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 Interiors
AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC)
SandStar Custom Cabinetry
SandStar Commercial Construction
SandStar Handyman & Home Maintenance Services
Five Star Realty of Charlotte County, Inc.

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, her first role was a part-time administrative assistant/model hostess which quickly transitioned into kitchen and bath design. Abbey is now the Vice President of Construction and Design for SandStar Remodeling and SandStar Interiors.

Abbey graduated from Edison Community College with an Associate of Science degree in drafting and design, and from Southwest Florida College with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 and her husband, Alan, are originally from northwest Illinois and have lived in Charlotte County for over twenty years. They currently live by the beach in beautiful Manasota Key and, when time allows, Abbey enjoys the sunshine and a good book, or spending time in the kitchen baking.

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 AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC). He has been with SandStar since 2015 and brings a plethora of construction experience and knowledge and helps to keep the home building process running efficiently and smoothly for clients, vendors and employees.

Allison Fenn, ASID

Interior Designer – Design Studio Director
SandStar Interiors

Biography

Allison, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design and Parsons School of Design in NYC where she earned an Associate of Science degree in interior design.

Allison moved to Naples, Florida, 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® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

As the Kitchen and Bath Designer, Cheryl works under our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division. Her duties include cabinetry design, assisting with the selections process, client meetings, product research and client/vendor correspondence.

Cheryl graduated from Southwest Florida College with an Associate of Science degree in interior design and currently resides in North Port with her husband, Chad, and they have one daughter, Jessica.

Sue Kim

Project Coordinator
SandStar Remodeling

Biography

Sue has been a SandStar team member since 2018. She began as a Design Associate and was recently promoted to the Remodeling Project Coordinator. She assists in all areas of production, including – but not limited to – purchasing, scheduling, and permitting.

Originally from the New York City area, Sue graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design. She is married with one son.

Dana Lokker

Sales & Design Consultant
SandStar Remodeling

Biography

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

Dana has worked with some of the area’s most respected builders, remodelers, and cabinet manufacturers, which has provided her a wonderful career in the sales and design industry along with the opportunities to be part of making dreams a reality for her neighbors and friends.

Originally from Illinois, Dana has been a resident of SWFL for over twenty-five years. She has four grown children – Breanne, Kaylee, Crystal, and Kyle – and loves to fill her free time with outdoor activities, such as gardening, horseback riding and scuba diving.

Kathryn Radin

Sales & Design Consultant
SandStar Remodeling

Biography

As a Sales & Design Consultant, Kathryn works with prospective clients and designing and selling residential remodel projects. Originally from Canada, Kathryn owned an award-winning design/build firm in Portland, Oregon, for twenty-eight years. She also served as President of the Arts Commission in Beaverton, Oregon; was a former flight attendant with United Airlines; a Hamburglar with Ronald McDonald; appeared at Second City in Chicago; and also toured the Orient in USO shows with Bob Hope!

She and her husband, Howard, have a son, Matthew (32), and a daughter, Jamie (30), but no grandchildren – yet!

Kathryn’s other interests include theater, dance, improv, and fishing.

Dennis Teall

Project Manager
SandStar Remodeling

Biography

Dennis is the Remodel Project Manager and joined SandStar in 2021. He manages a team of associates and every remodel project from beginning to completion, with the end goal of making every client a “Raving Fan!” He also makes sure he is available whenever needed for our Vice President of Design and Construction, Abbey.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dennis and his wife, Martha, have lived in SWFL for five years. They have five children: Jeremy (46), Maggie (43), Paul (41), Roy (37), Billy (33), and Maria (28). Dennis’ interests and hobbies include working out, sports, boating, hiking, biking, going to concerts and comedy clubs, traveling, and theater.

Desiree Harnish

Accounting Manager
SandStar Companies

Biography

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

Born in Elkhart, Indiana, Desiree also lived in Wabash, Indiana, 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.

Denise Bell

Accounts Receivable
SandStar Companies

Biography

Denise handles Invoicing to our clients within the SandStar companies, 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 twenty 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.

