The AHH Team
Seth Foster, President – Owner
Seth is a construction native and has been building most of his life. He has a deep desire to help his clients build their quality, dream home.
In 1997, Seth began his own Northern Utah framing company, where he employed over 75 framers and built over 2000 homes. This extensive framing experience is a huge benefit to his clients because his knowledge is practical. In 2008, Seth found himself unemployed in the volatile real estate market. It was then that he and his wife took this opportunity and American Heritage Homes was born. In 2009, Seth’s brother, Shem moved to Southern Utah and they combined building expertise, teaming up as partners in American Heritage Homes.
His clients enjoy the “planning stage” as he integrates his knowledge into a “custom” building process to provide the ultimate home buying experience. Seth’s philosophy of life is to “lead by example” and he is not afraid to “get down in the trenches” to solve a situation. Seth is known for being solution-oriented, and he sets the stage to ensure a positive home buying and building experience.
Seth is married with three children and he has been a Washington County resident since 2006. He would consider himself the ultimate sports/outdoor enthusiast, enjoying running, canyoneering, hiking, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling and skiing. Southern Utah is his playground and he enjoys the weather, the scenery and the endless outdoor activities.
Shem Foster, Vice-President – Owner
For most of his life, Shem has been intrigued with various styles of architecture and building has been his passion. He brings an extensive field management background to the company and American Heritage Homes is the vehicle to help his clients build their dream.
In 2000, Shem worked for a large home builder as a field superintendent gaining many broad experiences in all aspects of building homes. During his building career, he has achieved many certifications of project management, safety, green building, and consistent quality control which allow him to deliver homes, on time and on budget. With his past experience and passion to create beautiful and quality homes, he is confident in his ability to help the home buyer get exactly what they are looking for.
On a more personal note, Shem is married and has 4 children. His hobbies include anything “active” such as, running, cycling, swimming, hiking, fishing and his fitness accomplishments include many marathons, triathlons, and finishing the 2007 Silverman, 2010 and 2015 Ironman.
Klen Brooks, Administrative Executive
Native to Southern Utah, Klen was born and raised in St. George, UT., where he graduated from both Dixie High School and Dixie State University. In addition to graduating with an Associate’s Degree of Science, he successfully earned his aircraft mechanics certificate along with a commercial pilot’s license.
Klen’s professional career spans over 40 years as an airline captain, flight operations director and Vice President of flight operations. His extensive flight experience includes his work with government agencies, sorting through regulations and solving tough issues. Agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Foreign Government aviation departments, Immigration Service (INS), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have all benefited from Klen’s expertise and commitment to aviation best practice. This Pilot in Command has flown the skies totaling over 25,000 hours and, one of his favorite memories is when he gained approval to fly the 2002 Winter Olympics torch from Washington to Alaska and back again.
After retiring from the airline in 2014, he and his wife Shanette, diligently set out to design and build their dream home. The search for a builder led them to American Heritage Homes. When asked why they chose American Heritage as their builder, Shanette simply replied, “We were impressed with the quality of their homes, the price and the excellent referrals given by their prior clients and business suppliers.” Described as an “oasis in the desert, Klen and Shanette are currently living in their dream home and love everything about it.
Adventurously exploring the Amazon rain forest, Klen enjoys the outdoors, fishing in Alaska and hanging around the islands of Hawaii. He also volunteers for several weeks each year doing back country patrols for the National Park Service into the remote areas of Canyonlands National Park. Klen was a proud member of the Utah National Guard serving twelve years with the 222nd Field Artillery.
Klen and Shanette have 7 children and 14 grandchildren. ((It can definitely become “entertaining” at times!))
In addition to his excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Klen brings a wealth of expertise that benefits both company operations and client experience and communication. American Heritage Homes is very fortunate to have this “retired” Aviation expert as both a happy homeowner and team member…the epitome of the “Client for Life” philosophy.
Randy Schow, Field Superintendent
Randy Schow began framing homes while he was still in High School. Construction was in his blood since one of his brothers owned a plumbing company, while his father and three other brothers were master electricians. This vast construction exposure quickly became beneficial to Randy and he became knowledgeable in all aspects of building.
Randy went on to become the foreman of a framing crew, framing commercial buildings in many parts of the west coast.
