employees.

Allison Fenn, ASID

Interior Designer – Design Studio Director

Biography

Allison, a native of Lancaster, PA, graduated from Millersville University with a B.A. in graphic design and Parsons School of Design in NYC where she earned and associate degree in interior design.

Allison moved to Naples, FL, in 1991 where she began her interior design career with Collins and Dupont Interiors. Prior to starting her own business – Fenn & Company Interior Design, LLC – in 2012, Allison worked at Design Group West as a senior interior designer, where she spearheaded such projects as The Quarry Clubhouse and Beach Club in Naples as well as The Plantation Clubhouse in Fort Myers. Allison also worked for Arthur Rutenberg Homes as a senior interior designer where she was twice elected “Designer of the Year” and won a LBI Parade of Homes “Best Interior Design” award and a “Pinnacle” award for best interior design. 

Allison has over twenty-eight years of experience in the interior design field, is a professional member of ASID, certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a Florida Licensed Interior Designer. FL ID #4794

Cheryl Vogt

Kitchen and Bath Designer – AR Homes

Biography

As a Kitchen and Bath Designer, Cheryl works with the New Construction and Interiors divisions of SandStar and the AR Homes franchise. Her duties include cabinetry design, assisting with the selections process, client meetings, product research and client/vendor correspondence.

Cheryl graduated with an A.S. in interior design at Southwest Florida College and currently resides in North Port with her husband, Chad.

Sue Kim

Design Associate

Biography

As a Design Associate, Sue assists the Remodeling and Interiors divisions of SandStar with several administrative duties, including design drawings, product research and client/vendor correspondence. She also helps run the day to day operation of the SandStar Design Center.

David Tam

Purchasing Manager – AR Homes

Biography

Having joined the SandStar family in January 2019, David manages the daily purchasing activities of our SandStar Homes/AR Homes division. He works with vendors, employees and clients to ensure the proper and accurate ordering of materials for every new home construction project.

Deborah Abbott

Purchasing Associate – AR Homes

Biography

Deborah has recently taken on the position of Purchasing Associate with our SandStar Homes/AR Homes division, where she assists the Purchasing Manager with daily activities and works with vendors, employees and clients to ensure the proper and accurate ordering of materials for every new home construction project.

Originally from Pasadena, California, Deborah currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband, Tyler. Her interests include interior decorating, farmers’ markets, finding new ways to stay healthy and soaking up the Florida sun!

Valentina Tinin

Customer Concierge

Biography

As Customer Concierge, Valentina will be one of the first faces you see when entering the main office. She handles warranty and permitting accounts and interacts with employees, vendors and clients on a daily basis to provide quality customer service and to make the SandStar experience as smooth and satisfying as possible.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Valentina has lived in SWFL for ten years and has been with SandStar since 2021. She is currently working oh her bachelor’s degree in accounting and, in her spare time, loves to take on adventures and spend time outdoors or go longboarding.

Dana Lokker

Sales & Design Consultant

Biography

Dana joins the SandStar family as a Sales & Design Consultant. She meets with perspective clients, assists with the design process as well as writing and presenting proposals.

Originally from Illinois, Dana has been a resident of SWFL for 25 years, she has four grown children – Breanne, Kaylee, Crystal & Kyle – and loves to spend her free time with outdoor activities, such as gardening, horseback riding and scuba diving.

Kathryn Radin

Sales & Design Consultant

Biography

Bio coming soon.

Lisa Peterson

Purchasing Coordinator

Biography

Bio coming soon.

Desiree Harnish

Accounting Manager

Biography

Desiree joined the SandStar family in 2021 as the Accounting Manager and acts as the financial steward for SandStar Homes/AR Homes, Five Star General Contracting (dba SandStar Companies,) and Five Star Realty, where she manages all aspects of finances for the companies.

Born in Elkhart, IN, Desiree lived in Wabash, IN, for almost thirty years before making the official move to Florida in January 2021. She and her husband, Chris – who recently celebrated thirty years of marriage! – have two children, Mollie and Emilie, and two grandchildren, Ayden and Elayna. Desiree’s interests include boating, gardening, cooking, and staying busy!

