MEET THE DANIEL BUILDERS TEAM

Exceptional customer service begins with exceptional people. We're an Upstate, South Carolina-based team of highly experienced remodelers and renovation experts, residential and commercial contractors and craftsmen. But more importantly, we're each dedicated to upholding the values of honesty and integrity in our client relationships. It's the foundation of a strong company dedicated to Building Trust.

MEET YOUR TEAM

Bob Cord

Bob Cord

Bob Cord began an engineering/management career after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1975. Working for Factory Mutual Engineering, Owens Corning, and BASF over the next 32 years, he developed experience in design, production management, process control, technical management, marketing, customer support, and R&D. Wanting to develop a local business from the ground up, he left the corporate world to partner with Daniel Jachens, his son-in-law, to start Daniel Builders, Inc. Bob is currently the General Manager.

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Daniel Jachens

Daniel Jachens began developing his construction skills at age 14. He worked for a licensed builder through an apprenticeship program for 3 years. He then continued working with the same builder including primary maintenance responsibilities for a Christian school and camp thus gaining a broad range of construction experience. Daniel started Dan’s Handyman Service in 2001 and acquired his residential builder’s license in 2007. Being in business for 20+ years, Daniel has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of construction. In addition to being a co-owner, Daniel serves as the Project Guide director for Daniel Builders.

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Anita Rhoads

Anita is the Finance director at Daniel Builders. She’s lived in Anderson, South Carolina for 20+ years. She started at Daniel Builders in April 2016 and came with a strong background in financial management, primarily in the construction industry. Her experience includes developing management processes for several start-up businesses, as well as managing financial responsibilities for an outpatient center.

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Will Cord

Will is the Business Development director at Daniel Builders. He oversees marketing, community engagement, and recruiting talent. His background includes an MBA from Winthrop University, real estate sales and a public relations role. Will is passionate about shaping a distinct and thriving work culture at Daniel Builders.

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Andy DeLeonardis

Andy is the Design director for Daniel Builders. Early in life he learned a lot about construction from his father simply by working on projects around the house. He eventually went to work for a local flooring company, and developed a knowledge of flooring strong enough to start and co-own a flooring business. Andy has 15 years’ experience in flooring installation, specializing in hardwood and tile flooring, custom tile showers, and tile backsplashes. Andy currently thrives on helping his Design team to reach their full potential. Outside of work Andy enjoys spending time with family and playing basketball.

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David Bass

David is the Build director at Daniel Builders. He manages our Build Team of Project Managers, Carpenters and Carpenter Assistants to ensure that projects run smoothly and efficiently. He joined Daniel Builders in June 2008, and has over 18 years of construction experience. David resides in Anderson with his wife and four children.

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Rob Cord

Rob is the Direct Projects Manager at Daniel Builders. His career in construction began shortly after graduating Anderson University in 2006. He trained under Daniel Jachens as a carpenter at Dan’s Handyman Service, and stayed with the business as it developed into Daniel Builders. He and his family moved to Saint Louis in 2013. There he worked part time as a carpenter for a small remodeling company, while earning a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Seminary. In 2017 he returned to Anderson to continue utilizing his carpentry skills. Rob started the Direct Projects division in 2020.

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Patrick Rawlins

Patrick is a Project Guide at Daniel Builders. His primary responsibility is helping new clients start the Design-Build renovation process. Patrick was born and raised in Greenville. He graduated from Clemson in 2014. His hobbies include outdoor activities, such as hunting and boating. Patrick’s interest in remodeling goes back to to his younger years spending his summers working in construction. After graduating Clemson, Patrick worked 3 years in insurance. General contractors and trades were some of his biggest clients. He kept his construction skills sharp helping his father with various projects. Patrick is fulfilling a long time dream of renovating homes.

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John Power

John is a Project Guide and comes to Daniel Builders after ten years in Christian ministry. Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he and his wife of 15 years have since lived in six different states before calling Easley home. And although his background isn’t in construction, he has an ability to connect with almost any type of personality. John’s family keeps him busy, but he still finds time for reading, basketball, making music, and raising chickens. John is an initial point of contact for new clients starting the Design-Build process on their residential renovation.

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Vicki Jordan

Vicki is the Design Team administrative assistant. Though her background is in education and customer service, she has held a keen interest in residential renovations for a long time. She thrives on organizing renovation ideas, whether perusing Pinterest or assisting the Design Team. In her role she formulates selection schedules, creates agreements and provides valuable administrative support. Vicki is committed to the values of Daniel Builders and a true team player. Her work ethic and attitude contribute greatly to the positive renovation experience enjoyed by clients. Outside of work, Vicki enjoys relaxing on her back porch and spending time at Hilton Head Island. She and her husband are excited to meet their first grandchild next year!

