Established in 2010, New Leaf Builders represents the partnership of Grant Zinkon and Adam Baslow. Our team has now grown to thirteen as we steadily add to our talents and enthusiasm.
there’s no place like home
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.
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.
A Charleston native, Rob has always had a keen interest in his community. While becoming an Eagle Scout, he worked with the town to improve the visibility of historic street markers in Mount Pleasant. After graduating from Utah State University, he moved back to the Lowcountry to pursue his passion in construction for one of the largest independent production builders in the state. There he was able to gain experience in the field before moving into the office where he was the purchasing and estimating project manager for two of the larger production neighborhoods. Rob joined the New Leaf team in February of 2019. Outside of the office, you will find him working on home improvement projects, enjoying live music or taking photos.
Shelley Tucker is a proud Charleston native. She graduated from Strayer University with an Accounting degree. She started out with a CPA firm and has used the skills she learned to work in various areas of accounting. In her downtime, she works beside her husband in ministry, and loves spending time with her children, granddaughter, and two dogs, Gracie and Sadie
Asst. Project Manager
Born and raised in Iowa, Jeff grew up an Iowa Hawkeye fan. He was raised around the family’s property management business which taught him the dedication and loyalty of working with a small business.
Jeff graduated with his Bachelors degree in Finance from Western Illinois University and went on to get his Masters degree in Finance from Loyola of Chicago.
His family relocated to Charleston in 2012 and have called the Lowcountry home ever since with their children. Outside of work he spends his time being a father and dedicated to ministry at his local church.
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.