Michele Garcia

Accountant

Biography

As an accountant, Michele’s main responsibility is Accounts Payable, which includes processing vendor invoices for payment, customer payments, handyman invoices and payroll processing. She also handles bookkeeping for the rental department.

Michele has been with SandStar since July 2018 and has an associate degree in accounting. She worked in various aspects of the accounting field for 27 years in Allentown, PA, before moving to Florida in 2018. Michele currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband of 25 years and their new puppy Chloe. They have always loved boating, fishing and going to the beach and are finally living the dream here in sunny Florida!

Denise Bell

Accounts Receivable Associate

Biography

Denise handles Invoicing to our clients within all the company divisions, as well as some of the back office accounting, including bank reconciliations, journal entries and other general accounting functions. She has worked in the construction industry for approximately 20 years in various capacities within the accounting field.

Denise started her journey with Sandstar in March 2020 and has become an integral part of the team. She and her family relocated to Florida from Tucson, Arizona, in 2016 and she currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband and two daughters. They absolutely love the Florida beaches and all of the interesting activities and wildlife that Florida has to offer.

Marisa Liberti

Sales Consultant – AR Homes

Biography

Marisa is a licensed realtor and she joins us as a New Home Sales Consultant for SandStar Homes/AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg. Her responsibilities include daily operations of our model home, realtor interactions, customer contact, marketing and administration. She has worked 25+ years in the creative field of fashion and has a keen eye for design and interiors.

Donna Saidi

Sales Consultant – AR Homes

Biography

Originally from Indiana, Donna moved to Sarasota in 1997. For the past six years, she has worked as a new home sales consultant in Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties for both production and luxury home builders. As a New Home Sales Consultant for SandStar Homes/AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, her responsibilities include the daily operations of our model home, marketing, administration and customer contact.

Tim Crowe

Handyman Services Manager

Biography

Tim has been with SandStar since 2011. As our head handyman, he brings a plethora of knowledge and many years of construction experience to our Handyman and Home Maintenance divisions. From changing light bulbs or smoke alarm batteries on high ceilings to any type of construction repair, Tim is the person to handle your “to-do” list AND all of your home maintenance needs!

Dennis Teall

Remodel Project Manager

Biography

Bio coming soon.

Matt Bandler

Construction Manager – AR Homes

Biography

Matt is a Construction Manager for the SandStar Homes/AR Homes division and oversees the day to day field operations of  new homes being built from beginning to completion. Matt has re-joined the SandStar family in 2021 but has been part of our team for six years previously. He brings extensive knowledge and many years’ experience within the construction industry.

Matt is a native Floridian, having lived his whole life in Punta Gorda! He has two children, Cole (17) and Liv (10), and spends his free time fishing and golfing.

Mitchell Clayton

Construction Manager – AR Homes

Biography

A Construction Manager for the SandStar Homes/AR Homes division, Mitch joined the team in 2021 and manages the day to day activities and scheduling of building your new, custom home.

Mitch is a native Floridian from Fort Myers. He enjoys being outdoors with family and friends, which includes his beautiful wife, Marla, their three daughters – Hailey (18), Paige (15) and Brynn (7) – and dogs Annabelle, a rescue Shepperd mix, and Bowzer, an English bulldog.

Andrew Green

Construction Manager – AR Homes

Biography

Andrew is the newest member of our Construction Management team for the SandStar Homes/AR Homes division joining us in 2021 and manages the day to day activities of building new custom homes such as scheduling, quality control, job cleanliness, and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Relocating from Saratoga Springs, NY, to SWFL a year prior, Andrew enjoys many interests, such as diving, basketball, snorkeling, reading, and hiking.

Jessica Porto

Marketing Director

Biography

Joining SandStar in 2015 as a Design Associate, Jessica now handles all marketing aspects for the SandStar companies, including running and maintaining the social media sites and website, creating in-house and local marketing materials, and any other marketing needs. She also runs all email marketing, which includes the monthly eNewsletter, The SandStar Insider.

Jessica graduated with an A.S. in interior design at Southwest Florida College. She currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Her interests include reading, writing, cooking/baking, staying active, and being with family.

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