It was with a passion for bringing older homes to modern standards while honoring their historic integrity that Jim founded Copper Sky in 2003. After more than 12 years in the corporate sector working for telecom industry leaders such as MCI, WorldCom and a startup VoIP company, Cbeyond Communications, Jim decided to follow his dream of restoring older homes to their original beauty, and Copper Sky was born.
Jim’s passion for the renovation of old houses began early in life, when he would seriously contemplate how to improve the historic homes in which he grew up. Originally from Selma, Alabama, a town steeped in history and resplendent with magnificent civil war era mansions, Jim’s early childhood home was built in 1850, after which he moved with his family into a house built by his great-grandfather in 1902. Jim channeled this inborn enthusiasm towards flipping houses in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods while simultaneously working in the corporate sector before Copper Sky came to be.
While bringing old homes to modern standards and convenience is paramount, Jim is personally devoted to keeping homes true to their original period of construction. His goal is to thoughtfully and purposefully maintain a home’s original character and personality, such that the finished product is often mistaken for a restoration rather than a renovation. Jim has a robust eye for design, which keeps him heavily immersed in the design process of all Copper Sky’s projects.
On the rare occasion when Jim isn’t working, he enjoys ‘90’s Indy music, riding his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, biking, restoring his ’71 Buick Skylark and spending time with his wife, Suzanne, and children, Duncan, Nina and Leila. And Kyle, Copper Sky’s Chief Security Officer.
Jim holds of Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with a major in Finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans.
Arrie brings a wealth of experience to the job: from finish carpentry and fine woodworking to 10 years of construction project management.
As the general manager for Copper Sky, Arrie oversees the entire operations process, and provides the day-to-day leadership for the entire company.
He previously owned his own woodworking business, designing and building custom heirloom furniture.
Arrie enjoys the creative problem solving of construction, especially in remodeling. He likes the idea of seeing what someone else has built, modifying or adding to it to improve its original intended purpose, and delivering that product to the homeowner.
Arrie and his fiance, Lauren, are soaking up being new parents since welcoming their son, Nolan, earlier this summer. Arrie also enjoys woodworking and going for runs with his 5-year-old Labrador retriever, Gil.
Micaela leads the design team and oversees all projects from a design perspective, ensuring a seamless flow from concept through construction.
As Coppers Sky’s Principal Designer since 2018, Micaela approaches design as a powerful problem-solving tool that combines purpose and function with aesthetics and creativity. In addition to her supervisory role, Micaela also manages to squeeze in time to roll up her sleeves and design a few projects as well.
With more than fifteen years of experience in both commercial and residential design in Atlanta and throughout the southeast, Micaela has a well-honed passion for design, an eye for clever detail, and an emphasis on integrity and professionalism. Prior to Copper Sky, Micaela spent six years operating her own design company, focusing on restaurants, office spaces, and residential projects.
Micaela holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interior Design from Valdosta State University. She is a licensed registered interior designer (RID) and received her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate in 2009.
When Micaela is not designing for clients, she’s working on her own ongoing home renovation projects and spending time with her husband, John, daughter, Rosemary and baby boy, Frankie.
IN THIS ROLE, BETSY OVERSEES MARKETING, FINANCE, HR, AND OFFICE ADMINISTRATION FOR COPPER SKY.
Working in an industry that she’s long had a passion for is a dream for Betsy. Betsy began to develop an interest in residential architecture and design at a young age. Growing up in the historic town of Somerville, NJ heightened her awareness and appreciation for preserving the character and charm of older homes and buildings.
After graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Betsy began her career at Deloitte. She later attended the University of Georgia in Athens where she earned an MBA. She has had the good fortune of working both with reputable marketing agencies and at leading organizations such as The Weather Channel and Habitat for Humanity International.
When she’s not in the office, Betsy enjoys being outdoors: running, biking, playing basketball and wakeboarding with her children, attending outdoor concerts and festivals, and strolling around the neighborhood with her husband, Tom, their children, Emma and Owen, and their two dogs, Pete and Sunny.
