House Builders Affiliation of Greenville Bridge Awards Winners 2020

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It’s been a full year for the home industry and our community is booming.

Like any business, this is made up of many great leaders, and the Home Builders Association of Greenville celebrated some of the best at their annual Bridge Awards event. We spent time with some of the awardees who were recognized for excellence in their fields.

It’s always a good time to get to know your neighbors and maybe none better than now.

ANDREW COLN, Coln Construction, Remodeler of the Year

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Andrew Coln of Coln Construction at North Hills Automotive (Photo by Nathan Gray / Staff, TALK Greenville)

Talk Greenville: What Do You Want Everyone To Know About Your Business?

Andrew Coln: We try to differentiate ourselves by communicating too much with our customers. At the end of the day, we strive to take care of each project as if it were our own house. I want the customer to know that we are always going the extra mile.

TG: What’s your favorite part about your job?

AC: There are a lot of moving parts when renovating or building a new home. It’s really a juggling act and it’s like a giant puzzle. However, I love a good challenge, and there has never been a problem that I couldn’t solve. Every roadblock creates an opportunity for a solution.

TG: What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?

AC: Live in the moment and be grateful for all you have. I am constantly trying to improve and I have a problem with being satisfied. Enjoying the victories and achievements, no matter how big or small, keep the things that matter most in my life in the foreground.

TG: What’s a constant in your business?

AC: The only constant in my business is that nothing is constant. It’s constantly changing – the customers, technology, industry standards, homeowner requirements, juggling subs planning, material prices, etc. To be successful in this business you need to adapt and move on.

TG: What is the biggest change in your industry?

AC: The pricing for building was the biggest change. The demands for renovations have skyrocketed. I think that’s because everyone spends a lot more time at home and rooms now work for different purposes.

TG: What would surprise us about you?

AC: I love breaking up with my pals. I’m serious about work, but I like having a good time with friends. Sometimes when a friend doesn’t answer the phone I leave an ad lib voicemail creating a character. I like to end the day with a good laugh. This business can beat you up. I try not to take myself too seriously.

LAUREN HEIN, Clayton Tile, Professional Woman in Building of the Year

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Lauren Hein of Clayton Tile (Photo by Nathan Gray / Staff, TALK Greenville)

Talk Greenville: What’s your favorite part about what you do?

Lauren Hein: Every customer and every project is different, so I can use my creativity every day at work. I love to design something new and original for customers that creates tension and excitement in the construction process.

TG: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

LH: Stay flexible and adaptable like Stretch Armstrong! Regardless of the interruptions or challenges that arise, I try to adapt easily while quickly returning to my positive attitude.

TG: What’s a constant in your business?

LH: Works for a local family business that is employee and customer oriented. Clayton Tile is now run by the second and third generation, so its roots in Greenville are deep.

TG: How have things changed in your industry over the past year?

LH: Increased business from demand in the DIY and construction sectors. The tile industry learns to adapt to lengthy delays and backlogs as we try to keep up with demand.

TG: What would surprise us about you?

LH: I love the outdoors, especially white water rafting, mountain biking and camping in the backcountry. I am one of the lucky few to experience a 21 day rafting and camping trip on the Colorado River through the entire Grand Canyon!

DUSTIN HUGHES, Jeff Lynch Appliance & TV Center, Richard A. Ashmore, Sr., Associate Member of the Year

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Dustin Hughes in a home built by Stoneledge Luxury Homes and designed by MB Interiors. (Photo by Nathan Gray / Staff, TALK Greenville)

Talk Greenville: What would be one thing you would want everyone to know about your business?

Dustin Hughes: That I’m really sitting on the same side of the table as the builder. Our goal is exactly the same: “To provide a great product in a timely manner at a reasonable price.” I enjoy working with builders who understand that suppliers / subcontractors are real partners in the construction industry.

TG: What’s your favorite part about what you do?

DH: Prior to this position, I was a pastor in the church for 8 years and I really believe that we should focus on the ministry. I want to serve and help our builders in every possible way. If you lead with a servant’s heart, the sales will come.

TG: How have things changed in your industry over the past year?

DH: Very simple, AVAILABILITY! The order of questions from builders / customers used to be “How much does it cost, can you tell me something about the product, when can I get it?” The first question to answer now is by far, “When can I get it?” Delivery issues and availability pose unique challenges that we learn to deal with every day.

TG: What will you never do again?

DH: I ran the Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon on Saturday February 29th, 2020 and have since said that I won’t run another half marathon until next Saturday, February 29th, unless it is before February 29th, 2048 becomes. I’m 68 years old so who knows?

TG: What would surprise us about you?

DH: While I was studying PRTM at Clemson, I got a season job with the old Greenville minor league hockey team, the Greenville Grrrowl. I’ve been to Ice Dog and was part of the entertainment team on the ice and in the stands!

DREW HAMBLEN, Fairview Custom Homes, Builder of the Year

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Drew Hamblen, Fairview Custom Homes, Builder of the Year (Photo by Nathan Gray / Staff, TALK Greenville)

Talk Greenville: What would be one thing you would want everyone to know about your business?

Drew Hamblen: We have one of the best collections of talented professionals to have in this business and it is an honor to run it with my partner and brother Chris.

TG: What’s your favorite part about what you do?

DH: Problem solving and preparation for complex conversations. This field touches most of the others and learning never stops.

TG: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

DH: Pride goes before a case.

TG: What’s a constant in your business?

DH: It pays to know the right people and treat them professionally; the whole time.

TG: How have things changed in your industry over the past year?

DH: Everyone made up their minds to move or build a house in no time, which has surprised many related industries. Just receiving offers and prices is currently a challenge.

TG: What do you think is unique to Greenville?

DH: You can get pretty much anything you want, including international airport access, within 30 minutes of your home. We could use a good Japanese BBQ area in Yakiniku. . . but we seem to have almost everything else!

TG: What will you never do again?

DH: Play competitive basketball. After struggling with tendonitis for years, I finally had to face reality when I ripped my kneecap a few years ago while mistaking it for some of my sailors at a basic gym. I really loved gaming but had to reinvent myself in terms of recreation. I read a lot more now.

TG: What is the first thing you do every morning when you come to work?

DH: Put my lunch in the fridge. Without it, I can’t go past noon. I usually check the calendar and scan emails before arriving.

TG: What would surprise us about you?

DH: On a moonless night in the Bahamas, I nearly threw a $ 30 million Navy helicopter into the water for SEAL delivery training. My crew supported me and we survived to tell the story. Fortunately, this was the closest call I’ve had in 11 years as a Navy aviator, and I learned to work with a lot of fantastic people along the way.

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