Our Team

John Atchison, Owner

John was born in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Centre College with a BA in economics and business management.

John has made many friends working for families, designing and building custom homes throughout central Kentucky. He also has many lifelong friendships he has built in the construction industry working on many projects and serving in industry organizations like The Home Builders Association of Lexington and The Lexington Board of Realtors.

John loves to ski in Utah whenever he gets a chance and is always ready for a game of golf. He is married to Diane and has 3 children Laura, Ann Hart, and David. He loves to travel and whenever the opportunity arises you can find him attending a UK football or basketball game.

John has always had an interest in helping those in need. He has established a consistent record of helping in his community through his church and through the many charitable organizations he has volunteered service in.

Steve Heller, Owner

Steve Heller, born in Chicago, became a southern boy when his family moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1969. He put himself through University of Kentucky by being a DJ at Stingle’s Bar and putting together sound systems for friends.

Steve had a 20 year career in the floor covering and interiors business starting as a salesman and rising through the ranks to become president of the company before taking his first retirement in 1997. He joined John in his custom home business, assuming the role of inside operations to allow John to build wonderful homes. Steve became John’s partner in 2000. Steve & John have a great working relationship and a close personal friendship as well. Steve and his wife, Jennifer, who is also involved in the business, have three children; Hollis, Austin, and Max, who are all part of Atchison Heller.

Jennifer Heller

Jennifer has lived in Lexington, Kentucky all her life, she came with Atchison Heller in the spring of 2002. She works part time in our office and handles payroll.

Hollis Heller Rigdon

Hollis joined Atchison Heller in the spring of 2013 after graduating from Clemson University. She assists Steve, John and Austin with scheduling and bidding jobs. She works closely with our marketing company on all things social media. She works closely with our clients, their designers and our subcontractors handling pricing, ordering and coordinating all components for our custom homes and remodels.

Tammie Owens

Tammie joined Atchison Heller Construction as the Financial Manager in October of 2009. She works closely with Steve and John planning and directing our accounting activities and supervises their implementation. She has over 30 years experience in accounting and also owns a small bookkeeping firm located in Garrard County where she lives.

Norma Pennebaker

Norma lives in Lexington and has a beautiful daughter, Holly. They love spending time together and traveling. Norma started at Atchison Heller in 2004 as temporary help and several months later she was hired as a permanent employee. Norma handles all our Accounts Payable, our customer warranty and service issues and our rental division. She loves working with the homeowners and helping them to adjust to their new homes and lifestyles. This is not just a job, she feels we are a family that cares about what we do and how we do it.

Austin Heller

Austin began working part time at Atchison Heller as a college student cleaning job-sites. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he began an all things “construction” education. Austin has recently been named Director of Quality Control to oversee consistency in all of our construction practices. He coordinates all upcoming and current jobs, working with architects, subcontractors, clients as well as the supervisors.

Clyde Fuller

Clyde has worked for Atchison Heller since 2006, after many years in the construction industry. While his main job is warranty service, he is a a jack of all trades. His main goal is to make our clients happy with their new homes.

Nihad Zaimovic

Nihad is a supervisor and has worked at Atchison Heller since 1997. He believes the owners are ethical and abide by the highest standards in the industry. Nihad always goes the extra mile to ensure that our customers are completely satisfied.

Max Heller

Max has worked for Atchison Heller since 2008. As a high school and college student he worked part time cleaning and assisting Clyde with trim work, cabinet installation, etc. After graduating from UK with an Agriculture/Economics degree, he worked for a year in a lumber supply business. Max joined Atchison Heller full time in the spring of 2015. In addition to supervising job sites, Max is also involved on the front-end of projects doing estimates and following up on new project inquiries.

David Atchison

David has been around construction sites and Atchison Heller his entire life. He went to job sites with his dad as a toddler and began working part time when he was 15. He graduated from the University of Kentucky while flipping houses and doing remodel work in 2014. He came to Atchison Heller full-time in 2015 and is a site supervisor for custom homes and remodels. David’s goal was always to follow in his father’s footsteps but has now developed a strong passion for the construction process and the quality that Atchison Heller produces.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz joined Atchison Heller in 2017. He keeps the job sites consistently clean and organized for all of the supervisors.

Leslie Stoll

Leslie Stoll, a lifelong Lexington resident joined Atchison Heller in the Spring of 2018. She graduated from Clemson University and has worked for seven years in retail and opening new stores. She works hand in hand with Hollis to take care of customers. Leslie will also be moving into a human resources position in the near future.


3399 Tates Creek Road • Suite 210 Lexington, Kentucky 40502 • 859-264-4600

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