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Mike Salomon

President and Co-Owner

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Mike Salomon

President and Co-Owner | mrsalomon@sbcglobal.net

Mike Salomon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1983 and an MBA from the same institution in 1990. He has been involved in the construction industry since 1983, administering a variety of commercial, municipal and residential projects. He came to Houston in January 1991 to work for Village Builders/Friendswood Development Company, where he remained until the sale of the companies in late 1995. Since 1995, Mike has been focused on the formation and growth of Sandcastle Homes. Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and a Texas Real Estate Broker. He is in charge of land acquisitions, sales and marketing and business development. Mike and his wife Lauren have three wonderful children, Analia, Layla and Robbie. Mike enjoys cycling, practicing and teaching martial arts and spending time with his family.

Mike Dishberger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner

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Mike Dishberger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner | dishberger@aol.com

Mike heads up the construction/ purchasing/ accounting operations of Sandcastle Homes. His number one priority is to build solid homes that withstand the rigors and climatic conditions of Houston with minimal warranty. Mike was born and raised in Houston and he strives to make a positive impact on the city by building value and quality into each and every Sandcastle home. An Aggie through and through, Mike has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M and later earned an MBA from the University of Houston. Mike was a Captain in the U.S. Army before, starting in 1983, working for several large national builders in Houston. He was recognized as the Texas Association of Builder(TAB) Builder of the Year in 2016, Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Builder of the Year in 2008, Bay Area Builder of the Year in 1988, Memorial Park Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Mike is very active in industry affairs and was the President for the GHBA in 2011. He has attained the prestigious Graduate Master Builder designation and holds a real estate broker’s license. He is on the University of Houston MBA Real Estate Advisory Board and Stages Theatre Board of Directors. Mike enjoys spending time with family, 2 adorable cats, and his lovely wife Debbie.

Mike Taylor

Vice President of Sales

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Mike Taylor

Vice President of Sales | miketaylor@sandcastlehouston.com

Mike is a lifelong Houstonian who grew up in and around the Heights area. He is a 30 year plus veteran of the Houston home building scene and has held sales and management positions with several national and local builders. He is recognized as a Certified Sales Professional by the National Association of Home Builders and was selected as the Builder Sales Person of the Year by the Houston Association of Realtors. Mike received his BBA from the University of Houston with an emphasis on marketing and sales. He and his wife, Diane reside in the Cypress area and enjoy traveling, golfing, live music and spending time with friends and family.

Jo Dunham

Field Operations Manager

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Jo Dunham

Field Operations Manager | jodunham@msn.com

Jo Dunham earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1998 from the University of Houston. She has been involved in the construction and landscaping industries since 1995, working on both new and remodel projects. In 1998, she began working for Village Builders, where she implemented and managed a successful Quality Assurance Inspection Program. Jo brought her diligence and quality-minded construction to Sandcastle Homes in 2000, when Mike Dishberger recruited her as Sandcastle Homes’ first employee. Four years later, Jo was the first woman to win the prestigious title of “Construction Superintendent of the Year” from the Greater Houston Builders Association. She has been quoted in the Houston Chronicle for her expertise in construction and landscaping. And—only Jo would be proud of this—she also won the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “Men’s International Belly Flop” Contest. She lives in Garden Oaks with her my amazing son and their own personal zoo of a sulcatta tortoise, Chameleon, Bearded Dragon, Golden Retriever, Cat and 5 Hermit Crabs

Steven Speer

Senior Construction Superintendent

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Steven Speer

Senior Construction Superintendent | steven@sandcastlehouston.com

Steven joined the Sandcastle team in 2015 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA Finance from Mays Business School. He is the senior construction superintendent and safety manager for Sandcastle Homes. Steven has always had a passion for homebuilding and building science and continually strives to improve his craft. Steven is heavily involved in the Houston community and is an active member of the GHBA. He is a Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Green Professional. In addition to his designations Steven was recognized through the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) as the 2018 Construction Superintendent of the Year for the state of Texas. Steven also received the national award for Safety Champion of the Year through the National Association of Home Builders. He looks forward to delivering a quality product to the wonderful customers of Sandcastle Homes. On his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

Jose Salas

Construction Superintendent

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Jose Salas

Construction Superintendent | jose@sandcastlehouston.com

Jose went to Texas A&M and graduated with a bachelor of science in construction science in 2014. He has been in home building ever since he graduated and has built all types of homes from small starter homes all the way up to 6000 square ft. custom homes in the Houston area. In his spare time, he enjoys hobbies such as running, weightlifting and playing PC video games.

