"The Katz Team"

The members of the "Katz Team" celebrate building and remodeling homes since 1982 with a focus on "Green, Sustainable and Healthier" homes. Guided by Joel B. Katz, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Graduate Master Builder (GMB), Certified Green Professional (CGP), the Team is committed to customer satisfaction and High Performance "Green" new and remodeled homes.

Katz Builders philosophy is "Customer Service comes first." As homeowner consumer advocates, Joel and Lucy Katz have authored "Making the Sale, Getting Great Clients to Choose You", and "First Things First - Laying the Foundation", published by the National Association of Home Builders, available through the NAHB Book Store. They have also authored numerous articles educating the consumer about the home building and remodeling process. Joel Katz is an NAHB Trainer for three courses.

Katz Builders, Inc. Special Recognition:

2010 - Cool House Tour
Travis Heights Resident: Four Start Green Remodel
2008 - Cool House Tour
Shoal Creek Residence: Five Star Austin Green Building
2008 - Austin NARI Tour of Homes
1999 - AIA Home Tour - Coves of Lake Travis Green Building
1997 - Featured in Planet Neighborhood - National PBS for Green Building

Some Building Recognition:
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Recognized for Customer Service - "Business Award"
Railroad Commission of Texas - Honoring Innovation in Texas
Propane Super Star Award
Custom Home Magazine Pacesetter Award & National Association of Home
Builders Customer Service Award Recipient"

"Katz Homes" - Located in Austin's Most Prestigious Communities

Stratford Place, Stratford Hills, The Woods of Barton Creek, Rob Roy, Coves of Lake Travis, Los Lomas, Tarrytown, Estates of Black Acre, Westlake Hills, Woods of Westlake Hill Tops, Davenport, Glen Lake Estates, Northwest Hills, Lakewood, Waterford Place, Renaissance Park, The Garden of Westlake, The Forest, Lost Creek, Jester Estates, Jester Wild, Dripping Springs, The Overlook at Lewis Mountain, Spanish Oaks, Breakerwoods, WatersMark at Barton Creek, Shoalmont, Pemberton, Estates of Barton Creek, Lakeway, Travis Heights, Lakeway

Some Awards Received:

Max Award Winner - (2010)
Best Kitchen Remodel
Max Award Finalist - (2010)
Best Whole House Remodel/Addition
Best New Home $1,200,00.00
National Association of Remodeling Institute (NARI Austin)
"Remodeler of the Year - Best Small Project (2006)
Texas Star Award Finalist - Best Full House Remodel $1,500,000 - $2,000,000 (2003)
Joe and Bettye Albanese
Texas Star Award Finalist - Best Full House Remodel $200,000 - $300,000 (2003)
Jody and Betsy Farmer
Texas Star Award - Best Custom Luxury Home over $5,000,000 (2002)
Clay Cipione
Texas Star Award Finalist - Best Remodel over $200,000 (2002)
Jim and Denise Offerdahl
Max Award - Best Remodeling Project (1999)
Alan and Susan Sager
Texas Star Award - Best Custom Home (1998)
Jim and Denise Offerdahl
Max Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1998)
Jim and Denise Offerdahl
Max Award - Best Custom Home (1997)
A Green Built Home - Bill and Shanna Kribbs
Texas Star Award Finalist - Best Custom Home - (1997)
Bill and Shanna Kribbs
Winner of Best Kitchen In TxCABA Parade of Homes (1997)
Bill and Shanna Kribbs
Max Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1996)
Mike and Susan Davis
Texas Star Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1996)
Mike and Susan Davis
Max Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1995)
Michael and Katie Kaufman
Max Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1995)
Mac and Debbie Pike
Max Award Finalist - Best Custom Home (1994)
Dr. Allen and Donna Dornak
Max Award - Best Custom Home (1993)
Ed and Pam Quinn
Max Award - One of a Kind (1993)
Ed and Pam Quinn

Some Publications Featured:

NARI (National Association of the Remodelers Industry) - 2008 Directory Cover Featured Story
Concrete Home Magazine - May 2005 - Customers Drive ICF Market
Custom Home Magazine On Line: - April 2005 - Buyer's Choice
Custom Home Magazine - July/August 2004 - Working Relationship
Austin American Statesman - July 10, 2004 - A house as solid as its foundation
Texas Builder Magazine - January/February 2002 - Interviewed and featured as Builder of the Month
Custom Home Magazine - November/December 1999 (Winner of the Pacesetter Award for Customer Service)
Austin American Statesman - July 18, 1999 (Building Accessibly Friendly)
Austin American Statesman - November 1, 1998 (More buyers want access to easy-to-use homes
Austin Home and Living - December 1998 Mike and Susan Davis' Home
Featured in a Christmas Special publication
Featured on National PBS September 9, 1997, Planet Neighborhood (Building Green)
National Environment Design & Construction - September 1997 (Design is Key in Energy Efficient Home)
Austin American Statesman - Sunday, September 7, 1997 (PBS to Feature Austin Green Builder)
Austin American Statesman - July 13, 1997 (Parade of Homes Gets a Touch of Green for 1997)
Austin American Statesman - September 8, 1996 (Cabinets for Function and Beauty)
Builder/Architect - January 1996 (Feature Story on Katz Builders, Inc.)
Austin American Statesman - Sunday, May 28, 1995 (Old World Appeal)
Austin Home and Garden - Fall 1994
Austin American Statesman - Sunday, June 5, 1994 (Austin Style Gets Eclectic Look)
Austin American Statesman - November 15, 1992 (Understanding the Client)
Austin American Statesman - Sunday, February 17, 1991 (Collaboration Means Creativity)
Kitchen & Bath Business - June 1991 Publication, (Snake in the Grasp)

Participated as Judges for Award Competitions For Best Business Practices And Show Cased Custom Homes and Remodels

2007 Custom Builder of the Year (Lucy Katz)
NAHB National Award
2006 Custom Builder of the Year (Lucy Katz)
NAHB National Award
2005 Austin Chamber of Commerce (Lucy Katz)
Business Award
2005 Dallas Vesta Awards (Lucy and Joel Katz)
2004 San Antonio Parade of Homes (Lucy and Joel Katz 2004
New Braunfels Parade of Homes (Lucy Katz)
2004 Frisco Texas Street of Dreams (Lucy and Joel Katz)
Included a Zero Energy Home
2003 Best in American Living (Lucy and Joel Katz)
2002 Dallas Parade of Homes (Lucy and Joel Katz)
2001 Temple Parade of Homes (Joel Katz)
1999 Florida's Best (Miami, Florida) (Joel Katz)

Joel B. Katz, CPA, GMB, CGP
Head Coach


CPA Certified Public Accountant
GMB First custom homebuilder in Austin to be certified as a "Graduate Master Builder" by the National Association of Home Builders National Association of Home Builders Green Builder Professional
CGP Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders

Exceptional Recognition

"2005" J. B. Sandlin Builder of the Year award, presented by the Texas Association of Builders for his exemplary service and leadership contribution to the home building industry on the local, state and national level.

"2002" Turnquist - Tungedhat Award, presented by Austin Habitat for Humanity for Board commitment beyond the scope of responsibility.

"1999 Distinguished Excellence Award" from the Texas Capitol Area Builders Association for his contribution to the building industry and the Texas Capitol Area Builders Association.

Special Affiliations

Custom Builders Council - Greater Austin Home Builders Association
Joel Katz has chaired this group on two separate occasions. The mission for this group is to provide continuing education and a support network for members. A buyer's co-op was established allowing the group to make better purchases in an effort to contain constructions costs.

NAHB Trainer: Since 2001 - Present

Business Accounting and Job cost
Financial Management

Some Community and Professional Activities:

Current & Past:

National Association of Home Builders Committees:
Life Director for National Association of Home Builders
NAHB Audit Committee Chair 2004 to2008
Budget and Finance 2008 - Present
Business Information and Technology 2002-Present
Single Family Small Volume Builder Committee 2001-Present
Business Education and Publications 2003-Present
Texas Association of Builders (TAB):
Life Director for Texas Association of Builders
Chairman of the Audit committee Current
Contract Committee Member - Current
Finance Committee - Chair 2008 - present
Treasurer - Texas Association of Builders 2002 - 2007
Association Planning Committee Member 2001 - present
Audit Committee Chair - 2002 - present
Chair - Finance Committee 2002 - 2007
National Chapter NAHB Builder 20, "Pace Setter" 1996 - 2007
Habitat for Humanities: Board of Director 1997 - 2006
St. Gabriel's Catholic Church School Board of Trustees 2004-2010
National Association of Remodelers Institute NARI -2006 - Present
Muscular Dystrophy Volunteer 1979 - present
National Association of Home Builders - Builder 20, Pace Setter 1996 - 2007
Texas Association of Builders and Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Association
Chair - State and Local of the Moisture and Air Quality Task Force 2001-2002
Area Vice President 1997-1998
Habitat for Humanities -Past President Austin 2001 & 2002
NAHB "Pacesetter Builder 20 Club" President a National Chapter President
Home Builders Association of Greater Austin:
Finance Committee 2003- Present
President 1997
Vice President of Education 1996
Chair for Custom Builders Council Twice 1994/1995
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Board Director
START Co-Founder - Social Transition & Rehabilitation Training