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Billy Zion

Billy is part of our Design team at Daniel Builders. He is a licensed architect and a resident of Anderson, SC. He is a 2000 graduate of the Citadel and a 2004 graduate of Clemson University’s School of Architecture. He has been practicing architecture for 15 years and has experience with almost every type of project; from small-scale residential renovations to large-scale commercial developments. Billy has always loved to draw and he sees architecture as a true artistic expression. He also loves staying active with his four sons; hiking, camping, swimming, biking, and running are some of his favorite activities. He and his wife, Caroline, are very active in their church community. Billy uses his craft to serve others and is excited to be a part of the residential growth in our region.

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Jacob VanDonkelaar

Jacob is a Design Project Manager. He ensures projects have a detailed scope, accurate material pricing, clear plans, and all selections so he can provide the client a Fixed Price Quote. He became familiar with construction and tools early in his life. He remembers playing in red clay on construction sites, and installing cabinetry hardware as a child. He started to get serious about his carpentry while working with his dad in a cabinet shop. At age 15 Jacob came to work for Daniel Builders. Since joining the Daniel Builders team, he has developed many more carpentry skills. He truly has a “can do” attitude, and frequently demonstrates an ability to problem solve. In his free time Jacob enjoys Clemson football.

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Darren Ehnis

Darren is a Design Project Manager. As far back as age 12 Darren has been associated with building and construction. He learned all facets of cabinetry, from fabrication to assembly to finishing and installation, while working in the family cabinet business. After earning a business management degree in 2000, Darren made Greenville his home. He continued refining his carpentry skill for several years while employed at a small, Greenville-based remodeling company. Prior to joining Daniel Builders, he was an account manager for a national flooring retailer. Darren was formerly a Build Project Manager before starting his new role with the Design Team. Now, as a Design Project Manager, he brings valuable field experience to creating a Fixed Price Quote, Detailed Scope and Comprehensive Agreement to Build for our clients.

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Drew Bullock

Drew is a Design Draftsman at Daniel Builders. As a child, he enjoyed drawing floor-plans of his room, house, and classroom and building houses with legos and blocks. He learned some construction skills from his father who likes to work on projects around the house. In high school, He enjoyed playing with realistic 3D software and games that build houses. He graduated from Bob Jones University with Interior, Architecture and Design in 2020. For two summers in college, Drew has worked for a custom framing construction company. The summer of 2020, Drew started an internship with Daniel Builders, drawing floorplans and 3D Models. He was hired at the completion of that internship. Drew enjoys spending time with his family and 4 dogs, working on projects around the house, and playing Disc Golf.

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Dexter Williams

Dexter is a Project Manager for the Direct Projects division of Daniel Builders. He has over 39 years of project management experience in residential and commercial construction. Commercially, he’s managed projects ranging from shopping centers to medical centers to industrial facilities. Prior to his extensive work experience, Dexter studied Building Construction Technology and Architectural Engineering. Dexter resides in Anderson, South Carolina, where he has an instrumental role at Calvary Home for children, a local orphanage.

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Chris Owens

Chris is a Build Project Manager. He has an impressive background with over 24 years of experience in multiple facets of construction. Areas of his expertise include framing, roofing, electrical, trim, sheetrock, siding, wood flooring, tile, and painting. For six years Chris was construction supervisor at Calvary Children’s Home. He and his wife Laurie later served as house parents for 5 years in the Anderson, South Carolina based orphanage that provides a safe living environment for abused or neglected children.

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Andrew Horne

Andrew is a Build Project Manager. His introduction to trade work began at the age of 13. He established a strong foundation to acquire a wide variety of skills, on both the residential and commercial level. Andrew credits some amazing mentors who coached him in skill competencies, work ethic, integrity, an eye for detail, and an awareness of excellence. In 2009, Andrew made a career change and moved to Greenville, where he began to work in the trades full time. He started and operated his own renovation and home repair business (2010-2017), where he further honed his skills in construction. Realizing the challenges of the industry, Andrew left self-employment to work on a team. He is glad to have landed at Daniel Builders where he started as a Lead Carpenter. Andrew, and his wife Stephanie, [co-own and manage NoteAbility, a community music school in Greer; they] reside in Taylors with their two Labrador retrievers.

