Golden Rule Builders

Meet the Team

Joel Barkman president founder

Joel Barkman

President &

About Joel

Joel built the first Golden Rule home in Fauquier County over 25 years ago. Since then he has continued to build a reputation on quality, service, and community. More recently he was named the 2009 Builder of the Year by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.

Joel spends much of his free time serving on building industry and community committees such as the Balanced Growth Alliance, Business Advisory Council, Transportation Committee, NVBIA Council, The Custom Builders Council, and Remodeler’s Advantage. Joel and his wife Patty have five children and are active members of the Dayspring Mennonite Church. He also serves on the boards of non-profits New Horizons Ministries and Good Life Ministries.

Joel is also known in the community for his feature column “Ask a Builder” published in the Time Community News, an opportunity he uses as a public service to educate the readership about all things “building.” As a leader in the Green Building movement many of the columns discuss responsible building practices, sustainable design, healthy living, Universal Design, and environmental stewardship — all of which help make for a stronger community.

hannah beahm office manager controller

Hannah Beahm

Office Manager &

About Hannah

Hannah manages the financial side of the business. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Accounting from George Mason University and a Virginia CPA license. An avid bicyclist and outdoor enthusiast, she resides in Fairfax County.

Bill Seay Project Manager Golden Rule Builders staff photo

Bill Seay

Project Manager

About Bill

Bill joined the GRB Team in 2016. Bill has over 30 years of construction experience. He formerly owned and operated his own framing and contracting company. He offers exceptional customer service skills. Bill and his wife reside in Richmond VA.

Bethanny Dye design consultant

Bethanny Fox

Design Consultant & Showroom Manager

About Bethanny

Bethany graduated from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She has 25 years experience in the construction business, with primary experience in interior build out, specializing in kitchen and bath design. Bethany lives in Warrenton, Virginia.

Dennis Reitz design consultant

Dennis Reitz

Design Manager

About Dennis

Dennis joined the GRB team in 2000. With more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement industry, Dennis has a broad range of experience in both the design and construction phase of remodeling projects. He and his wife Carna have five children and are active members of Dayspring Mennonite Church.

John Kiernan Golden Rule Builders Design Consultant

John Kiernan

Design Consultant

About John

John joined Golden Rule Builders in 2017, bringing with him his passion for art and client satisfaction.

John studied Advertising, Art, & Design in college and initially pursued a career as an Art Director, working at some of the top Ad agencies in New York. He continued his passion for art when he joined the police force in Fairfax County by creating national logos, murals, and paintings to help raise money for families of fallen officers.

In 2001 John started his own decorative art company in Northern VA, during which time his work was recognized both nationally and internationally giving him the opportunity to paint for the public in Italy, The Netherlands, and France. More recently John has worked in the remodeling industry, where he used his background in art to assist clients with merging functionality, design, and color into their remodeling projects.

John lives with his wife and five children in Warrenton VA where he enjoys volunteering both locally and in the Law Enforcement community.

Jennifer Keogh Golden Rule Builders Designer

Jennifer Keogh

Design Consultant

About Jennifer

Jennifer joined the GRB Team in the spring of 2017 and brings with her enthusiasm, energy, and wealth of experience in residential design. Prior to joining the GRB team she ran her own business providing 3D design consultation to homeowners and contractors. Jennifer resides in Fairfax County with her husband and four children and in her spare time enjoys hiking, exercising, decorating, and spending time with family.

Golden Rule Builders - John Lightfoot Design Consultant

John Lightfoot

Design Consultant

About John

John Lightfoot joined GRB in 2018. He brings a background in Construction management and over 12 years of experience from production home building to high-end custom work. John combines his in-depth field knowledge with an eye for design, and functionality to create truly unique projects. He lives on Lake Jackson in Manassas with his wife and their dog.

Troy Johnson design consultant

Troy Johnson


About Troy

Troy is a registered architect who graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor in Architecture, is a member of American Institute of Architects, and is a LEED Green Associate. Troy has worked with top 10 national residential home builders for the past 12 years in purchasing, estimating, and design. Spending time with his wife and sons is most important to him. Troy also enjoys being outdoors, gardening, photography, and drawing.

Golden Rule Builders Ramy Hanna Intern Architect

Ramy Hanna

Intern Architect

About Ramy

Ramy joined the Golden Rule Team in June 2017 and is an associate member of American Institute of Architects (AIA). He brings with him a flair for blending the modern and traditional to create a unique design for each of our clients. He has a wide range of international design experience and is currently working towards becoming a licensed architect in the United States. He resides in Prince William County with his wife Christine and his daughter.

