Our Story

Builder Partnerships levels the playing field for mid-tier home builders by bringing together 1000s of homebuilders with more than 75 quality manufacturers and service providers to foster strong partnerships that together help build quality homes while collectively increasing our member’s net profits.

The company was founded in 2005 by 45-year industry veteran Charles “Chuck” Shinn to address the many issues and barriers to effective communication and business strategy between builders and manufacturers.

Prior to starting Builder Partnerships, Chuck used his homebuilding company as a lab to prove out his methods that have helped 1000s of homebuilders become more efficient while delivering high customer satisfaction and double-digit profit margins.

Our Leaders

Terry Nickels | Chief Operations Officer

Prior to joining Builder Partnerships in 2015, Terry held various C-level roles over a 15-year period in the financial services industry in firms with revenue streams up to and exceeding $500 million. Most recently, Terry innovated and oversaw the development of the next generation software solution, IRMA, that is helping to drive the growth of the company. Terry is married with two children and is originally from Colorado.

Brian Wildermuth | Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Prior to joining Builder Partnerships in 2023 to oversee the company’s sales and marketing efforts, Brian spent the past 39 years serving the real estate industry, most notably as an entrepreneur helping to revolutionize omni-channel marketing. Additionally, he served in C-level roles within the title industry, a leading coaching company and a public marketing firm. Brian and his wife Emma live in Littleton, Colorado where they raised 5 children and a lot of dogs.

Charles C. Shinn, Jr., PhD | Founder

Builder Partnerships and Shinn Group founder Charles C. (Chuck) Shinn Jr. has been focused on improving management standards and profitability within the home building industry for 50 years. He has led management training programs across North America, helping home builders cut costs, improve operations, and increase profits. Chuck also has worked with manufacturers as cochair of NAHB's Leading Suppliers Council. He holds a BA in economics and an MBA and PhD in business administration.

Emma S. Shinn, CPA, MBA | Founder

Emma is a CPA with an MBA in accounting from the College of Business Administration at American University in Washington, DC. She is the author of Accounting and Financial Management for Residential Construction. Emma has the unique ability to explain accounting and financial principles to non-accountants to allow them to utilize these concepts in the management process. She is a regular speaker at management seminars and national and regional conferences. Since 1993, Emma has conducted an annual financial and operational survey and analysis of more than 100 home builders.

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7345 S Pierce Street, Suite 100
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