Meet Our Team


Chris Gardner

As a third generation builder – Chris Gardner, owner of Bella Homes – has had a passion for building since he was a little boy. Officially, Chris started his career in homebuilding while finishing his Finance degree at Central College in Pella, Iowa.  As an Ames native, Chris and his wife Kris, moved back to Huxley, Iowa in 2003 to work for a local builder.  During this time, he also received his master plumber license.  In 2006, Chris assumed responsibilities as Vice President of Operations for a Midwestern builder.  In 2008, Chris and his wife Kris were ready to apply their education, experience and creativity to the creation of Bella Homes.  With over eight years of service, Bella Homes continues to offer a unique and personalized homebuilding experience.  

In addition to homebuilding, Chris’ passions include his family – he stays busy keeping up with his wife, Kris, and their three girls.  Chris has a commitment to his faith and mission work in Ghana, Africa – making semi-annual trips to work on building projects.  Additionally, he enjoys boating, hunting and outdoor activities.

Mark DeYoung

For Mark DeYoung, owner of Bella Homes, growing up on the family farm in Laurens, Iowa played an integral role in developing his work ethic and strong spirit.  He continued to utilize these life lessons as he approached his formal education at Iowa State University where he pursued a degree in Business Management.  While attending college full time, Mark also worked for a local builder in Huxley, Iowa – working with Chris Gardner, who eventually became a great friend and business partner.  In 2003, Mark established home in Huxley, Iowa and six years later married his wife Kari.  In 2012, Mark joined Bella Homes as a partner.  Since this time, Mark has played an integral role in continuing Bella’s fine reputation on quality control, unrivaled attention to detail and exceptional customer experience.
Mark and his wife, Kari, are blessed and also kept on their toes with their three boys. Mark looks forward to sharing his passions for recreational flying, boating, basketball and fast cars with his boys.  In his work and personal life, Mark trusts in his strong faith and commitment to family.


Steve Domino

Project Management

Kevin Myers

Warranty Manager

Barry Engelmann 

Design Coordination

Kassie Knudson

Kris Gardner 

Office Management

Jill Smith, Office Manager
Amber Van Loo, Office Assistant