Meet the Stillwater Team
“It sounds cliche, but we really are a team at The Stillwater Group — a team built on being process-driven and almost obsessed with personal attention. That’s the culture we’ve worked super-hard to have here, and it’s turned clients into friends.”
At first meeting, Brandon will beat you to the punch: “I know I have face and body for radio.” Jovial and pleasant, all the smiles go away when the topic is the business of your custom-built home. A custom home builder since 1992, Brandon established The Stillwater Group to bring his depth of experience to create homes for the most discerning clients. He brings fresh ideas, clarity of vision, constant communication and endless energy to guide each project from concept to move-in. For Brandon, client morph into lifetime friendships. Brandon is a character — no doubt — but he also brings that same level of character and commitment to each and every home he builds.
Lisa brings more than 15 years in the construction industry, the last three focused entirely on custom home building. To say her role is critical to our success is the biggest of understatements. Lisa’s invaluable, behind-the-scenes service ensures that The Stillwater Group is operating seamlessly. Her organizational, management and bookkeeping skills keep everything running smoothly — and the rest of the team on point.
Every company needs a Brad Wolthuis, whose hands-on approach to building custom homes is among our keys to success. Brad brings more than two decades of experience to the home-building game. His on-site job supervision on every project is uncanny; his attention to detail — and adherence to staying on budget — stuff of legends. A native of Kalamazoo, MI, Brad fell in love with South Carolina while attending Clemson, where he received his Construction Science and Management degree and focused his studies on construction techniques and management and architectural design.
When you meet and work with Dean, you quickly learn that his word is his bond. He is both 100% “old school” with impeccable integrity and hard work while also embracing creative design ideas and new building approaches with excitement in bringing them to life. As a Michigan native, Dean and his family have been in the Upstate since 2016 and his custom home building experience spans over 40 years. Dean’s passion is to bring the homeowner’s dream house into reality with his keen eye for detail while providing the best customer service. And to top it all off, you may even find him sweeping the front steps of a home…he is THAT meticulous. Because, to Dean, it’s not just a house, it’s a home.
But Dean is more than a homebuilder. He is a relationship builder with clients, homeowners, suppliers, subcontractors and his teammates, fitting perfecting with the team culture and excellence of the Stillwater Group.
In the custom-home building business, the ability to negotiate and find new products and innovations is critical. That’s Matthew’s super power. A native of South Carolina, Matthew is a 1998 Construction Science and Management graduate from Clemson. With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial and residential construction, Matthew is also a BPI certified Building Analyst, always working to help clients improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety.
Carly first discovered her love for interior design when she renovated her parents’ beach house at 16. A Florida native, Carly attended Clemson and studied marketing, which complemented her passion even more. Carly has since taken on whole-home renovations as well as new construction projects, implementing her crisp, timeless style in each unique design. It’s easy to see why Carly gels with our team; she believes, as we all do, in creating beautiful and functional interiors with classic, yet modern aesthetic.
Successfully managing an office can be no small achievement. Kristie brings more than 15 years in the field of healthcare management, with her last position charged with managing 40+ physicians. Kristie brings a wealth of organizational, leadership skills that help ensure The Stillwater Group is operating smoothly and efficiently all while providing excellent customer service. She describes herself as a real “people person” and she appreciates the opportunity to interact with the team, trade partners and most importantly our amazing clients!
Ashton Eich learned the tenets of customer service and efficiency in the unlikeliest of places. But thanks to his four years as a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska, the Greenville native understands that a common denominator unites his old job with his new career.
“Dealing with clients, understanding their needs, communicating with them and making sure they’re happy are all critical pieces to any business, and these are all things that are important in my role with the Stillwater Group,” explained Ashton, who, as Assistant Superintendent, works closely with his father, Brandon, in ensuring clients are satisfied and schedules are kept.
After graduating from Mauldin High School in 2016, Ashton pursued his passion for the outdoors. And while big game hunting and chasing big salmon was fun, home came calling — and after getting married to his wife, Rachel, and having a baby, Allison, Ashton is embracing his newest challenge.
“Alaska was a great experience — I learned so much about business and client relations,” he said, “but working for this company and learning the ropes of home building is something I’ve always wanted to do. We have a mentality here that we all row together, and that’s the role I fulfill here — the guy who fills the gaps and makes sure everything is running smoothly.”
Once a tour guide, always a tour guide.