Crafting Green homes with style

Here at JAG, we value sustainability as a lifestyle choice, and want to conserve the land and the resources in our community.

As a team, we value each employee and the unique skills they have to offer. Our JAG team works to offer the client the best experience and to make sure our company continues to operate sustainably here in Asheville.

We are a Just Economics living wage certified employer in Asheville, NC and we offer a wellness program for all our employees. Company culture is extremely important to us, and we value having a workplace where people thrive not only as employees but as friends and partners.

Jody Guokas
Founder and President of JAG Construction
Jody received a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in 2001. He went on to work in both Vermont and Maine for small timber frame companies. Upon returning to Asheville in 2002, Jody started his endeavor into self-employment, working for several local contractors and building a few timber frame structures. JAG Construction was established in 2003 and began by completing countless rehab and renovation projects in the City of Asheville.

Since then, Jody has refined the mission of JAG construction to be focused on infill construction of efficient green-built residential structures. Jody’s passion is figuring out how to provide the highest quality, well-crafted home at a reasonable price. Since 2010, Jody has served as vice chair of the WNC Green Building Council, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices
Rob Johnson
Senior Project Manager & Operations Manager
Rob Johnson is an experienced project manager and building science consultant. From 2001 to 2006, Rob honed his green building skills as the Georgia operations manager for EarthCraft House, a green building program managed by Southface, an Atlanta nonprofit. Prior to EarthCraft House, Rob worked in quality control and as a finish manager for a large residential production builder. Since then he has managed numerous custom home projects throughout the Southeast and performed both residential and commercial energy audits as a field operations manager with The Energy Partners. Rob shares the JAG vision of making green building the standard for residential construction and it is clear from his portfolio of projects and client testimonials that he is passionate about the creative process.
Kevin Reese
Project Manager
Kevin joined JAG in November of 2015. He received a BA from Appalachian State in 2001. Prior to Project Management for JAG, Kevin was the Director of Construction/Development for a home builder in the Asheville area. Kevin has also managed home construction and development in the Charlotte area. Kevin is a LEED AP and shares JAG’s green building vision.
Nate Lilethun
Project Manager
Nate began building when he moved to Asheville in 2002. While working for a general contractor he learned all aspects of carpentry including framing, siding, interior and exterior trim, and cabinetry. He focused on trim and cabinetry for a few years until signing on with Biltmore Farms Homes as a manager. During his time there he learned the overall process of residential home building while also receiving his associate’s degree in Project Management from A-B Tech. He joined JAG Construction in 2008 and has been fine-tuning his green building skills ever since.
Noi Calhoun
Office Manager
Noi Calhoun started working for JAG in 2007, and transitioned into the Office Manager position in 2014, serving as executive secretary, overseeing office staff, and handling the day to day surprises. She also handles the massive amount of paperwork involved: accounts payable and receivable, change orders, following insurance protocol, and payroll for the staff. She is a Notary Public in the county of Buncombe, North Carolina. She is highly committed to easing the client’s side of the process by providing excellent customer service, combined with easy to understand billing. She has been a part of the growth of this company from the beginning and is proud to be a member of our JAG team.

Noi moved to Asheville in 2006 from a tiny mountain town in Colorado, where she had previously been in the banking industry. She spends most of her spare time baking, picking up after her husband and two kids, and waterfall hunting.
Tim Nylander
Project Manager
I was raised by leaders in the historic preservation and American decorative arts fields. I grew up in the attics, basements, barns and ballrooms of some of the most architecturally significant homes in New England. After graduating college and touring the world with a variety of bands, the economic reality of being a musician settled in and in a moment of clarity I realized that I had wanted to be an architect when I was a kid. Having no money for school I embarked on a career in carpentry. It combined my love of design and knowledge of the Boston area’s buildings, old and new, in a hands on and creative environment. After 17 years of working in some of Boston’s most amazing neighborhoods and buildings, I realized the need for a change. My wife and I moved to Western North Carolina (which was our escape plan all along). I was fortunate to find a soft landing building beautiful green homes and continuing with my passion for architecture and building in a new environment.
John Humbert
Renovations Division Manager
John Humbert IV is the renovations division manager & project manager for JAG Construction. John has been involved in residential and commercial renovation and remodeling for almost 20 years. John began his journey in 2000 with a small renovation company in Austin, Texas. John has always had a strong belief in great customer service, while striving for 100% customer satisfaction. In 2009 John moved to the Lake Norman area in NC where he continued honing his renovation & remodeling skills. While always looking to improve and incorporate green and sustainable practices, John began his new journey with JAG Construction in 2015. John spends most of his free time with his beautiful family of four; any other time, you will find him on a lake or river fishing.
Jody Guokas
Founder and President of JAG Construction
Jody received a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in 2001. He went on to work in both Vermont and Maine for small timber frame companies. Upon returning to Asheville in 2002, Jody started his endeavor into self-employment, working for several local contractors and building a few timber frame structures. JAG Construction was established in 2003 and began by completing countless rehab and renovation projects in the City of Asheville.

