Meet Our Team
San Antonio, TX’s Premier Home Builder Staff
The team at Imagine Homes offers a rich history of San Antonio new home building experience. From the sales team to your personal builder, our goal is to make you a raving fan of Imagine Homes from your purchase, through the home building process, and beyond.
Jim Bastoni, Partner
Jim is originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and has a B.S. in accounting from Bryant University in Rhode Island. After a career in the financial industry with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, and Merrill Lynch, Jim came to San Antonio in 1987 and worked in real estate development and homebuilding. He and John Friesenhahn started Imagine Homes in 2006 from a desire to bring the latest technology available into building design. Jim has numerous certifications, including Certified Marketing Analyst, Registered Business Analyst, and Management Consultant Professional. He is married to Amy, and they have two sons, Matt and Nick. Jim enjoys golf, reading, art, short getaways to his coastal house in Rockport, and family ski vacations to Colorado.
John Friesenhahn, Partner
John graduated from Churchill High School here in San Antonio. His interest in green building and design carried throughout his college studies with his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Science degrees from Texas A&M, as well as a Master of Science – Environmental Science from the University of Texas San Antonio. His homebuilding experience started in 1996 and sustainable building practices have always been a part of his process. In the late 1990's John started the first insulation company in San Antonio to use recycled newspaper to produce cellulose insulation. He was the president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association in 2003 encouraging other builders to go green. In 2006 he and Jim Bastoni formed Imagine Homes to continue spearheading the best applications of affordable energy efficiency in homebuilding. When he's not at work, John enjoys family time with his wife and three kids.
Bridgette Alfaro, Customer Warranty
Born and raised in San Antonio, Bridgette graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended San Antonio College. She has 22 years of customer service experience with the last 15 years in the homebuilding industry. Bridgette is married to Phillip and they have four children — the oldest is starting college and the youngest is starting to walk! When she is not working, Bridgette enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with family.
Lauri Allstead, Controller
Lauri has lived in San Antonio since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, and she is pursuing a Masters in Accounting and CPA designation. Lauri has worked in the public accounting field and has an extensive financial services background. She spends her free time with family and friends and her English Mastiff named Samorn (a Thai name meaning "beautiful and beloved").
Tabitha Clevenstine, Purchasing Assistant
Born and raised in San Antonio, Tabitha has a background in HR, purchasing, and administration. She worked for ten years at a custom cabinet company. Tabitha has three girls, and when she is not working, they enjoy fishing, Fiesta Texas, movies, and skating. Tabitha is a newlywed as of the Spring of 2017! She met her husband Norman at a previous job.
Jo Ellen Cockroft, Estimating
Jo Ellen is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics. Her purchasing and estimating experience dates back before computers and cell phones. She has been with Imagine Homes since 2008. When she's not at work, Jo Ellen enjoys spending time with her new grandsons.
Carrie Combs, New Home Consultant
Carrie grew up in the state of Washington and was so happy to move to Canyon Lake, Texas, in 2008 with her husband, Alan, who was born and raised in the Houston area. She previously had a 15-year career in Banking and Recruiting and decided to change her career to Real Estate (Realtor, Property Management, New Home Sales) when she arrived in Texas. Two of her siblings came to visit Texas and decided to move here also – three more to go! When not at work, Carrie enjoys spending time with Alan's four grown children and seven grandchildren, traveling, boating, kayaking, and reading.
Gary Fossier, Purchasing – Estimating Manager
Gary was raised in the Chicago suburbs where his father was a custom home builder for more than 50 years. Gary graduated from Colorado State University and started his homebuilding career in San Antonio in 1999. He is committed to customer satisfaction throughout the homebuilding process and takes pride in the many details that make each home special. When Gary's not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, working on home improvement projects, and watching the Spurs.
Gary Grizzle, Builder
Gary has worked in San Antonio's home building industry since 1997. His prior Air Force experience with cutting edge technology, resource management, and scheduling is a perfect fit supervising the construction of High Performance Green homes from Imagine. Gary has one daughter, who attends Virginia Tech. When he is not at work, Gary can be found at the Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and Country Club, where he has served as Tournament Chairman and President of the Men's Golf Association. He also travels to local, regional and national events on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour.
Donna Haggard, New Home Consultant
Donna is originally from Indiana and moved around with her military family until finally being stationed in Texas. Donna owned her own construction company, then worked for many years as the CEO for a company that primarily auctioned oil field construction equipment. She has been in the real estate and new home sales field for the last several years. Donna has a BS from Southwest Texas State as well as Masters' degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has many affiliations, and among other things has been very involved with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition – Let's Rodeo San Antonio! Donna is very proud of her son as he is a brilliant IT consultant. She spends most of her off time teaching classes for those re-entering society through the Criminal Justice system, as well as researching, mentoring, and presenting at community events.
Ginger Hebert, New Home Consultant
Ginger moved from Illinois to San Antonio in 1993 and attended Clark High School. She has a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech in Lubbock. After graduating, she lived in Dallas for a couple of years before returning to San Antonio. She has worked in various construction and real estate related fields such as building material sales, insurance, and new home sales. Ginger is married to Ross, a digital media producer, and animator. She is a dog lover and rescuer, and she also LOVES Lagree fitness and all things related to construction, interior design, and architecture.
Kevin Keenan, Builder
Kevin is originally from Corpus Christi but has lived in San Antonio since 1992 where he attended Marshall High School and UTSA. Kevin has been in the construction business since 2001. He is married to Amy and they have a son and daughter. Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities. He likes to play golf and he is the assistant coach for his son’s baseball team.
