Meet Our Team

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Matt Belcher
General Manager

Matt has been with Clayton since July 2000. He started with Vanderbilt Mortgage in their Lead Generation and Direct Lending departments before moving to Manufacturing. As an MDM Matt excelled at the El Mirage, AZ, White Pine and Halls, TN facilities before being promoted to sales manager in 2008. In December of 2016, Matt was named General Manager after spending five years as Appalachia’s Sales Manager.

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Allen Patterson
Sales Manager

Allen started working with Clayton in 2000 at White Pine, TN.  He trained in various departments including production, service, and purchasing.  He transferred to Waco, TX as an MDM in 2002 then later to Bonham, TX as Sales Manager in 2008.  In 2012 he worked for TRU Homes as the Director of Sales before transferring to Appalachia in 2017 as Sales Manager.

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Larry Lay
Customer Success Manager

As our sole qualifying AARP member, Larry brings not only wisdom but beauty to the table. Larry staked claim to the Kentucky territory several years ago and has never looked back. He has been with Clayton since April of 1997 and has worked at every East TN legacy plant. Larry's current territory is Central KY, East Tennessee, and Florida.

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Corey Welch
Customer Success Manager

Corey started with the Clayton team in February of 2013 working for Vanderbilt. Shortly after coming on board he was promoted to a Senior Account Manager. He joined the Appalachia family in 2015. He grew up in Maryville, TN. His current territory is Eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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Lucas Heidel
Customer Success Manager

Lucas started working for Clayton Homes in 2016 at the TRU facility in East Tennessee as a Market Development Manager. Upon learning more about the industry and the product he made the transition to Clayton Appalachia in 2018. Lucas's current territory is West Virginia, North Eastern Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.

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Phil Dampf
Customer Success Manager

Phil started with the Clayton team in 2011 working for Vanderbilt. He became an MDM at TRU homes in spring of 2018, and now joins the Appalachia team. Phil grew up in Knoxville, TN. His current territory is Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Western Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, West Tennessee, and Texas.

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Jeremy Presnell
Senior Customer Success Manager

Jeremy joins the Clayton Appalachia family with 14 years of industry experience, including 9 years as a District Sales Manager. He joined the Clayton Albany facility as a Market Development Manager in 2013. During his time with the company, Jeremy has covered Alaska, Alberta Canada, British Columbia Canada, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. With experience selling both HUD/MOD homes, he brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and world class customer experience to the position. Jeremy loves spending time with his wife Susan and his two children, Jackson and Olivia. Outside of work his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and exploring new areas. Jeremy’s current territory is Eastern Tennessee, Northern Georgia, and South Carolina.

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Jessica Happney
Sales Coordinator

Jessica grew up in Clinton, TN. She previously worked at B-Dry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in customer care for 3 years. She's married to Wayne Happney and has 3 children, Anna, Zach, and Mason. 

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Jerry Hylton
Customer Care Manager

Jerry is extremely well versed in the construction of our homes. Starting with the company in June of 1988 as a Utility Team member and team leader for the Rutledge, Halls, Maynardville, and Appalachia plants, as-well-as working in the field as a Service Tech, Jerry has literally seen it all.

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Emily Walden
Customer Care Assistant

Emily joined the Clayton team in January of 2016. Moving to East Tennessee from Santa Fe, NM in 2013, Emily brings an array of experiences to her customer care role. Having worked as a wedding coordinator and in the restaurant supply industry, Emily is well versed in taking care of different types of personalities and problem solving.

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David Briggs
Customer Care Parts Coordinator

David is an East Tennessee native and has worked at Appalachia since October of 1997. He has a vast knowledge of production experience having worked in the cabinet shop, trim department, and quality assurance department. He most recently worked as the parts acquisitions specialist before becoming head of the department.

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Diane Daugherty
Sales Clerk

Diane grew up in Jacksboro, TN. She started with Clayton in June of 2017 as Director of First Impressions. This gave her the skills required to provide the ultimate customer experience. Through her time and experiences at Appalachia, Diane employs a wealth of knowledge in the sales department. Diane is a proud owner of 2 dogs.