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R.L. Baxter picR.L. Baxter combines family values and strong growth strategies to thrive in New York’s Hudson Valley.

By Chris Kelsch

In retrospect, it probably wasn’t that much of a leap of faith for Robert Baxter to turn the reins of his company, R.L. Baxter Building Corp., over to his children in 2009.  His son, Eric, had grown up in the business, taking jobs at various worksites in the company his father started in 1985. Robert Baxter’s daughter Amanda, now the company’s president, had also worked various jobs within the company since she was in high school. Their combined experience plus R.L. Baxter’s solid reputation in and around New York’s Hudson Valley ensured a fairly seamless transition.

For Eric Baxter and his sister, managing that leadership transition was effortless. “While Amanda has focused more on the accounting and the human resources side, I focused on the operations and sales side, working on networking and bidding different projects,” he says. “The transition was manageable for us because our father already established a great reputation.”

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NAP LumberyardNAP continues to create unique urban spaces in the Southeast.

By Chris Kelsch

North American Properties (NAP) is certainly no stranger to the city of Tallahassee, Fla. The company has invested more than $150 million in large-scale, mixed-use developments in that city since 2012; specifically, in the Gaines Street District.  With its latest project, “The Lumberyard,” NAP hopes to build on its legacy of creating provocative urban spaces.

For the city of Tallahassee, the Gaines Street District remains extremely vital. In addition to serving as a conduit to the downtown business district and the state Capitol building, it connects two of Tallahassee’s universities: Florida A&M and Florida State University. Both of those universities have seen similar trends regarding the lifestyle choices of their students.

Ingerman picIngerman applies its experience building affordable housing for its own development arm to third-party and market-rate projects.
By Jim Harris

For most of its nearly 30-year history, Ingerman’s construction arm has worked exclusively on projects owned, developed and managed by the company’s other divisions. This experience prepared it to recently branch out its services to outside clients.

“We place a lot of emphasis on making sure we deliver the best finished product and put our owners first,” says Joe DiSalvo, director of field operations for the Collingswood, N.J.-based company. “We’re now applying the skills we’ve acquired building for ourselves to third-party projects, which has been a breath of fresh air for us.”

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SchulerSchuler Development is keeping busy developing projects in Texas.

By Alan Dorich

Some developers buy land and immediately plan to build a project on it. But McKinney, Texas-based Schuler Development prefers to wait for the right time when it can benefit the most, founder George Schuler says. 

TAVO DevelopmentTAVO Development’s founder draws on his lifelong love of homebuilding in Westchester County, New York.

By Chris Petersen

TAVO Development President Steve Tavolacci has had a lifelong love affair with building homes, and the fourth-generation homebuilder says there’s nothing in the world he would rather be doing. From his days growing up surrounded by the craft to his first job sweeping floors on his father’s projects, Tavolacci says he’s never once considered doing anything else. “As a young kid, I knew this was always what I wanted to do,” he says. “I knew I had a passion for building and gave it all I had.”

TAVO Development’s clients have been the beneficiaries of that passion for more than 18 years now, as the company has built up a strong portfolio of luxury homes in Westchester County, New York. Tavolacci says the company’s reputation as one of the region’s most successful developers and homebuilders has come as a result of the company’s hard work, dedication and adherence to a strict but simple code of ethics.

The company concentrates on building spec homes in Westchester and Fairfield counties in New York, and its primary client base consists of families upgrading from their starter homes, according to Tavolacci. No matter what the finished product turns out to be, he says, every TAVO Development home is built on the idea that it must be someplace where he would want his family to live. Thanks to that philosophy, TAVO Development has built homes that it and its clients can be proud of.

Charlew BuildersWith every property it builds and develops, Charlew Builders customizes homes to its clients’ every needs.
By Bianca Herron

In 1967, Charlew (Charles Lewandowski) Construction Company was incorporated as a family-owned business by Charles Lewandowski, Sr. along with his sons, Lawrence Lewandowski and Charles Lewandowski, Jr. The company was founded on a commitment to value, craftsmanship and service instilled in these brothers by their father, Charles J. Lewandowski, Sr. In 2009, Corey Lewandowski, third generation builder, now president of Charlew Builders, Inc., continues the commitment to excellence instilled by his family. Corey Lewandowski says it is tremendously rewarding to continue a 50-year tradition of building custom, quality homes for clients.

Today, Charlew Builders is one of the leading homebuilders and developers in the capital region of New York. 

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