Meet Our Team

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Donald Robbins


Donald Robbins started Robbins Construction in 2004. Having spent almost 30 years in the home improvement business in many different roles and industries, he created what is now a residential remodeling, repair, and renovation company with some commercial work as well. Donald is a graduate of Harding University with an accounting degree and also obtained his CPA license in 1991. His favorite things about his company are seeing the change in the homes we touch and how happy our customers are as well as working with everyone at Robbins. When Donald is not busy leading the Robbins team, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, and traveling through the Western US with a love for Montana especially.

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Shay Garrett

Project Coordinator

Shay joined Robbins Construction in the summer of 2020 as the Design Assistant and is a lifelong Memphian. She has since grown into her new role as Project Coordinator. Her attention
to detail and organization help to ease the transition of our remodels from sales to production. Shay makes sure all selections and materials have been chosen and ordered then schedules
the jobs into production accordingly. Shay has a background in communications and marketing having received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Memphis and previously worked for iHeartMedia/iHeartRadio. Shay enjoys the bond everyone at Robbins shares, the work/life balance, and that everyday at Robbins is a chance to learn something new about design and construction. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her fiancé, Jake, and their two dogs, Polly and Gus. Shay also enjoys spending time with friends and family especially if it is to cheer on the Vols, the Tigers, or the Grizzlies!

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Melissa Doty

Office Manager & Accounts Receivable/Payable

Melissa joined Robbins Construction in the Spring of 2018 and is a native Memphian. She handles all of our accounting as well as administrative duties. Melissa never in a million years thought she would enjoy accounting, but loves that she gets to channel her analytical side while also keeping the business organized and running from behind the scenes. Melissa has a background in Graphic Design Print Production and has previously worked in the home decor import field for both Stylecraft & Crestview specializing in product development and sales support. She enjoys the atmosphere, the team members, the fairness, learning new things related to construction, and the work/life balance the most about working for Robbins Construction. When she is not working, Melissa loves spending time with her husband, Chip, and their two children, Jackson and Madeline, as well as family and friends.
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Bob Upchurch

Sales/Project Manager

Bob joined the Robbins Construction team in 2021 and brings many years of architectural and residential construction experience to our company. He is originally from Memphis, TN and currently resides in Hernando, MS. Bob is one of our project managers, handling every type of renovation project. Aside from managing projects in the greater Memphis area, he manages all of our Mississippi projects. Before joining the Robbins Construction team, Bob worked in architectural design, residential construction, commercial construction, and has built many homes, apartments, and hotels throughout the Midsouth. He prides himself on his years of construction experience and his extensive AutoCAD and drafting skills. When Bob is not working, he enjoys traveling to new places and riding motorcycles.
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Evan Robson

Sales/Project Manager

Evan joined the Robbins Construction team in 2018 and is originally from New Boston, New Hampshire having moved to Memphis when he was a child. He is one of our project managers, specializing in selling and managing our smaller and handyman projects. Evan is a graduate of University of Tennessee and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, which sparked his interest in construction. He would like to build his own house one day using all of the knowledge he gained in school and from working in the industry. Before joining the Robbins Construction team, Evan managed a multi unit pizza franchise. He enjoys doing the 3D drawings of kitchen and bathroom layouts the most about working at Robbins Construction. When Evan is not working, he loves playing frisbee golf, camping, and going to Grizzlies and Memphis Tigers games.
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Ben Vela

Project Manager

Ben joined the Robbins Construction team in 2017 and is originally from Mexico, having moved to the US in 2002. As a project manager, Ben enjoys the entire process of construction from demolition to the final result. Most importantly, he likes to see our customers satisfied and the happiness their new space brings them. Ben comes from an extensive construction background having watched his father work in the blacksmith industry. Ben then began his career in construction by way of residential painting and commercial framing and drywall. After ten years, he discovered his passion for carpentry through working with reclaimed wood in his free time and soon after joined Robbins Construction, having since worked his way into a Project Manager role. Ben handles most of our bigger projects and has produced many beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, additions, and outdoor spaces. When Ben is not working, he loves spending time with his wife and children as well as spending time with the Lord and spreading the gospel amongst the community. He hopes to become like the greatest carpenter that ever lived, Jesus, not only in skills but also in love for others and God our Father.
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Karen Leathers


Karen joined Robbins Construction in early 2022 and is originally from Memphis, having only lived outside of the city for 6 years. She is our sales representative, specializing in kitchens and bathrooms. Karen graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and has over 20 years of sales experience. She appreciates the team aspect and that everyone has the same goal at Robbins Construction, to make our customers have the best experience possible. When Karen is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two grown children, exercising, spending time with family and cheering on the Memphis Tigers!
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Maryland Croft


Maryland joined the Robbins Construction team in early 2022. She is originally from Marks, MS and currently resides in Germantown, TN. Maryland is a part-time decorator for Robbins and helps our customers choose all selections for their renovations. She studied exercise science and physiology at Ole Miss before enjoying a career in pharmaceutical and medical sales for 16 years. Before joining Robbins Construction, Maryland was a stay at home mother, and took the opportunity to do something challenging and exciting as a decorator for us after being a client of ours for the past 7 years. When she is not working hard helping our clients find the perfect design choices for their spaces, Maryland enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her two sons and husband.
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Luis Huizi


Luis joined Robbins Construction as a designer in early 2022 and is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked in the kitchen and bathroom industry for many years and comes with extensive knowledge of cabinet design and layout. Before coming to the United States, Luis spent many years studying arts and design in the United Kingdom. He also designed and built a few houses in Venezuela. Luis first lived in Miami working for The Home Depot as a kitchen and bath designer and from there worked with Sobe Kitchens, one of the first online cabinet retailers. He then moved to Memphis by way of Lowe’s, having obtained a regional top 10 designers award. Luis chose to transfer to Memphis to be closer to his family. He appreciates the team, the good atmosphere, and the diversity of projects the most about working for Robbins. In his spare time, Luis enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, working on his home, doing yoga, meditating, listening to music, and reading.
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Lauren Blodgett

Digital Marketing Manager

Lauren is originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but has migrated south for warmer weather! She attended Union University and received her undergraduate degree as well as her Masters of Business Administration with a focus in marketing. She has experience in social media, and is thrilled to utilize her expertise in marketing to promote the excellent work that Robbins Construction offers. When she’s not working, she loves performing in musical theatre, hanging out with her cat, and spending time with friends and family! 

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