Our Story

Jeff Grau

Jeff brings a unique approach and perspective to the construction business. Having spent ten years in corporate settings, managing people and products in small start up companies and Fortune 500 companies, Jeff understands the importance of building businesses with an intense focus on the customer. “Understanding people’s needs, and being able to translate those needs into a finished product is at the heart of any company’s ultimate success”, says Jeff. “My background in product and service-based companies has given me the training to approach my business with the customer as the focus, not the project. The level of satisfaction with any project is directly related to the amount of time you spend listening to your customers at every step of the building process and beyond.”

In 2001, Jeff and his family moved from New York City to North Carolina to take on a new challenge-construction. Before starting Grau Building Company, he worked in land development, building communities now filled with customers whom he considers among his friends. According to Jeff, “in real estate the old adage is location, location, location”. In construction it’s communication, communication, communication.”

Jeff is a licensed General Contractor, a licensed Real Estate Broker, and a member of the National Association of Home Builders and National Association of Realtors.

Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University. He currently resides in Chapel Hill with his wife Amy and their two daughters.

 

Eric Olsten

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Eric is a RESNET Energy Rater, BPI Home Analyst, LEED-AP and licensed general contractor, with a Certificate of Applied Business from the University of Colorado. With a career focus on home energy, he brings project management and consulting skills as well as direct, hands-on experience both in energy retrofits and running his own business.

Eric previously lived in the Pacific Northwest where he earned a BA in Religious Studies from Willamette University and worked as a professional ski patroller. Before moving to North Carolina, Eric lived in Colorado where he worked as a general contractor and building science consultant. In his free time, he enjoys wildness travel, playing music, and building things.

 

 

Alex Holloway

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Alex Holloway is the newest member of Grau Building Company. This is Alex’s first professional experience with construction, although he has always had an interest in sustainable construction and design, is in the process of renovating his own home.
Alex is a Durham native, and graduated from Duke University with a BA in Art History in 2013. His interests include most anything outdoors, reading, and art.