What I really do: Share my passion for home building with prospects and clients. Help with site evaluation and sales. Ensure that our pre-construction process and construction process are on schedule. Site visits. Client relations. Professional warranty service. Oh, and I also do whatever Cindy tells me to do!
Favorite Industry Read: Bob Whitten Weekly management articles; and 25 Lessons Learned by Scott Sedam, Contributing Editor, Professional Builder.
Loves: Family (and traveling with our kids), Truck, and my Heartland Builders family.
Top of Bucket List: Hike Machu Pichu (Peru), Buy an RV and travel the country.
Ask me about: Don’t ask! It could take a while. My kids, my travels, how we got started building homes. Oh boy, here he goes!!!!
Greatest Achievement: From an industry standpoint, being President of the HBA of GR in 2009 and 2010. Those were troubled times in our industry and state and I was proud to serve my fellow builders. Secondly, simply surviving those times as a builder and thriving thereafter.
What I really do: Initial sales, accounting/finance, office management, IT, marketing, sleep.
Favorite Industry Read: Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service by Ari Weinzweig.
Loves: Family, travel, any self or home improvement reality TV shows, reading and working out.
Top of Bucket List: Travel to all 50 states in the United States.
Ask me about: The worst white-water rafting experience ever.
Greatest Achievement: Raising 3 talented, wonderful children.
What I really do: I never turn my brain off. I am constantly thinking about my clients and making sure their homes are beautiful and on budget.
Favorite Industry Read: Home themed magazines (Better Homes and Gardens, Dwell, Michigan Home and Lifestyle), blogs (Home Bunch, Front+Main) and I am a Houzz and Pinterest junkie – I can’t get enough!
Loves: Being at home with my family, spending time with friends, the beach and sand, anything with cherries.
Top of Bucket List: Add more culture into my life – travel more. Read more and watch less TV. Listen better.
Ask me about: My kids and my husband! I love to talk about my three favorite people.
Greatest Achievement: Being a mom who transitioned into a working mom. When my children were young, up until my youngest was in elementary school I did not have a job outside the home. I look back on that time and cherish the fact that I had the ability to be home with my kids. Transitioning to a working mom has been such a gift, I am able to help people build a home – a space for their families to create memories.
What I really do: Find opportunities for efficiency and apply it to the Heartland Builders process.
Favorite Industry Read: Journal of Light Construction.
Loves: Canoeing, coaching wrestling, woodworking, and cooking.
Top of Bucket List: Expedition canoe the Grand Canyon.
Ask me about: My mac and cheese recipe.
Greatest Achievement: Making a positive difference in the lives of the high school wrestlers I coach.
What I really do: Estimating and some project management.
Favorite Industry Read: any information about new trends and ideas.
Loves: Spending time with my family.
Top of Bucket List: Build our last home. Take my family and parents back to the Netherlands to show my family where my parents grew up and see how things have changed.
Ask me about: Building and the building process.
Greatest Achievement: Owning my own company.
What I really do: Anything that needs to get done, this ranges from moving lumber or cleaning sites to assisting with marketing and our warranty process.
Favorite Industry Read: Building an Affordable House by Fernando Pages Ruiz.
Loves: Golf, motorcycles, guns and homes.
Top of Bucket List: Take a motorcycle trip along the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Ask me about: Skeet shooting, my motorcycle, my golf game or snowshoeing.
Greatest Achievement: Working for Heartland Builders, LLC.