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The Story Behind The Collins Design-Build Screen Porch Poker Tour

March 3, 2014 4:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Early in my home building career, I worked for a large national home builder; a production builder, with a jobsite construction office trailer in a large neighborhood in the Triangle. On Fridays after the subcontractors left, a few of my co-workers would come over to my jobsite office trailer and have a “meeting.” Now, if your definition of the word meeting involves someone breaking out a deck of 52 cards, then we are on the same page.

This was the best team building exercise a company could have. Our late Friday afternoon games evolved from a simple game between me and my assistants to half of the company’s field staff including senior managers. I miss those days and that team.

Life is about changes and nothing ever stays the same and I went to work for myself. While I enjoy the benefits of being one’s own boss, I missed the camaraderieship of my coworkers.

Fast forward several years later, I’m building a screen porch for a customer and we’re having a conversation about all the things he’s looking forward to doing with his new screened-in porch. And it struck me that his wants were the exact same reason as the previous customer. The more I thought about it, all my screen porch customers wanted a screen porch to smoke cigars, consume adult beverages and play cards with their buddies.

So I had this idea… why not put together a card game with my past customers? I made a few calls and everybody was in! I didn’t initially intend for this to be a “members only” event, but it blossomed into that from the first game. These guys have never met each other. I’m the only common denominator. Most are all about the same age, about the same place in their careers and share common interests.

The first game was at my house partially to see if this idea was going to work and if everybody’s personalities would mesh. I set it up like this: The host (me) supplied the salad/ chips or potato and everybody brought their own meat for the grill and beverage choice. I held the event on a Friday night so that the guys could leave straight from work and not have their wives change their plans once they got home. *grin* Everybody started showing up around seven. We shared a few libations and I fired up the grill around eight. We played cards for a few hours and it went great. As we were packing up somebody shouts “I’ll host the next one!” And the rest is history. Once a month (as warm weather allows) we rotate from screen porch to screen porch.

My wife said to me “Chad- what does it say about you that your customers like you enough to play cards with you and become your closest friends?” “How can you bottle that up and market yourself so that those who are looking to hire someone to build a screen porch can see?” I do not know the answer to that but I am truly humbled by my blessings.Many years separate that smoky jobsite trailer Friday afternoon card game and today’s Collins Design-Build Screen Porch Poker Tour Game but camaraderieship exists in my heart again. These guys are my best friends.

Chad D Collins 2014 NAHB Certified Green Home Professional of the Year (3) Chad D. Collins, Accredited Master Builder

An area native, NC Licensed General Contractor, National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green ProfessionalTM, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Chad is one of less than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state. He achieved this professional designations after years of experience and numerous hours of coursework via the NC Builder Institute. Chad has been an active member of the building industry since the early 1990’s. He joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties in 2005. Chad was soon named HBA Recruiter of the Year and he subsequently chaired various HBA committees. Chad is a Licensed Home Inspector, as well as, a Licensed Lead Abatement professional.

In addition to industry awards in recognition of excellence in home building and remodeling, Collins Design-Build has twice been named Building Company of the Year via the HBA’s Triangle Sales and Marketing Council MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards. The company has also received a Best Green Built Home STARS Award from the NCHBA. Currently, Chad serves as 1st Vice President of the HBADOC, and recently completed one of Durham’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) residential projects. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy pre-requisites and earn points to achieve various levels of achievement.

In 2014 Chad was selected as the HBADOC 2014 Builder of the Year and recently honored at The International Builders Show in Las Vegas as the NAHB’s Certified Green Home Professional of the Year.

Contact Chad at 919-422-2818 or via email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com

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