August 17, 2022

Chad Collins Named North Carolina Builder of the Year

Collins Design-Build’s, Chad Collins was recognized and awarded the Distinguished Builder of the Year at the North Carolina Home Builders Association’s annual STARS Awards Gala in Charlotte.

“To be nominated, considered, and voted on by my peers in the building industry means that someone thought enough of what I do to take their personal time, resources, and effort to to do so. What an incredible and humbling honor.” Chad stated.

Chartered in 1963, the North Carolina homebuilders Association comprises thousands of builders and associate member firms and a network of local homebuilder associations throughout North Carolina.

Chad went on to say, “We have amazing clients and sometimes I get to take credit for their artistic vision. For example, if we enter and win a Parade of Homes Award, or any award program that we enter a home, I always share the recognition and appreciation with my clients. It’s no different than making selections, such as plumbing and light fixtures, or building the project together through our jovial group texts. I appreciate my clients as true team members to the process. Our philosophy is to be fully transparent and include our clients as deep in the process as they are comfortable. With this Distinguish Builder of the Year honor I truly wish I could have been surrounded on stage at the Gala with all of my previous and current clients. Thank you for the opportunity to build your homes and the fun during the process!”

Building a custom home is certainly a collaborative process and we at Collins Design-Build are inspired by our amazing clients.

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Chad Collins is the President of Collins Design-Build, Inc, an unlimited licensed Custom Home Builder in Hillsborough North Carolina.

Ever year this award recognizes a strong North Carolina Home Builder Association member who has made significant long-term contributions to the Home Builders Association, the building industry and community.

Recipient of this prestigious award are announced at the year end annual NCHBA STARS Awards Gala in Charlotte North Carolina. A nominated Builder or Associate member that you believe is deserving of this special honor. Self-nominations are accepted. Previous winners are not eligible.
Judges will use the following criteria when reviewing nominees:
Local HBA Association & Membership Activities
• Committee and Board involvement
• Special projects and accomplishments in relation to the local association
• Participation in and support of the local association, its events and programs
NCHBA/NAHB Association & Membership Activities
• Committee and Board involvement
• Special projects and accomplishments in relation to the association
• Participation in and support of the association, its events and programs
Civic Responsibility
• Community service projects
• Charity support and involvement
• Youth organizations
• Religious activities

Here is a look back at some of our recent Custom Homes:

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Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor, as well as, a licensed home inspector, Hillsborough NC custom home builder Chad Collins transforms clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while maintaining a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Collins Design-Build is consistently ranked by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top custom home builders in the Triangle.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build numerous top industry awards, including the National Certified Green Professional Builder of the Year, the Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties Home Builder of the Year, and twice awarded the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year. Chad is one of fewer than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state of North Carolina.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations management skills. While in high school and college, Chad worked part time with home improvement retailers and building material suppliers, which opened opportunities to work for regional and national home builders throughout much of the 1990s. Chad capitalized on these experiences with local and regional builders to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a team leader to local and regional production home builders, distinguishing him by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that improved ROI, cut annual costs, reduced project completion time, and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that several of his team members and craftsmen he developed relationships with decades ago continue to work with him to this day.

Following that success, Chad was recruited by a national builder opening operations in the Triangle, and he played an important role in helping the company establish operations with a market presence in the region. His efforts in closing over $6,000,000 in custom homes in a single year earned Chad the 2001 Builder of the Year award.

Chad has earned the highest designations available, such as Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-in-Place Specialist. Among other industry recognition’s, Collins Design-Build has earned multiple Best Green Built Home NCHBA STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the rare Parade of Homes GOLD Perfect Score Award.

Prior to being elected as the President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, serving over 600 members, Chad was nominated to a five-year term with the North Carolina Home Builders Association as Regional Vice President; serving the largest territory region in the nation. Chad was elected as the Board of Directors President of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce 2019 and 2020 where he led efforts to increase membership by 15% during a pandemic.

Throughout his career, he has served on various boards of directors and has earned numerous top awards for membership recruitment from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties; the North Carolina Home Builders Association; the National Association of Home Builders; the Triangle Community Coalition; and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. In 2018 North Carolina Governor appointed Chad to the North Carolina Home Inspectors Licensing Board as Treasurer.

Chad is honored to be an approved speaker for the National Association of Home Builders. Chad has written and taught several courses on green building, as well as, project management to fellow general contractors across the Southern United States. He has instructed for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist. The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors recognizes Chad as an approved Continuing Education Instructor.

For more information and how Hillsborough NC Collins Design-Build may serve you please connect with us through the following:

  • Home Building / Remodeling / Additions / Consultations:

Collins Design-Build, Inc.

  • To find a lot or land / Buy or sell existing Real Estate:

Emilee Collins, REALTOR

  • To learn more about Aging In Place or how to make your existing home accessible:

Planning Tomorrow

  • Have your existing home painted by our award winning professionals:

Acento Painting, LLC

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