Left to right, front row: Cindy Penny, Craig Morrison, Patti Morrison, and Carol Cheek. Left to right, back row: David Savicki, Chad Copley, Bill Beard, Walter Davis, Ashley Beard, and Cameron Denny.
Although many of you already know us, here’s a little info about each member of the Cimarron team:
Project Manger and Certified Green Professional™ Ashley Beard has been in the home building industry since 1999 and with Cimarron since 2005. He is responsible for all construction-related customer service throughout and beyond the construction process, as well as the scheduling, supervision and quality control of all construction in his communities with sub-contractors, vendors, and suppliers. Originally from South Carolina, Ashley has lived in the Triangle since 1985. Cimarron is very pleased to have received a Gold Parade of Homes Award under Ashley’s leadership and a number of awards for the major renovation of the Edward Kidder Graham House in Chapel Hill. Included in these awards are the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham (DOC) Counties Remodeler’s Outstanding Construction Award: Major Renovation – Historic Preservation; US Green Building Council/NC Green Gala & Sustainable Awards Finalist: Talking Walls, Historic Preservation; Best in American Living Award in Restoration/Historic Preservation; Preservation Chapel Hill Founders Award; Preservation Chapel Hill Sustainability Award Nominee; and Preservation North Carolina Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit.
What does Ashley like most about his job? “Every day is different, with a good variety of tasks. I enjoy working with a great team at Cimarron; everyone has been together here for a long time here. Cimarron is a good company to be a part of.”
Controller/Vice President Carol Cheek joined Cimarron in 1987 in the role of bookkeeper. Her willingness and drive to go above and beyond expectations led her, among other endeavors, to become a licensed real estate agent and broker as she worked her way up to senior management in the company. Today Carol seamlessly handles personnel and finance, as well as the acceptance of sales contracts as needed. She is Cimarron’s “Jane of all trades,” and the company thrives under her leadership. Carol was educated at Hardbarger Junior College of Business and NC State University. In addition to her many responsibilities at Cimarron, Carol is actively involved in the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham (DOC) Counties. She has served on and chaired the HBA DOC Parade of Homes Committee and the Professional Women in Building Council, and she has served on the HBA DOC Scholarship Committee. For her dedication over the years, Carol has received an HBA Presidential Service Award, Affiliate of the Year Award (twice!), and MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Shining Star Award. Her admirable industry involvement resulted in a feature story on Carol in the National Association of Home Builders’ Spring 2011 Building Women Magazine, with Carol’s smiling face on the front cover.
What does Carol like most about her job? “The people,” says Carol. “And not just the team at Cimarron… When you work for a company that is successful and respected in this industry you meet people that are the same. Over the years I have worked with some terrific team members and have met a lot of great people.”
Sales Assistant Cameron Denny has been with Cimarron since September 2008. A native of Burlington, North Carolina, Cameron completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. His retail sales experience is an asset at Cimarron Homes, just as his customer service skills and positive attitude play a significant role at Cimarron. Cameron primarily handles onsite sales and administrative duties for Cimarron’s Mebane properties.
What does Cameron enjoy most about his job? “Every day is different. There is always a new person to meet, and new story to hear. I also enjoy the comfort and flexibility of working in a model home.”
Accounting/Customer Service Manager
Accounting/Customer Service Manager yOkO Lau has been a Cimarron team member since 2012. She is the primary point of contact with home owners on customer service and warranty issues, both of which she handles impeccably with respect and care. yOkO additionally produces company reports and performs accounting related procedures. A native of Hong Kong, yOkO speaks and writes Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and English fluently, and she is additionally familiar with the Greek language. She moved to New Jersey during her high school years and she is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts major in Music and a minor in Japanese. yOkO worked for over 12 years after graduation in the international steel freight industry, specializing in logistics and cargo transit.
“I was impressed with Cimarron when I researched the company before I started working here, and I am still impressed today,” says yOkO. “One of the major attractions of becoming a part of Cimarron is the opportunity to help others, and it’s very evident that Cimarron cares about others. Cimarron helps customer’s dreams come true by building homes that meet their needs while doing good things for the environment. The dedication of the Cimarron team to green and energy efficient practices is enormous. I like being a part of such a positive environment.”
Durham native and Cimarron President Craig Morrison has been actively involved in the home building industry since the mid 1970s. He worked with the Durham County Planning, Zoning, and Inspections Department for five years before obtaining his real estate license in order to fully understand the sales and marketing end of the business. While selling real estate, Craig started Cimarron Homes in 1982. He has built an award-winning company, with over 3,000 homes to his company’s credit in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Granville Counties.
“I love it when customers are excited about their homes and excited about the service they receive from Cimarron,” says Craig. “When our customers are happy, everyone here is happy. It’s also rewarding to have our trade partners not only tell us they enjoy working with us, but to have had the opportunity to build personal homes for many of them.”
Sales and Marketing Vice President Justin Morrison has been in the building industry all of his life, having been raised in a home builder family. As the son of Craig and Patti Morrison, Justin worked part-time at Cimarron while in high school and college. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, he joined Cimarron full time in 2006. Justin oversees all sales and marketing activities for Cimarron. He is actively involved in product development and long term business strategy, as well as communications with the Cimarron construction team.
What does Justin like most about his job? “I enjoy wearing lots of different hats here,” says Justin. “I interact with terrific people on a daily basis, from our team and trade partners to customers and business associates. I feel fortunate to be a part of the industry that provides new homes to individuals and families throughout the Triangle.”
Sales Assistant and Durham native Cindy Penny has been with Cimarron since 2009. Her smiling face has been seen throughout Durham all of her life. She is proud to be a Durham native and to have been educated in Durham County Schools. Cindy works onsite at Stagville at Treyburn as a valuable team supporter, pitching in to help wherever needed.
“What I enjoy most about my job is meeting people and talking with them about building or buying a Cimarron Home,” says Cindy. “It’s rewarding to go through the process of building a new home with them and see the excitement of closing and moving into their new home.”