Established in 2010, New Leaf Builders represents the partnership of Grant Zinkon and Adam Baslow. Our team has steadily grown as we add to our talents and enthusiasm.

Making Memories

New Leaf knows the importance of a handshake and values our reputation for quality construction within our community. We take a hands-on approach to each project, completing them with thoroughness while employing environmentally responsible building techniques. From the moment the foundation is poured to the time the keys are handed over to the new owner, New Leaf is active, present, and attentive.

 

Staying at the forefront of the new construction industry requires superb building materials from sound sources. It requires an understanding of homebuilding trends as well as an innovative approach to reading where the market is heading next. Charleston has always been a source of inspiration and the Lowcountry continues to serve as a tastemaker. The abundance of rich material sources and expertise in our area enables us to stay dynamic. New Leaf works with an expansive list of local talent that is hand-selected for your particular home’s needs.

Our Team

Adam Baslow

Adam Baslow

Co-Founder

Vero Beach, Florida Native Adam came to the Lowcountry after graduating from Furman University with a double major in business and Spanish. When he moved to Charleston, a family friend suggested he look into real estate as a profession, since it had become a cherished personal avocation of the young graduate. Adam, still a licensed realtor today, joined with Special Properties, Inc., a brokerage firm that focused primarily on selling land and developing choice area real estate in the Lowcountry.

Grant Zinkon

Co-Founder
Grant, a Charleston native who spent the summers working in construction, earned his business degree from the Citadel and upon graduation worked in lumber sales for Buck Lumber honing his skills in buying and selling building materials. After a few years, he was called to his passion—building—when Centex Homes hired him. For three years, he acted as a project superintendent and was assigned to specialty undertakings from installing pools to building neighborhood entry monuments.
Alan Degen

Alan Degen

Operations Manager
Alan joined the New Leaf team in June 2012. Growing up in Northwest Ohio, construction was the family business; summers were spent working residential projects with his Grandfather, Father, and Uncle. Upon receiving a Construction Management degree from The Ohio State University, he pursued a management position with a roofing and siding company in Myrtle Beach, SC. After transferring to Charleston, he decided to take up his true passion of home building with New Leaf Builders. Alan currently serves as the Operations Manager, overseeing all aspects of the home building process.

Will Flynn

VP of Construction
Will Flynn grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. During college, he spent summers interning with a national home builder and was immediately hooked. Upon graduation, Will moved from the Upstate to Charleston to work for David Weekley Homes, and joined the New Leaf team in the summer of 2015 as a project manager. Will has spent over a decade building homes in the Lowcountry, and now oversees all fieldwork as New Leaf’s Vice President of Construction.

Chris Dudleck

VP of Build On Your Lot

Chris is an Appalachian State graduate who found a passion for construction from a young age.  When he was fifteen his father, who was a construction manager, recruited him to a grading crew.  Chris has ten years of experience as a project manager across three different states.  He has more than 200 homes under his belt from basement homes in Virginia to drive under homes here in Charleston.  Chris is a Leed AP which is the highest green building certification that can be achieved.  He joined the team in 2014 and builds every home as if it were his own.  When not on the jobsite, Chris enjoys spending time on the water, playing golf or running his dog on the beach.

Mark Watson

Project Manager

Raised in Mt. Pleasant, Mark graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. He spent is summers working in construction, as well as an internship with a national home builder. After graduating he took a job as a superintendent in Charlotte with a national home builder. He returned to the Lowcountry in 2007 where he has continued his passion for building homes. Mark joined the team in 2019 and is excited to be with New Leaf Builders.

Katie Fischer

Scott Slattery

Project Manager

Scott was born and raised in a small farm town in Ohio, farming and building since he was ‘knee high to his Grandfather.’ From his first visit to King Street, he couldn’t wait to move his family to Charleston where his work is his play. Scott’s passion and experience for building homes inspired him to become a South Carolina licensed contractor which opened the door to building homes all over the lowcountry, including Sullivan’s Island and IOP. He loves the historical architecture that fills the heart of The Holy City. On the weekends, Scott is usually tinkering in his workshop or sight-seeing with his wife, two kids and two dogs.