Valentina Tinin

Accounts Payable
SandStar Companies

Biography

As Accounts Payable, Valentina handles many accounting duties for the SandStar companies, such as processing vendor invoices for payment, client billing and payments, handyman invoices, and payroll processing. She also handles bookkeeping for the rental department under Five Star Realty of Charlotte County, Inc.

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

April Belverstone

Customer Concierge
SandStar Companies

Biography

As Customer Concierge, April assists in all aspects of the customer experience for the SandStar Companies, as well as expediting pre-start activities on schedules, permitting, and producing specific packages of information for the on-site construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers to ensure each job runs efficiently.

Originally from Arizona, April has lived in SWFL for three years and has been with SandStar since 2021. She holds an associate degree in paralegal studies and has three children: Jacob (21), Toby (19) and Hayden (3). in her spare time, April enjoys writing, photography and decorating.

David Tam

Purchasing Manager
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Having joined the SandStar family in January 2019, David is the purchasing manager for all new construction homes under our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division. He is responsible for procuring all materials ranging from the dumpster to the dining room chandelier. Other duties include meeting with clients, estimating, updating costs, setting budgets, developing and maintaining vendor relationships, and coordinating between the field personnel and design team. As purchasing manager, David’s ultimate goal is to give the client the home they want while staying in budget.

Originally from Granger, Indiana, David moved to Clearwater, Florida, when he was sixteen years old. He has lived in SWFL for many years and has also lived in several states across the country. In his free time, David likes to spend time with his wife and their three dogs. He also enjoys various activities such as fishing, shooting, golfing, baseball, basketball, and watching Notre Dame football.

Tim Crowe

Manager
Handyman Services & Home Maintenance

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!

Marisa Liberti

Sales Consultant
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Marisa is a licensed realtor and joined us as a New Home Sales Consultant for our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division in 2018. Her responsibilities include daily operations of our model home, realtor interactions, customer contact, marketing and administration. She has worked more than twenty-five years in the creative field of fashion and has a keen eye for design and interiors.

Donna Saidi

Sales Consultant
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Originally from Indiana, Donna moved to Sarasota in 1997. For the six years prior to joining our team in 2019, she 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 our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division, her responsibilities include the daily operations of our model home, marketing, administration and customer contact.

Jessica Porto

Marketing Director
SandStar Companies

Biography

Initially joining SandStar in 2015 as a Design Associate, Jessica now handles all marketing aspects for the SandStar companies, including running and maintaining the website and social media accounts, as well as creating in-house and local marketing materials – both printed and digital. She also runs all email marketing, which includes the monthly newsletter, The SandStar Insider.

Jessica graduated from Southwest Florida College with an Associate of Science degree in interior design. She currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina, where her hobbies include reading, writing, cooking/baking, staying active, and being with family.

Matt Bandler

Senior Construction Manager
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Matt is the Senior Construction Manager for our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division and oversees the day-to-day field operations of new homes being built from beginning to completion. Matt 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’ expertise 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.

Andrew Green

Construction Manager
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Andrew is a member of our Construction Management team for our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) 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.

Having moved from Saratoga Springs, New York, to SWFL a year prior before joining our team, Andrew enjoys many interests, such as diving, basketball, snorkeling, reading, and hiking.

Constance Baublis

Construction Manager
AR Homes® (SandStar Homes, LLC)

Biography

Constance is the newest member of the Construction Management team for our AR Homes® Punta Gorda (SandStar Homes, LLC) division, joining us in September 2021. She manages the day-to-day activities of new custom homes under construction, such as scheduling, quality control, job cleanliness, and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Originally from the Air Force base in Homestead, Florida, Constance began her career in new home construction in 1995 and has overseen the construction of homes ranging from 1,200 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. luxury homes. She is currently engaged to Roger Lalonde and has two daughters, Autumn Mauriah (28) and Marina Jean (24). Constance spends her free time with outdoor activities such as snorkeling, biking, and traveling.

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