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.

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, 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.

Donny Schaeffer, Director of Land Development

As Director of Land Development, Donny oversees all phases of new community development for New Leaf Builders.  Growing up in Columbia with deep family ties to rural South Carolina, he developed a love for the outdoors.  He was drawn to the coast where he attended the College of Charleston.  Post graduation he ventured into construction project management and worked on various projects throughout the Southeast.  Receiving licenses in real estate sales, roads and utilities construction, Donny started and ran successful businesses in each of these sectors.  His long career and broad experience make him uniquely able to convert New Leaf’s vision for its projects into real communities, important to the people who live there.  In his free time, Donny enjoys building things or spending time with his wife, two grown children, and their new and growing families.

Will Flynn, Project Manager

Will Flynn joined the New Leaf team in the summer of 2015.  He 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. As a project manager, Will has spent 11 years building homes in the Lowcountry and most recently managed their build on your lot program.

Chris Dudleck, Project Manager

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.

Kyle Moriarty, Project Manager

Kyle grew up in Moultonborough, New Hampshire around Lake Winnipesaukee.  He graduated college from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  Kyle moved to Charleston in September of 2013 and found his passion for construction through working in property management.  Kyle loves the outdoors, and he can frequently be found hiking or enjoying the day on the water with his boxer, Lincoln.

Travis Zobel, Estimator

A Charleston native, Travis graduated from the Citadel with a degree in Business Administration. He worked 4 years for Buck Lumber as an inside sales coordinator before getting the opportunity to move up into an outside sales position. To further his experience in the construction industry, Travis took an estimating position at Southern Lumber and Millwork, where he spent 5 years developing and fine tuning his skills in residential and semi-commercial estimating. Travis joined New Leaf Builders in early September of 2013 as their Estimator.

John Templeton, Controller

In the Spring of 2014, New Leaf Builders was fortunate enough to add a veteran of the real estate and development industry to our team.  John Templeton started his Real Estate career with The Max L. Hill Company in 1982.  John went to Holcombe & Fair Realtors in 1986, then started his own company, Special Properties, Inc., in 1990.  John now runs New Leaf affiliate Telos Realty Group, LLC as Broker In Charge. John served as Vice Chairman of the Charleston County Green Belt Bank, was awarded Grass Roots Realtor of the Year by the South Carolina Realtors Association and has been inducted into The Housing Hall of Fame by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina.

Rene Stanley, Accounting Manager

Rene Stanley, New Leaf’s Accountant, is a Charleston native.  Rene raised her family in Raleigh, then came home to the Lowcountry in 2010.  Her job upon her return happened to be in the same office as a small startup company; New Leaf!  In fact, she sat then at the same desk she occupies now.  In 2014, she accepted their offer to join the quickly blossoming company and says “you can’t beat the people.  I’ve never regretted it for a second.”  Rene now lives in Hanahan with her husband and rescue pup. When not managing New Leaf’s financials, Rene enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, Kipton, Kinsley, Sebastian, and Harper.

Sally Dahljelm, Design Consultant

Sally grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston, where she received a degree in Business Administration.  Sally started pursuing her longtime passion for interior design while taking classes at the Art Institute of Charleston and working for local interior designer Jennifer Langston.  During this time, Sally was able to hone her eye for design and enhance her creative sensibilities.  Sally describes her personal style as classic and understated with a dash of bohemian.  She is inspired by Charleston’s architecture, beaches, nature, and travels.  Sally joined the New Leaf team as a Design Consultant in 2015.

Julia Phipps, Office Manager

Office Manager 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.  When she isn’t at the office, Julia enjoys spoiling her rescue dog and cat, video gaming and having lively debates about comic books.

Jenn Yniesta, Accounts Payable

Jenn is a mid-western native who now calls Summerville home.  She gained her financial prowess through years of experience at South Carolina Federal Credit Union and during this time discovered her passion for the accounting field.  New Leaf welcomed Jenn to the Accounts Payable roll in the summer of 2017. When she’s not at work, Jenn enjoys both teaching and practicing yoga, and cheering on her son, Drew, who plays baseball at Erskine College.


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