Company Profile

Bill Payzant, President


Bill created Nautilus because he has a passion to make people’s lives a bit easier by reducing the stress associated with building and owning a home.  Bill believes this can be achieved by focusing on long-term solutions, over quick fixes, and top quality, energy efficient construction. Bill concentrates on communication between the company and our clients to ensure satisfaction with every step of the process. By staying true to the company’s Core Values and Mission Nautilus aims to continuously grow and develop with our clients.

Bill Payzant grew up on Cape Cod, MA before heading to Clinton, New York to receive his Bachelor of Arts at Hamilton College. Now, Bill has over a decade of experience building, renovating, and maintaining coastal homes under his belt.  Bill’s building career started in New England restoring older, run-down homes back to their historic beauty.  Quickly he moved into building custom coastal homes in Cape Cod. Bill then moved to Charleston in 2006 with his wife, Gretchen, and their three children to be closer to their family and enjoy all the wonderful things Charleston has to offer.  Bill previously worked at Daly & Sawyer Construction as the Director of Operations for three and a half years before founding Nautilus in 2010. In addition to his daily work at Nautilus, he is the past Vice-Chairman of the Charleston Guild.

In Bill’s spare time he enjoys sailing, golf, and traveling. Bill loves taking advantage of the Lowcountry by spending time at the beach, downtown or at backyard parties with his family and friends.


Denise Carpentier, Special Projects Manager


The Coast Guard stationed the Carpentiers to Charleston in 2000 for a two year tour.  It was love at first sight and they planted their roots here. Denise attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Finance. After leaving her position as a Computer Systems Analyst for the Department of the Navy, she raised two sons. For the past 15 years, Denise has been working in the business administration and project management side of the construction business. At Nautilus, Denise started as the Business Manager but has moved on to Special Projects.  She bounces from marketing campaigns to programming our ServiceMax database in Salesforce to organizing fun outings for the Nautilus Team.  In her spare time, Denise volunteers for Canines for Veterans as a dog trainer. If you stop by our office, you may be greeted by one of her “trianees”!


Joe Quick, Project Manager, Home Management Division

Joe grew up in North Carolina and later attended Arizona State University where he studied Business. Joe has spent the last 25 years in the construction industry. Locally, he participated in projects such as Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community on James Island, the Renaissance on Charleston Harbor in Mt Pleasant, and the Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah. Joe was previously the owner of Quick Quality repairs for 5 years before merging with Nautilus.

Joe has lived in Mt Pleasant since 2001 with his wife and 2 sons. He is active in Cub Scouts where he served as Den Leader, Cubmaster and Charter liaison with his Church, Christ Church, Mt Pleasant. Joe previously served as chairman of his neighborhood’s Architectural Review Board for 3 years.

When not working Joe enjoys kayaking the Lowcountry creeks with his family, visiting downtown museums, galleries and restaurants.  Joe also likes taking trips to the Mountains of North Carolina where his family has property.


James Rose, Project Supervisor, Custom Homes

Originally from Kentucky, James has been a Charleston resident since 1999. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University. James brings over 22 years of building experience to the company and is a licensed builder. Outside of the office James enjoys spending time with his daughter, Peyton, and always looks to be outdoors. His favorite activities include kayaking, camping, repelling and climbing. James also frequents Fleet Landing for their delicious scallops.


Laura Forger, Business Manager

Laura moved to Charleston in June 2014 to begin her career as Business Manager with Nautilus Co. She came to Charleston via. Greensboro NC and Rochester NY, gaining 20+ years of corporate business background through Xerox/GE. During her corporate career, Laura enjoyed her time as a program manager, working with diverse groups of people to produce successful results. She is thrilled to have been given he chance to work with such a wonderful group of people at Nautilus, and now happily spends her time keeping the Nautilus office running smoothly!

She currently lives on James Island with her fiancé Dennis. They are weekly visitors to Folly Beach and love taking in the many historic sights walking around downtown Charleston. Laura has two daughters who currently reside in Western New York.


Chris Jones, Assistant Project Manager

Chris joined the Nautilus Company in 2014.  A native of Atlanta, Chris brings over fourteen years experience in residential and commercial construction, project facilitation and team management.  Chris is an alumnus of GA State University with a degree in Planning and Development.  Outside of office hours Chris can be found spending time with his wife and young son. They enjoy trying new restaurants, being on the water and making new friends.


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