Meet Our Team
Scott AustinOwner + Developer
William DickersonOwner + Developer
Allison SmithOwner + Broker
Stephen AustinOwner + Developer
Elliott NailenHERS-Rater & Energy Consultant
Arica HaroEvent Liason
Joe EvansSustainable Agriculture Specialist
Scott has been in the development industry for 20 years. He owns Austin Development with his brother Stephen and focuses primarily on hospitality, multifamily and single family residential construction throughout the Southeast. Their home office is in the first and only building their father built for his insurance company, where their brother Jeffery heads Construction Finance.
Scott is a Finance and Economics graduate of Appalachian State University and lives in Asheville. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, mediocre (at best) guitar player, incredibly proud father of three beautiful children and super lucky husband.
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Allison moved to the mountains of western North Carolina to attend UNC Asheville and never left. A founding partner of Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, Allison enjoys collaborating with the Olivette team on everything from branding and design, to community development, to planning future neighborhoods. A published author and designer, Allison is a contributing designer to twenty-four Lark Books on an array of topics ranging from home décor, to general crafting, to children’s titles. While not currently seeing clients, she is also a NC Licensed Professional Counselor and enjoys partnering with community members to provide coordinated supportive services for children and families that foster social, emotional, educational, and cultural growth. An active supporter of animal welfare and environmental causes, Allison lives in Asheville with her husband, Olivette founding partner William Dickerson, where they raised four amazing daughters together. She has been a NC licensed Real Estate Broker since 2005.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Elliott honed a number of valuable skill sets over a 20 year career with Sam’s Club, working his way from gathering shopping carts to managing Sam’s Club locations all over the southeast. After living in 7 cities in 7 years, he and his family transferred to Asheville, North Carolina, and quickly realized Asheville was the home where they would put down roots. Asheville’s people, the diversity of natural beauty, and the opportunity to commune with both, soon helped Elliott realize it was time to think about redirecting his professional efforts. After a 3 week immersion into the majestic beauty, mystery and isolation of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Elliott and his family made the decision to take a leap of faith and leave his corporate job of 20 years. As luck would have it, this leap landed Elliott’s feet solidly on a path that would eventually lead to what would quickly become his passion, Olivette Riverside Community and Farm. Elliott thinks “Olivette is truly on the cutting edge of responsible real estate development and community building.” He feels incredibly fortunate to bring his business acumen, interpersonal skills, appreciation of nature, and knowledge of energy efficient and sustainable building practices to the Olivette team in his role as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater.
Arica heeded the call of entrepreneurism by moving to the mountains and starting Asheville Plays and the Haunted Trail. The Haunted Trail is her signature event performed annually at Pisgah Brewing Company. Previously, Arica served as Recreation Director at Salamander Hospitality. There she created the recreation program at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Tampa, Fl. She also served on the Salamander task force team to develop two 5 diamond resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Before Salamander Hospitality, she held the Recreation Manager position at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, SC. At each location, Arica gained experience in delivering high quality programing to groups in a luxury resort setting. Arica earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Recreation Management and her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish from Appalachian State University. She has been a member of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association since 2003, serving on the Board of Directors including President in 2014. Arica’s true passion is creating opportunities for people to have fun and memorable experiences together.
Joe’s passion for agriculture took root while working in coffee fields of Central America. His interest and experience further flourished while working on farms out west and for several prominent family farms in WNC. The thriving culinary climate and agricultural communities of WNC solidified his purpose to farm. In the fall of 2010, Joe started Paper Crane Farm, offering a robust CSA and supplying Asheville farmer’s markets and restaurants with quality produce for the last 7 years. It is his intention to grow clean, nutrient dense produce that not only connects people to the food they eat, but to the land from which it came. His desire to share methods, tools, and growing practices while educating interns transitioning to farmers has kept him an active member within the local farming community.
He believes that focusing on the soil is paramount to sustainable agriculture. Through thoughtful tillage and steady incorporation of organic matter builds fertile ground. After years of stewarding several parcels of land, Joe comes to Olivette with a passion to not only cultivate crops but connections with people. He shares in Olivette’s vision of community gathered around a working farm, and sustainable living that seamlessly transpires from the surrounding landscape.
Joe holds a B.S. in Psychology from The College of Charleston and can often be found in the field deciphering the language of plants. When he’s not farming he enjoys spending time with his family, working on their homestead and basking in the beautiful outdoors that WNC offers.