Meet our team. Howard Vogel, Anne Begg and Bobbie Stevens have been a team for several years, working together, each contributing diverse talents and experience to make Hearth Stone Land & Homes the successful venture it is. Combined experience includes many years of involvement in development, construction, real estate and sustainable living.

Howard Vogel:
Howard Vogel, owner/broker of Hearth Stone Land & Homes, graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in pre-law. This education turned out to be a great background for the ensuing professional ventures in construction management and real estate brokerage.

After building unique homes in the Evergreen, Colorado, area, Howard soon discovered an abiding interest in architecture and how things were made. . . literally and figuratively. The initial homes and studios built in the mountain climes were grounded in some unusual concepts in construction. . .namely the over-arching use of material already available which eliminated the need for the production of new materials. During the beetle blight in Colorado, pine was still plentiful. We soon were able to use the beetle kill trees to produce our own building materials and with some milling, we could produce framing lumber and trim components. Free standing lumber which was available for the cutting became flooring, beams, trim work for windows and doors, and wainscoting. Trips to various salvage areas in Denver provided antique doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, etc. Various aesthetic fixtures were gleaned as well, producing a one of a kind building which was not only environmentally sustainable, but also much more affordable than conventional building models.

Fast forward some thirty years and carpentry gave way to more formal professional construction that melded resort destination development and single family residential development. Our methods and goals are eerily unchanged, and find more favor in the fast paced information age. The developments we become involved in stress respect for the environment, our precious resources, and respect for our neighbors' space, as well as the "critters" that come with these outdoor preserves. Our company now specializes in environmentally sound types of construction, development, and residential destinations.

Added to Howard's expertise are the resources of a creative, energetic marketing director and a gifted website guru, plus the services of an environmental preservationist.
Anne Begg: Anne is the marketing director and her background includes 19 years as an insurance agent and several years as a closing agent for a local title insurance agency where she did real estate closings. She is a former resident of Toledo, Ohio and has a B.A in sociology from the University of Toledo.

In addition to her work for Hearth Stone Land & Homes, she is employed as the admissions assistant at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor. A resident of the area since 1977, she resides in Long Lake Township with her husband, Patrick, and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Freddie. She and her husband have three grown children and two granddaughters.

Anne has been active in both The Friends of the Traverse Area District Library and The Grand Traverse Chorale at Northwestern Michigan College. Her hobbies include photography and gardening. When she's not tending to her garden, you'll find her designing greeting cards from her large collection of photos.
Bobbie Stevens: Bobbie is also a graduate from the University of Colorado with a BA in Fine Art. A Michigan native, she has lived in the Grand Traverse/Leelanau County area since 1970! In 1993 she went to work as Administrative Assistant/Events Planner at the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® where she met Howard and Anne. As one who loves the out-of-doors, she knows how very important it is to preserve our environment and to use our resources wisely. Bobbie has been the "Loyal Web Mistress" to Hearth Stone Land and Homes for seven years.

The local Relay For Life program, TC Celtic music group, the Close Knit knitting guild in Cedar and serving as recording secretary for the Sun Perch Condominium Association Board of Directors are among her "extra curricular" activities. A long time knitting fanatic, she has recently become involved with processing and spinning of natural fibers, most specifically alpaca.