Meet The Team


Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

– Vince Lombardi

Meet The Team

Blue Heron Signature Homes is an award winning custom home builder in the Triangle area, and is dedicated to building you, our client, the luxury home you've dreamed of.

We believe a custom home should leave you, our clients, truly inspired. The home building process should remain exhilarating, personal and enjoyable while their team of architects, designers and construction personnel make a breathtaking vision come to life.

Our attention to detail, experience and commitment to excellence speaks through in our craftsmanship, communication and dedication.

With a strong foundation of trust, integrity and experience in the luxury market, Blue Heron Signature Homes values each aspect of the home building process. Our clients are the heart-beat of what we do, day in and day out.

Our goals run parallel with our mission: build the life you want to live, through excellence.

Mark A. MacDonald

Mark A. MacDonald


Mark’s main focus during multiple decades of his career has been within the real estate industry. His acquisition of Blue Heron Signature Homes further exemplifies his passion for real estate and furthering a positive real estate experience within the community where he lives, works and plays. Mark’s interpersonal skills, business acumen, and strategic thinking are beneficial in developing high quality communities and custom homes in the Raleigh, North Carolina market.

As CEO of Arcadia Real Estate Advisors and CEO/President of Blue Heron Signature Homes, Mark oversees all aspects of both companies daily operations, as well as its investment opportunities.

Since 1990, Mark has advised institutional owners in the investment of over $4 billion of real estate transactions in the southeastern United States. Prior to forming Arcadia and becoming CEO/President of Blue Heron Signature Homes, Mark served as Managing Director of Investments for Stratford Land Fund where he was responsible for identifying, acquiring and asset managing strategic land investments located in North and South Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In this capacity, he helped Stratford raise $850 million in four land funds and was responsible for overseeing the investment of over $175 million of new equity in new Stratford Land projects.

Prior to joining Stratford Land, he served as Managing Director of Investments for Raleigh, North Carolina based Highwood’s Properties, one of the nation’s largest fully integrated real estate operating companies, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s investment strategy. While at Highwood’s, Mark managed over $4 billion of office, industrial, retail, multifamily and land investment transactions, including $1 billion of joint venture investments with institutional partners. Prior to Highwood’s, he was a real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis in the Virginia market representing institutional owners of office, retail, and industrial buildings in lease and investment sales transactions.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Economics from James Madison University and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke’s University’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance. Mark is a member of the Home Builders Association and National Association of REALTORS.

He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family traveling, skiing, wake surfing, fishing, playing cards, ice skating and sharing quality time together. Mark is also a supporter of autism organizations and animal rescue.

Jason Mathena

Jason Mathena

Vice-President of Construction

Jason holds a NC General Contractors Unlimited License, and his honesty, strong work ethic and team player perspective is key in the home building industry. As a dedicated individual who has been in and around the residential construction business his entire life, Jason understands first hand the communication and problem solving mindset needed to bring clients the peace of mind needed when building their dream home.

As the MAME Award winner of the Superintendent of the Year in the Triangle, several additional MAME Awards for Blue Heron Signature Homes and Parade of Homes Gold Award with perfect score, it’s clear that Jason’s experience, knowledge and education for the process shines through in his work.

As the Vice President of Construction at Blue Heron Signature Homes, Jason is known for finding ways to make things work that may seem impossible, Jason is a soaring talent in the custom home building space. When asked what he loves about this industry, Jason replied “The industry is unique because we are in different spaces within the community and encounter new challenges daily, all while creating something so special for our Clients which will likely be their biggest investment. Knowing that these properties will be here for years to come makes this career even more purposeful.”

Jason appreciates everyone within a project and ensures that they all feel important. In addition, he keeps the team motivated and excited about not only the success of the company as a whole, but also each team member’s career.

When not working, Jason loves spending time with his family, attending his kids sporting events, playing golf, raising awareness of childhood cancer and childhood poverty.

Olivia Lowry

Olivia Lowry

Design Services

With over 22 years of experience, Olivia’s determination, honesty and persistence works to her client’s advantage as she assists them with interior and exterior selections for their dream home.

She has an impressive resume of working with many well known builders and past experience with an array of positions including estimating, purchasing, CAD design, scheduling, New Community Manager, in addition to working alongside builders to build model and spec homes, and as a Design Center Manager. By wearing many hats, it’s clear Olivia understands the full process of building a new home.

