Builder Bloggers

Al Trellis

thumbnail image Al Trellis, the president of Home Builders Network in Mount Airy, MD, has over 35 years experience as a custom builder, engineer, consultant, columnist, and speaker. He’s known for his creativity and insights into improving profits and productivity.

Brad Haubert

thumbnail image Brad Haubert is a home builder from central Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1993 from Juniata College, Brad entered his father’s home building business – joining the rest of the family. Haubert Homes is a mid-size “custom-production” builder with six offices throughout Pennsylvania. Brad recently earned the NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation, graduating with the inaugural class. He has begun building his first green home and is sharing his progress on it through this blog.

Boyce Thompson

thumbnail image Boyce Thompson is editorial director of the BUILDER group of magazines published by Hanley Wood, LLC. He also directs the company’s editorial council. In addition to BUILDER, Thompson serves as editorial director of Big Builder, Multifamily Executive, Digital Home, Developer, Affordable Housing Finance, and Apartment Finance Today magazines. Thompson has 26 years of experience writing and editing articles about home building, architecture, and retailing. He earned a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri and holds a B.S. degree in English Literature from Northwestern University.

Chuck Shinn

thumbnail image Charles C. Shinn, Jr., Phd, often referred to as the Profit Doctor, created the Shinn Group of Companies, The Lee Evans Group, and Builder Partnerships to help increase the professionalism and management standards of the homebuilding industry. His constant focus is to help builders and manufacturers to improve performance of their companies, improve relationships and ultimately maximize their total profits. Chuck inspires hundreds of builders each year through his frequent speaking engagements and educational seminars. Chuck Shinn holds a BA in Economics, and an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the College of Business Administration at American University in Washington, DC.

David Miles

thumbnail image David Miles created Miles Advertising 22 years ago in Denver, Colorado. During that time, the agency has represented organizations in industries as diverse as high technology, education, and real estate. His new company, Miles Strategic DNA, integrates business strategy with brand strategy through the use of a proprietary decision-making code. Miles’ career spans more than three decades, during which he has served as president of two full service advertising agencies, and his own design firm. Miles has won numerous local, national, and international creative awards, including 81 Gold and more than 300 Silver Nationals from the NAHB.

George Casey

thumbnail image GEORGE E. CASEY, JR. is the President of Stockbridge Associates, LLC, a consultancy specializing in strategy, operations, financial improvement, and the implementation of change for large scale real estate assets and building companies. He has over 35 years experience in the industry as an executive, consultant, and board member.

Jane Meagher

thumbnail image Jane Meagher is President of Success Strategies, the nation’s premiere design studio strategy, training, and consulting company, and the creator of many national award-winning design studios. Jane shares insights from working with leading builders in over 30 states and Canada, through extensive studies of consumer shopping behavior and retail-based on-site presentation, and from over 20 years experience in new home sales and marketing. Regardless of whether you have a true design studio, or how much energy you’ve previously focused on the new home personalization experience, Jane’s think-outside-the-box concepts will resonate throughout all of your sales and marketing efforts and encourage you to Think Like A Consumer and Act Like A Retailer.

John McManus

thumbnail image John McManus is an award-winning editorial director for the Residential Construction Group at Hanley Wood in Washington, DC. In addition to the Builder digital, print, and in-person editorial and programming portfolio, the group includes strategic content direction for Affordable Housing Finance, Apartment Finance Today, Custom Home, Multifamily Executive, and Residential Architect.

Mollie Elkman

thumbnail image Mollie is President of Group Two Advertising, one of the largest homebuilder marketing and advertising agencies in the United States. Mollie¹s blog initiates thought provoking conversations within the building industry. She focuses on new and controversial trends in the increasingly Internet savvy world we live in.