Bronson Ketchum, New Home Consultant
Born in Nebraska, Bronson has lived in San Antonio most of his life. He attended MacArthur High School and UTSA. He worked in management for fine dining establishments for many years and then began his real estate career in 2006. Bronson spends his free time playing golf and fishing and has a long-term goal to eventually play on the Senior Tour for golf.
Erin Kopplin, Marketing Coordinator
Erin, originally from Indiana, got to Texas as soon as she could! As a graduate of Ball State University, Erin earned a B.S. in Political Science. Immediately following graduation, Erin headed to Texas and began her career in sales and marketing, working with several well-known retail businesses both in Dallas and San Antonio. She made the transition to the construction industry in 1997, and has been involved in many different areas of new home construction, from customer and construction warranty to public relations and marketing. She is happy to be a part of the Imagine Homes team!
Frances Lara, Accounts Payable Specialist
Frances is from San Antonio and attended Southside High School. She has varied experience in the accounting field with the last ten years in the homebuilding industry. Frances has two sons and 7 grandkids (only one of which is a boy!) and she enjoys sewing and making jewelry. She is a volunteer for F.A.C.T. the Family Assistance Crisis Team which is a part of the San Antonio Police Department.
Efrem Martinez, Vice-President Sales and Marketing
Born at Ft. Sam Houston, Efrem was the sixth child born into a military family. He graduated from Highlands High School and studied at San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Efrem's work experience includes more than 7 years as a Manager/Recruiter/Trainer for some top national brand retailers. He arrived at Imagine Homes with more than10 years experience in selling energy-efficient homes in the San Antonio area. Efrem's greatest source of inspiration comes from his close-knit family and friends
Sergio Martinez, New Home Consultant
Sergio grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas, and moved to San Antonio in the mid 1980s to attend St. Mary's University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance. Sergio has been in the new home industry since the mid 1990s and has had the opportunity to work in Houston, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and the South Texas Valley. While not at work, Sergio enjoys spending time with his son, going fishing, hiking, jogging, golfing, and reading.
Rob Metzger, Builder
Rob was born and raised in San Antonio. He's married to Amy, and they have three children: Davis, Carol, and Aime'e. Rob has been working in the Residential Construction Industry since 1998. He has two degrees, including a Masters in Business Administration. Rob has won "Super of the Year" several times from the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. He and his family attend Oak Hills Church, and they are involved with Young Life, and the Geneva School of Boerne.
Mark Parenica, Builder
Mark, originally from Placedo, Texas, which is near Victoria, came to San Antonio via California. He was in the Navy for ten years, received an MBA from the University of Southern California, and worked at custom homebuilding during his time in San Diego. Mark is married to Lindsey, and they have three dogs. He enjoys any activities outdoors, including golf.
Miken Riggs, Customer Warranty
Miken was born in Germany while her dad was stationed at Spangdahlem AFB and she grew up in Tyler, The Rose Capital of Texas. Miken graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Economics and emphasis in marketing. She has lived in San Antonio since 1996 but this was always her second home as both her parents were born and raised in San Antonio, and most of her family is here. After a career in sales, she started working in the homebuilding business in 1999. Miken has two daughters, Kassidy and Emma. She enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and weekend getaways.
George Romero, Residential Designer
George started drafting at the age of 12 and continued his passion for another 20 years in architecture, construction, and AutoCAD. He has continued to stay up to date on the latest drafting software and has had the experience of working for residential and commercial architectural design firms in different parts of the USA, Spain, and the Netherlands. George takes great pleasure in making dreams come true for couples and families with home design, remodeling, new home construction. He has particularly enjoyed participating in the Parade of Homes over the years in San Antonio, Texas. He has won awards for Best Elevation, Best Floor Plan, Best Site Plan, Best Master Suite, and Best Overall Design. George's hobbies are hunting and the outdoors, touring to see art and architecture, and motorcycle rides.
Frank Soriano, Draftsman
Frank was born and raised in the San Antonio area and graduated from Southwest High School. He has over 20 years of experience in Building Design/Drafting. He has commercial experience, which has allowed him to work on religious venues, restaurants, day care facilities, grocery stores, and schools to name a few, but his passion has always been to help a family turn their dream home into a reality. Frank has been married to his wife, Liz, for 17 years and they have two children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, volunteering at his church, and watching the Spurs.
Colleen Taylor, Sales and Closing Coordinator
Colleen Taylor joined Imagine Homes in October 2010. She has 17 years of experience in the Banking and Mortgage Banking industries and 13 years of experience in the Homebuilding Industry. Colleen loves her job and enjoys the challenge of "making all the pieces fit together seamlessly". She enjoys reading a good murder mystery, playing the piano, crocheting, and, most of all, spending time with her husband, son, and pets.
Brian Tedder, Builder
Brian is a longtime resident of San Antonio, having lived here since 1982. He graduated from Taft High School and after gaining experience from owning his own business, he started in the home building business in 1999. Brian is married to Tara, and they have a son a daughter. Brian enjoys spending his free time with his family, including family vacations and watching the Spurs!
Thad Walker, New Home Consultant
Thad is native to San Antonio and has enjoyed over 10 years as a new home professional assisting families with their dream of home ownership. Thad joined Imagine Homes after 4.5 years with Ryland/CalAltantic, where he was awarded Sales Counselor of the Year for 2016 & 2017, nominated for a Summit Award for the Top Sales Counselor in San Antonio in 2017, and in 2015 was #1 in customer satisfaction with 95%+ homebuyer survey scores. Homebuilding is truly his passion! Thad double majored in Political Science and Communications at Texas State University. In his free time, among other things, he enjoys playing racquetball, hanging out with his 22-pound cat named Baboo, watching classic cinema, trying new restaurants, and he's a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
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