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Clay Merrit

Clay is a Build Project Manager for the Design-Build division of Daniel Builders. As a child Clay demonstrated a mechanical aptitude working with his father on home and auto repairs. Through high school he studied electrical, hydraulics and pneumatics at B.J Skelton career center. After high school Clay went on to study architecture and construction engineering at Greenville Technical College while continuing to work jobs in construction. When college was complete he went to work with a machinist, electrical contractor and custom builder where his knowledge of the construction industry really began to develop rapidly. Clay eventually started his own remodeling business which he ran for 9 years. During this time he further honed an extensive skill set and further enhanced his aptitude for quality finishes, kitchen and bath remodels and tile shower systems. Clay is a lead carpenter at Daniel Builders with an ability to provide excellent craftsmanship, knowledge of all building systems and proactive problem solving.

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Sean Harvey

Sean is a Build Project Manager for the Design-Build division of Daniel Builders. His started gaining construction experience in his dad's family business at the age of 13. Born and raised in a small New Jersey town he worked on many historic homes doing preservation, restoration and remodeling until he graduated from high school. Sean went on to earn a B.A. from Rutgers University in English where he worked briefly in marketing. After a brief stint in the corporate world Sean returned to carpentry, and soon joined Daniel Builders. Sean has twenty years of construction experience both in the field and in construction management. Sean is married to Jess and has two daughters, Sarah and Savannah, who bring tremendous joy to his life. Sean also enjoys reading books, writing, and is active in ministry work.

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Ben Aton

Ben is a carpenter. He was raised in Charleston, SC. In 2012 he and his wife Emma moved to Portland, OR where he became a furniture builder. He worked at a modern furniture studio (MADE inc.) where he spent 7 years honing his skills in this area. He later transitioned into working as a carpenter for a design/ build firm (Green Gables). He and his wife relocated back to South Carolina in the fall of 2020. They currently reside on the Saluda River in Powdersville.

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Andrew Cunningham

Andrew is a carpenter and a native of Greenville, SC. Andrew first became interested in carpentry after working a summer job in high school. He joined Daniel Builders in February 2019. He has proven himself to be hardworking and dependable. In his free time Andrew enjoys hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Will Wilkinson

Will is a carpenter and credits a truck shop job for helping him learn a lot about skilled labor. In August of 2019 he transitioned to his current role at Daniel Builders. In addition to his rapidly developing carpentry skill set, Will also enjoys running, music, and weekends on the lake. Will eagerly seeks out ways to make every job site a better place.

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Lee Honeycutt

Lee is a carpenter who joined the Daniel Builders family in November of 2020. Lee is from the small town of Lamar, SC and now lives in Anderson with his wife, Katelyn. He began carpentry/construction at the age of 16, and gained experience in residential and commercial. Along with being a fourth generation carpenter, he also enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking in his free time.

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Manny Figueroa

Manny is a carpenter who grew up in the Northeast and came to Greenville for college. After graduating, he married his college sweetheart, and they decided to make Greenville their home. Manny started woodworking early in his marriage (20 years ago) when decided to make his wife a spice rack for Christmas. Woodworking quickly became his passion and he started making all sorts of toys and furniture. As his family grew they moved a few times and would always find a fixer-upper to remodel. In 2020 he decided to pursue his passion for carpentry full-time. Manny was drawn to Daniel Builders because of the level of craftsmanship they provide.

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Sam Parkinson

Sam is a project manager and safety manager at Daniel Builders. As a child Sam worked with his father on rental properties. Ever since he can remember Sam was building things with his hands. After he graduated from Anderson University, He began a woodworking business and soon transitioned into full time carpentry position. His passion for craftsmanship and creating beautiful environments continues to grow. He has an eye for intricate details and is quick to help others develop their carpentry skills. Sam resides with his wife and son in Anderson.

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Daniel Bailey

Daniel is a project manager. He was born and raised in Greenville, SC. From a young age Daniel had a love for building. He learned a lot from his father as they worked on various remodeling projects together. After earning a college degree, Daniel realized he wanted a career in construction. He spent time gaining valuable experience and joined Daniel Builders in July 2020. Daniel and his wife Mary reside in Piedmont SC.

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Dylan James

Dylan is a carpenter. He joined the Daniel Builders team in June 2021. At age 18 Dylan realized he had an aptitude for residential construction. Dylan lives in Easley and loves the outdoors.

