June 11, 2023

Local Builder Honored for Service

Local Builder Chad Collins completes two terms as a Board member to the North Carolina Licensing Board. Leaving the Board in a better and stronger position when he joined, local builder Chad Collins stated; “If you are ever presented the honor of serving on the Licensing Board that governs your profession, do it. What an incredible fulfilling responsibility.” Chad served two consecutive terms representing the 30,000 +/- general contractors in the state. Serving and leading various committees, Chad’s served as Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the Board. “I am proud of my time serving the Board” Chad replied.

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The Honorable Roy Cooper, Governor of the State of North Carolina appointed Hillsborough NC Custom Home Builder, Chad D. Collins to the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board.

Governor Cooper states “Placing special trust and confidence in {Collins Design-Build President, Chad Collins} integrity and knowledge, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, I hereby appoint Chad D. Collins Member of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board and hereby confer upon {Chad Collins} all the rights, privileges and powers useful and necessary to discharge {Chad Collins} duties faithfully and in a manner proper with this appointment”.

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With kind regards, Governor Cooper states “I am grateful for your willingness to serve the people of North Carolina. Your leadership and commitment to this Commission are key to our efforts to strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for our people”.

Chad was highly recommended on behalf of the almost 14,000-member firms which comprise the North Carolina Home Builders Association as a nomination to the seat on the Council pursuant to G.S. 143-151.46(a)(3) and required to be filled by a “licensed general contractor appointed by the Governor”.

NCHBA Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mike Carpenter writes, “Chad, who holds an unlimited general contractor’s license, is the owner of Collins Design-Build, Inc., in Durham which is one of the Triangle’s premier custom-building firms which he has operated since 1997. Prior establishing his own firm, he gained extensive experience with several highly respected regional and national building companies. Chad served as the 2016 President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. He has also served the North Carolina Home Builders Association in various positions including Regional Vice President for five years. He holds numerous professional certifications including NCBI Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-In-Place Specialist. In 2014, he was named the “Certified Green Home Builder of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.”

“In addition to being a licensed general contractor, Chad is also licensed as a home inspector which makes him uniquely qualified for this position. Chad has also written and taught several courses both for NAHB and the NCHBA. His varied experience, as well as his keen interest in the home inspection profession, prepares him well for service on this important licensing board”, Carpenter continued.

In the Collins Design Realty Conference Room located in the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and with The Town Of Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens as official witness, Chad Collins officially signed the Oath Of Office to maintain and defend the Constitution of North Carolina.

When asked for a statement, Chad briefly offered: “As only the third appointee to fill the General Contractor seat in the history of the NCHILB, obviously this is a great honor. I look forward to the challenge ahead to help keep the Standards of Practice relevant, of value and reasonable to both the Licensee and clients”.



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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

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Acento Painting, LLC

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