How do the most successful builders scale-up, work less, and increase profit? Great question. Breakthrough Academy (BTA) was purpose-built to be your guide for getting out of the day-to-day and focusing on business growth. BTA is a business education platform for builders and general contractors and is currently helping over 475 contractors to step out of the day-to-day and focus on business growth. They host the popular Contractor Evolution Podcast and have been featured 4 times on the Globe and Mail's fastest-growing companies in Canada list. BTA is widely recognized as the “business systems” thought leader for contractors in North America. Click play to watch our weekly videos and start systemizing your business to get your life back.
How do the most successful builders scale-up, work less, and increase profit? Great question.
Breakthrough Academy (BTA) was purpose-built to be your guide for getting out of the day-to-day and focusing on business growth.
BTA is a business education platform for builders and general contractors and is currently helping over 475 contractors to step out of the day-to-day and focus on business growth.
They host the popular Contractor Evolution Podcast and have been featured 4 times on the Globe and Mail's fastest-growing companies in Canada list. BTA is widely recognized as the “business systems” thought leader for contractors in North America.
Click play to watch our weekly videos and start systemizing your business to get your life back.
Brent Hull is the owner and founder of Hull Millwork and is passionate about beautiful architecture and the art of timeless building. Brent enjoys working with his hands and has always loved building. In 1991, he moved to Boston to study historic preservation at the North Bennet Street School, one of the oldest trade schools in the United States. It was here that he learned the art of traditional building.
Brent then settled in Fort Worth with his wife and opened his business in his brother’s garage, a 1911 bungalow. Over the next 23 years Brent combined his passion for restoring buildings along with his love of craftsmanship to build a business that focuses on preservation as well as historically inspired houses and millwork.
Although Doug wears many hats he generally prefers to think of himself as an artist. These days “homes” are his preferred medium because of the power they possess in spearheading a healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyle for their inhabitants, and the fun challenge orchestrating the creation of each of these unique healing sanctuaries has become.
For each of the past 14 illustrious years, he has intertwined his “art” with holistic building science and intention based homebuilding practices for his native Austin, TX community, where he owns and operates a boutique design-build company ESS Design+Build with his wife Lillie.
Minnesotan Eric Aune is a licensed Master Plumber and mechanical contractor with over twenty years of experience working with the tools, teaching trade school technical classes and running his small plumbing & heating business. Eric has found an extra 24 hours in the day to co-own and operate mechanical-hub.com, a digital media company focussed on the plumbing, hvac and mechanical trades.
Eric’s passionate about working in the trades and advocates the career opportunities the skilled trades can offer. He works to spread the word thru his enthusiasm and love for the applied sciences and math required to do the kind of work it takes to makes our homes livable. He is a husband, dad and servant to his beagle Ringo.
Jake Bruton is a builder and remodeler in Columbia Missouri. As the owner of Aarow Building for more than a decade Jake brings his education in art to energy efficient, durable, and architecturally significant homes.
Growing up in a remodeling and repair business positioned him for success when building because of the vast amount of time fixing, repairing, and replacing the mistakes of previous methods of construction.
Jake regularly writes for Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light Construction, Pro Remodeler, and Pro Tradecraft. As a speaker he has presented at JLC Live, Fine Homebuilding Summit, JLC Deck and Remodeling, and EEBA. Jake is currently raising a family of three children with his wife in Columbia Missouri.
Lydia Crowder is a second generation drywall finisher. She started helping out her dad with the family business as a kid and quickly grew to love it. Her dad instilled a love for quality, craftsmanship, and sharing knowledge. She has over 18 years of experience in the field and runs Trinity Drywall with her husband Ryan. Together they finish over 500,000 sq ft of drywall board a year finishing an average of a house a week.
Lydia started sharing drywall tips and tricks on Instagram under the name DrywallShorty and the response was explosive. There is a huge lack of basic knowledge in the industry and Lydia has become a go-to for professionals and diyers.
Matt started learning about construction by working summers at an inner-city ministry that fixed up row houses for elderly people who owned their homes but couldn’t afford to maintain them. He got a BS in Industrial Management from Grove City College and wanted to work for Toyota as he was fascinated with all things from Japan. He ended up working for one of the National Production Builders (NVR Ryan Homes) after college where he met his Texan wife in Washington DC.
His 7 years with that mega builder was really fun, but it didn’t satisfy his desire for “Craftsmanship” as he was building houses insanely fast. He moved to Portland, OR in 2002 and it was the national mold crisis that lead him to the path of Building Science. He wanted to learn why these houses were failing and learning everything about the science behind construction has been a passion ever since.
Steve Baczek is a registered architect with over 30 years of construction industry experience. As a sole practitioner, he typically works with clients on select custom residential projects. Utilizing his strong Building Science background, he strives to integrate sound design practices with good construction practices to provide exceptional design solutions to their design problems. His residential work includes over 50 Leed Platinum Homes, and numerous Zero Energy Homes, and Certified Passive Homes. Steve also does extensive work giving older, existing homes a second chance at success. Many of these renovation projects are also designed to be Zero Energy, Deep Energy Rerofits, as well as the first Certified Passive House Renovation in the U.S. under the “Enerphit” program.
Steve volunteers his time for the betterment of the building community as an Architecture Critic at a School of Architecture and on guest panels at building industry events.
Wade has a passion for fine homebuilding and woodworking. He grew up in the construction industry in a historic town in Massachusetts. His father is a successful custom home builder and master carpenter which is perhaps why Wade was practically born with a hammer in hand and sawdust in his blood. By the time he was 16 years old, he was leading a framing crew working on multi-million dollar custom homes.
Wade holds a degree in Construction Management, Business and Architecture from Roger Williams University. His approach to his business is very hands-on as he actively oversees all operations. He can be found on the job site ensuring all workers and tradesmen are meeting the high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that WKP strives for.
Zachary had an interest in construction starting at age 8. He was homeschooled, which allowed him to pursue his passion from a young age. Zachary started working for a local contractor (Anything Construction) at age 13. He was tasked first with sweeping floors and quickly worked his way up to sweeping ceilings.
After doing everything from drop ceilings in Manhattan skyscrapers, to exterior painting on historic homes in New Jersey, Zachary purchased his first house. It was a horrible old house that showed him just how bad a renovation can go when it's done poorly. Zachary started Dettmore Home Improvements with the hope of making an uncompromising company that puts craftsmanship first and tools second and writing bios third.