Jeff Grau – Sales, Marketing & Project Management
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.”
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 lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Amy and their two daughters, one of whom is off to college next year. Gulp!
Kirk Right – Site Supervision & Quality Control
Kirk began his career in the construction industry as a laborer in 1972 and continued to evolve his skills over the next 45 years. In 1996 Kirk moved to NC as a representative for a VA building company he had been working with for more than 5 years.
Kirk acquired his NC General Contractors License in 1998 and has continued residential and commercial building until today. Over the last 15 years, Kirk has worked with McLean Building Company as project manager on some of the most architecturally significant residential and commercial properties in the state.
In his free time, Kirk enjoys designing and building furniture and taking weekend drives in is restored 1970’s VW Bus.
At Grau, Kirk manages our job sites and trade partners, making sure our large scale renovation and new construction projects are running smoothly and keeping a close eye on quality throughout the process.
Dave Annas – Finishes & Quality Control
David has been a valuable member of elite Triangle-area construction teams since 1982, when he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry and joined McLean Building Company. A member of David’s dart team offered him a job after graduation so he wouldn’t leave town and the team, and it’s stuck ever since.
He has been well-loved throughout his career for his impeccable finishes, considerate and courteous good-naturedness, and love for bright colors – especially pink. Dave would be happy to tell you more about his newest discovery in the world of music, his lovely wife, kittens and adult daughter, and the best strategy for beating yourself at cricket.
At Grau, Dave is our Ninja. There’s nothing he can’t build or fix and he spends his days making the rest of the team look good while delighting our clients.
Danielle Quinn – Project Manager
Danielle has had an interest in houses since a young age, drawing floorplans and researching a career path in architecture as a kid. She grew up in Vermont ski racing and ended up attending St. Lawrence University, a college with a ski team and not an architecture program. The plan was to major in art and go to grad school for architecture. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Fine Arts as a double major, getting a bit side tracked and intrigued with Sociology. She continued on to University of Connecticut for a Masters of Sociology degree…looking to save the people and society.
A Masters in Sociology led her to a marketing and advertising position for a building company. And drawn back into the housing world, she naturally found herself with a real estate license and years of sales in both resale and new construction homes. Although she found great success in sales, surpassing goals and gaining recognition, it was working for a custom builder that she found her true passion for building. She was able to prove herself as a Project Manager getting a shot at renovating homes for a small company in Durham. She obtained her General Contractor license and was looking to launch her own company combining real estate sales with home renovations when she met with Grau Building. Grau Building Company proved to be the best next transition into more custom, larger projects and working with an incredibly experienced team. She has since managed everything from single kitchen renovations to whole house renovations with additions and new home construction projects.
Organized, thoughtful and caring, Danielle is a great advocate for the clients and holds herself to a very high standard. She loves what she does for a living and sees homes as her medium of art. Although it took a bit of time to discover her dream job was boots on the ground & building homes, she loves most showing her three daughters they can do what ever they want and be what ever they want when they grow up. Girls can be pretty awesome builders.
Keith Newlin – Project Manager
Keith began his career in residential construction in 1987 as a framing and trim carpenter. At an early age he worked inquisitively with a master craftsman of the trade to gain as much knowledge as possible. Since then, he has worked in every part of the custom home building business with a background in both office and field operations. With years of project management experience in the triangle area, he’s known around the business community and respected for ensuring a high standard of ethics and performance. Prior to joining Grau, Keith worked with L.E. Meyers Builders for 30 years and most recently with BuildSense.
As a former little league baseball coach he understands the importance of having each team member working together to achieve a common goal. He believes that once we’re all filling our position, winning comes naturally for everyone involved. The same is true for the home building process.
Outside of work activities, he enjoys beekeeping, the outdoors, and old autos & antique machinery.
Keith manages new construction, ground up project at Grau.
Brandon Wilkins – Site Coordinator
Working as a laborer while in college and then as a carpenter’s apprentice upon graduation, Brandon was fortunate to be mentored by experienced professionals who appreciated his eagerness to learn and grow. Exposure to multiple disciplines within the construction trades has given Brandon the experience needed to hit the ground running at Grau.
Brandon graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Construction Management and a minor in Military Science and Leadership. Four years of ROTC training led to a commission in the U.S. Army, where he is currently 2nd Lieutenant and Platoon Leader in the 883rd Sapper Company. Hooah!
Outside of work Brandon enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and pretty much anything in the great outdoors.
Brandon will be in a site supervisory role at Grau, keeping an attentive, critical eye on our projects from start to finish.