About Us

Meet Your Dedicated Team

By choosing Barry Rutenberg and Associates, Inc., 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 integrity of the local team involved in building your new custom home.

Lisa Rutenberg

Building Company President

Lisa Rutenberg, granddaughter of AR Homes® founder, Arthur Rutenberg, started in the family business in high school, earned an accounting degree at the University of Florida, and now serves as franchise owner and building company president. Living up to the Rutenberg name is no small task, yet as a third-generation homebuilder, Lisa does so with ease.

 

Under her leadership, the family legacy of craftsmanship, luxury, and value continues in Alachua and Columbia counties. She oversees a team that brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction.

 

Outside of homebuilding, Lisa is a devoted mother of two and donates time as a board member and a volunteer for Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure as well as supporting Stop Children’s Cancer.


Brenda Banks

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Brenda Banks is a native Gainesvillian with a long history in the real estate and home construction industry. She has been with AR Homes® since 1998 and became the VP of Sales and Marketing in 2012 for the Gainesville franchise. Brenda is a mom to one son, Cody, and has one grandson, Ridge. In her free time, Brenda considers herself a “water person” – she enjoys spending time along rivers, lakes, and the ocean.


Michael Davis

Vice President of Construction

Michael grew up in Keystone Heights, FL and started his career in construction right out of high school. With 20 years of experience, Michael became the Vice President of Construction at AR Homes in 2020. Michael leads our team in making our client’s dream home a reality and providing a home where they will create years of cherished memories. In his free time, he enjoys living in Lake Butler with his four children Makenna, Bo, Blake, Brooks and wife Brittany.


Allyson Schmitz

Sales Associate

Allyson was born and raised in North Central Florida. After graduating from St. Petersburg College, she moved to Gainesville to pursue her career in Marketing. With almost a decade of experience, AR Homes® has been the perfect fit to apply her knowledge and continue to grow in a fast paced and ever-changing market. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and traveling with her son and family.


Kourtney Watson

Project Manager

Kourtney was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Gainesville two years ago and has since joined AR Homes as a Project Manager. She has a wealth of business and project management experience helping our clients smoothly navigate through the home building process. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and spending quality time with her husband, Nate, and 3 children.


Kim Davalos

Interior Designer

Kim was born and raised in Upstate New York and graduated from SUNY Purchase. She and her family moved to Gainesville in 2015 and they love the Florida sunshine. Kim has an extensive background working on high-end interiors and has nearly two decades experience with custom home interior design. She loves to travel, and she gets to the beach as often as possible. She and her husband have a son and a daughter and an adorable mini-dachshund.


Kelly Menefee

Customer Concierge

Kelly grew up in Orange Park, Florida. She has lived in Gainesville for over 35 years and has one daughter that now lives in the Boston area. Kelly joined the AR Homes team in 2020 as a Project Manager with 15 years of experience in the home construction industry. In her free time, she is often with family, attending Gator sporting events, and traveling.