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In 2013, Joe Hayes, of Maplewood Homes was recognized as a "Graduate Master Builder" by the National Association of Home Builders. The Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is administered by NAHB to recognize the industry's leading building professionals. Candidates must first earn their CGB (Certified Gradute Builder) and also have a minimum of 5 years of building experience before they can apply for the Master Builder designation. They are also required to take courses on building technology, finance, project management, sales and marketing, and safety for the CGB, and then complete additional courses such as: Diversification; Capitalizing on New Business Opportunities; Financial Management; Land Acquisition and Development Finance; Negotiating Skills; Profitable Business through Quality Practices; and Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals. Before graduating, they must sign a Master Builder Code of Ethics and provide proof of the appropriate licenses, registrations, certifications and insurance required by their state. Upon graduation, they must also complete ongoing continuing education courses to maintain their CGB and GMB status. There are currently only 10 Graduate Master Builders in the State of Michigan.

Throughout my career as a home builder, I have always sought to learn more and improve my skills to better serve our clients, employees, and trade partners. I am an active member of a Builder-20 club, which is a small group of builders who meet bi-annually to improve their companies. I attend the International Builders Show as often as I am able, and I take builder-related classes frequently. Here is list of classes, seminars, and other continuing education courses I have attended recently.

  • 2/3/2016 - 2/4/2016 SMA Consulting Homebuilder Coaching Group Conference in Orlando, Florida
  • 7/30/15 - 7/31/2016 Attended Purchasing and Estimating Workshop in Orlando, Florida
  • 4/26/2015 - 4/29/2015 Attended the Custom Master Builders 20-club meeting in Columbus, Ohio
  • 11/4/2014 Completed Annual Real Estate Continuing Education Course
  • 10/12/2014 - 10/15/2014 Attended the Custom Master Builders 20-club meeting in Richmond, Virginia
  • 6/5/2014 Attended MIOSHA Safety Training Seminar for Builders & Contractors
  • 5/6/2014 Completed State of Michigan Builders Continuing Education Course
  • 4/27/2014-4/30/2014 Attended the Custom Master Builders 20-club meeting in Winter Park, Florida
  • 10/14/2013-10/16/2013 Attended the Custom Master Builders 20-club meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 9/16/2013 Completed Annual Real Estate Continuing Education Course
  • 7/10/2013 Completed Course: "Land Acquisition and Development Finance" Through the National Association of Home Builders.
  • 5/3/2013 Completed Course: "Profitable Business through Quality Practices" Through the National Association of Home Builders.
  • 4/24/2013-4/26/2013 Attended the Custom Master Builders 20-club meeting in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1/19/2013 - 1/24/2013 Attended 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 12/22/2012 Completed Course: "Customer Service" Through the National Association of Home Builders.
  • 9/28/2012 Completed Annual Real Estate Continuing Education Course
  • 9/19/2012 Completed Course: "Design/Build" Through the National Association of Home Builders.
  • 3/7/2012 Completed Course: "Business Management for Building Professionals" Through the National Association of Home Builders.
  • 1/14/2011 Completed the "Builder Assessment Review" Through the National Association of Home Builders as a first step towards the "Certified Graduate Builder" professional designation
  • 1/12/2011 - 1/15/2011 Attended NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando, FL