Tom received a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Texas Christian University in
1976 where he lettered four years for the Horned Frog
Baseball Team. He spent his early career in corporate
accounting, residential construction and owner of a
commercial finish out company. In addition, Tom was a
project manager for a large residential company building
luxury homes in both Preston Hollow and the Park Cities.
After joining Karen and Robert Balkman in
the home building business in 1993 as project manager, he
quickly proved to be an asset to the company and became a
partner in 1998. Tom and his 35 plus years of experience are
a natural fit to our organization. He is continually
motivated to give the highest level of personal attention
and expertise to each client whether we build their home,
purchase a speculative home, remodel an existing home to fit
current needs and specifications or finish out a commercial
office space to suit the client’s unique criteria.
In addition to being a partner in the
company, Tom enjoys giving back to the community both with
his time and his people skills. He is a charter member and
past president of the Addison Rotary who every year sponsor
a golf tournament and fund raiser benefiting the Ronald
McDonald House. He has also served as president of the
Whiffletree X Neighborhood Homeowners’ Association in Plano.
Tom and his wife Linda enjoy their extended families to
include grown children and their first grandchild.
Karen graduated with a BS degree in
Marketing from the University of West Florida. Her
background includes a 13 yr. career with Clinique Inc., an
Estee Lauder Company, who relocated her to Dallas in 1980 as
an account executive responsible for retail cosmetic
business development in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and
After joining our company in 1989, Karen
assisted with the marketing and sales of speculative homes
and lots plus the interior decorative selections for both
speculative and build-to-suit homes. In recent years she has
assisted with interior selections for commercial projects.
For clients whom we built for in prior
years, Karen now helps with the remodeling of interiors to
include kitchen and bath cabinet revisions, wall finishes,
floor surfaces, counter tops, back splashes, appliances,
shower enclosures and plumbing fixtures.
Karen also is a representative for a hand
made and patented product called Weathered Stone. She is an
Industry Partner with ASID to promote to designers the
versatility and uniqueness of Weathered Stone as a covering
product for most any hard surface. For more information
please visit their web-site at
Bob is a native of Little Rock, AR, and a
graduate of the University of Arkansas where he received an
undergraduate degree in marketing and a Master’s Degree in
Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the U.S.
Army Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA.
Bob continued his education with graduate work at Southern
Methodist University in finance and has lived in the North
Dallas area since 1972.
Bob brought his experiences and knowledge
gained from working for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company
to the home building business. The combination of his focus
on attention to detail and the value disciplines Bob learned
in the corporate world have been an important part of his
success. Bob has been building custom homes for more than 33
years and the knowledge and skill that comes with that has
earned him the reputation as one of the most respected home
builders in the Dallas area. Many of Bob’s clients have
become close friends and he is proud of the homes he has
helped them to build.
In addition to building custom homes Bob
has been involved in many remodels and home space
enlargements over the years. Also, based on interest from
former clients to assist with the design and build of their
office buildings, Bob began a new division of the company
specializing in design assistance, build and finish out of
commercial office buildings and office condominiums. An
important aspect of these projects has been the high end
finish usually seen only in fine custom homes.
Bob has been a member of the Home
Builder’s Association for 33 years and is a past
member of their Board of Directors. He has also held a Texas Real
Estate broker’s license for more than 30 years.