Phil

Phil Brooks

Project Manager

Phil Brooks was raised in Mt. Pleasant, but has lived all over the Lowcountry. Phil’s construction experience includes over 14 years supporting worldwide efforts for Department of Defense facility expansion and maintenance, regional commercial electrical, as well as 5 years in residential production home market. When Phil is not working, he can be found spending time with his family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. His favorite hobbies include working on cars, hunting with his dogs, shrimping, and fishing. The hunting and fishing usually leads to delicious meals that Phil enjoys preparing for his family, embracing great food and fellowship!

Brett Miller

Brett Miller

Project Manager
Brett and his wife, Grace, reside in the Charleston area with their daughter, Paige, who is a student at Clemson University. Originally from Ohio, he earned his degree in Business Administration at the University of Toledo.

Brett brings a diverse experience to his job as Project Manager for New Leaf Builders. First working for a number of newspapers in Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina, he became a board member of the Charleston Home Builders Association. From there he transitioned to working in the field, building custom and semi-custom homes in Ravenel and Johns Island along with residential and commercial remodeling throughout the area.

Brett is a golfer, but mostly spends his free time enjoying the local beaches and restaurants with his family… and dog, Mo$.

Matthew Paiva

Matthew Paiva

Assistant Project Manager

Matthew Paiva grew up in a one traffic light town in the smallest state in America, Rhode Island. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned BAs in Finance and Real Estate. After spending time in corporate financial real estate, he needed a change, so he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a Sonar Technician for 9 years and had the honor of serving as his ship’s primary rescue swimmer.

After the birth of his son, Noah, Matthew decided to go back to civilian life in order to spend more time with his family. He earned a degree from The Citadel in Project Management and has begun working on his MBA. Matthew is excited to bring his proactive, positive, and team-oriented spirit to the New Leaf crew.

Sam Velasquez

WARRANTY Manager

Sam grew up in Windham, New Hampshire, a small town by the border of Massachusetts. He and his wife moved to Charleston in 2017 for a fresh start in a city that they had fallen in love with during college. Sam joined New Leaf in January of 2019 and he is excited make a positive difference in his community. His hobbies include writing, learning new things, and relaxing with his wife and four dogs.

Christina Henderson

Christina Henderson

Design/SALES CONSULTANT
Christina is a third generation Floridian and a Southerner at heart. She earned a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Yet she quickly realized as the daughter of a Civil Engineer and weekend General Contractor, her true passion was homebuilding and design. So she promptly jumped ship on a Ph.D. and eagerly began her sales career with Centex Homes. She comes to the New Leaf team with almost 20 years of new home sales experience. After selling production and custom homes in Naples, Florida, she missed her Southern roots and relocated to Charleston in 2019. Christina has worked for large national homebuilders, yet much prefers contributing to a local, green builder. A core value that has guided her career is that a home is much more than sticks and bricks. Home is the space where we create our most cherished memories, the backdrop of our lives. Christina is passionate about partnering with every New Leaf homeowner to design a space that distinctively reflects the unique backdrop of their life. Seeing our team of talented New Leaf professionals craft that unique vision into reality is equally rewarding.
Jessica Cote

Jessica Cote

Design Coordinator

Jessica has been working in the design build industry for over 20 years. She has worked for custom and national builders, as well as her own full service interior design firm in Raleigh, NC. She recently moved back to Mount Pleasant with her husband, two kids and two dogs.
Jessica enjoys everything the Lowcountry has to offer; especially good barbecue, Bloody Marys and the beach. Jessica is excited to have joined the New Leaf family and she can’t wait to help you make your home your own!

