Member Testimonials


We had a fantastic [Managing for Profit] seminar and have several action items to focus on. We are actually meeting most of the day today to do our 2022 planning. Thank you for all the help!

Emily Guillory

Bardwell Homes

Builder Partnerships Managing for Profit was a great experience, the knowledge I walked away with and the connections I made were invaluable. I look forward to attending future events. ~ECI

Meredith Johnson

ECI Software Solutions | Regional Sales Executive

The [Managing for Profit Seminar - Fall 2021] reception was a huge success and we have several leads to follow up on. The venue was intimate and we spoke to every person that attended. In the short amount of time that we've been with Builder Partnerships the information received on builders in the group has been very extensive. Their team gets you in touch with builders specific to your business and arrange introductions. ~Mr. Steam

Denise Champagne-McClure

Mr. Steam | Regional Sales Manager

It was an absolute pleasure and quite frankly a necessity for myself, as a representative of Bulbrite, to attend the Builder Partnerships "Managing for Profit Seminar". Helping our Builders learn more about the ways our bulbs and services can leverage more profit on a job is something that I firmly believe is most impactful when done face to face. I am definitely looking forward to being part of future seminars going forward with Builder Partnerships. ~Bulbrite

Brian Creeley

Bulbrite Industries | Director of Residential Builder Sales

The Shinn Group and Builder Partnerships have been an integral part of the success of Rockhaven Homes.  The management principals and guidelines developed and taught by Emma and Chuck provide a solid foundation for success.  Rockhaven Homes strives to combine a passion for home building, dedication to our homeowners and business management excellence, in order to provide a superior home buying experience.  It is an honor to be recognized by Builder Partnerships with the Lee Evans Award.

Christopher Harris, CEO

Rockhaven Homes

I just wanted to let you know that all my people who attended your seminar [The Superintendent's Job] were really excited when they got back. We had a meeting yesterday and discussed what they had learned and I believe we will be able to fine tune our operations for continued success. Thank you for all the good work you do. ~Hall Quality Homes

Hall Quality Homes

I just wanted to drop you a few lines after attending my second seminar [Superintendent's Job]. Just as I expected, it was an extremely informative three days. I asked you to send me four "pumped up" superintendents, and you delivered! Thank you, Mr. Shinn, for your love and obvious dedication to this industry.

Wilshire Homes

Thank you so much for the seminar, 'The Superintendent's Job: Front Line Manager. I believe I speak for the whole group of builders when I tell you that your seminars are interesting and very informative. Year after year you continue to energize us and give us new ideas and options to look at in the field. Also, I wanted to thank you for continuing to go to bat for us on some issues that sometimes need to be looked at a little harder. ~Ideal Homes

Ideal Homes

The training from Builder Partnerships [online seminars] was exceptionally well-organized and informational. It provides activities and examples that can be directly applied to the day-to-day work I perform as an estimator and purchasing manager. ~Parry Custom Homes

Parry Custom Homes

The rebate program at Builder Partnerships has been a nice benefit to our company.  The submittal process is straightforward and not complicated.  The payment of the rebates is on time and consistent.  The staff is knowledgeable and has given us flexibility as needed.  Overall it has been a great benefit for us. ~Hakes Brothers

Chris Hakes

Hakes Brothers - ABQ Division | Division President

What I enjoy most about using the Builder Partnerships rebate program is how easy it is to take advantage of their rebate program.  With very little effort on our part, we receive a substantial return.  Because Builder Partnerships has a wide variety of material and products that qualify home builders for rebates, we were able to capitalize on savings without having to make any changes on our end.  Another benefit of Builder Partnerships is that they work directly with our builder specific software which makes it extremely easy to submit our rebates. ~Hakes Brothers

Brad Barrow

Hakes Brothers - Rio Grande Division | Purchasing Agent

Builder Partnerships rebate program is an exceptional program to be involved in for any builder of any size.  The program has proven to be financially beneficial to our company quarter after quarter.  There's an extensive list of manufacturers and products available to the members that allow the flexibility to choose the program you want wisely.  Builder Partnerships takes it one step further by simplifying the submittal process.  Overall, we are very pleased with the results our company obtains from the program. ~Olthof Homes

