Meet Our Team
Jonathan Lee, President
Few builders have the blend of education, experience and enthusiasm that Jonathan Lee invests in his company and home building endeavors for his clients. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture, Jonathan started his career in commercial construction before launching Homes by Jonathan Lee, Inc., in 1995. Since then his homes have received yearly recognition, earning gold and silver awards in the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem.
Jonathan Lee is known for his ability to stay on the leading edge of his profession, always expanding his knowledge and professional capabilities. Using the latest building techniques, innovative technology and new materials, Jonathan explores options that make homes wise investments as well as wonderful living spaces.
Jonathan's abilities to listen, communicate and collaborate facilitate excellent client relationships and have earned him many word-of-mouth recommendations. His thorough organization and management of the construction process make him a sought-after builder for discerning homebuyers. From the initial discussions forward, he works closely with his clients and is available to answer their questions. His engagement at each of his job sites ensures that the work meets his and the clients’ high standards.
As Jonathan has built his company, he has served as president and board member for the Home Builders Association and has chaired vocational education initiatives to bring interested students into the field. He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity to share his talents and help provide well-built homes in the community.
Quality and integrity are the hallmarks both of Jonathan individually and of Homes by Jonathan Lee.
Tim Fox, Superintendent
When “millions” of pieces go into a custom home-building process, having Tim Fox leading the construction initiative ensures clients’ peace of mind. Tim has had a life-long love for building things and construction tools were among his first playthings. After building his first workbench at the age of 10, he developed his skill sets with hands-on building experiences and education.
He earned a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and worked in management as well as construction, giving him a thorough grounding in all aspects of the construction business. Tim has also been a business owner and contractor for home building, additions and remodeling. His personal experience with the manual labor required for homebuilding promotes strong relationships with the contractors he supervises. Tim’s communications style makes him an excellent liaison – working with clients, contractors, vendors and colleagues.
Building beautiful homes and facilitating the intricate processes that keep the project on track, bring a lot of satisfaction to Tim and to the clients who enjoy their completed home. His reputation as a top superintendent who anticipates and resolves potential problems while achieving the quality and precision clients expect, is well-deserved. Tim’s versatility makes it possible to creatively address all facets of the project well.
Tim and his family recently moved into a new home that included some hands-on labor from Tim and help from his children. It was quite a family experience and when they moved in, they immediately felt like they were at home. It’s a feeling of homecoming that clients also experience when they move into their Homes by Jonathan Lee custom home.
Alicia Lee, Interior Designer
When your company is known for providing a lot of service and clients need to make many choices, a professional interior designer is a valuable team member. For many Homes by Jonathan Lee clients, envisioning what their home will look like is challenging and choosing the materials, products, colors and finishes is daunting. Alicia Lee guides clients through the decision-making and helps them orchestrate a home that interprets their preferences and reflects their personal taste.
Her level of engagement depends on the clients and is tailored for their needs and desires. Alicia’s design work with clients ranges from a little assistance with putting together the outside and inside materials for a new home to full-blown design incorporating materials and finishes (colors, brick, stone, siding, rock shingles) for the outside of the home and paints, finishes, counter tops, fixtures, cabinets, lighting and furnishings for the inside. She can also help clients blend their existing furnishings into their new home and find the furniture, window treatments and other furnishings they desire.
Alicia Lee grew up in a family that had a home decorating business and she gained valuable experience with furnishings and window treatments. She earned her undergraduate degree in Housing from East Carolina University, which gave her a thorough grounding in architectural features and design. She’s earned her American Society of Interior Design (ASID) certification and continues to expand her design horizons with attendance at design events.
Her eye for color, knowledge of materials and products and her ability to facilitate design that flows beautifully from room to room or rooftop to foundation, enhances the architecture of every home she works with. And unless clients have seen Alicia’s home, they don’t experience her personal preferences, for when she does design work in their homes, it reflects only their preferences.
Rich Doerfler, Estimator / Project Manager
Rich comes to our team with 14+ years of experience in residential building and development. Rich turned his passion to building things as a kid into passionately enjoying and understanding every aspect of the building process and the building industry. With a keen eye for detail, Rich is an integral part of the behind-the-scenes work that translates into the quality in our finished product that a Homes by Jonathan Lee home demands. He will work with your needs to assure you are getting the home you want and deserve.
Rich graduated in 2004 from the University of Oregon with a degree in political science and a minor in business administration. After college he worked for a national production builder before moving to N.C. Prior to joining us, he worked for a reputable builder In Charlotte for more than 11 years.
He has built everything from single family, government affordable housing, Neighborhood Club houses to higher end spec homes. From the types of homes he has built, to the multiple layers of government and trade partnerships established over the years, Rich bring a diverse set of skills that will help you build the home of your dreams. Rich and his wife, Laura, live in Winston Salem and have three young children, Piper, James and Sloane. In his free time— Did we mentioned he has three young kids?
Leslie Dail, Office Manager
Leslie brings more than 20 years of financial experience to the team, working with upper management, start-up companies and growing firms. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Wake Technical College.
She sees working with Homes by Jonathan Lee as an exciting opportunity to contribute ideas and represent a company that values quality, professionalism and the highest standards of home-building.
Leslie has been involved with Habitat for Humanity homes and the United Way campaign for several years. Her hobbies include skiing, canoeing, working in the yard, decorating and traveling.
Peggy Gheesling, Marketing Agent, Brookberry Farm
As a native of Winston-Salem, NC, Peggy Gheesling knows this area extremely well and has her fingers on the pulse of the area’s real estate market. Peggy’s career in real estate began in 1981 and she has represented Homes by Jonathan Lee since 1996. Her affiliation with this region’s largest real estate company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty, expands resources available to her custom home building clients. Among these services are assistance with selling their current home, home value information, financial decision factors, how the building process works and logistics of transitioning into a new home.
Peggy’s clients appreciate her ability to connect them with resources and information, whether they’re new to the area or long-time residents. Her volunteer work with many community organizations reflects her commitment to this area and the people who live here. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She’s earned BHHS Carolinas Chairman’s Circle designation and has served as a member of BHHS Carolinas Realty’s Board of Advisors.
Her expertise with new construction helps Homes by Jonathan Lee clients skillfully navigate the custom home building and purchasing process. Peggy thoroughly enjoys her affiliation with Homes by Jonathan Lee and shares, “Every year at the Parade of Homes, almost every (past) client comes by to talk with Jonathan and this goes beyond the positive building experience they had. They want to see what he’s done on this year’s show home. It’s almost like a family reunion.”
Peggy particularity enjoys working with clients who already know they want their home built by Homes by Jonathan Lee. “Jonathan really listens,” she commented, “and they’re in good hands. Everyone who’s built with Jonathan is more than happy with the experience and their home. He’s built a great reputation and lived up to it.”
Dee Priddy, Marketing Agent, Shelburne Village at Camelot
A Realtor/Previews Specialist at Coldwell Banker Triad Realtors, Dee has been full-time with Coldwell Banker since 2006. She is very passionate about what she does, which is why you’ll have her personal attention through the whole process of buying a Jonathan Lee home. She has lived here for more than 20 years and keeps up to date on the current market changes and trends. With her studio art background she can also help you with preparing your existing home for sale.
She has been honored in the Chairman’s Circle for the past several years and has achieved a “Previews” Luxury Home Specialist certification as well as Relocation and Residential Military Specialist. She puts forth a tremendous effort in marketing homes and would be delighted to tell you how. Whether you’re in the market to buy or sell, she would love to share with you the benefits of teaming up together.