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About Us

Austin Pennington and his team are committed to listening and understanding the needs of each buyer. They have mastered the process of delivering finished homes that exceed all expectations.

Barlow Builders has a strong reputation in the community for using materials and building techniques that are of the highest standard. Barlow's commitment to quality in every aspect of the design and production of each home they build.

Meet Our Team

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Austin Pennington
President & CEO

Barlow Builders, LLC is a boutique design-build company specializing in luxury residential construction. Founded in 2006 by Austin Pennington, a third generation builder, he and his team have decades of combined experience.  


Austin tirelessly pursues perfection while personally overseeing day-to-day operations. Austin and his team value and understand the importance of the clients’ needs and goals. They always provide a personalized and seamless building experience. 

Bryan Ladd
VP of Construction

Bryan Ladd leads all of construction for Barlow Builders. He is focused on building luxury, quality home sites for all price points. Bryan graduated from MTSU with a focus on Finance. Prior to joining the Barlow team, Bryan worked at Newmark Homes and Akers. Bryan has built over 250 homes throughout Middle Tennessee over the last 20 years from affordable homes to the ultra-high end.

Jordan Clark
VP of Operations

Jordan is a Vanderbilt Alum (’03) current NAHB board member, HBAT board member and Past President of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee (2011). He currently chairs the legislative committee and is heavily involved in working with regulators on governmental policies and procedures. Jordan leads all land acquisition, entitlement, and development activities for the firm. Before coming to Barlow and Amber Lane, Jordan led the land team at Pulte Homes and helped bring Tennessee its first Del Webb master planned community. Over his career, he has led the purchase, entitlements, and developments of over 12,000 commercial and residential lots in Middle Tennessee. 

Lorraine Mineo
Managing Broker

For over two decades, Lorraine has listed and sold over 350 homes with a sales volume over 180 million dollars, specializing in new and custom homes. She has been with Barlow Builders since 2012, and has achieved top award agent status since 2001. She is a Certified Real Estate Specialist (CRS), and Member of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee (HBAT). In 2019 Lorraine became the managing broker at Barlow Builders and she always strives to deliver the best home buying experience.

JR Rollins
Design Architecture

JR has been with Barlow for over 9 years where he has led the design and architecture for all Barlow and Avenue projects. Prior to joining the Barlow team, JR worked at Newmark Homes and Beazer Corporate. Over his 15+ year career, he has designed and complete over 400 individual plans used for repeated production of townhomes, lofts, HPR, and single family sites. During his Barlow tenure, he has created over 150 unique, custom plans.

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Bryan Soloman

Bryan Solomon, CPA, oversees all finance, tax, and compliance functions for the Barlow entities.  His responsibilities include financial management, budgeting, and reporting. Prior to joining Barlow in 2020, Bryan was a Senior Manager in the Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) Financial Services group.  Bryan spent 10 years at PwC working with some of the world’s largest assets managers, development companies, European based banks, and single-family rental platforms.  Born and raised in middle Tennessee, Bryan received his undergraduate from Furman University and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.  

Carolyn Francis
Office Manager

Carolyn has been with Barlow Builders since 2009. She manages the day-to-day operations of the office, facilitates warranties, and helps support the team in their efforts to service the buyers. 

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