Last Updated on 6/29/18

The AHBA Speakers Bureau is a collection of members available and willing to speak at local schools and events on their area of specialty. This resource connects a variety of professionals in the building industry with people in our community. Interested in being considered for the speakers bureau? Complete your Application Here

Top 5 Reasons/Benefits of Being on the AHBA Speakers Bureau

  1. Give Back to the Community
  2. Inspire Future Workforce
  3. Understand and Gain Insight to the Future Workforce
  4. Promote your Company/Industry/Trade
  5. Meet Potential Interns and/or New Hires

 

Stephanie Chapman of Advance Cabinetry

Stephanie Chapman is a kitchen & bath designer for Advance Cabinetry, a cabinetry design firm that specializes in high quality cabinetry. She has been with Advance Cabinetry for almost 5 years. She meets with clients to design spaces for their homes that give them the most functional spaces while achieving their dreams and meeting their needs. She dedicates her time to understanding how the clients will use each room and the best way to design a space that meets the maximum function and aesthetic appeal for them.

Trade/Skill Area: Kitchen & Bath Design / Cabinetry

Educational Background: BS in Interior Design specializing in Kitchen & Bath from The University of Georgia

On-Site Demos and Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Stephanie Chapman • 828-676-3550


Jordan Burchette of Best Buy Metals, LLC

Jordan Burchette is the General Manager of Best Buy Metals, a manufacturer and supplier of metal roofing products with physical locations in WNC, East Tennessee, and upstate South Carolina. Jordan is responsible for directing operations in the areas of manufacturing, sales, and logistics.

Trade/Skill Area: Retail Sales, Commercial Sales, Manufacturing

Educational Background: Associates Degree in Business Administration and Management from South College

On-Site Demos and Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Jordan Burchette • 828-691-5475


Emma Kechter of Brigman Group, Inc.

Emma Kechter is the Design Manager for The Brigman Group, a design-build firm specializing in investment and custom residential home building. Joining the team in 2017 with a background in commercial and residential interior design, Emma is responsible for all aspects of design including the design of the floor plans, exterior and interior finishes, to the landscape design. She carefully oversees every project from start to finish ensuring quality in every detail of design.

Trade/Skill Area: Interior Design / Design Manager

Educational Background: BFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design

Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Emma Kechter • 678-478-2742


Brandon Bryant of Red Tree Builders

Brandon Bryant is President of Red Tree Builders and a Master Certified Green Builder (MasterCGP). As a builder with more than 12 years experience, Brandon’s serving his first of two years as President of the Asheville Home Builders Association. His homes have been featured on the cover of Green Home Builder magazine along with winning national and regional awards such as NAHB Best in Green Award, Innovative Home Award, Craftsmanship Award, and North Carolina Star Award for Best Energy Efficient Home in the State along with having each of his homes certified green. He was voted the 2015 Asheville Builder of the Year and along with being honored as Builder Magazine Top 40 under 40. This year at International Builders Show Brandon was awarded the Green Professional Designee of the Year.

Trade/Skill Area: Builder

Educational Background: BS degree in Computer Science from Mars Hill College

On-Site Demos and Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Brandon Bryant • 828-712-1518


Smith McAulay of WSM Craft

Smith McAulay is owner and president of WSM Craft, a Design-Build company that brings a creative artisan approach to new construction and large scale remodel projects. The WSM Custom Shop manufactures custom cabinetry and specialty trim elements for use in our new and enhanced home projects.

Trade/Skill Area: Builder

Educational Background: After graduating from college with degrees in Art and Comparative Religion, I pursued a variety of creative avenues that included music, luthiery (building guitars and banjos), and home remodel carpentry. Carpentry proved to be a lucrative and versatile skill, yet my passion remained in the wood shop; a creative space to create interesting and unique elements for the home. As I grew a little older, an increased commitment to the trade and the industry gave way to more sophisticated projects and a developing interest in design and in refining an outstanding in-house design-build business model.

On-Site Demos and Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Smith McAulay • 828-337-1957


Skip Brewer, AMB, CGP of Walnut Cove Builders, LLC

Skip Brewer has been a longstanding member of the AHBA and is a current Board Member and Past President of the AHBA. He has also chaired various AHBA Committees. He has a degree in Industrial Management and has held a North Carolina and South Carolina Building License for over 20 years. He teaches various AHBA Advanced Contractor Education (ACE) Classes.  He has been awarded the AHBA Builder of the Year Award and is also an AHBA Parade of Homes Silver Winner. Most of his building career has been spending building large custom homes in the Asheville Area.

Trade/Skill Area: Custom Residential Building

Educational Background: Industrial Management Engineer, NC and SC General Contractors License, NC Builder Institute Accredited Master Builder; National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional

On-Site Demos and Tangible Work Examples

For more information contact

Skip Brewer • 828-777-1969