Since then, Jody has refined the mission of JAG construction to be focused on infill construction of efficient green-built residential structures. Jody’s passion is figuring out how to provide the highest quality, well-crafted home at a reasonable price. Since 2010, Jody has served as vice chair of the WNC Green Building Council, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices
Rob Johnson
Senior Project Manager & Operations Manager
Rob Johnson is an experienced project manager and building science consultant. From 2001 to 2006, Rob honed his green building skills as the Georgia operations manager for EarthCraft House, a green building program managed by Southface, an Atlanta nonprofit. Prior to EarthCraft House, Rob worked in quality control and as a finish manager for a large residential production builder. Since then he has managed numerous custom home projects throughout the Southeast and performed both residential and commercial energy audits as a field operations manager with The Energy Partners. Rob shares the JAG vision of making green building the standard for residential construction and it is clear from his portfolio of projects and client testimonials that he is passionate about the creative process.
Kevin Reese
Project Manager
Kevin joined JAG in November of 2015. He received a BA from Appalachian State in 2001. Prior to Project Management for JAG, Kevin was the Director of Construction/Development for a home builder in the Asheville area. Kevin has also managed home construction and development in the Charlotte area. Kevin is a LEED AP and shares JAG’s green building vision.
Nate Lilethun
Project Manager
Nate began building when he moved to Asheville in 2002. While working for a general contractor he learned all aspects of carpentry including framing, siding, interior and exterior trim, and cabinetry. He focused on trim and cabinetry for a few years until signing on with Biltmore Farms Homes as a manager. During his time there he learned the overall process of residential home building while also receiving his associate’s degree in Project Management from A-B Tech. He joined JAG Construction in 2008 and has been fine-tuning his green building skills ever since.
Noi Calhoun
Office Manager
Noi Calhoun started working for JAG in 2007, and transitioned into the Office Manager position in 2014, serving as executive secretary, overseeing office staff, and handling the day to day surprises. She also handles the massive amount of paperwork involved: accounts payable and receivable, change orders, following insurance protocol, and payroll for the staff. She is a Notary Public in the county of Buncombe, North Carolina. She is highly committed to easing the client’s side of the process by providing excellent customer service, combined with easy to understand billing. She has been a part of the growth of this company from the beginning and is proud to be a member of our JAG team.

Noi moved to Asheville in 2006 from a tiny mountain town in Colorado, where she had previously been in the banking industry. She spends most of her spare time baking, picking up after her husband and two kids, and waterfall hunting.
Tim Nylander
Project Manager
I was raised by leaders in the historic preservation and American decorative arts fields. I grew up in the attics, basements, barns and ballrooms of some of the most architecturally significant homes in New England. After graduating college and touring the world with a variety of bands, the economic reality of being a musician settled in and in a moment of clarity I realized that I had wanted to be an architect when I was a kid. Having no money for school I embarked on a career in carpentry. It combined my love of design and knowledge of the Boston area’s buildings, old and new, in a hands on and creative environment. After 17 years of working in some of Boston’s most amazing neighborhoods and buildings, I realized the need for a change. My wife and I moved to Western North Carolina (which was our escape plan all along). I was fortunate to find a soft landing building beautiful green homes and continuing with my passion for architecture and building in a new environment.
John Humbert
Renovations Division Manager
John Humbert IV is the renovations division manager & project manager for JAG Construction. John has been involved in residential and commercial renovation and remodeling for almost 20 years. John began his journey in 2000 with a small renovation company in Austin, Texas. John has always had a strong belief in great customer service, while striving for 100% customer satisfaction. In 2009 John moved to the Lake Norman area in NC where he continued honing his renovation & remodeling skills. While always looking to improve and incorporate green and sustainable practices, John began his new journey with JAG Construction in 2015. John spends most of his free time with his beautiful family of four; any other time, you will find him on a lake or river fishing.