Brandon Stack

Olthof Homes | Purchasing and Estimating Manager

Our recent Webinar Series was a complete success thanks to our partnership with Builder Partnerships and the assistance of Emma Jane Wildermuth [Builder Partnerships' Event Coordinator].  During our planning process she walked us through all the requirements for proper communication and notification to their members.  She also managed 100% of the logistics for the webinar.  Our team simply had to show up with the presentation materials.  Emma Jane was willing to meet prior to the event to help our team feel comfortable with the technology.  The event itself was quite successful and thanks to Emma Jane and the Builder Partnerships team, we were able to present important updates, utilize their virtual platform, and have access to reporting and attendee lists post-event.  I cannot say enough positive things about the event and logistics handling overall.  We will definitely look to partner with their team in the future!

Maddie Falk

Broan NuTone | Associate Channel Marketing Manager

I have learned a lot and I hope to begin using what I have learned to better our systems and processes.

Jerad Skoglund

Price Custom Homes

This [Purchasing 201] course is highly instrumental, especially from my POV, because while I'm not new to the building industry, I am new to Purchasing.  There was a lot of very relevant material for me! You are all a wealth of knowledge, and I am incredibly grateful for the information you've shared with us over the last 4 weeks, thank you so much.

Jacqui Pearson

Garrette Custom Homes

Over the last 10+ years, our affiliation with Builder Partnerships has allowed us to promote our business to builders throughout the country.  As a lighting manufacturer, keeping our customers informed and up-to-date on the market trends and the latest industry data is key to our success.  Builder Partnerships provides various educational opportunities, such as free webinars, to keep us well-informed with the industry's ever-changing environment.  In addition, they have always been extremely supportive when we have a new product introduction and getting pertinent material out to the field.  They are always willing to engage our Account Managers with local leads as they become available in their territories.  Progress Lighting looks forward to growing our relationship with Builder Partnerships throughout 2020 and the following years to come.

Taylor Griffin

Progress Lighting | Senior Builder Marketing Specialist

The training from Builder Partnerships was exceptionally well-organized and informational. It provides activities and examples that can be directly applied to the day-to-day work I perform as an estimator and purchasing manager. [Purchasing 101 - May 2020 & Purchasing 201 - June 2020]

Ben Hellner-Burris

Attendee at HBU online classes: Purchasing 101 and 201

Working with Builder Partnerships throughout the years has been very beneficial to our organization.  The level of involvement and communication by Builder Partnerships continues to create opportunities for our team.  BP has done an excellent job in working with our sales team in identifying and coordinating these opportunities.  The amount of support is what makes Builder Partnerships a valued partner.

Bob Escudero

Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement - National Builder Manager

From the moment we met all of you, and started to attend your seminars and builder group, our Grenadier Homes world changed dramatically and permanently for the better.  We have learned so much from you in such a short time.  Your experience is impressive, but what shines through even stronger is your passion and caring to help us builders understand and improve.  We are truly grateful to all of you, beyond what we can express.  Our promise to you is for us to go out in 2020 and make it our best year ever, with our highest profit ever.

The Grenadier Family

Grenadier Homes

Until this year Kichler was only utilizing Builder Partnerships to manage rebates.  During discussions of how we could become better partners, it was suggested that Builder Partnerships could conduct a blitz to encourage their customers to set up meetings with Kichler.  Builder Partnerships utilized their relationships to find interested builders and set up meetings with our Sales Reps, which led to conversions.  They are persistent problem solvers, which led to a very smooth process for us.  Their excitement and professionalism was the backbone of this successful event.  Our Sales Reps appreciated the fact that their only responsibility was selling Kichler and Builder Partnerships would handle the paperwork and rebates.  This blitz made our Sales Reps realize the benefits of working with Builder Partnerships.

Chris Larys

Kichler Lighting - West Region Builder Manager

Each year we come back [from the Executive Summit] with pages of take away ideas, some that can be implemented with immediate results and others that are more long term strategies that have helped shape the culture of our organization. Harcrest Homes has benefited greatly in the growth of the quality of our organization by attending the summit.

