Meet Our Staff

James Byars – President/ Owner


  • James purchased Fireside Homes from Tim Miller in 2019.
  • James is married to his wife Angela. They have 3 boys and 1 girl- Hudson, Crew, Brooks, & Wren. They also have a chocolate lab named Emma.
  • James enjoys being outdoors, camping, hiking, riding his motorcycle, hunting, and fishing. James and Angela are also active members of First Baptist Church in Elkhart, where they enjoy serving and spending time with their small group.
  • James graduated from Elkhart Christian Academy in Elkhart, Indiana in 2004. He went on to Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a 2nd Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
  • Through high school, James worked for Oakbrook Homes doing service work and framing. During college, he worked for The Master’s Group, a local residential and commercial construction company. His job description included framing, roofing, insulation, concrete, painting, and landscaping. James gained 6 years of experience in sales and customer service with MOR/ryde Intl and Hometown Mortgage. At Hometown, James became a licensed loan officer in Indiana and Michigan.
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Shane Nelson – Vice President


  • Shane moved to Indiana from Illinois straight out of college in 2013 for a career opportunity.
  • Outside of work, Shane enjoys camping, golfing, & boating.
  • Shane graduated from Havana High School in 2008. He went on to Spoon River Community College, graduating in 2010 with an Associates Degree in Arts & Science. He then graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management from Western Illinois University in 2013.
  • Having 4+ years of project management experience in the commericial modular industry, Shane has managed to completion school additions, office spaces, & medical building across the United States.
  • Shane has a variety of construction certifications pertaining to equipment operation, safety standards, & specialty certifications such as a Health Care Construction Certification.
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Kordell Schrock –  Project manager


Chad Herman – Renovations Manager

Crystal Wyse – Production Manager & Service/Warranty


  • In her leisure time, Crystal enjoys talking her dogs for long walks, reading, taking road trips to visit friends, and dabbling with sketching and painting. Slowing down life’s fast pace and taking time to enjoy the simple things is her main focus.
  • Crystal graduated from Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana.
  • After graduating from high school, Crystal started working in the construction industry at HHI Wholesale Home Center. She held several positions there, eventually becoming the Inside Sales Coordinator. She also managed a dental practice and owned her own pet supply store. She gained experience with fencing, railing, decking and pergolas while working in the Customer Service/Inside Sales at Vinyl By Design.
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Angie McDowell – Accounting Manager


  • Angie is married to her husband, Bill. She has 2 stepdaughters – Shawn and Shannon. Shawn is married and has 2 boys, Nathan and Travis. Shannon has 2 children, Derek and Addison.
  • Angie’s hobbies are golfing, playing cards and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
  • Angie graduated from Goshen High School in Goshen Indiana in 1983. She has taken several miscellaneous college courses between the years 1991 and 1993.
  • Angie began working as a credit manager for Keyline Sales in Elkhart Indiana shortly after graduating high school. Her responsibilities included organizing many detailed projects and several other duties relating to accounting. In 1994, Angie joined the Fireside team where she keeps record of all general bookkeeping. She is also responsible for accounts payable, invoice coding, payroll, maintaining job costs and organizing multiple land development projects.
  • Angie was the Elkhart Unit Commander for the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) Chapter #19 from 2005-2008. She became the DAVA Department of Indiana State Commander as well as Chapter #19 Adjutant from 2008-2009. Until 2012, Angie remained the DAVA Chapter #19 Unit Commander. She is currently the treasurer of the Tri Kappa Sorority, Alpha Rho Chapter.
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Tim Miller – Founder


  • Tim is married to his wife, Janet, and they have 2 children – Chelsey and Chase.  Chelsey is married to Matt Yoder and they have 2 daughters, Elliott and Rylee.
  • Tim’s hobbies are golfing, water skiing and snow skiing.  He is also a private pilot with his twin engine, instrument and helicopter rating.
  • Tim graduated from Concord High School in Elkhart Indiana in 1981 and attended Southwestern Michigan College for Business Management.
  • Tim grew up in the housing industry. He started framing houses when he was a freshman in high school and worked his way through almost every aspect of the residential housing industry. Tim started Fireside Homes Inc. in 1985 and started developing residential neighborhoods in 1986.  He has built over 650 homes and has developed 24 communities with more than 1200 home sites throughout Elkhart County in Indiana.
  • Tim has been a member of the Builder’s Association of Elkhart County since 1985.  He served as president of this association in 1991 and 1992.  He has also served on the Indiana State Builder’s Association and was elected president of the President’s Council in 1992. He was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award that same year.  Tim also won the prestigious Fairbanks Award in Elkhart for beautifying the county. Among other awards over the years, he was presented with Best Interior Design, Best Bath, Best Kitchen, Best Exterior, and Best Overall Design for the Elkhart County Parade of Homes. Fireside is also licensed to build homes in Michigan as well as Indiana. Tim is an active member in his local church and supports numerous charitable organizations throughout Michiana.