John Surprenant – CEO
John Surprenant founded JMS Builders & Developers in 1978 after leaving home at age 17, moving from Pelham, New Hampshire to Atlanta, GA with nothing but a truck, skill saw and toolbox. For the next four and a half years, John specialized in building additions, remodeling projects and installing commercial cedar roofs. He then moved to Houston, TX where he built custom homes and tract housing for five years. In 1985 he recognized an opportunity to erect custom homes in a potential resort area in and around Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia and has continued to build and remodel custom homes, commercial buildings and nursing homes in multiple locations since then.
One of John’s major strengths is his unique ability to visualize his projects without a blueprint. He once constructed an 11,400 square foot house without any plans except for the vision in his mind. A second strength of John’s is his commitment to quality workmanship. With these two assets combined he is able to create the project in a manner that exceeds customer expectations. John recognizes word-of-mouth is the best advertisement and does not settle for second rate handiwork from himself or his employees.
In his free time, John enjoys camping and other outdoor activities with his wife and family. He and Stephanie were married in 1984 and have three grown children. Their oldest son is in the Army Reserves serving as a combat medic. John and Stephanie’s daughter is an alumni of Liberty University, and their youngest son is an alumni of Radford University. Click here to contact John.
Evie All – Office Manager
Evie All joined JMS Builders & Developers in 2009 as the bookkeeper and Office Manager. Evie has been around construction of all sorts since she was a child. Prior to coming to JMS, she spent most of her career performing bookkeeping services for several local businesses. As the JMS business has grown over the years, so have Evie’s responsibilities and she consistently rises to the occasion to meet these changing needs. She has proven to be invaluable to John and the operation of the JMS office. Evie and her husband live in Botetourt County with their 4 children.