With over 20 years of experience in residential remodeling, Dallas brings valuable insight and know-how to every project.
As the production manager for Copper Sky, Dallas spends much of his time managing the team of project managers and carpenters.
Dallas is GSWCC certified, and he brings over 20 years of experience in residential remodeling. Dallas is a people person and truly enjoys the experience of working with clients to bring their vision to life.
Originally from Virginia, Dallas now resides in Decatur, GA. He spends his time out of work with his wife, Lauren, his four children, and their dog Hopper. Dallas is a veteran of the Navy and he enjoys sailing.
One of Copper Sky’s longest-serving employees, Marcy brings a wealth of knowledge and best practices to our operations.
Marcy has more than twenty seven years of bookkeeping experience in the construction industry. Since joining Copper Sky, she has streamlined client contracting procedures and our daily operations considerably. She is passionate about the numbers and details of each client’s projects and makes sure all t’s are crossed and i’s dotted throughout the project lifecycle.
Marcy also works closely with Kyle, our CSO, to implement his security protocols. She actively participates in his surprise trash can inspections for empty yogurt containers or other contraband.
When away from the office, Marcy enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, children and grandchildren, genealogy, crafting and photography.
In her current role, Amanda provides invaluable contributions to both the Marketing and HR functions at Copper Sky.
After graduating from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Amanda went on to work in digital marketing operations for digital media firms based in Michigan. She came to Copper Sky as an administrative consultant in 2022, and immediately made a positive impact managing various operational tasks. She moved into her current role in early 2023, and since then, she’s taken on much of the marketing for Copper Sky without missing a beat.
As a remote employee living in Kalamazoo, Amanda loves to take full advantage of all the outdoor activities that Michigan has to offer. She also enjoys cooking, playing tennis and traveling, especially to Cincinnati, where much of her family lives. She also enjoys visiting the Copper Sky team in Atlanta, particularly when the Michigan winters overstay their welcome!
Kevin is Copper Sky’s go-to guy for all things related to design selections and materials.
He’s the liaison between the design and production teams, ensuring tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware and all other finish selections are received, inspected and securely stored until they’re ready to be installed. Needless to say, Kevin’s a busy person!
Kevin attended Gwinnett Technical College for small business management and marketing. Born and raised in Georgia, Kevin loves to hike, mountain bike and explore the beautiful outdoor spaces across the state and beyond. He enjoys traveling internationally; Costa Rica and Iceland are his favorite places to visit. Adventure calls!
Kevin spends his free time with his wife, teenage son and four dogs. He also enjoys working out and watching UGA football.
Jeremy works behind the scenes to ensure every project is priced accurately and responsibly.
Taking a foggy vision that a homeowner has and helping them clarify it and bring it to life is what gets Jeremy jazzed about coming to work every day. With over 26 years in construction management and estimating, he plays a crucial role in our design-remodel process. And with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology from Fairmont State University and a certification in AutoCADD, Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge to the Copper Sky team.
As the father of a college soccer player, Jeremy has become quite the avid “futbol” fan over the years. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and younger daughter. Originally from West Virginia, Jeremy stays true to his roots with a love of camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking and hunting. He also likes to dabble in photography and woodworking!
Ayub recently re-located to Atlanta from Ottawa to join the Copper Sky team.
He attended Lakehead University where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. Ayub is looking forward to exploring the hiking trails around Georgia and familiarizing himself with all Atlanta has to offer, including Atlanta United games.
Ayub has jumped right into the thick of things and has made an immediate impact at Copper Sky. He really enjoys the challenge that comes with estimating residential construction projects as no two are the same!
When not working, Ayub likes to work on cars, play basketball and listen to rap and hip-hop.
With extensive experience and an intrinsic eye for design, Jaime partners with clients to create spaces that enhance their lives functionally and aesthetically.
Jaime has over ten years of experience in custom design work, including new builds, renovations and full interior design in southwest Florida and intown Atlanta markets. She is especially passionate about the contrast of projects that come across her desk at Copper Sky, allowing her to incorporate a variety of design elements into the final product.
