RISHERMARTIN FINE HOMES builds and renovates distinctive homes for discriminating clients in Austin’s most prestigious neighborhoods. We are the 2018 Texas Custom Builder of the Year, 2016 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year, 2015 and 2012 Austin Custom Builder of the Year and 2011 Texas Remodeler of the Year.

Our highly structured Pre-Construction Services process creates realistic expectations from design through construction. Our sophisticated system manages the complex flow of information amongst various parties, encourages open collaboration, and creates and maintains alignment of purpose. Our visual guide to project planning creates accountability, reduces uncertainty, and minimizes risk. This highly integrated and proactive approach virtually eliminates costly changes during construction, and yields a more enjoyable, less stressful journey for our clients and architect partners.

We’ve invested heavily to provide our team with a completely paperless, cloud-based platform, which decreases errors and delays while maximizing employee productivity. Our highly trained, professional staff has real-time access to relevant information, allowing them to engage in accurate, honest communication with our clients and partners. As a fixed price builder and renovator of fine homes, we excel at delivering complicated residential projects with an uncomplicated goal — on time, on budget, happy client.

Simply put, we build it BY THE BOOK.

Chris Risher


After graduating from The University of Texas (BS, Finance), Chris jumped head first into the home building industry. Working for two of the largest national home builders, Chris moved quickly through the ranks – first, managing on-site construction of hundreds of homes, then planning large scale master planned communities. Chris left production building to pursue his love for old houses and fine craftsmanship. Chris’ high standards and eye for detail are a huge asset to our clients and architect partners. In his spare time, Chris is a skilled craftsman – building furniture, cabinets, and even his own home.

Chris is a past board member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and former President for Austin’s National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Chris is a NARI Certified Remodeler, was named one of Professional Builder magazine’s “40 Under 40″ builders, Professional Remodeler’s “40 under 40”, and is the 2016 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jeremy Martin


Jeremy is a graduate of The University of Texas (BS, Engineering with High Honors). As a third generation builder, he started pacing job sites at four years old, at the heels of his father and grandfather. After stints at Fortune 500 giants like IBM and Intel, Jeremy combined his corporate experience with his love of building and launched his home building career in 2001.

Jeremy engages heavily in continuing education and certification and is the only Austin professional concurrently holding the two highest designations from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - Graduate Master Builder and Graduate Master Remodeler. He is also a Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Graduate Builder, and Certified Green Professional. He is a multi-term Board Member at the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin and past Chairman of both the Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” by NAHB, and was named to Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler’s “40 under 40” lists. With Chris, he was named the 2016 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year, and was a three-time finalist for the Remodelers Advantage Impact Award. Jeremy is a contributor to Remodeling, Qualified Remodeler and Fine Homebuilding magazines, as well as frequent industry speaker.

Samantha Ramsey

Production Coordinator

Sam graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University (BA, Political Science). After working at the capital, Sam joined a local construction management company where she gained experience in bidding, purchasing, and back office operations. Sam brings accounting and office management experience from her earlier small business ventures to RisherMartin, and helped build many of our mission critical accounting and pre-construction systems.

Sam’s attention to detail has made her an invaluable resource for our Pre-Construction Services department. Accurate interpretation of plans, specifications, and selections is a tedious and critical role she has mastered. This tight control ensures accurate estimates and purchasing. In 2016, Sam earned her Certified Remodeler (CR) designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, joining a select group of construction industry professionals.

Crystal Garza

Pre-Construction Services Manager

After graduating with a BS in Architecture from Texas Tech University, Crystal came home to Austin to start her career in Residential Architecture. She's spent the last 15 years working with several award-winning residential architecture firms, gaining valuable experience in design and construction. For the last two years, she's engaged in design/build, where she's had the opportunity to hone her estimating, purchasing and construction management skills.

Crystal brings a diverse, well-rounded skillset including construction document development, specification writing, and bidding to the RisherMartin team. Her prior work in all aspects of the high-end residential construction industry makes her an ideal fit for the Pre-Construction Services department.

Jennifer Namie


Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Building and Construction Management and cum laude from St. Edward’s University with an MA in Counseling.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Jennifer worked for the Federal Government coordinating construction projects in Southern California. In this position she improved her communication skills while moderating between private interest groups and local, state, and federal agencies. She fine-tuned her organizational and planning skills on a variety of large scale projects.

Jennifer then turned her attention to small business where she managed day-to-day operations and bookkeeping, utilizing her organizational skills and attention to detail to create efficient systems and accurate books. Jennifer supports our team by keeping the internal processes running smoothly and efficiently, working closely with our subcontractors to manage job-site insurance requirements and ensure bills are accurate and paid on time, while handling our Client funds with utmost care.

