About Us

Meed Your Dedicated Team

By choosing American Eagle Developers, LLC an independently owned and operated franchise of AR Homes®, you can create your custom luxury home with complete confidence in the quality of work and the integrity of the team involved in your project.

Bruce Pasquarella

Franchise Owner

Ask Bruce what distinguishes his company from other custom luxury home builders, and he doesn’t hesitate. “I’m a hands-on builder with attention to detail. Our project management team is at the job site every day. We work hard at building good, lasting relationships with clients by delivering a quality project and providing prompt, courteous service from the design stage through post-occupancy services.”

He has been in the construction industry for over 32 years as a tradesman as well as a project manager for multimillion dollar commercial and residential construction projects. A Certified Green Building Professional, he has served on the board of directors for the Greenville Homebuilders Association.

Ken Manisco

Building Company President

A Chicago native, Ken Manisco has been designing and building luxury homes in the southeast for over for over 25 years.  After studying Architecture at the University of Illinois, he went on to earn a Construction Management degree to not only be able to design luxury homes, but to bring them to life too.  With a keen eye for construction excellence, he has specialized in helping clients bring their luxury home ideas to life.  By focusing on the details of the project and working closely with his clients, he has been able to build a reputation of efficient, forward-thinking designs, enduring craftsmanship, and exceptional service.

Alexis Pasquarella

Broker In Charge, American Eagle Realty

Alexis has been involved in the real estate industry since 2003, truly perfecting her craft and growing her market knowledge exponentially when working for the Home Builders Association of Greenville. In 2016, Alexis launched her own real estate brokerage with a goal to work hard for her clients. Helping her clients achieve their new home dreams is the most rewarding aspect of her career.

Derek Weekley

Construction Manager

Derek is a USCG Veteran who has called Asheville home for almost 30 years. He is a results-driven building contractor and real estate broker with more than 26 years in the industry. His experience includes development and management of custom homes, multi-unit projects and planned subdivisions, market assessments, contract negotiations, land acquisition, project estimation, on-site supervision, value engineering, and feasibility studies.

Derek’s talents, strength, and passion lie in building relationships with clients and the community. He makes a point to participate in professional and community organizations and believes that all good things must be built on a solid foundation.

Derek and his wife enjoy making memories with family and friends, exploring the world, hiking in the mountains, and working on home and garden projects at their 1920’s bungalow in West Asheville.

Betsy Klein

Sales Consultant

Betsy grew up in North Carolina and has had the pleasure of working in custom residential sales for over 21 years in the Asheville area. She has also held her North Carolina real estate license since 2008. After building her own custom home in 2007 with a “cost plus” builder, Betsy is a true advocate for the AR Homes® process with a fixed cost. Her personal and professional experiences bring a wealth of knowledge to her clients when helping design their dream home.

Betsy has two grown daughters whom she adores. In her spare time, she plays tennis competitively, enjoys power walking and loves yoga.

Melissa Knight

Sales Associate

Melissa, a native of North Carolina, has lived in the Asheville area for 26 years. In addition to her real estate license, Melissa has a background in design consulting for new homes. Melissa loves working with clients to help them design the home of their dreams. Melissa most enjoys spending time with family, and hiking and biking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Kirsten Gilliam

Interior Designer

Kirsten has over 15 years of experience in the design industry. Since starting with AR Homes®, she’s designed over 150 homes. While she is a true planner by nature, her favorite part of the design process is the final installation day. It is often the longest and most chaotic day, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a perfect plan come together and a happy client. Kirsten enjoys playing outside with her twin children, traveling and exploring Greenville.

Calleen West

Project Coordinator

Calleen started her career in construction at the Arthur Rutenburg Design Center in SW Florida working as an Interior Designer from 2000-2009. After over 8 years at AR Homes, in 2009 she started her own design studio. In 2013, the mountains of North Carolina were calling her name that’s when Calleen decided to expand her territory and make the move to Asheville, NC where she has continued working in residential New Construction, Design and most recently Real Estate. She is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker, Interior Designer, Project Coordinator and most importantly a mom to her beautiful 22-year-old daughter who is a recent graduate from UNC Chapel Hill.


Calleen enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book, traveling to unique places and sharing a cup of coffee with new and old friend.

Jason Surrett

Construction Manager

Born and raised in western North Carolina, Jason has been building in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison counties as well as upstate South Carolina for over 15 years. Jason is married with 2 kids and enjoys everything outdoors–from trout fishing to tubing down the Green River. He believes if you enjoy what you do, you will never work a day of your life.

Mission Statement and Core Values of American Eagle Developers, LLC

“We bring our clients home through an exceptional experience built upon integrity, craftsmanship and partnership.”


We serve our customers, our teammates and our communities by living out our values.

Customer Experience

Our Customer Experience is at the heart of our mission through honesty, superior communication and effective solutions.


We conduct ourselves with honesty, fairness and trustworthiness to do the right thing whether it is easy or difficult.


We deliver on our promises through honesty and loyalty, taking ownership of our responsibilities to our clients and our team.

Constant Improvement

We strive to be open minded in areas of improvement and by evaluating ourselves and our processes for continuous growth.


Our passion is to consistently provide clear communication, timely action and a caring manner.
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