Builder Nuggets

Builder Nuggets

The Builder Nuggets community is comprised of successful industry leaders like yourself. Award winning builders, remodelers, business coaches, industry experts, and fellow podcasters have come together to share their secrets of success. Our mission is to build better businesses, build better lifestyles, and to build freedom for ourselves and others. We do this by focusing on collaboration over competition.

Hosts Duane Johns and Dave Young invite you to experience the life changing breakthroughs that have helped hundreds of contractors like you build better lives.


EP 30: Negotiate Like a Voss!

July 27, 2021

A few years ago we read the book Never Split the Difference and it changed how we viewed conversations. Join us for a discussion with Brandon Voss from The Black Swan Group and improve your emotional intelligence.

EP 29: Profit Series (Billable Time)

July 20, 2021

When it comes to business, profit should not be a dirty word. In fact, profit is one of the key elements of success and essential if you want to create financial freedom for yourself and others.

EP 28: Working With Realtors

July 13, 2021

How do we turn the general adversarial relationship between builders and realtors into a two way street of collaboration and trust? In this episode our guest Kimberley Mackey shares real world solutions for just this.

EP 27: Who's Leading Your Business?

July 6, 2021

We all want to achieve personal and financial freedom through our business but it's not possible without really strong leadership. That leads us to this episode’s topic. Who should be leading your business?

EP 26: Best Month Ever

June 29, 2021

The inspiration for this episode came from an email. A simple note from our guest, a Project Manager on the path to ownership, to the owners of his company. It’s one of those messages that as a business owner you hope to receive.

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About the Hosts

Duane Johns

Podcast Host | Builder | Remodeler | Coach | Consultant

Duane has been dedicated to elevating professionalism in the construction industry for over 25 years. He believes the key ingredients to success are continual learning, strategic planning, collaboration with like minded peers and the elimination of egos. If you fail to do these things the industry will reduce you to a commodity and leave you alone on an island!

He entered the construction industry over 30 years ago working on oceanfront estates in The Hamptons on Long Island, New York. After honing his skills and being involved in all aspects of high end custom construction, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 and started a general contracting business with Roger Ketchum and the two achieved success right away, winning industry awards and earning rave reviews from clients. That relationship continues today.

• Builder and Remodeler
• Regional Developer for Alair Homes
• HBA of Charlotte Board Member
• NARI/Charlotte Board Member 1999 - 2008
• HBA of Lake Norman Board Member HBA 2006 to 2013
• Remodelers Chair LKN HBA from 2008 to 2012
• Vistage Member 2014 to 2016

When he is not talking shop you will most likely find him outdoors. He and his family love to travel, hike, explore, and discover new places and new things. Enjoy life by living in the moment and try not to take yourself too seriously!

Be sure to listen to Episode 01 to learn more about Duane and the story behind Builder Nuggets.

Dave Young

Podcast Host | Connector

Dave is an innovator who loves to challenge the traditional way of thinking. Having previously been involved with launching new technologies for Construction and Real Estate professionals, Dave turned his focus to the Custom Contracting community in 2013.

In his capacity as Regional Developer for multiple Alair Homes regions in North America, Dave gets the opportunity to collaborate with top business owners, leaders, and project managers as they strive to find a better way to grow dynamic businesses with less chaos.

Dave’s mission is to get you off the hamster wheel and unlock your true potential. He wants to put you on the path of scaling a business that you can run from anywhere in the world with a team that is committed and empowered.

When not cooking up new ways to optimize growth, Dave loves playing hockey and spending time with his wife and three daughters. Their favorite places to relax and explore are Muskoka, Canada and the Exuma Cays, Bahamas.

Dave’s biggest nugget of advice to anyone looking to create a better life through their business:

Stop looking at new concepts from the standpoint of “What will they do for me?”. Instead, learn about them, understand them, and challenge yourself with “What could I achieve with this?”

Be sure to listen to Episode 01 to learn more about Dave and the story behind Builder Nuggets.

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