Mike Reiser, President

MJR Homes was founded by Mike Reiser, a home building professional who has worked hands-on with all aspects of the industry for over 25 years.  He has experience in both commercial and residential construction, property management, land development, and of course home building.  After managing a division for a large public home builder in the Carolinas, with direct responsibility for producing thousands of homes, Mike decided to make a change.

Growing up in Savannah, Georgia, Mike was surrounded by its unique architecture and gained an appreciation for the types of design elements that make homes special.  This appreciation is a backdrop for his operation and carries over to the type of homes he builds today.  With an engineering background and a strong belief in customer satisfaction, Mike founded MJR Homes to allow customers more freedom of choice in building their home.  "A home is more than just a plan and some materials," says Reiser.  "MJR Homes takes time creating a unique home for each customer, and sweats the details that go into it.  We work with customers and consider together how they will live in their home and then design the details to fit their lifestyle."

Mike has been a board member of the Home Builders Association of Wake County and resides in Cary.  He spends his free time playing tennis, traveling, and enjoying time with his wife and two daughters.


Paul Chianese, Vice President

Paul has over 24 years of residential construction experience and is responsible for overseeing construction and purchasing at MJR Homes.    

After graduating from East Carolina University with a concentration in Construction Management, Paul started his career in the field and personally supervised the construction of hundreds of homes in the Triangle area.  Paul then progressed to becoming the purchasing manager for central Carolina for a large builder, and has been responsible for hiring subcontractors, specifying and buying the items needed to build literally thousands of homes in the Triangle.  This combination of purchasing, specifying, and field construction experience is rare, and a big plus for MJR Homes and its customers.

Paul has participated in several habitat for humanity home builds, and is a member of the Home Builders Association of Wake County.  When not building homes, Paul enjoys golf, watersports, and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Sam Petrides, Sales Director

As Sales Director for MJR Homes, Sam works with our buyers from the very beginning; finding the perfect lot for their new home, meeting to create their vision, assisting through the design and construction phases, and working with lenders to close their new home.   While Sam is the in-house realtor team for MJR Homes, he also has his own real estate company, Carolina Preferred Realty, through which he sells homes to many customers across the Triangle.

A former high school basketball coach, Sam began his career in real estate when he moved to North Carolina from Florida. Now, after spending many years as a coach and involved in sports, Sam see similarities in the home buying process.  “Coaching is all about being positive,” he says. “The building process has many moving parts that can be daunting to a consumer, and you need to help make the experience as rewarding as possible for your clients.”  For Sam, making connections and building relationships is the most fulfilling part of the job.  That is the part he enjoys the most, “Every time I sell a house, it’s like winning a championship.”

In his spare time, Sam can be found on the court and on the field as an Assistant Coach to the Cardinal Gibbons High School varsity basketball and football teams.

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Stephanie Rowells, Interior Design & Marketing

Stephanie is a native of Durham and a North Carolina State University graduate and has been involved in the construction industry ever since taking on her first home renovation project 15 years ago.

She began her career as a designer and project manager for her own projects and then worked with a local home staging company as lead designer, working with builders and homeowners on staging projects, home renovations, and interior decorating.  More recently, Stephanie worked with a Triangle area land development and home building company as their Interior Designer and Director of Marketing, primarily involved in the design and marketing of higher end new homes.

Stephanie is a firm believer in collaboration and a team approach to provide the highest quality design and service.  At MJR Homes, she will work with you as you find your inspiration to design the home of your dreams!