About Us

Our Story

Recognizing the increasing demand for barndominium-style homes in Tennessee, James Balmez started Midsouth Barndominiums LLC in 2021. With over 20 years in the construction industry, James wanted to give customers the option of having not only a quality-built home but also a great customer service experience throughout the entire build process. Since Midsouth Barndominiums has been in business, it has grown exponentially, now having added two divisions to the Midsouth family, including Midsouth Interior LLC and Midsouth Design Company. Together offering a complete build experience that starts with blueprint design and ends with a completed home ready for move-in.

Midsouth Barndominium Team

James Balmez

Chief Executive Officer

James started this company to fulfill his passion for helping customers build their dream homes. With his extensive experience in the construction industry, he uses that knowledge to ensure the build process starts off correctly from the beginning, along with project estimating and material ordering. 

Nicole White

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole is the COO of all three Midsouth Companies, overseeing all financial and business operations, marketing, and IT. She started with the company in 2023 after spending some time in the banking industry. She enjoys spending her free time with her family enjoying nature and the outdoors. 

Shondra Grisafi

Project Coordinator

Shondra earned her B.A. degree from the University of Memphis and joined our team in 2022 as our Project Coordinator. She is here to ensure from contract signing to the final inspection our customers are fully taken care of. Shondra enjoys traveling with her family and relaxing on her porch.

Ezra Graham

Sales Consultant

Ezra has been working in the construction industry for over 25 years. His passion for helping clients find and design the perfect home can be seen right away. As our sales consultant he leaves no question or concern unanswered, making building your barndominium an exciting journey. Ezra loves to spend his time with his family tending to his farm, mending fences, and singing choir is his local church.  

Chad Beachy

Project Manager

Chad’s construction experience started back more than 10 years ago where he worked for his father building pole barns. His extensive knowledge in the construction industry and excellent problem-solving skills allows him to ensure our customer’s project runs as smoothly as possible. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and tending to his goats, pigs, and cows. 

Debbie Youngblood

Administrative Assistant

Debbie retired after more than 25 years as a logistics operations manager. She has come back to the working world to fill her extra time helping us with administrative work and providing a friendly and inviting experience for our customers. She is a proud grandmother to seven grandchildren and cherishes the time she gets to spend with them.

Midsouth Interior Team

Brad Fremed

Midsouth Interior Partner

Brad has many roles at Midsouth Interiors, from sales to project management, he tackles it all beautifully. He has an extensive background in construction and home design. His main focus is to ensure by the end of the build your house is a true home. When he isn’t working, he spends his time helping his wife with her animal sanctuary.

Jessica Boswell

Senior Project Administrator

Jessica also has many roles at Midsouth Interior, however, her main focus is to ensure you have the best experience starting at the design phase all the way until you are moving into your new home. She previously managed a flooring store and comes with years of customer service experience. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Midsouth Interiors

Sean Mohler

Project Manager

Sean is the project manager for Midsouth Interior, he is here to ensure that all interior work is completed to our quality standards. He has several years of experience in the carpentry field along with building pole barns. He has a love of caring for animals and has several chickens in which he thoroughly enjoys caring for. 

Midsouth Design Company

Josh Lapp

Midsouth Design Company CEO

Tommy Emerson


Tommy earned his detailed drafter and CAD technician certificate in 2004 from TCAT in Hohenwald, TN. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2020. In his spare time, he can be found supporting his daughters’ at their volleyball and tennis games.