The Magnolia Homes Story

Karen Garner founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, Karen not only created a successful business but raised her son, Reggie, Jr., with the same commitment to quality and love for custom home building. I’ve learned that perseverance can take anyone beyond the limits placed before them. If you continue to work hard, don’t get discouraged, and try to learn something new every day, success will come.

With success comes not only a change in one’s critics, but also in what is said about you. After more than 40 years in business, 30 as the owner of Magnolia Homes, I now hear, “How can we be more like Magnolia Homes?” and “I cannot believe she builds such beautiful homes.” My favorite, however, is “Let’s copy her floor plan and we can be just like Magnolia Homes.”

They’ve missed the point. Success doesn’t come from the design or construction. It’s the owner’s commitment to uncompromising standards, and respecting the importance of your role in the lives of your homeowners. We treat every customer with care, respect, and honesty.

A positive attitude is the most important trait you need to succeed in business and in life. And that attitude must come from your heart. This is where we store our life lessons. It’s where kindness originates and allows us to be patient and tolerant.

Perseverance and a positive attitude guided my business for the past 40 years, and personally for my entire life. It is why Magnolia Homes has enjoyed such success, coupled with the heart and soul I put into every home we build. “That extra touch” is not a slogan for Magnolia Homes; its what we do every day, and what we believe every single day.

Meet the Team

Get to know a little bit about the amazing Magnolia Homes staff that will be there to guide you through the purchase of your dream home. We make it our top priority to make sure all your questions are answered and all your needs are met.

Awards & Accolades

Since 1985, Magnolia Home has received numerous awards and accolades. Take a look a some our awards and affiliations below and see what makes Magnolia Homes the best in the business. We can't wait to put our award-winning services to work for you and your family.

Trophy icon2019 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
Trophy icon2019 Memphis Business Journal Small Business Awards Finalist
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Community Building and Engagement
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Features Award for Use of Video
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Overall Social Presence
Trophy icon2018 Karen Garner - Super Woman in Business Memphis Business Journal
Trophy icon2018 Best Construction Design Website
Trophy icon2018 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2016 Parade of Homes Favorite Home Award
Trophy icon2015 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2014 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2013 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2012 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2012 City of Germantown City Beautification Award
Trophy icon2011 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2010 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
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Our Clients

Absolutely outstanding work!  We couldn’t be happier.  It has been a pleasure working with you and I appreciate all of the quick response to our questions and needs.

Great job!!!

Tim and Robin

Tim and Robin | Shepherd’s Creek

Whitney has been such a tremendous help in getting us what we wanted, in a home. She is great at communicating and made such an effort to answer whatever questions we had as soon as possible. You have a great team working for you!

Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett | Cypress Grove

Thank you again for your excellent customer service. We continue to love our home …builder, process, & product.

Curtis & Daynette

Thank you for the thorough walk-thru. We have really been enjoying our home. It’s beauty, function, flow, and the attention to detail make us love our home more and more every day. Thank you, also, for the gift of a year of lawn service with Herbi-Systems. We are very proud to be Magnolia Homeowners!

Mark & Jennifer Broaddus | Villages of Saunders Creek

It is always a pleasure to work with you and your team. I can always expect a smooth and professional transaction. From the quality of your work to the wonderful team of support folks that you have put together: it is always consistent and a pleasure to work with you. I always push your homes because I know my clients will get the best. Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Lisa Harris

Everything was perfect with our building process. The team from beginning to end was excellent. Everyone was extremely helpful, quick to return emails or calls, always with encouraging words. We could not have asked for a better experience. We love our new home.

Cathy Mathis

We just want to express our sincere thankfulness for such a beautiful and well-planned home we have from Magnolia Homes! We think it is the prettiest home with the best floor plan of all the homes we have had (9 total) moving all over the country for the past 19 years. We are thankful to call it ‘home’ and are enjoying it and our new area! We like Memphis a lot! We are having fun getting to know it!