Harcrest Homes

I would characterize the event [Executive Summit] as the best one week learning experience of my life. Congratulations on organizing a very relevant seminar for leaders of residential building companies. I look forward to attending other seminars in the future!

Carlino Development Group

Upon inital return from the seminar, our minds are whirling with the richness of information given to us.  We learned an incredible amount.  We will narrown down what we believe to be our top three initiatives and work wholeheartedly at successful implementation over the next six months.
I cannot thank the team at Builder Partnerships enough for the knowledge they so graciously shared with us and the encouragement we needed in order to strive to make necessary improvements for the future success of Rabalais Homes.

Shelbi Smith

Rabalais Homes

Just a quick note to say thank you for all your help. Todd, we walked away with a new perspective and a lengthy agenda moving forward, thank you for all your insights. It is amazing the change in perspective when you step away from the trees for a few days. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

Scott Dirkschneider

Brookline Homes, LLC

Offering the Builder Partnerships program, which none of my competition can offer, has been extremely beneficial because as we all know the products and prices on materials keep going up every year.  The biggest selling point I use is that I am sponsoring the builder into Builder Partnerships for free, thanks to the deal Tru Team and BP have.  There are no gimmicks, no commitments and no obligations for the builder to use [the program].  My biggest takeaway about this program is being able to further strengthen my builder relationships and differentiating myself.  This program is one of a kind and the work the Builder Partnerships team does is amazing!

Laura Hutchins

Tru Team - Sales Consultant

Thanks to you, Emma, for helping to coordinate our focus group.  We took a lot away from the meeting and it will be helpful in our efforts to better understand builder thoughts on risk management and issues they face.

Pat Wilkins

DuPont Building Innovations

The overall support, education and relationships development fostered by Builder Partnerships is proving to be a key to our success by introducing our product technology through in person group and individual communication.  During these opportunistic and challenging times in the construction industry, leaders are needed to come together and share best practices and learning.  Builder Partnerships is that leading member-based group focused on not only growing, but growing through constant business development practices.

Mike Kennaw

Fox Blocks, EPS Division of Airlite Plastics – Vice President

We are thankful, as a company, for the peer groups that the two of you have coordinated.  As we compare ourselves to so many other great companies, we constantly find more ways to improve and ways we might excel....We can't thank you enough for being the vehicle that makes these wonderfully beneficial groups possible.

Mick McGraw

Eastwood Homes

We like to go after the big builders which is 20% of the market and the other 80% are the small to mid-size builders.  Builder Partnerships gives us the tools to go after that 80% of the builders.  It allows me to go into markets where some of the small to mid-size builders are and let them know they can obtain rebates from Builder Partnerships; this opens the door for me.  I like the ease of use that I receive from Builder Partnerships.  When I talk to builders, they like the idea of having access to all the manufacturers under one roof.  Contractors don't want to get bogged down with the hassle of obtaining all the information needed to submit for rebates.  I tell the builders, once I get them signed up with Builder Partnerships, that headache will go away.  They will turn in their documents to Builder Partnerships will do the rest.

Edward Neumann

Goodman HVAC - National Accounts Manager

I would like to thank you for all your help, and please let Christie Young know she has done a fantastic job managing our account and helping us out. If I had 100 of her helping me throughout the year, my life would be a lot easier and a lot less frustrating.

John Perko

Stone Martin Builders

I really enjoyed the seminar [The Superintendent's Job] in Florida. I have had all types of training over a 35 year full time military technician career; your team presented one of the best! Regarding seminars we invested highly in the education of our soldiers/technicians. Conflict resolution, managing difficult people, maintenance management for success and others were given to supervisors. We brought in Community college training for technicians, on the job, and they received college credit for their training.

I am glad Mesa Wood invested in me and sent me to your Seminar. I honestly experienced the best seminar ever attended. The material, format and presenters made this a unique experience. It is easy to see the passion from all of you during the seminar.

John Kovac

Mesa Wood Ltd

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for another great [Executive Summit] conference.  I really enjoy these events as I know I have a lot to learn and your conferences challenge me each year to find new ways to improve.  I look forward to implementing a few more nuggets this year and helping our team get to the next level.