Phil

Drew Stritch

Purchasing Manager
Drew is a College of Charleston graduate who found a passion for residential construction during his college summer breaks swinging a hammer for a local home renovation crew. Shortly after college Drew began his professional career with a large national builder and got his residential builders license in 2005. He joined the team in August of 2020. When not in the office Drew enjoys time on the boat with his wife and kids, and chasing redfish in the waters of Charleston.
Kendall Cordina

Kendall Cordina

Custom Home Coordinator

Kendall Cordina was born and raised on Lookout Mountain, TN, just outside of Chattanooga.  After graduating from Appalachian State University, Kendall spent almost a decade living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she ran her own property management business and did a lot of sailing. After moving to Charleston in 2006, Kendall worked at her children’s school as the Director of Finance and Operations for 10 years. In 2016, Kendall transitioned to the residential construction world when she joined her husband, a contractor, in growing his remodeling and HVAC business.  While remodeling homes, Kendall was able to cultivate her passion for residential design while also getting hands-on experience in many aspects of construction. Kendall joined the New Leaf team in 2019, and loves having the opportunity to combine her financial, operational, design, and construction experience to bring an extra level of service to New Leaf’s custom home projects.

Brandon Wall

Brandon Wall

Estimator
A born resident of Charlotte, North Carolina – Brandon Wall joined the New Leaf team in the beginning of 2020 immediately after graduating from Central Piedmont Community College with a degree in Construction Management. His studies, complimented by successful roles in professional process development, have given him a driven interest in evaluating and implementing standardized approaches to success.
In his free time, Brandon enjoys training and competing in athletic running events where he is consistently awarded top tier in age group or overall competition.
Katie Fischer

Beth Jeffcoat

Accounting Manager

Beth Jeffcoat comes to Charleston from Lexington, SC. She has lived on Johns Island since 1978 when her father’s marine construction business was hired to install the original rock groyne on Folly Beach and they never left. Beth and her husband met as Juniors in high school and together they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She has been an accountant since 1986 and started at New Leaf in 2020. Beth loves New Leaf and all of the accounting puzzles, but when she leaves here for the day, she does wine tastings and dreams of starting an Alpaca Farm.

Angela Webster

Angela Webster

Accounting

Julia Phipps

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Operations Coordinator Julia Phipps grew up in a tiny town in North Carolina.  While attending the College of Charleston, she fell in love with the city.  With a technical theatre degree and a passion for lighting design, she started out building and painting sets.  She has enjoyed transitioning her focus to permanent houses.  Julia fills many roles at New Leaf Builders, so if you have any questions she is always the best place to start!

Katie Fischer

Katie Fischer

Office Manager
Katie Fischer grew up in the same tiny town of North Carolina as Julia Phipps before moving to Virginia to attend college. She fell in love with Charleston while visiting Julia during the winter and hated the idea of going back to snow. After graduating with a degree in photography, she moved to Charleston and started assisting local photographers on shoots, with weddings, and working full time as a photo editor. In her free time, she volunteers with a dog rescue taking pictures and organizing fundraisers. She is excited to use her expertise to assist in the daily operations at New Leaf.
Collins Wooten

Collins Wooten

Operations Agent
Collins has lived in the Charleston area her whole life with the exception of four years away for college. Collins attended Clemson University and received a degree in Landscape Architecture. She has been in the homebuilding world since she graduated in 2016. Collins married her college sweetheart in 2018, and they recently welcomed their first child in July 2020. Outside of work, Collins likes to play golf, read, and spend time with her family.

Randall Sandin

Realtor
New Leaf Builders has been fortunate to have Randall Sandin representing the company since its inception in 2010. Randall specializes in small developments, individual homes and our recently introduced Build on Your Lot program. Randall has been a top producing Realtor for the past 12 years.  He & his business partner are consistently ranked in the top 5 producing teams of Carolina One Real Estate and have been the #1 selling team for the James Island office for 5 years running. Randall is happy to help in any way to make your dream of owning a New Leaf home a reality.

randall@newleafsc.com
843.209.9667

Glen Wilkes

Realtor

Glen started his real estate career in 2001  focussed on new construction in Summerville, SC.  He has been a top selling agent for Carolina One Real Estate New Homes Division. For the past 5 years he has been involved with new construction sales in the Nexton community.  His passion has consistently been finding the best fit new home for all buyers.

glen@newleafsc.com
843.530.7045