The Team The Dernehl Company
Started by patriarch Bob Dernehl in 1972, the Dernehl Company is a construction business devoted to the highest possible standards of workmanship. This our team.
Founder, Bob Dernehl Head of North Georgia Operations
The Dernehl Company was started by Bob Dernehl in 1972. As a perceptive and talented young builder, Bob sought a better climate than his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and made his way south to Atlanta, Georgia.
Since moving to Atlanta, Bob has made Georgia his home, and the Dernehl Company his business. Under his sure hand, the company has prospered. In the last forty years, Bob and his crew have built more than 75 custom luxury homes in Atlanta, remodeled hundreds more, and renovated many of Atlanta’s landmarks and historic buildings.
Bob’s personal commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of the company. By treating each customer with the respect and attention that he would give to his own family, Bob has made certain that the Dernehl Company has nothing but satisfied customers.
Partner, Brody Dernehl Head of Atlanta Operations
The Dernehl Company is proud to be expanding throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and beyond with Brody Dernehl at its helm.
Bob's only son, Brody began working in construction at a very young age. His father used to let him work at job sites, sweeping the site and completing simple tasks. While still in school, Brody spent his summers working on construction sites full-time, beginning as a materials runner. From there, he began working as a carpenter, driving heavy equipment, and, many homes later, started managing jobs for his father.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Brody currently manages large construction sites for luxury estates and mega homes in the Atlanta area and the mountains of Northern Georgia. After living in California for five years, (where he became a licensed contractor and focused on high-end remodels and commercial build-outs) he returned home to Atlanta in 2012, where he continued to manage projects across the US. With the birth of his daughter in 2015, he decided to narrow his focus to the Atlanta area. He has completely elevated and upgraded the administrative level of The Dernehl Company, resulting in the ability of the company to take on larger and larger luxury estates and projects.
Lead Supervisor, John Bendik The Godfather of Construction
When I was little, I had asthma pretty bad, so for amusement I drew plans (and sometimes for my Dad, who was a home-improvement weekend-warrior). I grew out of a lot of my allergies by age 12, and because our home was next to the woods being torn down to extend the subdivision we lived in, I switched to planning & building forts. Forts in trees, forts underground, forts in dry manholes, some with confiscated furniture, and even one with electricity (until my Dad tracked his 2,500 feet of extension cords & romex to it). He then decided he might as well take advantage of my urge to build, and he had me wheelbarrow, shovel, lift, and carry job site stuff. By 14, I was looking like a 16 year old body-builder, which is when he promoted me and let me mix, pour, place & finish any concrete projects he had...until Dominic (his competition) hired me after I graduated high school. Working for Dominic was all fun; he had me drive his equipment & dump trucks, and would send me out to run my own jobs until I quit to build houses with Gap (Geppetto, the Portuguese builder Dominic did concrete work for).
I did try college, technical school & design school, but I was so itchy to learn by the more physical, hands-on method of being on a job site that I never lasted very long in a classroom.
In the 47 years between high school & now, I’ve built docks, 22 story buildings, a hospital, added 2nd floors, rebuild burned-out apartments in Manhattan into luxury condos, raised a vacation home on an island in Maine, and built & re-modeled commercial & residential structures across the country.
I’ve been licensed in New York, Florida & Georgia. I’ve always read prolifically, and learn via self-teaching and on-demand. I’ve spent my life merging men & resources into tight-knit teams to create custom construction projects, and I still love doing it.
Office Manager, Jenny Kitchens
After selling her highly successful café and sandwich shop, Jenny Kitchens joined the Dernehl Company in 2011 and immediately became an invaluable member of our team. With an associate’s degree in business administration and over 20 years of experience in accounting, she currently handles all accounts payable and receivable while managing our office. Jenny has been married for 22 years with two children — and if you have a hankering for a good cup of joe, she recently opened a new coffee shop that she operates with her sister, all while continuing her excellent work at the Dernehl Company.