In 2001, his expertise and professionalism brought an opportunity for him to become a “hands on” superintendent, building structures from start to finish. Randy has built 4 of his own homes (even drawing up the plans for one of them) and a number of custom homes for satisfied clients. He has been involved, as the superintendent in many commercial projects including, schools, science buildings, post offices, fire and police stations, a cancer center and Historical cite renovations. Randy prides himself in providing quality workmanship in everything he does.
Randy and his wife Tamara have five awesome and amazing daughters and 17 grandchildren who adore him. He is always the “go to” man for repairs and building projects like beds and tree houses etc.) Anyone who knows him agrees that he is always the first to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Randy enjoys spending time with him family and friends, golfing, hiking and taking in the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah on his motorcycle.
Jason Worth, Field Superintendent
Jason Worth began his construction career in the lath and plaster industry. Over the past 22 years, he has worked with numerous companies such as Landscape Curb, Star Nursery, and Lawn Maintenance.
Jason’s past field experience within the building industry, coupled with his knowledge and expertise of precise schedule management, make him an excellent addition to the American Heritage Homes Team. He is not afraid to “dive in” and get his hands dirty to get the job done.
Jason met and married his beautiful wife Beth, in 2002. They have 3 children ranging in age from 4 to 11.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys camping, riding in the sand dunes as well as spending time with his family. His other hobbies include sand drag racing, hockey games, weight lifting, and teaching his boys how to work with their hands.
Brent Clark, Customer Care
Brent and his wife Linda moved to the beautiful St. George area in 2013 and purchased a home built by American Heritage Homes. They loved it so much that they had American Heritage Homes build the same home on the neighboring home site for his father (with enough exterior changes that it is hard to tell that they are the same floor plan.) Both Brent and his father left the basements unfinished, later designing and building out the basements themselves. Brent thoroughly enjoyed the basement projects and he was excited to take the opportunity where he could continue similar projects with American Heritage Homes. American Heritage Homes opened their Remodel and Design services in 2014 and Brent currently manages that division of the company.
Before moving to St. George, Brent was a partner in a Las Vegas landscape architecture business. He designed public parks, commercial landscapes and residential landscape projects using AutoCAD software, and had the opportunity to craft structures within those landscapes. Brent enjoys creating unique layouts and structures to fit existing buildings and sites, making them visually attractive while being useful and efficient. Casita’s and gazebo’s are especially rewarding for Brent to design.
The most critical priority in his relationship with a client is keeping them informed of the project progress, and encouraging positive lines of communication.
“My wife and I have two married daughters, one in Northern Utah and one in nearby Kanab, with three grandchildren that we love to spoil. What a great opportunity to live here and enjoy so many things – RZR riding, boating, golf, and exploring this amazing country. We love it here.”
Yvonne Christensen, Interior Designer
Yvonne moved to St. George from Canada in 2008 and has worked with American Heritage Homes since 2010. She has a degree in Business from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Interior Design. She was the Interior Design Chair for the Parade of Homes in 2016 and 2017 and also is a contributing writer with her “Idea Board” column in the St. George Magazine. Yvonne was a client, building with American Heritage Homes in the spring of 2012 so she understands the building process from both sides. Yvonne chose American Heritage Homes as her builder because she felt they were “the best value.”
Yvonne’s personal design style has evolved over the years, and enjoys designing all home styles from contemporary, to craftsman, and classic traditional.
Yvonne will generally meet with clients before construction begins to review their plans and do a final red line revision meeting, ensuring all options are defined prior to submitting plans into the city. From there, the fun part begins as Yvonne assists the client in all design selections from exterior stone, to cabinetry and granite, and lighting. Depending on the client’s availability, Yvonne can also create a custom color package. If more detail is needed, Yvonne is also able to create software interpretations of a client’s home to showcase the final selections prior to construction completion or mood boards. (Additional fee may apply.)
American Heritage Homes strives to ensure the selection process is simple and enjoyable by providing many sample selections (within the client’s desired price range) – allowing all selections to be accomplished in as little as one meeting. Or, clients may meet with the American Heritage Homes vendors to go over their selections in more detail. We have a seamless relationships with our suppliers, our goal to help our clients find the right selections for their home.