Karla and Tim

Now that I have gotten through the summer months in my new home, to let you know my latest MLGW bill (for October). $64.09 was the damage. I can’t thank you enough for all that you, your mother, and your crews did to build such an amazing home. I think the highest MLGW bill during the summer was around $160-170, which is remarkable for a home the size of mine. Thank you again for everything.

Derek Sutphin

Clark and I want to thank you for our BEAUTIFUL home! It was a pleasure working with you and your staff. Your attention to detail and your SUPERB customer service set you high above all other builders. We have been overwhelmed, literally, with Southern hospitality and can’t wait to move in!! Again, thanks so much for everything!

Rita and Clark | Villages of Saunders Creek

Thank you so much for how you’ve taken care of everything during this process. The care you show for your homes is obvious, and we are excited to be a part of this community. We do Love our home and look forward to spending many, many years here. Thanks again.

Michele Lyons | Shepherd’s Creek

Oak Hill

From $515,085 | Collierville, TN

From $515,085

Collierville, TN

Magnolia Preserve

From $504,601 | Collierville, TN

From $504,601

Collierville, TN

Shepherd’s Creek

From $863,000 | Collierville, TN

From $863,000

Collierville, TN

Cypress Grove

From $473,838 | Collierville, TN

From $473,838

Collierville, TN

Villages of Saunders Creek

From $454,996 | Rossville, TN

From $454,996

Rossville, TN

Karen Garner


Karen founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, a passion that's continued over 30 years later. Karen spends her weekends with her husband, Steve, and their grandchildren.

Reggie Garner, Jr.

Vice President

Reggie has been raised in this industry because his mom, Karen, created the business over 30 years ago. On the weekend you can find Reggie hanging out with his wife Jennifer and their three boys, cheering on the Grizzlies, or duck hunting.

Jenna Bostick

Manager of Oak Grove Realty

Jenna coordinates our website and also makes sure closing on your new home is always a smooth process. She has been with Magnolia for over 7 years so she has worked many aspects of the company. Jenna went to the University of Memphis, so she is always ready to cheer on her Tigers! On the weekend you'll find her at a local 901 event, shopping for her nieces and nephew, or at Shelby Farms with her puppy, Gracie Mae.

Whitney Harvey

VP Sales & Marketing

Go Vols!

Hunter Dawson

Vice President of Operations

Hunter and his wife Samantha, a teacher, are die-hard Memphis Tigers Basketball fans. Hunter was hired through the Construction Management program at MTSU. Now at Magnolia Homes for over 6 years, Hunter handles the day to day operations of our communities and keeps us organized during the build! He is the proud dad of little Drew, born in 2014!

Mary Brown

Online Sales Counselor

Mary is a graduate of Mississippi State University and a native Memphian. Her love for real estate began as a child when her mother would take her to open houses and on historic neighborhood tours. With 14 years of experience in customer service, she is dedicated to providing everyone she encounters with the best experience possible! During her free time, you will find Mary spending time with family and friends, cooking up something tasty, spending time with her boyfriend and their 4 dogs, and cheering on her MS State Bulldogs

Laurie Shropshire

New Home Design Specialist

Laurie has lived in the Memphis area for most of her life. She has worked in the building and design industry for several years and loves helping people making selections to create their dream home. Laurie and her husband, Skip, have been married for 8 years and have 6 children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and pets, which include chickens, peacocks, and ducks.

James LaRue

Builder & Estimator; Warranty Specialist

James joined the team in May 2017 to help with estimating and the day to day operations of home building. He graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2014 with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He is passionate about working on his personal home, which is what brought him to Magnolia Homes. James also enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, and going to Tigers games.

