Hometown: Maitland, FL (Orlando area)
When did you move to Charlotte: 1999 after college graduation from University of Florida
What pushed you to construction: I initially started out as an accounting major in college but realized quickly that I wanted more diversity. After a few days of career counseling, building management was the chosen path. My first internship was in commercial followed by a residential internship which was a perfect match.
What jobs have you held: My first job out of school was working for a large national builder in a multitude of positions. Primarily hired as a supervisor, then moved to warranty, estimator, and purchasing. From there I moved to a large regional builder as a project manager overseeing all facets of construct, sales, marketing, finances, budgets, P&L, etc. The experience continued into a small customized local builder, managing all purchasing and worked on opening of a second division.
What are your biggest accomplishments professionally: Carolina Classic Builders was recognized in 2016 as a Gator 100. This is an award that recognizes 100 of the fastest growing companies that are owned or managed by University of Florida alumni. In 2017 we celebrated our ten year anniversary.
What do you like to do outside of work: When I am not working or playing with my kids, I love to play golf and ice hockey. We love to travel as a family as well.
Organizations or Community Involvement: Rotary, NAHB, JCC board of directors
What passions do you have (work/personal, preferably one from each): My passion is building and customer service. I love to assist the customers and bring their ideas to fruition where the plans transform and really take a customized individual identity. After work my passion is my family. I am married to my wife, Debby with three kids (two girls and one boy)
Any other information you find useful: I started the company to offer customers a different building experience. I wanted to make sure that each project truly was geared to the individual, couple, or family, making the final product as unique as them.
Awards: Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, Distinguished Builder, Quality Recognition, Construction Volume, Rookie of the Year, Gator 100, Professional Builder Magazine Top 40 Under 40 Nationally, Professional Remodeler Magazine Top 40 Under 40 Nationally, and Gator 100
A favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right”- Henry Ford