Builder Nuggets

Builder Nuggets

Experience the life changing breakthroughs that builders and remodelers across North America are using to create the most rewarding businesses in the industry.

We work with award winning builders, remodelers, business coaches, industry experts, and fellow podcasters that share a desire to elevate their game. We do this by focusing on collaboration over competition.

Consulting • Speaking Engagements • Workshops


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Recent Episodes

January 25, 2022

EP 56: Mark Doesn’t Smile Enough

Mark Neave from NSM Construction has gone on a 20 year journey to uncover his recipe for success. At times that journey was a grind when he couldn’t  muscle through. He figured out that “Showing Up” was always a great starting point.

January 18, 2022

EP 55: See the Investment Not the Cost

The most difficult thing to overcome is the inherent competition in the world of building businesses. Justin Breen dives into the secrets behind having a collaborative mindset and how you should only spend time and energy with people who get it.

January 11, 2022

EP 54: Hungry, Humble & Smart

Building a successful business takes time and effort but it can provide you the freedom to pursue other things. Sean Sullivan started out as a remodeler and subcontractor and used the Japanese concept of Kaizen to continuously improve himself, his team, and transform his business.

January 04, 2022

EP 53: The People Plan

Most of us, at some point, have lost valuable team members. Our guest this week is a familiar voice, and he's going to explain the change in mindset that's needed to hold onto the people you already have.

Recent Blog Posts

Keep It Simple

As we launch into 2022 many of us have goals, resolutions, and aspirations for the new year. The one thing we can all do to keep ourselves on track …

The Level 10 Meeting

Ever come out of a meeting and wonder what just happened? If so, the meeting was probably hijacked. Poorly run meetings are inefficient and dreaded by th…

I'll Just Do It Myself

The title of this post contains the words that will stifle growth and leave you in the weeds forever. For many builders and remodelers these words come p…

About the Hosts

Duane Johns

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 (Current)
• NARI/Charlotte Board Member 1999 - 2012
• HBA of Lake Norman Board Member HBA 2002 to 2014
• 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

Connector | Coach | Consultant

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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