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The Cobalt Family

Cobalt Ventures began in 2014 with one simple concept: to make quality custom homes with a process that includes, informs and empowers the client.

We found that far too many builders in Nashville are hard to get a hold of, keep clients in the dark, and aren’t honest about pricing. Wanting to eliminate these common frustrations, Cobalt was born.

Cobalt Mission:
To provide an easy and transparent home building process for clients, who will feel well-informed, included, and heard, while we build their quality dream home.

The People Of Cobalt

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Trevor Garrett


Trevor Garrett is the President of Cobalt Ventures, LLC, which he founded in 2014. Initially a real estate development and investment company, Trevor added the construction division in 2018. Now Cobalt has completed over 100 projects across multiple project types including mixed-use developments, single-family subdivisions, custom homes, and additions/renovations. In addition to leading Cobalt's strategic direction as President, Trevor brings a technical expertise to Cobalt in project development, financing, codes and zoning.

Trevor's favorite part of the job is the watching the tangible creation of a home take shape. His favorite project to date is the Hadley Village development in Old Hickory with 39 townhomes and two retail buildings containing 15,600 square feet of space.

The Tennessee native received his graduate and undergraduate degrees in accounting from Lipscomb University. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, and grilling.

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Hometown: Memphis, TN
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Bluebeam (Construction Software)
Favorite Sports Team: Lipscomb Basketball
Favorite Restaurant: Joe's Seafood & Steakhouse (Las Vegas, NV)

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Kyle McCullar

Project Manager

Kyle McCullar joined Cobalt in September 2021 as a Project Manager. With a strong background as a custom homebuilder, with previous projects ranging from a $100,000 renovation to a $1.6M custom build, Kyle is well equipped to coordinate all things related to residential construction: estimating, selections, schedule, quality, customer relations, budgets, warranty.

Most of all, Kyle enjoys helping clients through their unique challenges during the exciting process of building a home, as every project presents its own set of circumstances that the builder gets to solve for. When he's not helping clients, the University of Tennessee graduate enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He also enjoys the outdoors: golf, camping, hunting/fishing, sports, and travel.

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Hometown: Memphis, TN
Favorite Jobsite Tool: My Rigid Multi-Tool
Favorite Sports Team: Tennessee Volunteers & St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Restaurant: Lockeland Table (Nashville, TN)

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Veronica Oliva

Business Manager

Veronica joined the Cobalt team in July 2021 as Business Manager, where she serves as the bookkeeper while assisting the Project Managers and Director of Construction with day-to-day administrative tasks in all stages of the construction process.

She holds seven years in the construction industry and she values the relationships she has built with Cobalt, especially getting to work with the Project Manager team every day. In her free time, Veronica enjoys wine tasting with her husband and traveling.

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Hometown: Valencia, CA
Favorite Jobsite Tool: iPhone
Favorite Sports Team: Former Lakers Fan
Favorite Restaurant: Bob’s Steak & Chop House (Nashville, TN)

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CJ Heredia

Estimator and Purchasing Manager

Cobalt's Estimator and Purchasing Manager, CJ Heredia joined the team in August 2023. With a background in commercial construction, CJ holds many years of estimating expertise, having previously worked at Nashville-based Steve Ward and Associates. Notably, CJ bid on numerous significant projects, including those at Vanderbilt, local schools, hospitals, and even ventures based in Knoxville.

CJ's passion lies in watching projects come to life. While primarily focused on commercial construction, he now applies his skills to the residential sphere, ensuring the meticulous planning and quality that Cobalt demands. With an educational background in welding and manufacturing technology, CJ combines his experience and precision to excel in estimating and material procurement. Outside of work, he enjoys family time, video games, and coaching soccer.

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Hometown: Texarkana, AR
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Skid Steer
Favorite Sports Team: Nashville SC
Favorite Restaurant: Most Mexican restaurants

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Blake Neelley

Senior Construction Manager

Blake Neelley started with Cobalt in May of 2021 as the main construction manager. It’s likely that Blake will serve as your first point of contact as you explore working with Cobalt on your home project. He has 15 years of construction and project manager experience.

Blake’s favorite part of the process is congratulating the owners at closing and giving them the keys to their brand new home. In his free time, Blake enjoys playing golf and going to sporting events.

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Hometown: Franklin, TN
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Orange Spray Paint & Tape Measure
Favorite Sports Team: Tennessee Vols, Titans, Preds, Braves
Favorite Restaurant: Urban Grub (Nashville, TN)

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David Gonzalez

Construction Manager

David Gonzalez joined the Cobalt team in August of 2022 as an Assistant Project Manager. Prior to joining us, David worked for a company in San Jose, CA where he served as a project manager and site foreman. He has experience working on commercial and industrial projects, including notable builds such as the Marriott Hotel in Santa Cruz, CA; Hyundai North America Headquarters in Redwood City, CA; and the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA.

David has a passion for problem solving and the ever-changing nature of the job. Seeing clients happy with the end result is also a highlight for him. Outside of work, he enjoys staying active by going to the gym and taking hikes with his dog. He also enjoys using his artistic talents to illustrate children's books and create canvas paintings.

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Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Dewalt Reciprocating Saw
Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco 49ers
Favorite Restaurant: Tony’s Napoletana (San Francisco, CA)

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Justin McLean

Construction Manager

Justin McLean joined Cobalt Ventures in May 2023 as a Construction Manager. With a background at J2K Builders in Nashville, TN, Justin adds great enthusiasm and experience to the Cobalt team. Having worked on numerous custom homes in West Nashville, he has gained expertise in coordinating job sites from start to finish.

With four years in the construction/home building industry, Justin's family background in construction further enhances his skills. Justin holds a degree in Engineering Technology and Construction Management from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf in his free time.

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Hometown: Mt. Juliet, TN
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Any Power Tool
Favorite Sports Team: Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt Commadores
Favorite Restaurant: Bonfire Mongolian Grill (Nashville, TN)

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Daniel Armstrong

Construction Manager

Construction Manager, Daniel Armstrong, joined Cobalt Ventures in February 2024, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for precision to our team. As Construction Manager, Daniel oversees day-to-day operations on job sites, focusing on scheduling, site work, and ensuring the seamless completion of each home.

Prior to joining Cobalt Ventures, Daniel served as a residential home inspector at Reeder Home Inspections, LLC since 2017. With a portfolio spanning over 2,500 homes, Daniel has worked on projects of various sizes and ages: from expansive residences exceeding 22,000 square feet to historical homes dating back to 1840. This extensive experience has given Daniel a keen eye for detail and diagnosing issues, ensuring the highest quality standards are met.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with family, embracing outdoor adventures, and staying active in the vibrant Nashville community.

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Hometown: Wheelersburg, OH
Favorite Jobsite Tool: Speed Square
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Restaurant: McDougal's Chicken (Nashville, TN)

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Alessandro Nunez Lima

Construction Manager

Alessandro joined Cobalt in April 2024 as our Construction Manager, bringing a wealth of expertise and dedication to our team. With previous experience at Hallmark BG as a Project Manager and Construction Manager, Alessandro has spearheaded significant projects such as Phase II of "The Row on Leslie," overseeing its development from framing to 100% completion.

Hailing from a family with a rich history in construction, Alessandro's passion for the industry is driven by the finished product. In his free time, Alessandro enjoys reading, spending time with his dogs and wife, experimenting with cooking, and fishing.

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Jobsite Tool: 4-1 M12 Milwaukee Drill
Favorite Sports Team: Nashville Predators
Favorite Restaurant: Party Fowl (Donelson, TN)