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Our Story

JT Building Group was established in 2016 as a residential home building company in New Smyrna Beach, FL. We are dedicated to quality homes and communities that are cost effective and will last for generations. The smallest details are of utmost importance to us and, of course, the satisfaction of our customers.

Our founders, James Kern and Troy Nauman, observed the ever growing population on the Florida East Coast and sought to bring affordable living to the area. Our homes posses style, character, and comfort. All of these aspects combined make for the perfect place to raise a family or start a new life.

Meet the Team


Troy Nauman: Owner/Contractor- Born in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, Troy Nauman has always had a passion for the growth and revitalization of his community. As a young entrepreneur, he founded Nauman Contracting in 1986, and under his leadership the company has flourished into a reputable construction and development firm. Expansion to Florida and partnership with Jim Kern were prompted by the ever growing demand for residential housing in the state of Florida. Troy's expertise in the home building sector is highly valuable and his success rate in the state of Florida

Over the years Troy Nauman has prided himself on his operational ‘can-do’ attitude, focusing on his team’s optimum performance and strict deadline management that result in projects of cutting-edge construction and long lasting design.


James W. Kern: Owner- James W. Kern took over The Kern Company in South Florida in 1996 and has over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate business specializing in commercial investment and land entitlement. Since 1997, he has partnered with various investors to acquire 50+ properties for a total of over $150 million.  His drive and success rate in the entitlement field have lead to positive relationships with many large corporations as well as state engineers and environmentalists.

Partnering with Troy Nauman in 2016, Jim plans to expand into a vertically integrated development company. He holds an active Florida Real Estate Broker license and graduated from The Florida State University with honors.