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MICHAEL RICHARDS

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MICHAEL RICHARDS

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Michael has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, both hands on in the field and in management. After a successful partnership with a close friend where he was President of their business New Age Builders, he moved on to create his current remodeling company Rich Built, Inc. which specializes in residential remodeling.

Prior to his involvement in construction he was a general manager at the retail level for eight years and a firefighter with the Albuquerque Fire Dept for three.

After finding his passion for building he went on to become involved in his local home builders association (Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico) and eventually became its President in 2007; soon after he was named “Builder of the Year”. Leadership came naturally to him so he moved on to actively participating in his State Home Builders Association (NMHBA) where he was elected to the position of President in 2012. He was recently recognized as the “New Mexico Builder of the Year” and continues to participate on the state board with “Life Director” status.

On the national level of the construction industry he was recently awarded the title of “Life Director” by the NAHB for his continued participation as a director and board member for the past 10 plus years.

Michael is very proud of the fact that he has never been involved in litigation, both personally and professionally and he attributes this to his diligent efforts to keep clear and updated communication with his clients. The only times that he has appeared in court have been as an expert witness.

Michael is also very proud of his strong relationships within the business community. He is trusted and often turned to for help with projects that support his city and its concerns. He has chaired the Remodelors Council, the Home Builders Care Committee and been a board member for the Women’s Housing Coalition; all of which help community members who are in need of support in one way or another. “Returning” to the community is a faith based activity that he continues to practice throughout each year.

Dedicated to the love of his life Diana, their five kids and seven grandchildren, his life continues to be filled with blessings. His most time consuming hobby is writing, playing and recording music with his two best friends Tony and Ken. This is an activity that has been a major part of his life for the last thirty-three years.


CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EDUCATION CERTIFICATIONS
“Advanced ADR Training” (8 Hours) CDRS Training Program
“Arbitration Practice and Rules” (16 Hours) CDRS Training Program
“Theory, Practice and Rules of Dispute Review Boards” (8 Hours) CDRS Training Prog.
“Certified Graduate Remodeler” (CGR) NAHB Training Program
“Certified Green Professional” (CGP) NAHB Training Program
“Certified Aging In Place Specialist” (CAPS) NAHB Training Program

CONSTRUCTION RELATED AWARDS:
“2014 Builder of the Year” New Mexico Home Builders Association
“2008 Builder of the Year” Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico
“2009 President’s Award” Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico
“2005 Remodeler of the Year” Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico

HOUSING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:
“2009 Best Green Remodel” HBACNM Parade of Homes
“2007” Best Bath Remodel HBACNM Excellence in Remodeling Awards

BOARD SERVICE
Glaco, Inc. (1972-1978)
New Age Builders, Inc. (1986-2006)
Rich Built, Inc. (2006-Current)
National Association of Home Builders (2004-Current)
New Mexico Home Builders Assoc. (2009-Current)
Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico (7 Years)
Remodelers Council Board of Trustees (2011)
Women’s Housing Coalition (2009)