Chuck Barrett

Construction Manager; Saunders Creek and Oak Hill

Chuck has more than 20 yrs experience in the building business. Having started with Bowden Homes to Levitt & Son's to JSweeney Homes, he is well versed in the industry. He and his wife of over 20 yrs, Pat, have 3 children, Trey, Brandon, and Christina. Chuck and his wife share a strong faith and family. He is proud to be a part of Magnolia Homes.

David Lomax

Construction Manager; Magnolia Preserve

Before joining the Magnolia Homes team, David worked at his family's insulation business for over 18 years. He's married with 2 wonderful kids. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family, going to the park, and running in charitable races.

Dean Pakis

Construction Manager; Shepherd's Creek

Dean has lived in Memphis for 33 years. He graduated from Memphis State University in 1987 and has been in the Building/Construction business for 30+ years. He is married to Laurie and they have 2 sons, one at Houston High School and the other at Ole Miss. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, golf, and sports.

Joey Hurt

Construction Manager; Cypress Grove

Joey is a former avionics technician who has worked in construction management since 2001. He has been married to his wonderful wife for 12 years and has two boys.

Sandra Johnson

Quality Control & Home Warranty Specialist

Sandra has been in the home building industry for over ten years. She is now helping our company keep our top builder title with her new position. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 6!

Donna Chilson

Financial Officer

Donna pays the bills and keeps us organized! She is also Auburn's #1 fan, which is where her recently married son attended college. Often Donna flies to England to visit her daughter and her husband and precious grandchildren, Stella and Grayson.

Katie Callahan


Raised a Memphian, Katie's blood runs Crimson. She can be found cheering on her alma mater, The Alabama Crimson Tide, whenever they are playing.

Ryan Arthur

New Homes Specialist

Ryan is an Affiliate Broker of Oak Grove Realty, LLC. He and his wife have two kids that have made him one proud dad! Ryan has been a great asset to our company with his knowledge of sales and Real Estate!

Sarah Bard

New Homes Specialist

Sarah is originally from Fulton Kentucky, where she spent 5 years in medical and pharmaceutical sales, and 2 years as an inside sale rep in the flooring industry. With a passion for home design and a degree in Interior Design, the direction towards real estate was inevitable. She is proud and honored to represent Magnolia Homes and their gorgeous craftsmanship. She attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and finished at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where she spent 4 wonderful years learning under the distinguished designer of Old Waverly Golf Club, Stephen Bengel. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being out on the lake, playing golf, and her yellow lab, Mae Moore.

Jason Gendron

New Homes Specialist

Jason is originally from New Orleans, but he has called the Memphis area home for over two decades. If you want to talk about the New Orleans Saints or LSU Tigers, he’s your guy. He is thrilled at the opportunity to help others build the Magnolia home of their dreams. He spends most of his free time with his lovely wife and their two chorkies.

Jordan Pidgeon

New Homes Specialist

Jordan is a native Memphian and is following her Dad's footsteps in Real Estate. She is excited to start her career in real estate, and especially excited to start out with Magnolia Homes. She loves to cheer on her Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies, as well as the Ole Miss Rebels. Jordan spends her free time with her husky dog, Suzie, and friends.

Lorna Skelton

New Homes Specialist

Lorna is new to the sales team at Magnolia Homes, however she isn’t new to the new homes industry. She is as excited today about helping buyers make their dreams come true as she was the first home she designed. With a strong background in sales and marketing in the broadcast industry, she brings years of leadership serving her community. She says she chose Magnolia Homes because she's never seen a builder with more rave reviews. Lorna loves her husband, her home, and church. She’s known as 'Honey' by her grandchildren, friends and family. Being surrounded by those constantly saying 'Honey, Honey' is about as sweet as it gets!

Thomas Spencer

New Homes Specialist

Thomas was born in Billings, Montana and has lived all over the world. He has lived from Germany to Hawaii and from Austin to Knoxville and several other places in between. His favorite place is Fayette County, where he currently resides. He is married to the love of his life and has one child. He enjoys Fayette County because of the friendly people, low taxes, and little crime.

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