NAHB Remodeler of the Month

Mike Davis, CGR, CAPS, CGP

TMT Home Remodelers, Redmond, Ore.

TMTConst.com

Founded: 1992 | Number of Employees: 5

Q: How did you start in the remodeling business?

A: I started in the business as Honey Do Home Maintenance and Repair, but I quickly learned it takes a lot of that kind of work to make a living. I had a couple friends who taught me the ropes: If they had enough room on a job to pay me, they would, but if they didn’t, I would work just to learn the craft. One of those guys and I started TMT Home Remodelers together, but he had some medical issues that forced him to step out fairly early. I bought him out.

Q: How has the remodeling profession changed since you’ve been involved?

A: Clients are much more educated, which is a good thing because we don’t have to explain products like we used to. However, they believe everything they read on the Internet regardless of where it comes from, and what we say doesn’t necessarily hold water. In the area I live in, for example, it’s normal for us to have 30-degree temperature swings during a day, which is hard on building materials. People who come into the area who haven’t lived here don’t understand that.

Q: As you were growing up, what did you want to be?

A: Rich. That hasn’t panned out yet. When I was younger my mom was a teacher, and I thought I wanted to be a teacher until about the sixth grade. I love teaching, and I’m a certified educator for the CAPS program and EPA’s RRP. I also teach business-management courses for Clean Energy Works of Oregon, a public-private alliance with Energy Trust of Oregon.

Q: What is your favorite item in your office?

A: My books. I am a student of business and have become an avid reader. The older I get the more I read because the more I realize I don’t know.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve received in your career?

A: Always treat others the way you want to be treated. If you really live this mind-set, it’s a lot easier to go back to a client after making a mistake with your hat in hand.

Q: What motivates you every day?

A: Fear of failure, especially in this economy, and fear of disappointing people.

Q: What does being part of NAHB mean to you?

A: I learned there are people from all over the country going through the same things I’m going through. The relationships I have developed through my association with NAHBR, in particular, have been amazing. My wife and I regularly have conversations about the benefits of my being involved, and I believe the reason we’re still in business is because of the involvement we’ve had at the local, state and national level. People know we aren’t going anywhere. Part of the reason I give of my time the way I do is because there were people who gave before I got here and developed the programs we have in place, and I honestly feel like it’s my turn to give back.

Industry Involvement

  • 2010 Central Oregon Builders Association President
  • 2010 Red Spike
  • 2008–09 COBA Education Committee Chair
  • 2007, 2011 COBA Remodelers Chair
  • 2007, 2009 COBA Remodeler of the Year
  • 2012 Oregon Home Builders Association Secretary
  • 2011–12 OHBA Remodelers Committee Chair
  • 2010 OHBA Education Committee Chair
  • 2012 NAHB Membership and Education Committee Vice Chair
  • 2011–12 CGR Board of Governors
  • 2011 NAHBR CAPS Board of Governors Chair
  • 2010–12 NAHBR Board of Trustees

Community Involvement

Davis has been involved with COBA Rampathon since it was established in 2009. He served as 2009 chair. Twenty-two ramps and more than $100,000 in contributions to the community have been provided since Rampathon began. He and his wife also have been mentoring children from their church for years.

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