Jaime has a Master of Science degree in Interior Design from Florida State University and she received her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate in 2018.
Jaime keeps busy out of the office spending time with her husband, Greg, daughters Eloise and Madeline, and new bay, Beckham. She loves cooking, traveling, playing tennis, and hanging with their dog, Rooney.
jessica comes to copper sky with a love for guiding clients through the creative process to produce a space that is uniquely them.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Jessica transplanted to Georgia to pursue a degree in interior design from the University of Georgia. The curriculum provided a strong foundation in art and art history that facilitated a creative exploration of the built environment, a love of travel, and a passion for learning. After cutting her teeth at a small Atlanta-based interior design firm, she returned to school and earned a Masters in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. With 10+ years in the design industry, she has applied her skills to a broad range of projects including healthcare, higher education, adaptive reuse, retail, hospitality, workplace, and residential.
Jessica and her husband, Adam, both enjoy entertaining in their historic 1920s Decatur home that they’re currently renovating.
Whitney joined the Copper Sky design team in the Fall of 2022 and brings with her ten years of design-build experience.
Since obtaining her BFA degree from Georgia State, Whitney has worked in the industry, including as the owner and principal designer of Wynter House Design. Best part of her job? The ability to create spaces for clients that become the backdrop of their lives.
While she’s always called Atlanta home, travel to snowy locations invariably warms her heart. Whitney’s go-to dessert? Cheesecake! But for breakfast, it’s bagels all the way.
Whitney’s time out of the office is spent with her husband, and their little ones, Lenox and Ellery. She especially enjoys going to concerts, festivals and on long car drives to the mountains. Given a day with no other plans, Whitney would hop in the car and head on a road trip to explore a place she’s never been.
With a passion for all things creative, Shawna brings a fresh perspective to our design processes and approach.
Shawna finds the experience of walking through completed spaces to be particularly gratifying because what started as an idea has been physically transformed into a special space where clients can relax and enjoy their lives.
While Shawna’s past interior design experience has been primarily in the hospitality industry, she is finding residential design to be even more fulfilling. Her gregarious personality and joy of interacting with people are infused into her work with clients at Copper Sky. Shawna holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
For the past five years, Shawna’s been an avid participant in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and she is currently a purple belt. She’s competed and medaled several times in the sport. She also enjoys creating cosplay ideas and going to conventions and festivals. You very well may have seen her in Atlanta’s famed Dragon Con parade over the past several years!
creating spaces that reflect our clients’ lives is something that natalie enjoys most about being an interior designer.
Natalie has over seven years of experience in luxury interior furnishings, remodeling and new construction in Atlanta. Showcasing our clients’ personalities through colors and textures is one of Natalie’s strong suits. Natalie earned her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and Interior Design from Athens Technical College in 2014 and she has numerous interior design certifications including Sales Consultant, Specifier, Technology and Color Consultant.
Along with her husband, Matt, Natalie enjoys antiquing, gardening, traveling and cooking. They also spend much of their free time with their six children and their grandson.
Cody has been a trusted architectural partner of Copper Sky for over ten years.
tj is a seasoned PM with over 25 years of experience in residential construction.
With a wealth of project management experience under her belt, TJ hit the ground running when she joined Copper Sky in the spring of 2022. She has great enthusiasm for all things construction, with a particular affinity for the custom details in historic homes.
TJ carries certifications in NARI CPRM and OSHA 30-Hour Training and is a certified Buildertend PM user.
TJ grew up in the military, so she has had the good fortune of living in many different places across the U.S. Her favorite remains Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. This small post, home to the U.S. Army War College, is steeped in history and nestled in the Susquehanna Valley in PA. TJ has fond memories of spending countless hours exploring the expansive property and the creek that runs through it.
TJ is not only a talented PM, but an accomplished artist as well. She also enjoys gardening, hiking and camping with her wife, Sue. On Saturdays in the fall, you will most assuredly find TJ cheering on the University of Tennessee football team. Go Vols!
