Jon ensures our building process is innovative, quality-focused and customer-oriented. Jon has more than a decade of experience supervising complex residential construction projects, including stellar work at NV Homes that garnered him “Master Builder Society,” “Excellence in Customer Service,” “Construction Quality,” and “Most Outstanding Performance in Production” awards, among others. Jon brings to bear this knowledge of all aspects of the business for our clients. From expertly managing client and contractor relationships to ensuring schedules are carefully developed and followed, this former collegiate Division I linebacker is truly a team player!
Diane is the perfect Marnie Homes success story. Diane met Marnie while building her own dream home. That collaboration became even more collaborative when Diane joined the Marnie Custom Homes team in 2013 to take on our financials. Prior to joining Marnie Homes, Diane enjoyed a longstanding career in the mutual fund industry and, later, in administration and compliance. She is a University of Delaware graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Diane is an avid tennis player who brings focus and competitive edge to all she does.
Tommy manages our construction of new homes from contract to settlement. Tommy has over three decades of experience working with the Oursler’s at Marrick Properties managing the operation of the home building process. He was part of the team that made Marrick Properties a business worth over $40 million per year. He is a graduate of Salisbury University with a B.S. in Information Systems Management. We welcome Tommy to our team with open arms! He is married with three girls and has an adorable grandson!!
David provides financial and strategic business guidance to Marnie Custom Homes from the invaluable perspective of former client. Appreciating Marnie’s attention to detail, he brings equal rigor to his investment and financial planning efforts. Currently, he serves as Senior Vice President/Wealth Management at Janney Montgomery Scott. Prior to that, he was Head of Wealth Management for Janney, overseeing its Wealth Management products and services including the day-to-day operations of its investment advisory affiliate, Janney Capital Management. He began his career with Legg Mason, spending more than 20 years serving that firm as an equity research analyst and ultimately as the Head of its wealth management division.
David received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Drexel University with a B.S. in accounting. He was designated a Certified Public Accountant in 1982 and a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1987.
As a former client, Bruce appreciates Marnie’s passion and drive to deliver the best. His more than 30 year experience auditing HUD, VHDA and various state regulated real estate properties coupled with extensive tax work for construction companies, developers, and builders give him a rare and unique perspective on the real estate industry. His extensive tax experience and real estate knowledge is invaluable in advising Marnie Custom Homes.
Bruce holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in taxation from the American University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Society of Accountants.
Building dream homes is part of Marnie’s DNA. Growing up in family business, she rolled up her sleeves to learn home building from the inside out and the ground up. Marnie had a successful turn selling real estate after college, but it was when locals recognized the beautiful, creative and innovative design of her own newly-built Bethany Beach home—and inquired about building theirs—that she knew her DNA was destiny. It was time to launch Marnie Custom Homes.
Marnie has gone on to create a thriving, and award-winning business that gives back to the community. A business built on great working relationships, uncompromising attention to detail, impeccable client service, and Marnie’s expert eye for geometry, scale and design. Her innovative approach to problem-solving and creative, out-of-the-box thinking has put Marnie in high-demand as a thought leader. A graduate of the prestigious Cross Continent MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, she is a frequent speaker on such issues as building a business, cultivating a mentor and creating working relationships that truly benefit all involved. Marnie is a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Learn more about Marnie at marnieoursler.com.
Dr. Robert Ginnett is an internationally recognized expert in the leadership of high performance teams and organizations. He has worked with hundreds of organizations including Prudential, Fonterra, Mars, GlaxoSmithKlein, the intelligence community, United and Delta Airlines, and the United States Army, Navy and Air Force. Prior to working independently, Robert was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, and a tenured professor at the United States Air Force Academy where he also served as the Director of Leadership and Counseling. Additionally, he served in numerous line and staff positions in the military including leadership of an 875-man combat force and covert operations teams in the Vietnam War. He spent over ten years working as a researcher for NASA focusing his work at the Kennedy Space Center in the post-Challenger period. Robert is an organizational psychologist whose education includes a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has written numerous articles and chapters and is co-author of the best selling undergraduate textbook, Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, now in its 8th edition.
The entire Marnie Custom Home team is enthusiastic, passionate, detail-oriented and among the most conscientious in the business. Our rock-solid relationships with subcontractors, suppliers and our advisory council ensure we anticipate and exceed expectations.
It begins with a wish list, a kaleidoscope of images in a homeowner’s mind. Along the way there is creativity, collaboration, communication, and lots of fun. Marnie Homeowners feel informed, expertly cared for and in control. And they genuinely enjoy every step to the front door of their dream home.
When you build a Marnie Home we anticipate and guide you through the tens of thousands of choices needed to make your dream home feel like home. Marnie takes you through the entire process, step by step, keeping priorities front of mind and her eyes on the prize—your dream home. Our clients trust us to make decisions that perfectly suit their personal style and lifestyle. And you will, too.
Every aspect of building your home, from budget creation, to vendors, to finish selections, is expertly managed for a seamless, relaxing and enjoyable experience. Rest assured Marnie’s tenacious attention to every detail–from aligning the interior trim to getting manufacturer warranty certificates–means you can breathe easy. With our unique online interface, clients can access budgets, costs and schedules from anywhere in the world. And frequent one-on-one communication and weekly meetings keep things moving and clients feeling secure and on top of the project.
It’s exciting to build a Marnie home, because you also build a friendship! Marnie’s warm, engaging style and cheerful demeanor means building your dream home will be a big, fun adventure. We care, and we want to make it right for you. Our mutually-respectful and beneficial longstanding relationships with vendors and subcontractors ensure you get the best value. That’s why our clients’ friends and neighbors can’t wait to build a “Marnie Home” of their own.
Marnie builds dream homes that feel like home. She also builds community by giving back: whether by using locally-sourced materials, helping Delaware students get hands-on learning opportunities, or supporting arts education for underprivileged kids.
Marnie is dedicated to using and encouraging other builders to use American-made materials and support American enterprise and workers. She is also a spokeswoman for 84 Lumber’s Build American campaign.
As a member of the Delaware Tech Construction Department Advisory Board, Marnie is helping develop curricula, offer career placement advice and help students gain the real work experience they need to succeed in the field of home building.
As a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland graduate school of architecture, Marnie teaches the importance of understanding your market and the ins and outs of designing retirement communities and upscale homes.
Marnie is indebted to the mentors who supported her through the years. She pays it forward as a mentor for Girls, Inc. and offers advice and motivation at events like NYU Stern Business School’s Women in Business Conference and the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference.
Marnie is proud to support and be a board member for The Freeman Stage—the Delaware shore’s premier arts destination—and supports their mission of making the arts accessible to everyone.
Propelled by her passion for quality design, Marnie works closely with manufacturers, providing feedback on materials, function and aesthetics. Through collaboration with industry peers, she stays on top of the latest trends.