Jerry Swartzentruber production manager

Jerry Swartzentruber

Production Manager

About Jerry

Jerry oversees your new home or remodel project, communicating each step of the project with you and keeping your project on schedule and on budget. He has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry and resides in Fauquier County with his wife Mary Lu and 4 children.

Dennis Taylor showroom marketing manager

Dennis “DT” Taylor

Marketing &
IT Manager

About Dennis

Dennis works part-time for GRB to provide our marketing strategy and our digital and direct marketing programs. Additionally he manages GRB’s Information Technology infrastructure and has managed the deployment of tablet devices for our field team. Dennis is also the Chief Operating Officer for Paradigm Solutions, a business and management consulting firm in Catlett, Virginia, founded in 2002. Prior to that he was employed for 17 years by Intertek Technical Services where he served in various management capacities including President and COO for the last 7 years of his tenure. He volunteers his time to local business organizations including the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Balanced Growth Alliance, The Partnership for Warrenton, Southern Fauquier Business Owner’s Association, and the Fauquier County Economic Development Authority and Broadband Committee. He and his wife Jean reside in Catlett and enjoy gardening, music, photography, cooking, traveling, and creating custom-designed gifts and gift baskets.

Bill Damewood estimator

Bill Damewood


About Bill

Bill brings 25 years of construction experience to his position as Estimator and is knowledgeable in every aspect of the building process; from design conception to project completion. Bill attended Virginia Commonwealth University, holds a Virginia Class A Contractor’s License, and formerly owned and operated his own custom home building business for over 15 years. Bill is a Northern Virginia native and an avid outdoorsman; he and his wife, Natalie, reside in Fauquier County.


Jessica Moore

Project Coordinator

About Jessica

Jessica joined GRB in 2016 assisting the estimating manager and communication between Sales, Estimating, Purchasing and Production. She has 10 years’ experience in the building industry and hopes to grow with GRB. Jessica likes to spend time with family and friends, cook, fish and sing on the worship team at her church.

Steve Miller jobsite foreman

Steve Miller

Senior Foreman

About Steve

Steve has been with GRB for nearly 20 years and brings a broad range of skills and experience with him including trim carpentry and cabinet building. He and his wife Marlene have five children and reside in Culpeper County.

Kevin Perry Foreman Golden Rule Builders staff photo

Kevin Perry


About Kevin

Kevin joined GRB in 2016. He has over 15 years of experience in construction and brings a broad range of skills and experience with him including framing and construction management. He formerly owned and operated his own construction company. He offers exceptional customer service skills. Kevin enjoys cycling in his free time and is the youth pastor at his church in Manassas, VA.

Dave Zaremba foreman Golden Rule Builders staff photo

Dave Zaremba


About Dave

Dave joined the GRB in 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in finish carpentry, trim carpentry and cabinet making. He formally owned and operated his own company. Dave previously lived in Mobile, Alabama, but moved to Stafford, Virginia to be closer to family.

Golden Rule Builders Team Kevin Barty

Kevin Barty


About Kevin

Kevin joined the GRB Team in 2018 and has over 20 years of construction experience. Kevin previously owned his own construction company in Riverhead, New York, and moved to Virginia in 2017. Kevin has been a volunteer Fireman for 29 years and enjoys hunting and riding his motorcycle in his free time. He lives with his wife and family in Warrenton, VA.

Golden Rule Builders Foreman Jeff Henley

Jeff Henley


About Jeff

Jeff has been with GRB since 2014. He has 18 years of experience in residential remodeling and is passionate about serving his clients well. He is an avid D.C. sports fan and enjoys kayaking, hiking and fishing in his spare time. Jeff lives in Fauquier County, VA with his wife Thena and his two boys, Colton and Austin.

Devin Barkman Junior Draftsman Golden Rule Builders staff photo

Devin Barkman

Junior Draftsman

About Devin

Devin is Currently Enrolled in Lord Fairfax pursuing a degree in architecture. He works under Architect Troy Johnson. He enjoys Baseball, Basketball, and playing Guitar on his church’s Praise Team.

Blyss Barkman administrative assistant

Blyss Barkman

Office Manager

About Blyss

Blyss has worked at GRB since 2012. She enjoys photography, traveling, cooking, and decorating.