Tom Riordan

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 Balkman

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 Arkansas.

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


Robert Balkman

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 more than 33 years and is a past member of their Board of Directors. He has held a Texas Real Estate broker’s license for more than 30 years.


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