FOUNDER & CEO
The Jones family settled in Las Vegas in the early 1930s. Steve Jones, born in 1949, had the unique opportunity to grow up with the city. After attending college at the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve finished his studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He married Anne Rose Keegel, a third-generation Nevadan, in 1976 and they soon had two sons.
Steve decided it was time to establish a construction company of his own, and started building houses with friend, journeyman builder, and mentor Audie Coker. Audie was a true perfectionist and imparted that same wisdom to Steve, who willingly embraced the philosophy.
Steve spent years learning the art of custom home building from Audie. Every detail mattered, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Perfection was expected and nothing less would suffice.
After Audie retired in 1989, Steve secured his general contractors license and created Merlin Contracting and Developing, LLC. Merlin began building unique custom homes throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Subcontractors were carefully chosen for their work quality and professional reputation. Steve created lasting relationships with the best subcontractors in Las Vegas, many who still work for Merlin today.
Steve Jones built Merlin Contracting on a commitment to maintaining the highest quality building standards and treating people with integrity, respect and compassion. This is exemplified in the fact that numerous multi-million dollar homes were realized with a handshake rather than a contract.
Bart Jones, a Las Vegas native and brother to Steve Jones, graduated with honors in 1975 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Letters. He then left the desert for the tropics and spent nearly 20 years owning, managing, and marketing agricultural businesses, and developing facilities for processing agricultural products on the beautiful island of Hawaii.
While managing over 500 acres of orchards and other operations in the 1980s and 1990s, Bart worked with the Farm Bureau as well as the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and personally created and managed the Low In-Out Sustainable Agriculture Project for Hawaii. The project brought organic and sustainable farmers together with University of Hawaii scientists to develop scientific protocol for such practices.
In June 1994, Bart and wife, Cory, left their orchard in capable hands to return to Las Vegas. Brother Steve and his growing company, Merlin Contracting, needed a man like Bart. By 1998, Merlin Contracting’s growth required Bart to move from field supervision to the office. He became the CFO and managed the evolution of Merlin Contracting’s transition to a fully technologically advanced company while still focusing on the priority of keeping personal contact with the homeowners.
Bart continues to play a key role in making sure that Merlin Contracting balances both the needs of a rapidly growing company while maintaining the company’s commitment to putting customer’s needs first.