Nicole Keown

Purchasing Manager

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Nicole Keown

Purchasing Manager | nicole@sandcastlehouston.com

Nicole Keown joined the Sandcastle team shortly after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Not only is Nicole the Purchasing Manager for Sandcastle, but as a Green Building Professional, she also plays a key role in Sandcastle’s Green programs, including the Green Built Gulf Coast Committee. Nicole is responsible for implementing many innovative construction and product changes at Sandcastle Homes. She’s also the winner of the GHBA’s 2014 Prism Award for Green Builder Associate of the Year – Individual. Nicole currently holds her designations as a Certified Graduate Builder, as well as a Certified Green Building Professional, working toward her Graduate Master Builder Designation through the NAHB.

Angela Vera

Controller

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Angela Vera

Controller | angelavera@sandcastlehouston.com

Angela joined the team at Sandcastle in June of 2002 after graduating from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. As Assistant Controller, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the accounting process from accounts payable to bank account and loan management to financial reporting and tax returns. Angela also handles over 100 property tax accounts each year, protesting the values at the Harris County Appraisal District and winning tens of thousands of dollars in property tax reductions each year. In 2015, Angela became a licensed Realtor and now is also responsible for managing the land purchases that Sandcastle makes each year. Angela has been married to her husband Nick since 2004 and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on her son Ethan at his baseball and football games. Together with her daughter Laura, she pursues her passion for dogs by competing in conformation events all over Texas and Louisiana. She has owned several champion Great Danes and currently competes with her Grand Champion Great Dane Kendall, and her daughter’s up and coming Shetland Sheepdog puppy, Whiskey.

Katie Pritchard

Marketing Director

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Katie Pritchard

Marketing Director | Katie@sandcastlehouston.com

Katie Pritchard joined the Sandcastle Homes team in 2016 as our Marketing & Sales Coordinator. Since Katie was 16 she has spent her summers, Christmas vacations, and spring breaks working for Sandcastle Homes. Her work ethic and dedication to the company made her the perfect fit to the Sandcastle Homes team. Katie was born and raised in Spring, Texas. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends and her adorable dog, Ellie.

Melinda Blaylock

Senior Sales Assistant

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Melinda Blaylock

Senior Sales Assistant | melinda@sandcastlehouston.com

Melinda is very pleased to be a part of the team at Sandcastle Homes. She has many years of experience in the New Homebuilding Industry with a back ground in New Homes Sales, Marketing and Management. After purchasing her new home in Houston many years ago, she instantly fell in love with the New Home Industry. Having a few decades of “on the job” training, she is qualified to guide her buyers in the purchase and design of their new homes. Her dedication and passion are recognized as she continues her education in the pursuit of her Texas Real Estate License. In her free time Melinda enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, 3 girls and 2 boys and one on the way, gardening and loves all the entertainment Houston has to offer.

Stevie

Office Cat

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Stevie

Office Cat |

Stevie joined Sandcastle Homes in 2018 as a foster but soon after, Sandcastle Homes became her permanent home. She is a sweetheart and loves to play and eat! One fact about Stevie is that she is blind, but that doesn't stop her from running around the office to play. She definitely enjoys a life of luxury, spending her days basking in the sun in Mike Dishberger’s office.

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  • "I just moved into my new Sandcastle home and I think it’s a wonderful place to live. They have been very helpful, particularly Lynette and Steven. From the owner Mike Salomon down, it has been a truly positive experience. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to buy a new home that is built of high quality to consider this home builder." Neal Massey
  • "I purchased my house on 1/31/17. I have the Coronado plan. The process of adding upgrades was very easy. The closing went very smoothly. Mike was great to work with! Since the closing, I’ve had a few minor issues come up. I can’t say enough about Steven! He has always been extremely helpful and has fixed all of these minor issues or set me up with the person who can fix them. He is great!
    I love my home! I feel like I got a good value for the location. I look forward to enjoying my house in the years to come!" Kris Kieta
  • "We just moved into our new home by Sandcastle. Since the beginning of the process the whole Sandcastle team paid great attention to our requests and responded rapidly. We were lucky to get in contract in time for us to choose colors, kitchen design, finishes and other and all our requests were reflected in our new house. At the end of the closing, the team always kept the same great attitude towards us and helped us with any question or request. We would say one of the greatest things about Sandcastle is that they really back up what they sell: best price, best service, best quality in town. We ended up extremely pleased with our new house." Andres and Marcela

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