Meet Jim: Partner at OWC
My initial love for homebuilding began the moment we passed a home my father built many...by Andrew August 27, 2020
My initial love for homebuilding began the moment we passed a home my father built many years prior, and I heard him say something that sent my mind spinning with excitement, “Look over there son, dad built that house!” The pride in his voice was instantly unforgettable and pinpoints the exact moment my love affair with the industry began.
My love for design came years later thanks to my mother. Always rearranging our furniture, changing décor, etc., she showed me how fun and impactful you could make a space just by making subtle changes.
While my initial love of architecture/design gave way to pursuing an accounting degree and a career working in equity research, I always tried to keep strong ties to the homebuilding industry. I was fortunate to work with housing research guru, Ivy Zelman, for a number of years and while I loved following all facets of the housing food-chain through her research, I found undeniable fulfillment in the many number of renovation and new construction projects my wife and I took on during those years. It was that shared loved that led my wife to suggest pursuing my lifelong passion of designing/building custom homes.
A few weeks later and by sheer chance, Andrew Eggeman, a co-founder of Old World Classics and someone I have considered a friend for a number of years, called to catch up on a home he was building for me at the time. Unbeknownst to either of us when the call was placed, I was itching to talk to him about the business and he was disguising the catch-up call as a way of gauging my interest in joining the team! Now after 4 years of designing and building some really great homes for some really great people,
I take such joy in seeing my 3 little boys’ eyes light up when dad says, “hey boys, look over there! Dad built that one!”