Yvonne loves what she does and continually looks forward to working new clients on a variety of styles…..”helping them build their dream home is my passion.” If the clients may choose, Yvonne is also available for Interior Furniture Design and Consults.
Yvonne and her husband Brian have two daugthers, Presley and Peyton.
Caroline Foster – Invoicing & Accounting
Caroline grew up in a small town in Idaho and loves living in Hurricane because of the small town living. She graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Elementary Education, and went on to teach 3rd grade for 5 years – before having her four children. Caroline is married to Shem Foster (owner) and is also in charge of accounting and invoicing for American Heritage Homes.
She enjoys living in Southern Utah for so many reasons, especially for the quality of life it offers for her family. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in Zion’s National Park, going to the movie theater, Tuacahn, Country Dancing and traveling.
Tamara L. Foster, Real Estate Broker
American Heritage Real Estate & Development
“I love NEW home sales! To be a part of the home buying experience from beginning to end is truly a rewarding experience.”
Tamara has been working in the Real Estate industry since 2003 and became a licensed broker in 2007.
She feels proud to work with American Heritage Homes (not only because her husband Seth is one of the builders) because of the ethical and professional manner in which the company is operated.
Tamara and Seth have been married for over 20 years and they have three kiddos who are full of life and much comic relief to boot! She loves living in Southern Utah because of the weather and the good people who choose to live there. In her “spare time,” (does a mom/Real Estate Broker/In A Pikle entrepreneur really have spare time?) she enjoys her civic commitments, reading, hiking, traveling, and just relaxing with her family.
Bob Raybould, Real Estate Sales Professional
Vista Real Estate
Bob spent the majority of his life involved in building. Being raised by a building contractor, he learned much about every aspect of the industry. Bob worked with his father and older brother at a time when sub-contracting out work was just beginning to phase in as a new way of doing business. As a result, when his father would take on a job, they dug the footings, laid in the steel, roughed in the plumbing, and they laid the slab. In addition, they framed the homes, installed the roofing, stucco, stone, and wood too. They also built their own cabinets and installed the finish carpentry as well – they completed each job from start to finish.
As a result, when his father would take on a job, they dug the footings, laid in the steel, roughed in the plumbing, and they laid the slab. In addition, they framed the homes, installed the roofing, stucco, stone, and wood too. They also built their own cabinets and installed the finish carpentry as well – they completed each job from start to finish.
Bob worked with his father until he volunteered to serve our great country when most were not willing. He served in America’s military from 1970-1974 after which, he went on to college and studied law. It didn’t take long for him to realize that construction was where he wanted to be, so he decided to specialize in stone masonry – utilizing the skills and techniques his ancestors had brought from Europe.
Now, Bob leaves the physical work to the “younger” men and enjoys helping people obtain new, never lived in homes. He is an expert at finding the right location and design that best fits the needs and wants for any size family. One of the greatest aspects of his work writing contracts is knowing that the homes are built with integrity by American Heritage Homes. Bob believes in the company so much that he personally owns and currently lives in an American Heritage Home.
Bob is blissfully married to his beautiful, brilliant sweetheart. They have 3 talented children and two little loves of their lives…their grandchildren.
Nikki Nelson, Social Media Manager
Nikki joined the American Heritage team in March 2016 as the Social Media Manager.
In 1990, she and her family moved to Washington County, where they owned and managed a local pizzeria. Nikki graduated from Dixie State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and immediately began working with Sunroc Corporation as their HR Specialist. In 2009, she left the corporate world of construction to become a full time CEO of Nelson Enterprises.
Nikki is very involved within the community. She has volunteered her time in various civic and educational organizations, and was instrumental in the resurrection of the Washington County Family to Family Network, serving as co-chair for 2 years. Nikki currently serves as the PTA President at her sons’ elementary school and enjoys the opportunity to “go to school” with her twins.
Nikki and her husband Andrew have been married for 18 years. They have 3 boys, ages 16 and 9 years old (twins.) During this time, they have moved 9 times, driven 11 different cars and Nikki founded her own successful photography business. In her (very rare) “spare” time, Nikki likes to read, edit photos, sit by the pool, or just take a nap.