AW Homes’ Core Management Team

Andy White, AW Homes President

Andy White

President & General Contractor

Starting his career as a partner-manager with Golden Corral restaurants in Newton, Iowa, Andy realized that the demands of the restaurant industry were interfering with his responsibilities and enjoyment of parenthood and family. He soon returned to his hometown of Southern Pines to pursue a career as a home builder. Andy recognizes the importance of trust, reliability and quality hard work in all aspects of his life and translates this commitment to every client and every project. Andy defines himself as a “people person” and enjoys working with employees, sub-contractors and clients alike to ensure satisfaction. Andy is an avid fisherman, hunter and conservationist. “Home” is more important than anything Andy does and AW Homes could not have a better leader.

Alan White, AW Homes Operation Manager

Alan White

Operations Manager


Alan, Andy and Kathleen’s son, grew up living and breathing all aspects of home construction. Often spending summers on the job site, he developed a passion for woodworking and home building. In 2009 Alan graduated from NC State University with a BS in Wood Products and a minor in Business Management. Upon graduation he went into the wood manufacturing industry leading production efforts and managing production quality for companies such as Arauco USA and Weyerhaeuser. After the birth of his daughter, Haley, Alan decided to move back to Moore County to raise his family and help grow the family business. Having worked in large manufacturing facilities, Alan brings rigorous process efficiency coupled with high standards of quality and safety.

Kathleen White, AW Homes Financial Mgr & Designer

Kathleen White

Financial Manager & Designer


Kathleen is especially keen and attracted to the creativity of the home building industry. She is responsible for all finances and is intimately involved in the design process. A CPA by trade and passionate about the home construction business, Kathleen brings the perfect balance of budget discipline, home design and financial management to every job. Kathleen graduated from NC State University with a BA in Accounting, and from there she went on to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she received her MBA. Kathleen, a mother of four, understands the value placed on “home” in family life and brings those shared values to every customer relationship.


Paula McKenzie, AW Homes Office Mgr

Paula McKenzie

Office Manager


Paula joined AW Homes in 2001 after taking a break from the workforce to raise her three children. She has a degree in Applied Science and Computer Programming and a passion for accounting and bookkeeping. Paula is an integral part of the company handling the day-to-day management of the business, including financial matters and ensuring our sub-contractors and employees have what they need to complete their work in a quality manner. She enjoys working with suppliers and sub-contractors to help keep projects on-time and moving forward. Outside of the office, Paula enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and her three  children.

Dennis Sovereign, AW Homes' Lead Carpenter

Dennis Sovereign

Lead Carpenter


Working carpentry all of his life, Dennis’ skill is undeniable in all aspects of home construction. He is especially skilled with interior finishes and trim work. And when it comes to special requests by our customers, Dennis is our “go-to” resource to ensure we can do everything possible to meet the needs of every customer. Dennis joined the AW Homes team in 1993. Aside from being one of the best carpenters in the business, Dennis is an expert wood carver, avid fisherman and enjoys hitting the greens.


Preston Steele, AW Homes Carpenter & Roofing Specialist

Preston Steele

Carpenter & Roofing Specialist


Working with AW Homes for over 26 years, Preston is skilled in painting, framing, roofing, carpentry, trim work and home repairs. We recognize roofing structures are an integral part of the quality of a home, that is why having a proficient carpenter who is also a specialist in roofing is critical to our customers. Preston is known for his attention to detail and commitment to project success. A native of Moore County, Preston is an accomplished archer, with a passion for hunting and gardening.

Tom Bowman, AW Homes Warranty & Repair Specialist

Tom Bowman

Warranty & Repair Specialist


An experienced home repair specialist, Tom is our “go-to” resource for warranty repairs and home maintenance. Tom is also proficient in carpentry, trim work, and painting. With more than 30 years in the industry Tom brings significant knowledge and experience to the team and knows home construction inside and out. When he’s not helping put the finishing touches on a new home or completing home repairs, Tom enjoys spending time with is granddaughter and family.


Derek Powers, AW Homes General Site Specialist

Derek Powers

General Site Specialist


A painter by trade but with a passion to see projects through completion, Derek is a valuable asset to the AW Homes team. He tends to all job sites ensuring the necessary materials are on-site and ready for installation, that the site is clean, presentable, and prepared for the next phase of construction. Formerly a supervisor for a large regional painting company, Derek knows the importance of keeping projects on track. In his free time Derek enjoys recreational swimming and weightlifting.