Emma Buchanon

Office Manager

An Austin native, Emma has extensive experience in administrative and operational support roles. She accepted an entry level position with a growing real estate company where she quickly worked her way up to become the Operations Manager. There, she gained experience in everything from personal assisting and contract writing to event coordination, marketing, billing, and operations management. She discovered a common theme running through her various roles - a passion for designing, implementing, and streamlining the myriad systems that keep a business operating smoothly.

Emma supports the RisherMartin team by proactively managing our office space, social media, and accounts payable. She brings with her a love of learning and continuous growth, and approaches each new endeavor with enthusiasm and dedication.

James Golden

Project Manager

James graduated from Texas Tech University (BA, English and a BS, Exercise and Sports Sciences). After graduating, James spent six years as a field project manager for one of the largest home builders in America. He honed his construction and project management skills by delivering over 400 homes to satisfied owners.

James brings a high level of personal pride and accountability to our project management team. With a sharp focus on schedule, budget and quality control, James works diligently with our suppliers and subcontractors to execute highly complex renovation and custom home projects.

In 2013, James completed Parkside Residences, named Project of the Year by Builder Magazine and Custom Home Magazine and in 2016 his Viking House project was featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour and in Fine Homebuilding magazine. James is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Certified Remodeler.

James Talley

Project Manager

James began framing homes at the age of sixteen. After proudly serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, James returned to his passion for carpentry, accepting a position with Trim Tech of Austin. During his twelve-year tenure, James fine-tuned his project management and communication skills, gaining experience in all aspects of the trade. As a field manager, James personally oversaw the installation of custom millwork and cabinetry in thousands of homes in Central Texas.

In his free time, James earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. James is tri-lingual, and possesses a keen eye for detail. He has earned the Certified Remodeling Project Manager designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. His blend of management, planning, and on-site construction knowledge ensures our clients receive an organized and enjoyable experience.

Dan Byers

Project Manager

With thirty years of experience, Dan joined RisherMartin to continue pursuing his passion and love for a craft he has spent over half his lifetime perfecting.

Starting his career as a Union Carpenter working on hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Dan strived for more, which led him to acquire his Bachelor of Building and Construction Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dan would go on to work for two of the top five builders in the country, where he built Single Family, Multi Family, and Custom Homes.

Dan eventually started his own construction company performing specialty construction such as structural steel, commercial general contracting and building high end custom homes for celebrities and casino executives. Dan’s devotion and enthusiasm for the building industry and his commitment to produce the highest quality custom homes make him a valuable asset and perfect fit for the RisherMartin team.

Brad Rot

Project Manager

Brad graduated with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Arizona State University. He started his career as an Investment consultant to banks throughout the Midwest, but felt called to leave and join a friend in a building venture. This is where Brad realized that he had found his passion and career. He eventually went on to form his own company and for 27 years built high-end new homes and remodels in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Brad brings a true enthusiasm for serving clients and producing high quality projects. He finds the work he does extremely rewarding and thoroughly enjoys the interactions and relationships developed between client, architect, suppliers and subcontractors. He is committed to excellence in each of those relationships and delivering focused communication throughout the whole process.

Joseph Tedesco

HomeCare Manager

Joe possesses a diverse and deep construction background. Having worked in the plumbing, electrical, carpentry, sheetrock, and tile fields, Joe is able to coordinate, communicate and effectively manage our HomeCare department. Joe is a roll up your sleeves kind of guy who has also operated heavy trenching, excavation, and skid steer equipment. Extensive OSHA and CPR classes ensures he understands how to safely and productively care for our Client's homes.

Like all of our employees, Joe has a passion for continued personal and professional growth. After putting in a long day, Joe still finds time to take continuing education courses and is continuing his coursework towards a Business Management degree.

Allen Simpson

Assistant Project Manager

Allen's interest in construction developed during high school mission trips with his church. He has pursued this passion by attaining his Applied Science in Construction Management from Austin Community College. While pursuing his degree, he worked on a range of projects, from hotel remodels to residential new construction. After graduation Allen accepted an Assistant Project Manager position with a prominent Austin custom home builder, where he learned the process from the ground up. Allen possesses a range of skills and talents, and is motivated and passionate about producing fine homes and supporting his teammates to provide raving fan service to our Clients and Designer Partners.

Blake Linkenhoger

Assistant Project Manager

Blake transferred from ACC to Texas State where he is pursuing his degree in Construction Management and Building Science. Blake serves our team and his clients by managing complex punch lists with urgency and extreme attention to detail. Blake's technical background creates a solid platform from which he manages the mechanical and technical aspects of our complicated residential projects. He expertly balances the dual mandate of our field team - deliver a high quality finished product while creating a smooth, enjoyable experience for our Clients and Design Partners. When you are not looking, he's likely slipping your dog a treat, proving that he'll stop at nothing to create raving fans for RisherMartin.