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Frank Newton

Frank is a lead carpenter. He joined Daniel Builders in January of 2022. He grew up in new Jersey and is married with 2 children. In 1979 Frank started "Newton Screen Printing", and sold the company in 2020. He moved to South Carolina in Dec. 2021. Frank was a volunteer firemen for 20 years. He’s coached youth Lacrosse, Soccer, and basketball. He enjoys making furniture, fishing, and spending time with family. Frank is an integral part of the Direct Projects division at Daniel Builders.

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Brandon Hurtado

Brandon is a carpenter for Daniel Builders. He started working construction at age 14. He learned a lot helping a family friend rebuild his home after a fire burned it down. Throughout his younger years he continued developing his skill in carpentry until it became his career. Brandon and his wife, Hannah, moved to South Carolina from Washington State in December of 2020. After moving to Greenville with their cat in October 2021, Brandon joined Daniel Builders that same month. When he’s not working, Brandon enjoys woodworking and exploring with his wife.

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Camilo Banados-Burton

Camilo was born and raised in Chile. His sense of adventure lead him to New Zealand where he met his wife. From New Zealand he and his wife decided to move to Oregon. They eventually found their way to Greenville, SC where Camilo joined the Daniel Builders team. Camilo enjoys woodworking, specifically building furniture, wood carvings and cutting boards. He is a hardworking and dependable carpenter. In addition to woodworking, Camilo enjoys climbing and being outside.

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Charis VanDonkelaar

Charis joined Daniel Builders in April of 2022 as the Direct Projects Administrator. She and her siblings grew up playing in her dad's cabinet shop and helping with projects around their home. Charis possesses strong organizational skills and brings a high level of mental discipline to her current role. These are traits she developed as an event coordinator and years of performing as a professional ballet dancer. Outside of her role at Daniel Builders (and her other job teaching ballet) you will likely find Charis tending to her large flower gardens, hiking a waterfall, hanging out with her family or playing with her baby nephew.

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Sam Tome

Sam is a carpenter at Daniel Builders. He was born and raised in Kenya where he grew up playing a lot of soccer. In 2011 Sam was the captain of his college soccer team, a team that went on to win a soccer National Championship that year. In 2018 he met his wife in Nairobi at a church function. In 2019 they came to Anderson to get married. Since being in America, Sam has gained industry experience working with another contractor as an electrician. He joined Daniel Builders in 2021 and has been a very reliable team player. Sam plans to one day move back to Kenya for ministry purposes.

Joey Sanchez

Joey Sanchez

Joey is a carpenter for Daniel Builders. He was born near Boston MA and moved to South Carolina with his mother and brother at a very young age. Early in life Joey realized he loved construction, especially the woodworking and craftsmanship aspects. Joey currently lives in Easley with his wife and son. He’s in the process of earning a Construction Engineering degree at Greenville Tech. Joey aspires to one day own a woodworking or residential construction business.

Garren Alexander

Garren Alexander

Garren is a carpenter for the Guide-Design-Build division of Daniel Builders. He is an Anderson, SC native who discovered his gift for carpentry during his teen years. He took a proactive approach to sharpening his carpentry skill by taking classes at a career center while in high school. t the age of 17 Garren started building cabinets full time for Frazer Quality Woodworks in Pickens SC. From then until now carpentry has been the source of Garren’s livelihood.

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Marion Middleton

Marion is a carpenter for Daniel Builders. He is a lifelong resident of Williamston, SC and a 1982 graduate of the Citadel. For 30 years Marion taught high school Social Studies in Anderson county. Over time he learned to work with his hands, an ability that compliments his strong work ethic well. Marion and his wife Cheryl have 3 children. They own a cow, horses and a few chickens. Marion loves the outdoors and working with people.

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Toby Greenleaf

Toby is a lead carpenter at Daniel Builders. He was born and raised, just outside of Boston. Toby began his career as a carpenter in the early nineties in Greenville, SC. He started out with Rhodes Brothers Builders and received valuable mentoring craftsmen who worked there. By the mid to late nineties Toby and his wife Carmel moved back to Boston to start their family. While in Boston he worked on many historical restoration projects like St. George Cathedral, The Old North Church, Quincy First Baptist Church, Milton Academy as well as many other historic properties. He and his family eventually moved back to the Greenville area where he had his residential remodeling business. Toby is a skilled craftsman with a willingness to mentor others.

We’d love to hear from you! Whether you’re ready to start a major remodel, or simply learn more about our process, we’re ready to assist. How can Daniel Builders renovate for you?