Brown Haven is committed to excellence in building quality custom homes. Our clients receive a good, fair deal through a professional blend of experience, craftsmanship, integrity, and superior customer service.

John Allen, Brown Haven Builders



After graduating from UGA in 2004, John decided to move back home and start building homes. John and his wife, Brette, love living in the Blue Ridge Mountains and have recently had their first child, baby Marlowe.

Terry Smith, Brown Haven Builders


Operations Manager, Hiawassee

Terry Smith has been in the construction industry for over thirty years. He is originally from Syracuse, NY, but in 2010, he and his family moved from urban Atlanta to the beautifully rural Hiawassee, GA, and joined the Brown Haven family.

Tom Valichka, Brown Haven Builders


New Home Specialist

Originally from Pennsville, NJ, Tom joined Brown Haven Builders in 2015. He graduated from Young Harris College in December 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Human Communication. He has around five years of construction experience with Wyshinski Builders (NJ) and WJV Concrete (NJ) as well as one year of experience with GeoWerks Geotechnical Engineering (Construction Materials Testing).

Richard Smith, Brown Haven Builders


Productions Manager

Richard and his wife have lived in Blairsville for over ten years now. Together, they have two wonderful children and three grandchildren. He has over twenty years experience in Residential and Commercial Construction, and in addition to ten years of U.S. military service, he is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Richard Smith, Brown Haven Builders


Project Manager

Carl has been in the construction industry for over 35 years in Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina. Since 1993, he and his wife of 36 years, Bonnie, has resided in Maggie Valley, NC. Together they have three wonderful sons, two daughters-in-love, and four awesome grand sugars. They enjoy spending time with the grand sugars and studying the Hebrew roots of their Christian faith.

Guy Dark, Brown Haven Builders


Purchasing/Estimating Manager

Guy has over 30 years of residential construction experience with national builders and regional builders in the Southeast. After 20 years in the field managing the construction of over 2000 new homes, he moved into the Purchasing and Estimating side of homebuilding. Guy enjoys his work, the outdoors, sports, and spending time with family and friends. He is also a US Navy veteran.

Bradley Smith, Brown Haven Builders


Purchasing/Estimating Agent

Bradley has worked seasonally at Brown Haven Builders since 2012. He is enrolled at Valdosta State University as an Office Administration and Technology major and began working full time in January 2016 as a Purchasing Agent.

Nick Bryant, Brown Haven Builders


Plans, Design, and Drafting Manager

Nick is a gifted architectural drafter and has been drawing custom home plans for over eight years. He currently lives in Ellijay, GA, with his wife Caroline and their two children, Carson and Cate.

Jim Endinger, Brown Haven Builders


Project Manager

Jim Endinger has over thirty years of experience in the world of construction. He lives in Chatsworth, GA, with his wife Laurie. Together, they have five children and eleven grandchildren. Most of all, Jim enjoys serving the Lord, attending church and spending time with his wonderful family.

Steve Puccio, Brown Haven Builders


Project Manager

Steve is from Murphy, NC, and has been in the construction business for over thirty years. He has five awesome kids and loves to watch football.

Damon Crowder, Brown Haven Builders


Project Manager

Damon relocated to small-town Hiawassee back in 2004. He has been in the construction business for over fifteen years and joined the Brown Haven family in 2012.

Martha Rutherford, Brown Haven Builders



As a former member at a local CPA firm in the Atlanta area, she has extensive experience in contractor accounting. She has served numerous specialty trade and general contractor clients during her career in certified public accounting. She and her husband retired to Hiawassee in 2011, where they had the pleasure to work with Brown Haven in designing and building their retirement home. After enjoying several years of retirement, Martha joined Brown Haven in 2016. Apart from work, she enjoys gardening and spending time boating on Lake Chatuge.

James Mills, Brown Haven Builders


Starts Coordinator

Originally from Flowery Branch, Georgia, James joined the Brown Haven team in May of 2016 after returning from Australia, where he worked in the construction industry. He graduated from Young Harris College in December of 2014 with a Bachelors degree in business and public policy.

Shannon Brey, Brown Haven Builders


Administrative Assistant

Shannon Brey is from Blairsville, GA. She joined Brown Haven in August 2015 with almost twenty years of customer service experience. Married with three children, she and her husband enjoy chauffeuring their kids to all of their sporting events. She loves meeting new people, and when she’s not working… loves to travel.


New Team Member


New Team Member



Quality partners equal quality service

Sears of Blairsville, Ga

Since 2001, Sears of Blairsville has provided top quality products and excellent customer service to the North GA area. Owned and operated by Blairsville native Andy Burks, this company takes pride in its personalized customer service, making it one of the most successful Sears Hometown Stores in the nation.

North Georgia Stone & Outdoor Living

North GA Stone & Outdoor Living is a family owned and operated business located in Blairsville, GA. As part of the Owenby Company, the team has over fifty years of experience in the industry. They are committed to using their knowledge and experiences to help clients reach their goals. Whether the project includes a stone veneer fireplace or a new paved driveway, no project is too large or too small.

Baumgarten Cement Poured Walls

After succeeding in the concrete and construction management business for over thirty years, Randy Baumgarten started his own business in the mountains of Hayesville, NC in 2002. He brought his expertise to his own business venture in the mountains, opening Baumgarten Cement, Inc. in Hayesville, NC in early 2002. Today, Baumgarten Cement has three of the best concrete field superintendents in the area, with a single focus of a complete, quality product. Randy proudly reflects on pouring over 150,000 yards of concrete in the Tri State area and has everyone focused on reaching the milestone of a quarter million yards poured.

Mountain Realty

Mountain Realty became a business in 1971 and was purchased by current owner/broker Carmolita Haney in 1989. Mountain Realty is one of the leading Real Estate agencies in North Georgia & Western North Carolina serving Towns, Union, and Clay counties. For all of your real estate needs, call one of Mountain Realty’s experienced and knowledgeable agents.

J White Electric

J White Electric was founded in 1998 by Jonathan White in Dahlonega, GA. Jonathan has excelled in the industry by growing and maintaining his business based on service and quality.

Tri-State Heating & Air

Tri-State Heating and Air has been providing quality heating and air conditioning services since 1970. Our technicians strive to provide excellent customer service for all your installation and service needs.