We’re In This With You
No guessing, hedging or compromising here. We take a vested interest in every project as if it were our own. We communicate upfront and clearly. We estimate jobs carefully and accurately. We only make promises we can keep, and we follow through every time.
We Deliver Real Value
Careful planning allows us to work efficiently, and we look for alternative methods and materials to maximize savings without compromising your design. We get the best rates in the business, and we pass them along to you.
We Create Great Experiences
We employ experts in our craft. We’re good neighbors during the project, bringing in top subcontractors, minimizing disruption, maintaining a clean work area, and looking and acting professionally. We’re proud of our team and we think you will be too.
Our Core Values
Who We Are
Our team consists of people who will problem solve, pay attention to detail and get the job done for our clients, managing the construction process with you each step of the way. In business since 1947, our team will ensure that your expectations are exceeded.
John ArndtPresident & CEO
President & CEO
With over 40 years experience in the industry and 36 years spent with DWC, John serves as the President & CEO. His professional responsibilities include establishing the vision and direction for the company. John, who’s a LEED Accredited Professional, is confident that the DWC team can solve any construction problem. When John’s not providing technical assistance to the team, he enjoys traveling with his wife, extreme hiking and being the household handyman.
Craig FulcherVice President
Craig’s ability to meet deadlines and come up with alternate plans when problems arise has greatly contributed to his role as Vice President of DWC. He joined the DWC team 15 years ago and has worked on two projects that have received ABC’s Excellence in Construction Award. When Craig’s not working with clients and project managers, he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking and gardening.
Melissa SmithsonBusiness Development & Marketing Manager
Business Development & Marketing Manager
Melissa’s experience in business development, marketing and operations spanning across several industries including retail, manufacturing, construction and food service is a great asset for DWC. A native of Nashville, she has worked for several prominent companies in the area such as Gibson Guitar, Johnson Controls, Bell & Associates, and Hunt Brothers Pizza. Prior to joining DWC, Melissa owned Smithson Marketing Solutions, providing marketing services to small and medium size businesses. She is involved in several networking and advocacy groups in Nashville.
Bryan KeeneCARPENTERSPLUS Project Manager
CARPENTERSPLUS Project Manager
Bryan, who has almost two decades of experience in the industry, says his favorite part of the job is not knowing what’s next to come. Bryan and his wife have two young boys that keep him busy during their time away from work.
Dean WatsonCARPENTERSPLUS Sr. Manager
CARPENTERSPLUS Sr. Manager
Dean’s can-do attitude and problem-solving ability has greatly contributed to his role as the Manager of CARPENTERSPLUS. With over 30 years spent at DWC, his favorite part about his job is being challenged. Aside from work, Dean enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with his family.
Cory BramanOperations Manager
Cory has 15 years experience in commercial construction with-in the Nashville market. Cory comes to us as the new operations manager from Harvest Construction where he served as a superintendent for 5 years and as operations manager for 10 years. Cory is a native of Coldwater, Michigan and moved his family to Nashville in the summer of 2005. Cory enjoys furniture making, running, golfing but most of all, spending time with his wife of 23 years and his 3 boys.
Shanna HelmProject Manager
Shanna’s known for her technical background and the attention she pays to detail. She’s a LEED Accredited Professional that loves being able to see the physically transformed space at the end of a project. When Shanna’s not managing DWC projects, you’ll find her playing tennis or hanging out with her family which has recently grown to include twin boy and girl babies!
Tyler GloverSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Tyler enjoys seeing projects go from just an idea to a final build. He thrives on solving problems and anticipating ways to make the process more enjoyable for the client. When he isn’t running projects, he enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife to feed his passion for photography.
In the workplace, John enjoys the challenge of day-to-day financial activities, meeting deadlines and helping others with HR items & issues. Aside from DWC, John enjoys coaching his son’s basketball and baseball teams. He also enjoys staying involved in his church as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Stephen VaughnSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Stephen’s background includes building material sales, commercial framing and ground up construction. He has been involved in the industry since 1992. This diversity has provided a well-rounded view of commercial construction through several different perspectives. When away from work, Stephen enjoys boating with his family, hunting, fishing and playing golf.
Jonathan HayesProject Manager
Jonathan is a Nashville native and brings years of experience in renovation and commercial construction. Prior to returning to DWC, he served as VP of product development in the outdoor industry, as well as dabbling in sales. He is married with three children and enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf when not spending time with his family.
Laura KestersonAccounts Payable Specialist
Accounts Payable Specialist
Laura’s strong organizational skills and attention to detail make her well-suited for her role and its challenges. She says the best part of her job is that our people are great to work with! Laura is bi-lingual in Spanish and English. She has a young son, Alex and enjoys time with her family.
Kim DeragonProject Management Assistant
Project Management Assistant
Kim’s Interior Design background, where managing multiple projects simultaneously is required, serves her well in her role as Project Management Assistant at DWC. She is ASID Certified and loves to watch as creative and technical solutions are applied to an interior space, realizing the client’s goals. When Kim is not assisting the project managers at DWC, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her family, gardening and playing with her dog, Cosmo.
Leona AguilarA/P Specialist
Leona has over 25 years of experience in accounting and has worked in a variety of industries throughout her career. She says the best part of her job is working for a company where she feels valued and appreciated. She is the mother of four daughters and two grandsons! Enjoys spending time with her family and decorating her new home.
Jeff BuxtonSr. Manager Strategy & Operations
Sr. Manager Strategy & Operations
Prior to joining DWC, Jeff and his wife were living in New York City where he worked for Madison Square Garden as a part of their construction and real estate finance team. Jeff brings a diverse background to Nashville and enjoys collaborating to solve problems and make things easier. In his spare time Jeff can be found reading, cooking, trying new restaurants or out for a run.
Aaron MetzlerProject Manager
Born and raised in Chicago, Aaron received his Marketing Degree from Columbia College Chicago and worked as a commercial construction project manager for 8 years before moving to Nashville.
When he is not spending time with Danielle, his wife of 4 years, he likes fishing, watching Formula1 racing, and “The Curse of Oak Island” on the History channel.