meet our team

Jay Johnstone

Partner  /  Lead Developer

 (704) 309-0433    |    E-mail me


Jay Johnstone graduated from Catawba College with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. He has more than 25 years of experience overseeing all areas of residential construction, including custom building, remodeling, creating additions to existing homes, as well as developing land. Jay holds his Unlimited General Contractors license in North Carolina and has supervised the construction of homes ranging in price from $500,000 to $4.5 million. At Artisan Custom Homes, Jay’s roles include estimating and purchasing items for each of the homes we build, as well as obtaining the most reliable and skilled subcontractors in the Charlotte area. He also works with Artisan's clients to design a home, not just a house, to fit their desired lifestyle, as well as to provide superior customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


John Shryock

Partner  /  Construction Manager

 (704) 309-0382    |    E-mail me


John Shryock graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has 20 years of construction supervision expertise. John started in the home building business by framing houses in Raleigh in the early 1990s and from there began supervising the building of 40 to 50 homes per year ranging in price from $400,000 to $700,000 for one of the largest high-end production home builders in Charlotte. He holds a North Carolina Unlimited General Contractors license. Today, John works as the Construction Manager overseeing the Project Managers to keep Artisan Custom Homes's projects both on time and within budget.

Artisan Custom Homes is a partnership of Jay and John's building skills and business experience, which has proven to be a successful combination of democratic decision-making and natural checks and balances.

- Mark & Michelle Laubach

  Concord, NC

"They were very trustworthy. And any time we needed anything, we just picked up the phone and called them. They called us every single week to keep us up to date on everything going on from beginning to end. We knew everything that was going on. We speak highly of them to all our friends."


Ron DuDonis

Project Manager

 (704) 239-6141     |    E-mail me


Ron DuDonis brings 25 years of residential construction experience to Artisan Custom Homes management team. He moved to the Charlotte area in 1992, after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps, and quickly established himself as a construction professional.

Ron has managed home construction in many of Charlotte’s premier neighborhoods including The Peninsula, The Point at Lake Norman and The Club at Longview. He was the Project Manager for the televised 2006 WCNC Levine Children’s Hospital Charity House built in The Club at Longview. Ron works diligently to keep his projects on time and within budget, and strives to give each customer an excellent building experience.

     He is currently a member on the Board of Directors of Fuel Uganda, a non-profit organization that supports community transformation in Uganda. He is also on staff with e3 Partners Ministry, an organization which leads short term mission trips to various destinations around the world.

Steve Mangum

Project Manager

 (704) 641-2103     |    E-mail me


Steve Mangum brings over 25 years of construction experience to the Artisan Custom Homes management team. After he graduated from East Carolina University with a major in the Construction Management,  he worked for himself building small outdoor living areas. Since 2000 he has worked with custom builders in the Lake Norman area, building homes between $800,000 and $1.5 million. Steve is a hard worker and seeks to give all of our clients a great customer experience. He strives to keep his schedules on time and within budget.







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