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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Tom Hale
Senior Market Development Manager

Tom has been with the Clayton family since August 2007. He began with the company after graduation and trained at our Rutledge facility. From there he moved to NC and worked for the Oxford team before coming home to East TN in 2011 at the White Pine facility. Tom has called all south-eastern markets his territory at one time or another.

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Justin DeSpain
Market Development Manager

Justin has worked for Clayton since September of 2012. Justin had previously been working with Vanderbilt Mortgage for almost two years before he made the move to manufacturing. He was originally from East TN before he moved to Louisville and later Lexington, KY where he attended the University of Kentucky.

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Cynthia Buckner
Sales Coordinator

Cynthia started with Clayton in May of 2007. Previously, she worked in the Customer Care Department, working closely with the NPS Program. Through her time and experiences at Appalachia, Cynthia employs a wealth of knowledge in all office responsibilities.

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Larry Lay
Market Development 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.

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Corey Welch
Market Development Manager

Corey started with the Clayton team in February of 2013 working in collections for Vanderbilt. After a promotion to Senior Account Manager, he stepped in to manufacturing where he is eager to prove himself and excited for the opportunity in front of him. Corey grew up in Maryville, TN and will be covering AL, AR, GA, IL, LA, MO, and TX.

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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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Lucas Heidel
Market Development 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.

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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.