Rodger and Charles not only build spectacular custom homes but they continue a close working relationship with you in order to maintain the home.
Rodger A. Owen President
Rodger is the creative lead in charge of design and construction. He applies his extraordinary knowledge and clarity of vision with characteristic understated style to create a custom living environment for his clients. He is a graduate of Lake Forest Academy, Indiana University, and the MBA program at the University of Chicago.
From a young age, Rodger was involved in the renovation, design, and construction of residential apartments. From his European studies and travels, he discovered a great admiration and inspiration for a 16th century Italian master Andrea Palladio and his classic principals—symmetry, proportion, and attention to detail. To invigorate his creative side, Rodger and his wife travel extensively, visit classic homes, love to dine al fresco, and to sail --a love that is reinforced by the beauty and awe of the Chicago skyline.
Those in the community know Rodger as the president of Bright Promises Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving at-risk children. He is also past president of the Lincoln Central Association, a member of Society of Architectural Historians, and a member of the Chicago Yacht Club. He was inducted into the Merchandise Mart Hall of fame in 2015. He is a supporter of the Grant Park Music festive and Illinois Masonic Hospital. Rodger is a licensed Illinois Real Estate broker and long-time Lincoln Park resident.
Charles R. Grode Vice President
Charles has been immersed in real estate and construction for over three decades and has been Rodger’s business partner since 1986. He earned a B.S. from Indiana University and received his M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. He continued his studies at the Institut de Francais, Villefranche-sur-Mer in France as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago.
With a background in computer coding, he has developed the data, budget and quality control systems for the company. His stewardship in business management, organization and foresight has ensured the success of BGD&C as a trusted company.
While Charles maintains the administrative, he embraces his artistic talents after studying the fine arts such as photography, sculpture and watercolor. Drawn to richness in details and materials, he has a trained eye, quite evident when renovating his historic residence, blending Art Deco & Art Nouveau with traditional late century and, to complement the old, a contemporary-style art studio in the attic. Hence, he is passionate about the superlative quality and details of the company’s custom homes.
Charles, as a first generation American, believes in a hard work ethic and philanthropy. He is committed to directly helping disenfranchised individuals and particularly supports the work of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. He has a variety of pursuits, including running, painting, cooking (a scratch cook, at that!), backpacking and extensive world travel and, formerly, sailboat racing and martial arts. He is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker and has been a lifelong resident of Chicago.