Lucy T. Katz, CPC, CAPS
Vice President


NAHB Trainer
National Association of Home Builders: Certified Aging in Place Specialist
National Association of Personnel Consultants: Certified Personnel Consultant
American with Disability Act, State of Texas - Train the Trainer

Exceptional Recognition

Texas Association of Builders - Remodeler of the Year - 2007
YWCA Woman of the Year - Community Service - 2006
NAHB & TAB Association Excellence Award for Best Magazine - Editorial Chairwoman Texas Builder Magazine - 2004
Women's Council of Realtors - Affiliate of the Year 1998
City of Austin - Woman Making A Difference (1996)

Some Community and Professional Activities:

Current & Past:

City of Austin Residential Design and Compatibility Commission
Commissioner October 2009 - October 2011
National Association of Remodelers Institute (NARI) Austin
President 2009
President Elect 2008
Education/Program Chair 2006
Board Director 2006 to Present
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Committees:
Green Remodeler Committee Chair 2010
Green Remodeler Committee Vice Chair 2009
Remodeler Council Trustee 2006 - present
Remodeler Council Board Member 2006 - present
Custom Builders Committee 2003 - present
Custom Builders Symposium Committee 2003-present
Education Committee 2001 - 2007t
Single Family Small Volume Committee 2001 to 2007
International Builder Show Education
Committee 2003 - 2006
Publication Workgroup
Board Directors 2003- present

Some Community and Professional Activities Continued:

Texas Association of Builders (TAB):
Board Director 2005 - present
Association Planning Committee Member 2002 - present
Home Builders Association of Greater (HBA) Austin:
Custom Builder Council Steering Committee 2005 - present
Anti Defamation League (ADL) 2006 - present
Holocaust Education Regional Work Group Steering Committee Member
Muscular Dystrophy Volunteer 1979 - present
Other Memberships:
Austin Energy Green Building Program
National Association of Home Builders -Builder 20, Pace Setter 1996 - 2007
Builder 20 Trustee Alternate 2005 - 2006
Texas Association of Builders:
Remodelers Council State Chairperson 2006-2007
Remodelers Council State Vice Chair 2005-2006
Remodelers Council 2003 - present
Communication Committee Chair 2000-2003
Texas Builder Editorial Chair 2000- 2003
The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin:
Business Council, V. C. of Programs 2005 -2006
Moisture and Air Quality Committee 2001-2002
NAHB Custom Builder Symposium Facilitator for "Women in Construction" 1999 - 2000 - 2001
Women's Council of Realtors Board Member
Rotary Club of Austin Board of Director
Rotary Club of Austin Membership Chair
Texas Association of Business Board of Director (Life Member)
County - Immunization Wellness Task Force Advisory Board Outreach Council Chair
Travis County Bar Association Chair - Legal Service for the Poor
Creative Rapid Learning Center Industry Advisory Board Member Casa Verde
National Conference of Christians and Jews Board of Director
"Women of Austin" Founder and Chairperson
St Jude Children's Hospital Chair of Houston's "ALSAC Teen March"
START Co-Founder- Social Transition & Rehabilitation Training

National Speaker - Some Topics:

How to Select a Builder
Realtors and Builders - Understanding the Custom Home Process
Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities
Women in Construction
Safety in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - (Featured in the Wall Street Journal)
Setting Customer Expectations
The Holocaust: A Perspective of History and the Importance of Commitment to Acceptance and Respect of Others Diversity

Published Author:

"Making the Sale - Getting Great Clients to Choose You" and "First Things First, Laying the Foundation" available through the NAHB bookstore. Published by National Association of Home Builders (1999)

Some Published Articles:
Austin American Statesman
Home Improvement & Design Guide Supplement
May 24, 2007, - Five Tips for Choosing the Right Remodeler
"Ask the Expert" Column
May 12, 2007: I am looking to either build or buy a home and remodel it and want to know, as a consumer, what should I be aware of?
January 20, 2007: I'm looking to put up an enclosed patio that also would integrate a small utility/tool room and a small greenhouse. Are there builder's plans for patios? There seem to be plenty of kitchen plan books, but I have not seen any with patio plans.
September 30, 2006: Our builder made a mistake and left out a window, what should we do?
September 10, 2006: The importance of a professional designation.
January 1, 2006: Research and careful consideration key to selecting the right builder
November 20, 2005: What is some good advise on sticking close to a budget when building a home?
October 23, 2005: Importance of continuing education in the Home

Published Con't
Building Industry
September 15, 2005: Benefits of Building Green
August 15, 2005: What are some trends in custom home building that are most popular now?
April 24, 2005: Who is responsible for inspecting my home while it is being built?

