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My name is Joe Hayes and I started Maplewood Homes in 1996. I grew up on a farm in Shelby and I have lived most of my life here in West Michigan. I went to college at Michigan Tech and U of M and have a background in business and engineering prior to starting Maplewood. Since 1996, I have worked hard in New Home Construction and Real Estate, building homes and building a successful business. I enjoy being self-employed and I enjoy building homes. It's very rewarding to work collaboratively with our clients as their dreams and ideas come to life; first on paper, then out on the construction site. Outside of work, I am an avid sportsman and enjoy hunting, camping, and fishing. My wife and I like to travel together, even though most of our trips seem to be some sort of builder's convention or meeting.

I believe that one of the most important aspects of a builder-client relationship is mutual trust. You should meet with a potential builder and make sure he/she is the type of person you can work with for several months as your new home is being constructed. This will lead to an enjoyable, exciting experience, and not one of stress and anxiety. If you are considering building a new home, I would like to meet you in person to tell you more about our company and the homes we build.

Below is an abbreviated professional resume and a few of our more notable milestones:

  • 2017 Opened Grand Rapids Office
  • 2015 Built our 200th New Home
  • 2013 Recognized as a Master Builder by the National Association of Home Builders
  • 2011 Moved office in with Greenridge Realty in Ludington, MI. Started to offer real estate services
  • 2008 - 2010 Served as President of the Home Builders Association of West Michigan for 2 years
  • 2003 Built our 100th New Home
  • 2000 Earned Real Estate Brokers License
  • 1998 Bought out partner to become sole owner of Maplewood Homes
  • 1997 First Full Year in Business. Built 11 new homes
  • 1996 Founded Maplewood Homes as a partnership with another builder
  • 1995-1996 Employed as Business Analyst at Old Kent Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1995 Graduated from University of Michigan. Masters of Business Administration
  • 1991-1993 Employed as a Product Design Engineer at American Products, Moorpark California.
  • 1991 Graduated from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • 1986 Graduated from Shelby High School, Shelby, Michigan