Meet APB's Business COACHING TEAM
APB’s Executive Business Coaches have worked one-on-one with over 1,000 building company owners, helping them systemise their businesses and increase net profits.
about our coaches
Sydney, NSW, Australia
I transitioned from a legal career to business over 30 years ago.
I was a director of a property development company while still in my 20s, and since then I have owned and led businesses in South Africa, the United States, South-East Asia, and for the last decade, Australia.
I struggled with the realities of running a profitable business until I realised two key factors: all businesses can be broken down into five functional disciplines, and success comes from creating, developing, and repeating successful systems.
Driven by this, I became an Executive Business Coach at the Association of Professional Builders, helping building industry business owners succeed without returning to school or going bust.
I have two grown sons and four growing granddaughters, I’m a passionate rugby union supporter, I love scuba diving, and deliberately falling out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft from time to time.
“andy's been like my shoulder to cry on, my rock to yell at, everything, the whole way along.”
Ryan Stannard, Stannard Family Homes
Houston, TX, United States
I'm a Certified Graduate Associate with the National Association of Home Builders and a senior-level business strategist, manager and revenue generator.
I have provided management consulting services for custom home builders and remodelers of all sizes throughout my career.
I've been COO of an award-winning design-build firm, served on the Remodelers Council board, run the education department for The Greater Houston Builders Association and worked for building software companies.
My passion for education and objective knowledge delivery has connected me with hundreds of builders over two decades. I authored "Turn: 101 Ways to Improve Your Business Now," featured at IBS. I've also written a monthly column called "Ask the Techspert" for Home Builder Associations and have been a NAHB Approved Instructor for various courses.
Now based in Texas, I've joined the APB team to transform the residential construction industry and support more professional builders in North America.
“Erik's teachings, recommendations and planning helped to bring our business to another level.”
Shawn Howe, Howe Construction
Kelowna, BC, Canada
My professional career began in Canada, after graduating from business school, I managed several department stores before joining Duty-Free Shoppers (DFS) Group, the world’s largest travel retailer in 1995.
During my eight years with DFS, I oversaw various aspects of business in Asia and the United States, including construction and locations with up to $200,000,000 in sales.
I ventured into business coaching in 2002, eventually earning recognition as Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006. In 2007, I founded Kaizen Business Development, specialising in coaching business owners in Canada and the United States, primarily in the building industry.
One of my core values is continuous improvement. Throughout my career, I have learned the importance of self-awareness and personal responsibility for achieving desired results in both business and life.
In January 2021, the Association of Professional Builders acquired my coaching company, and I joined their team as an Executive Business Coach.
I currently reside in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, with my wife Angie and our two adult children, Theo and Dia.
“Clint Best is true to his last name, he is the best. Only a few months in and already can't believe we ran our business without the information we've been given so far!”
Joel Wilson, White Elm Design Build
Albury, NSW, Australia
I've created and sold five companies in 12 years, spanning manufacturing, agriculture, e-commerce, and government.
My entrepreneurial journey began at 13, selling live chickens. Though that enterprise could not continue, the principles of hard work and planning stuck with me.
My focus includes stakeholder relations, finances, sustainability, growth, marketing, and profit margins. I sold my last company in 2019 and moved my family from South Africa to Sydney in 2020, where I continued coaching.
With 15 years of coaching experience, I'm passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their companies and achieve balanced growth. I'm a husband and father of two beautiful girls. We enjoy spontaneous road trips and bush hikes with the whole family.
"Joining APB and having Jacob as our mentor has been one of the best business decisions we have ever made."
Stephanie & Jeremy Nudd, Buildmast Constructions
Sydney, NSW, Australia
In my nearly forty-year career, I've worked across various sectors, including finance, media, education, IT, and construction, as both an employee and business owner. My driving force has always been achieving exceptional results and fostering positive change through innovation, continuous improvement, coaching, and mentoring.
My journey led me to business coaching, where I assist business owners in growth, help managers and team members enhance their performance, and accelerate results through training and transformative coaching. With experience in accounting, IT, learning and development, safety, project management, and HR, I bring expertise to various business functions and continually learn from clients' collective experiences.
I became a certified coach in 2016 and 2017, further honing my skills and assisting professionals in their personal and professional development. Currently, I serve on the Executive Committee of APAC and am a member of ICF.
I reside in Sydney with my wife, enjoying our empty-nest status, and stay active with tennis, skiing, and travel.
"Dennis is like having a business partner who provides support and advice when needed the most."
Nathan James, James Trade Group
Calgary, AB, Canada
My business journey spans four decades, where I've excelled in financial and advisory roles across various companies. My forte lies in visualising potential and leading organisations to transformative success.
I've co-founded a private equity firm, facilitating acquisitions that earned industry recognition. My leadership has extended to sectors like private equity and financial technology. As the CEO of the Canadian division of the world's largest business coaching company, I achieved remarkable growth.
As an Executive Business Coach, I'm committed to catalysing change and unlocking potential in every client.
Outside of work, I'm an author, speaker, and a judge for the Canadian SME Business Awards. I hold a CEPA designation in exit planning.
I proudly call Calgary, Alberta, my lifelong home. I'm devoted to my family and embrace challenges, having completed two Ironman Canada races and the New York and Chicago marathons.
"Rick is an expert at laying out the game plan and preparing us for the task at hand. He does it all with a steady manner and holds us accountable at every stage, as we progress towards our goals."
Business Owner, Canada
Sydney, NSW, Australia
My journey in business started as a 17 year old business owner. Three decades on I have started, developed and sold multiple self owned enterprises.
When I was 20 years old, I designed and constructed my first residential property, and have been active in personal building projects since. About 15 years ago, my business journey took an organic pathway into consulting and then coaching SMEs globally, this continues to give me great delight here at The Association of Professional Builders as I can combine my skills and passions together to support others.
I am a published author of an Amazon best selling book, and have received many accolades over the years including for Global Leader for Excellence in Innovation in Consulting in London. Since my early 20s I have been dedicated to improving my skills, knowledge and mindset through self education and formal education, I have studied Business, Finance, Marketing, Coaching and NLP.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking and going to the gym. I am a wife to my life long partner of over 25 years, we have 2 young very lively children. We enjoy good food, entertaining, long lunches with great people, nature walks, outdoors, time at the beach and the simple things in life!
how to find the right coach for you
Not all coaches are created equal, especially when it comes to guiding a custom home building company to long-term success. There are some things you simply can’t afford to learn as you go…
General business coaches who coach lawyers, dentists, trades, and everything in between do not have the specific industry knowledge required to help you with your building company.
Accountants Are Not Coaches
Accountants are incredibly valuable. However, they are not business coaches and do not have the ability to guide you through the rollercoaster of running a successful building company. Let your accountant and/or lawyer stick to their purpose and seek out an industry expert.
Review Their Track-Record
Meet With Them
Before committing to any long-term plan with a coach, meet them online via a video meeting, like Zoom. Ensure they really understand your building company, what your unique challenges are, where you can improve and make sure you like each other.
Ensure They Challenge You
A good coach will never shy away from asking the tough questions. They are there to challenge you and your thought process so that you transform into the business owner you need to be as your building company grows.
Ensure You Like Each Other
You’ll be spending at least a few years working together (the sales cycle is so long it can take 12+ months to see the change in profit from the work you do today). So ensure you like your coach enough to meet with them regularly.
Be Honest With Yourself
Working with a great building industry-specific coach can only take you so far. Ensure you are ready to put in the work required to get the results you’ve read about. It will take discipline, time and energy. Not only that, it will force you to get uncomfortable in order to achieve great things. Be ready for this type of challenge.
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