Mark Hodges

thumbnail image Mark Hodges is Principal of Blueprint Strategic Consulting, helping homebuilders plan for growth by facilitating strategic planning, helping to define core company objectives and create action plans needed to enable success, and developing the organizational mechanisms to ensure alignment at all levels. Contact him at or visit his website at

Mary Lou Denny

thumbnail image Mary Lou Denny, co-founder and executive vice president, heads the public relation division of Walt Denny Inc., an advertising and public relations agency in Hinsdale, Illinois. She and her husband Walt, started the agency twenty years ago based on the credo to provide creative marketing solutions, combined with a high value on personal relationships and accountability.

Paul Cardis

thumbnail image Avid Ratings is a full-service customer loyalty management firm, providing enterprise-level surveys, organizational strategies, employee training, and proprietary solutions that create delighted customers and drive increased profitability. Working with over 2750 homebuilders throughout North America, Avid goes beyond just surveys, it delivers solutions that significantly improve the bottom line of its home building clients.

Pauline Guntlow

thumbnail image Pauline Guntlow is a designer, renovator, builder, and consultant in the Mass/Vermont area. What was once a sideline hobby evolved into a full time business of designing and building homes. Pauline absolutely loves all aspects of the building industry including the latest innovations in building materials. Her designs are, above all, practical.

Patrick Hendry

thumbnail image Patrick Hendry has been actively involved in the green building industry since 2004. He has spent the last five years researching and studying new technologies in the areas of renewable energy, environmental remediation, and environmental planning, and earned the LEED Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Currently, as Principal of Hendry Development Companies, a green building consultancy based in Newport Beach, Calif., he works with both developers and design teams. In March of 2008, Patrick’s passion for travel and desire for first-hand knowledge led him on a six-month journey around the world to study and document the green building revolution.

Scott Sedam

thumbnail image Scott Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, an internationally-known consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. Now in its second decade with a staff of 8 field consultants, TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with its more than 200 builder, supplier, and trade clients in a wide variety of specialties. During the recent industry downturn, TrueNorth’s LeanBuilding Blitz process is credited with saving clients seven-figure money, improving both product and process, without destroying supplier/trade relationships. A former VP with Pulte Corporation where he launched their quality initiatives in the 80's & 90's, Scott is a passionate advocate of the application of Lean Methods in the building industry as the one way to reduce cost without the collateral damage that inhibits long-term growth and success.

Ted Cushman

thumbnail image Ted Cushman attended Harvard College, served for four years as a U.S. Army paratrooper, and worked as a frame and finish carpenter for seven years before joining the staff of Hanley Wood's Journal of Light Construction (JLC), where he anchored the news desk for 4 years and edited feature articles. Ted now covers the home building industry as a freelance writer from his base in the hills of Western Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, psychiatrist Cynthia Cushman and their three sons, Jack, Adrian, and Isaiah. In his 15-year career as a construction photo-journalist, Ted has earned a national reputation for insightful, accurate, and practical coverage of home building techniques, building science, and housing economics.

Tim Garrison, P.E.

thumbnail image Tim Garrison, the Builder's Engineer(tm), is the president of ConstructionCalc Software, Inc. He is the author of four books, including, Green Framing, An Advanced Framing How-To Guide. Tim stays current with industry trends as a practicing professional engineer. He is an active member of his local builder's association, teaching seminars on Green Framing, Microsoft Excel, and How To Profit In A Down Economy. Tim lives and works in Mount Vernon, WA.

Patrick Duffy

thumbnail image Patrick Duffy has consulted for nearly 20 years for the country's leading home builders, land developers, investors, and lenders on residential, mixed-use, commercial, and industrial projects. As Managing Director of Consulting with Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, he maintained an alliance with the California Building Industry Association, issuing monthly press releases and analyses on statewide housing trends. Prior to that he worked with MarketPointe Realty Advisors, The Concord Group, Robert Charles Lesser & Co., and managed internal market research activities for a public home builder with operations in California, Arizona, and Nevada. As an expert on housing markets, Duffy has written extensively on the subject for newspapers, magazines, and Web sites.