What differentiates your business from other specialists in the field?
We strive for excellence in everything that we do and have a long-term approach to homebuilding. We don’t want to just sell a couple a house — we want to house their whole family, including their kids and grandkids one day. It takes a special kind of trust to be able to sell multiple generations, and I find it gratifying when people tell me they grew up in a Mungo home and that’s who they would want to build theirs.
What do you like best about your line of work?
The gratification that comes from seeing the smile on a young couple’s face as they move into their first home. I have been known to randomly stop and grab the end of a sofa while riding jobs just to thank them for entrusting us with their purchase.
What inspires you daily?
I love challenges and being the best at what we do. It’s a tough, competitive business, and I love the hunt. Trying to stay one up on the competition and setting an example for the extraordinary people with whom I get to work every day.
What is your business› biggest challenge?
The incredible level of competition from much larger national companies and the high level of capitalization required to play in this arena.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you or your business?
Probably how much money we give away. Much of what we do today is devoted to helping those less fortunate.
What are the latest developments/innovations in your field?
I would say the advances in energy efficiency. A home today performs infinitely better than homes even built five years ago. Many of these things are really not practical to retrofit, and the result is that one of our new homes has a much smaller carbon footprint, is healthier and costs much less to operate than a home even a few years old.