NARI Directory
2008 NARI Directory Five Tips for Choosing a Green Remodeler
2007 NARI Directory: Five Tips for Choosing the Right Remodeler
2006 NARI Directory: Aging in Place - A Home That Grows With You
Housing Journal, Voice of New Mexico Home Builders Association:
July 2005: Succession Planning: Can Your Business Survive Its Owner:
Business of Building e/Source; Nation's Building News,
March 23, 2005 and is posted on Business Management Section of NAHB's web site: Succession Planning: Can Your Business Survive Its Owner
Parade of Homes Magazine for the Great Home Builders Association of Austin
September/October 2004) (The Advantages of Working with a Realtor )
September/October 2003 (How to Choose a Builder for Your Dream Home)
Austin Home and Living - September/October 2003
(How to Select a Custom Home Builder)
Texas Builder Magazine
January/February 2003 (Handling Difficult Clients)
September/October 2002 (Finding Order Out of Chaos)
May/June 2002 (A Builder-Tradesman Relationship)
September/October 2001 (Family Succession - (Helping a Family Business Survive)
July/August 2001 (A Time to be Proactive Against Mold)
Austin Business Journal
June 29, 1992 (It's time to change your way of hiring)
October 21, 1991 (Sexual harassment: Employer's liability)
March 13, 1989 (Employee records: They offer protect in court)
Dallas Business Journal
November 8, 1991(Company policy can minimize liability for sexual harassment)
Austin Lawyers Journal
July 1990 (Records: "To Do or Not To Do" that is the Questions)

Featured In:

Professional Remodeler
September 2006 (Maintaining Good Tradespeople, Benefits and disadvantages of employees versus subs)
Custom Homes Online
July 2004 (Working Relationships)
Custom Home Magazine
April 1, 2004 (Buyer's Choice)
Nation's Building News
June 16, 2003 Ease your warranty home maintenance hand-off
Texas Builder
January/February 2002 Katz Builders Style
Custom Builder Magazine
January/February 2002 (Pacesetter Award Winner)
An award shared with Husband Joel Katz - 1999
Austin American Statesman -
November 1, 1998 (More buyers want access to easy to use homes) Sunday, July 13, 1997 (Green Building)-
November 15, 1987 ("Outplacement" allows businesses to face staff changes with dignity")-
Dallas Morning News
February 21, 1993 (High cost of sexual harassment in Texas)
October 23, 1991 ("What do you do if you're sexually harassed?")
Wall Street Journal Marketplace December 2, 1991
("Sexual Harassment Is Topping Agenda in Many Executive Education Programs")-
Houston Chronicle
October 21, 1991 (Policies of Protection - "Sexual (harassment codes exist in few small companies")
Texas Lawyer - "A Headhunter's guide for getting the most from legal recruiters".

Greg L. Katz, Field Superintendent

In the home building industry since 1989:
2004 - Present Katz Builders, Inc., Field Superintendent for custom homes, custom remodels and additions
1996 - 2004 Contractor - Provided Katz Builders, Inc., with punch out and correction services
1994 - 1996 Hill Country Shades of Texas - Fabricator and installer of awnings and shades
1990 - 1992 Wood Rite Cabinet Shop - Custom cabinet manufacturer and installer
1989 - 1990 Stripling Blake - Lumber sales

Completed Continuing Education:
2008 Houses That Work - by Mark LaLiberte
2008 OSHA Safety Certified
2005 Essential Building Skills

Stephen F. Austin University
1992 - 1994 Liberal Arts

Carol Drennan - Project Coordinator

2000-Present: Develops time lines and schedules on Web based program; coordinates project purchases and issues purchase orders for client selections.
Ten years: Senior Project Manager with Stonehouse & Co., Dallas, TX installing telecommunications management systems in state governments, large Fortune 500 companies and major universities.
Four years: Sales and marketing of legal billing systems U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Served as Vice Consul at US Consulate General in Genoa, Italy Leadership Austin 2009 Essential class
Purdue University, B.A. French Major, Russian Minor Texas Women's University, 1977 M.L.S. Library Science
Non Profit and Political advocacy experience:

    • Leadership Austin 2009 Essential class
    • Board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas 2005-2007

Carol Drennan - Project Coordinator (continued)

    • Interim Executive Director Nov. 2006 - March 2007
    • Treasurer of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas PAC
    • Habitat for Humanity Texas Emeritus member 2009-2010
    • Founding member and Interim Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Texas 2005-2006
    • Board member of Austin Habitat for Humanity 2000 to present
    • Board president 2003-2004
    • Served for four months as Interim Executive Director

Exceptional Recognition Outstanding Young Women of America