The VBS Team

John Garrett Home Builder

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John Garrett


Hometown: Rocky Mt. VA, near Roanoke, VA.  John is married with a daughter, Rachel.  John's Wife and co-owner - Paige - is from Tappahannock, VA.

John graduated with Honors from Roanoke College, Salem, VA.

During college John was selected to Alpha Kappa Delta honor society, received numerous honorable mentions from the Faculty and Deans List for academic performance and was named by Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After college John worked for the corporate office of a nationwide factory homebuilder and soon entered sales and management.  For eight years John was moved from location to location as a general manager for two of the largest factory homebuilders in the nation.  During his tenure John was recognized numerous times for his achievements in business productivity and managment  success.  In 2004 John started Virginia Building Solutions, LLC becoming the first modular builder to offer systems built homes for sale in the #1 planned community in the nation, Ford's Colony.  In 2006 John was selected to the President's Builder Advisory Board for Ritz-Craft Homes.  John was named Builder of the Year for Ritz-Craft Homes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  In 2010 John was selected by the Bank of Lancaster to serve a three year term as a member on it's Advisory Board Council.  In 2013 John was selected by Peoples Bank of Montross to serve a two year term as an Advisory Board member.  In 2015, a home Virginia Building Solutions built for a client in Hanover, VA was awarded Home of the Month by the Modular Home Builders Association.

Fran Graves Home Builder

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Fran Graves

Home Sales & Design, Kitchen Design Specialist

Fran is a resident of Tappahannock and is married with five children and 11 grandchildren.  She is active in the community and has performed many civic rolls including serving as a PTA President.

Fran is a graduate of Long Island University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.  She has held numerous positions in the home building industry ranging from product sales to project superintendant for a custom home building contractor.  Fran has been awarded with numerous awards for her achievements in home, kitchen, cabinetry and product sales.

Fran also brings twenty years of experience as a Kitchen designer to the VBS team.  She has represented multiple brand name cabinet companies and offers professional custom design services to VBS customers.

Fran has been an integral member of the VBS team as a Home sales and design consultant since 2009.  She was named as Sales Professional of the year by Ritz Craft Homes in 2010 and 2012.

Sylvia Smith Home Builder

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Sylvia Smith

Office Manager/Service Coordinator

Sylvia is a resident of Aylett, VA and is married with one child.

Sylvia attended Niagara Community College where she earned an Associates in Medical Assisting and graduated at the top of her class with honors.   Sylvia has many years of experience as an office manager and joined the VBS team in 2007.

Sylvia's office management and organizational skills has helped the VBS team grow and keep up with the never-ending paperwork, filing, documentation, invoicing, billing and accounting that is created with each home project.  Sylvia's people skills assist her as a service coordinator where she must communicate with customers, contractors, venders and factory representatives.

Tim McKinley Home Builder

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Tim McKinley

Class A Builder, Construction/Service Manager

Tim is a resident of Essex County and is married with three children.

Tim is a graduate of Essex High School and the University of Richmond where he earned a Bachelor in Economics.

Tim has been active in the local community for over twenty years and has held numerous leadership positions.  Tim has been President of the Rappahannock Home Builders Association, President of Tappahannock Lions Club, Board Member for the Richmond County YMCA and a Board Member for Aylett Country Day School.

Tim is a licensed Class A Building Contractor with over twenty years of experience in residential and commercial building.  Tim's background as a builder and general contractor add a wealth of knowledge and experience to the VBS team.  Tim's skills allow him to assist with every aspect of the daily operations in the building process, as well as work with local and state code officials, sub-contractors and suppliers.


Bryce Carter

Bryce currently resides in Aylett, Va, and is from Hustle, Va near Tappahannock and was recently married.

Bryce is a graduate of the University of Virginia's College at Wise, where he earned a bachelor degree.  During College Bryce served as President of Phi Alpha Theta, Honor Society, a member of the student body judicial board, a member of NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success).  Bryce was also inducted into Who's Who among students in Colleges and Universities

Bryce joined the VBS team in 2016 after college and spending many years working as an electricians assistant working on VBS homes for his father's company.  With this experience Bryce has seen every component of a systems built home from the ground to the attic as he helped provide power and install electrical fixtures in our homes.  From this experience he can testify to the superior structural integrity of modular construction.