Schneider Custom Builders Company History

Photo of Jim Schneider

Jim’s professional story and the story of Schneider Custom Builders are one and the same as SCB is truly built in the image of its owner. Jim started the business in 1984 primarily focusing on single phase contracting. He was proficient handling projects such as roofing, siding, decking and framing since he had grown up working for his father, a successful home builder.

In 1986, framing became his focus as Jim built a 10 crew framing business, a phase of construction that is still one of the pillars of SCB today. In 1992 he built his first full home and the professional growth for Jim and his business continued to evolve. In 2003, after successfully building many homes in the Northeast, Jim and his wife Sue moved both the business and their family to Virginia. SCB has since served all of Southeastern Virginia including the Eastern Shore, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and the Peninsula.

For many years, SCB has worked with architects and designers to build many beautiful vacation and retirement homes along the Chesapeake Bay on the quaint and beautiful Eastern Shore. Jim enjoys an excellent reputation among the Shore locals and continues to build there today.

Jim is a very personable, down to earth guy. An excellent communicator, especially on the listening side, his clients enjoy a close working relationship with him and his team. It is not unusual for those relationships to continue long after the projects are complete. He is a true perfectionist and his reputation reflects that. Jim and SCB are truly one and the same.

Meet The Schneider Custom Builders Team

Joey Cavallo

Joey Cavallo

Construction Manager

Joey Cavallo started with Schneider Customer Builders as a framer but as a result of his strong people skills and attention to detail, has since moved into a Construction Manager role. As a former tradesman, he's able to connect with our extended family of vendors while also possessing the polish to work with our homeowners to achieve exemplary results. He has lived in Virginia Beach for 25 years, has been married to Heidi for 14 years, has an 11 year old daughter named Ashlyn, and a dog named Ellie. In addition to enjoying time with friends and family in the backyard around the fire pit, Joey and his family spend a lot of time at the dance studio and dance competitions with Ashlyn, an accomplished dancer.

Jill Fox

Jill Fox

Office Administrator

Jill Fox is a special member of our team because she actually began as a client! This means that she knows firsthand the great work that Jim and the SCB staff do. Stationed here through her husband's job in the Navy in 2002, her family fell in love their Larchmont neighborhood in Norfolk. They came back for good in 2007 and bought a home in the neighborhood. Now, Jill provides admin support for Schneider Custom Builders. Many times she is the first person current and potential clients speak to and she takes the responsibilities of providing a great first impression and fantastic customer service very seriously. 'When our clients are building a new home or remodeling, SCB can help them from start to finish. Clients can trust us to treat their project as if it is our own.' In her spare time, Jill enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters, Kayla and Hannah.

Jenna Nelson

Jenna Nelson

Project Manager

With a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University and a background in architecture study at Florida Atlantic University, Jenna has a well-trained eye for design and beautiful spaces. As the Project Designer at Schneider Custom Builders, she has the perfect skill set to help develop the scope of work for a home project.

Using our innovative Buildertrend software, Jenna communicates with team members, subcontractors and clients throughout the building process regarding material selections, material placement and design refinements. Her favorite thing about the role is that it allows utilizing all parts of her education/career background to accomplish something she’s passionate about: building homes. Jenna loves that we have a team comprised of experts on every phase of the building process and wants potential clients to know that we are prepared and excited to take an any custom home building challenge.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Jenna now lives in Poquoson with her husband (and high school sweetheart) Spencer, and their two dogs, Rupert and Maggie. When she’s not at work, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband on their boat, playing with the dogs, and exploring historical areas around town. Her favorite quote: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

Extended Family

Schneider Custom Builders rely on contributions from many different resources to complete each home. Over the years of building, we have invested in and built quality partnerships with many building professionals,manufacturing experts and skilled craftsmen in the local area and across the nation. These men and women share our core values and expectations. They are among the best at what they do in Southeastern Virginia and even beyond, and we are extremely proud of our many long term relationships with these wonderful men and women.

Builder 20 Club

Builder 20 Club 2017

The Builder 20 Club is a unique organization that was created by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Club meets twice a year and discusses all matters of business within the industry. They critique, analyze, and have at times made difficult decisions and recommendations for one another. The Builder 20 Clubs are made up of some of the finest builders from around the world.

One of the greatest benefits of these meetings is being surrounded by builders with decades of experience, who face unique challenges in their own location. The collaborative environment cultivates  interesting topics and provides each member with new ideas, perspectives, and a valuable support network of useful information. Participation in this Builder 20 Club has made Schneider Custom Home Builders a better builder, as well as a better business. Read more…