About Us

 

For over 39 years, our award winning building and remodeling company has 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.

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Our Team

SandStar Remodeling’s creative designers and talented installation teams can assist you with all of your custom remodeling needs. From moving walls and reconfiguring your living spaces to ceiling modifications such as adding a tray ceiling, the SandStar Remodeling team can help turn your house into a home that reflects your lifestyle.

Whether you desire a small custom built-in entertainment center or a complete room addition, no job is too small or too large. And when the dust settles, we’ll also help you with interior design to assure your remodel is picture perfect!

SandStar Remodeling specializes in custom kitchens, baths, closets, garages and more!

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 Kitchens and Baths
SandStar Custom Cabinetry
SandStar Interiors
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.

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

Abbey Roloff, CKD

Abbey Roloff, CKD

Vice President of Design and Construction

Abbey Roloff is the Vice President of Design and Construction 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

James Pobuda

Vice President, New Home Construction

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.

Tom Bobotas

Tom Bobotas

Remodel Sales Consultant

As our Remodeling Sales Consultant, Tom meets with our perspective clients to discuss their projects. He assists with the design process then writes and presents the proposals to the clients.

Originally from New Hampshire, for 19 years Tom ran his own business, a handyman service, completing simple repairs, fabricating various custom wood products as well as light commercial build-outs. He also built a large home and has owned, managed and maintained rental units in many buildings. All of these experiences give him unique insight into the variety of projects our homeowners need.

Allison Fenn, ASID

Allison Fenn, ASID

Interior Designer

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.

Cheryl Vogt

Cheryl Vogt

Kitchen and Bath Designer

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

Sue Kim

Design Associate

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.

Michele Garcia

Michele Garcia

Accountant

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!

Deborah Abbott

Deborah Abbott

Customer Concierge

As Customer Concierge, Deborah will be one of the first faces you see when entering the main office. She 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 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!

Jessica Porto

Jessica Porto

Marketing Director

Jessica assists with marketing for the company, including maintaining the company website, social media networks, marketing materials and ads, SandStar Remodeling’s monthly eNewsletter and much more.

Jessica graduated with an A.S. in interior design at Southwest Florida College. She currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina, with her family.

Marisa Liberti

Marisa Liberti

New Home Sales Consultant

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

Donna Saidi

New Home Sales Consultant

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.

David Tam

David Tam

Purchasing Manager, New Home Division

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

JC Savasuk

JC Savasuk

Construction Manager, New Home Division

JC is a new home construction manager under the SandStar Homes division, a franchise of AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg. JC oversees the day to day operation of new homes being built and has over 8 years of experience in construction.

Bruce Warram

Bruce Warram

Construction Manager, New Home Division

As a new home construction manager, Bruce oversees the day to day operation of new homes being built under the SandStar Homes division, a franchise of AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg.

Bruce brings over 40 years of construction experience to the SandStar team.

Tim Crowe

Tim Crowe

Handyman Services Manager

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!

Luis Morales

Luis Morales

Construction Manager, Remodel Division

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.