“I was promoted quickly through building companies I had worked for, but I would say I didn't feel very successful until I started working as a Designer.” Olivia stated. After finding her calling, she powered through and earned herself a spot as the #1 designer within her branch in sales, and #7 in the nation within that company.

As the Designer for Blue Heron Signature Homes, Olivia’s eye for detail, exquisite portfolio, outstanding problem solving mindset and strong work ethic sets her apart. Her dedication for finding solutions for her clients is key in keeping her clients satisfied and having minimal stress through an, at times, emotional process.

Olivia enjoys traveling abroad, spending quality time with her friends and increasing awareness of different animal causes and organizations.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela

Nina Golden

Nina Golden

Sales Consultant

Whether you're purchasing your first home, investing, selling/buying a luxury home, downsizing or relocating; I am committed to helping you achieve your real estate goals by providing you with outstanding service and quality information so making the right decision is easy. I have experience in new home sales which my clients find helpful and understand my passion about offering the best customer service. I will provide you with unparalleled professionalism, support and guidance. It is my goal to deliver an absolutely stress-free and smooth process to all my clients.

“It has been a pleasure working with Nina. We relocated from California and were remote for the last few months before closing. Nina was incredibly responsive, and anticipated information we would need or want to know before we even asked. We fell in love with the house pretty far along in the process. And even after closing, Nina Golden continues to respond to our questions or needs quickly. Nina is amazing, helping us quickly work through any kinks that come with living in a neighborhood being actively developed. It already feels like home after 1 month”. - John and Aimee

"We feel so fortunate"

We feel so fortunate to have selected Blue Heron Signature Homes to build our beautiful house.  The entire process was enjoyable as the team was very helpful and agreeable throughout.  We started with an established design and then tweaked it with changes to further customize it to our liking including some excellent ideas from the builder team.  Olivia was able to offer design advice when we asked but otherwise lead us through the process of meeting with the vendors and allowed us to make choices to our own taste.  Jason was able to answer our questions regarding construction and did everything to our specifications.  The process went smoothly because the team listened to what we wanted and delivered what they promised, and more.  We are in a new neighborhood with several different builders and as we watched construction of our home and others, we could easily see that our house is of a higher quality than many of the others.  High quality and a team that listens and performs – who could ask for more!  

- Cynthia and Steve Sollod

"Your eye for design, attention to detail..."

Dear Olivia,
It has been so nice working with you through the building of our new home, and a joy getting to know you. Your eye for design, attention to detail, availability, AND sense of humor was much appreciated along the way.

- Vicki & David Norris

"...everything was handled with ease."

Working with Blue Heron Signature Homes was an absolute pleasure.  Jason Mathena and Olivia Lowry were exceptional in listening to what we wanted to accomplish and then making that happen.  We even threw a few curve balls their way during the build process and everything was handled with ease.  After living in the home for almost a year now, we can also say that the quality is second to none.  We have built numerous homes in the past and this is the only one that has had almost no issues at year one.  Although we feel like we built our dream forever home, if we do decide to go through the process again, we would certainly use Blue Heron Signature Homes.

- Brian Bus

"...delivered an incredible product."

Building a new home after retirement was an undertaking that we seriously questioned prior to pulling the trigger with Blue Heron Signature Homes.  It turned out to be a great decision and a very enjoyable experience.  We went through four or five design tweaks that were easily and graciously accepted by Blue Heron Signature Homes.   The plan we put in place clearly laid out the allowances in every category. Working with Olivia, we always knew where we stood to budget before any decision was made.  Her professional guidance and opinions carried a lot of weight and we always felt she had our best interest at heart.  Obstacles never seemed like obstacles, as the general attitude from Jason was always “no problem.”  He always tried to figure out a way to get to “yes, we can do that.”  We were extremely pleased with the quality and craftsmanship of the sub-contractors.  The overall quality of our home is outstanding, and we couldn’t be happier.  Blue Heron Signature Homes made our home building experience fun and adventurous and delivered an incredible product.  A great plan, great communication and execution from a professional team and commitment to timelines rendered us a beautiful home.   We highly recommend Blue Heron Signature Homes.

- Tim and Myrna Murphy

"You are an absolute professional"

Dear Jason,
It has bee a huge pleasure working with you & your crews. You are an absolute professional with a very kind heart & patient mannerism. AND a perfectionist to boot!
Thank you for the great experience & your dedication.

- Vicki & David Norris

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