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.
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.
VP of Construction
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.
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.
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 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 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$.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.