Jeremy Knicely

StyleCraft Homes

You have made more money for more builders than anyone in this organization [NAHB]. All they have to do is pay attention to you.

Visitor at BP booth at 2018 IBS

The best part about the performance review was the useful feedback gathered from our trades and suppliers.  With this information, we were able to implement changes that resulted in significant improvements in our trade relations and their performance.

Grand Homes

Your organization has done so much for us over the years that I had to write to thank you.  And, although some of your disciplines are challenging to implement, we never stop trying.  You are wonderful people who love what you do, and our industry is fortunate for it!

Bill Lee (Sabal Homes)

Sabal Homes of Flordia

It is always amazing to me how you are able to take a room full of adults used to the exciting day-to-day of business culture and get them to sit in a chair for 8 hours and keep them interested and entertained the whole time! I thought the [Managing for Profit] class enjoyable and a great use of my time.

Andy Sanchez

Rausch Coleman Homes

Chuck Shinn is truly GREAT!! At times, I felt he must have been a fly buzzing around on my job site.  I have taken away a tremendous amount of information that I plan to utilize in my subdivision to make [it] run in the most efficient and profitable manner possible.

Jim Broderick

Touchstone Homes

An attendee from Drees Homes shared the following successes after attending the Advanced Purchasing seminar:

  • Solidified a division deal with (a bath product manufacturer)
  • Re-negotiated better trim labor cost
  • Re-negotiated better roofing material cost

I do not believe I would have come out as successful had I not attended your Advanced Purchasing seminar.  Thank you


Drees Homes

We are actively working on 2 initiatives I took away from our week together [2018 Executive Summit]. You can count me in for next years' event.

Don Chesney

Arbor Homes

I was glad to take part in this [Art of Purchasing] seminar and learn so much that will be helpful both for my work and for our company.  Thanks also to Chuck, Ed, Matt, all the Builder Partnerships team, and the trade partner sponsors for your hospitality last week.  You provided a good forum for us to meet other builders, get to know one another, and share our successes, challenges, and ideas.

Jeff Korman

Gonyea Homes

I attended the Art of Purchasing Seminar last week (awesome!). I got more out of that class than any other continuing professional education (CPE) courses I have taken in the past. - Level Homes

Mike Stevens, CPA, Director of Purchasing

Level Homes

What a privilege it has been for me to know Emma and Chuck Shinn and their affiliates. Their lives, their wisdom, their tender hearts for the needs of this industry, and optimism have been an inspiration beyond anything I can express, so thanks for caring and sharing. - Sabal Homes of Florida

Bill Lee

Sabal Homes of Florida

Matt and Ed – Thank you very much for providing an engaging [Superintendent's Job] conference for our construction team. I believe you have motivated our teams immensely! Thanks again gentlemen! It was a pleasure seeing you again! We all look forward to working with you all. - Keystone Group

Stephanie Miller

Keystone Group, Inc.

We would like to thank Chuck for your help along the way.  Your webcast, monthly letters and the rebate program were of great help and provided direction, inspiration and a little extra cash flow.  The reason is, last year my partner and I decided to take advantage of the exuberant market and sold all our undeveloped holdings and completed build-out of our existing communities.  We are now effectively on the sidelines.  For a little background, we started our company in 2009 and were able to take advantage of the down turn via land/lot purchases.  We then went on to complete the vertical construction on multiple communities along the Front Range.  As you might suspect, the market treated us well.

Dan Wenzinger

Triton Communities

Thanks for the great [Advanced Purchasing] seminar this week! It was a wealth of knowledge and instruction that people just don’t see enough of in our industry. It’s homebuilding school that no university can offer from a reality standpoint. - Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders, LLC

Trevor Webb

Mid-Atlantic Custom Builders, LLC

The [Managing for Profit] seminar format, venue, organization, content, presenters, and presentations were perfect.  I brought a lot home and will thank you and your team in advance for the success we’ll derive from it. - Rausch Coleman Homes

Randy Thrash

Rausch Coleman Homes

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