Evan’s common-sense approach and expert organizational skills are a few reasons he excels at his job.
Evan brings enthusiastic energy to the office and his job sites. He’s a results-oriented PM, with the goal of exceeding our clients’ expectations on every project.
Evan graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He’s also a Georgia licensed real estate agent, and he has worked as a professional realtor on the past. Evan has a variety of hobbies including grilling, playing the guitar, biking and playing cards and board games. He also enjoys spending his free time with his wife and young daughter.
Clay brings unique experience and ardent enthusiasm to his role at Copper Sky.
Clay has been honing his project management skills since he began the Residential Construction Remodeling program at Gwinnett Technical College in 2018. hE has been working with his hands – as a carpenter, a furniture-maker, even a chocolate-maker – for much of his adult life.
He has a special knack for working with our skilled trade partners and he gets great satisfaction in collaborating with them to bring our client’s visions to life.
When not working, Clay spends a lot of time outdoors: hiking, camping, golfing and play disc-golf. He grew up in Warner Robins, GA, but he also loves to travel abroad.
Micah grew up in and around the construction industry, having worked with his father throughout high school and as a college student at UGA.
After earning a BA in Spanish, Micah joined his father full-time in 2006. His experience includes residential remodeling and commercial construction. Micah did a stint of about ten years working in fundraising for nonprofits, and transitioned back to the remodeling industry in 2020. He thrives on the fast paced-environment and the satisfaction of transforming spaces.
Micah stays busy outside of work spending time – preferably outdoors – with his young family. He and his wife, Meghan love to go hiking with their children Mylo and Banks. Favorite place to visit? Yosemite National Park!
Chris not only supervises on-site construction activity, but he manages the Copper Sky warranty program.
Chris is a life-long Atlanta resident and has more than twenty-five years in the construction industry. Chris handles finish carpentry for his projects and also leads the warranty and punch list crews. He is extremely meticulous in his work ethic and drives results into his finished product. Chris is truly a jack-of-all-trades and can handle almost anything.
When Chris isn’t at work, he loves … to work! He enjoys working on his house, deck, and yard, and also fishing, hunting, and cooking.
The longest-serving employee at Copper Sky, Eddie is our go-to carpenter.
With more than thirty years of experience in the residential construction industry, Eddie specializes in framing, finish carpentry and working with reclaimed wood. He’s a skilled craftsman and takes great pride being part of the Copper Sky team and the finished work we produce.
When Eddie is away from the office, he loves watching Georgia Bulldog football, the Braves, NASCAR, and spending time with his wife, kids, and many grandkids.
Rico joined our Production Team as a carpenter in the Spring of 2022 and he’s already making a big impact.
Born and raised in Dekalb County, Rico is one of those rare people you’ll meet who actually grew up in the Atlanta area.
He’s a dad of three and when not at work or spending time with them, he likes to fish, relax while listening to old school R&B music, and watch Falcons and UGA football games. When he has the opportunity to travel, he especially enjoys visiting Newport News, VA.
As to the ever important question of “Bagels or donuts?”, Rico is a donuts all-the-way kind of guy.
Responsible for the physical safety of the business operations, people, and infrastructure, Kyle takes his job quite seriously.
Originally from Greensboro, NC, Kyle brings inherent street smarts, people skills, and a natural aptitude for surveillance to the leadership team. Since 2013, Kyle has vigilantly patrolled and secured Copper Sky’s offices and has implemented rigorous new programs to identify possible security breaches, including; sniffing out and censuring shifty vendors and delivery personnel, performing surprise security inspections of trash cans and under employee desks (especially the office manager), and ensuring all clients are screened – upon entry AND exit – for the presence of food and/or potential shiftiness. Kyle also plays a key role in new employee vetting and training.
When not at the office, Kyle enjoys long walks, meditating in the sun, keeping random small children on their toes (just the slow ones), protecting his home and family from the mailman and other dangers of the great outdoors, and head hugs.