OUR TEAM

Jeff Grau

Jeff Grau – Operations, Sales

Jeff started Grau Building Company in 2005 with a lot of visions and passion but not much else.  No investors.  No Mom and Pop money.  Just hard work, hustle and incredible clients willing to take the leap with him in those early years.

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-ups 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, with the youngest heading off to college next year.  Gulp!

You can reach Jeff at jeff@graubuilding.com

Kirk Right

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.

You can reach Kirk at kirk@graubuilding.com

David Annas

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.

You can reach Dave at david@graubuilding.com

Danielle Quinn

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.

You can reach Danielle at danielle@graubuilding.com

Shane Rintlemann

Shane Rintelmann – Project Manager

Born and (mostly) raised in North Carolina, Shane began his career in construction when he was barely tall enough to use a broom on his fathers job sites in Estes Park Colorado after his family relocated there in 1995. During the summer months of High School, he would begin to hone his skills of becoming a framer, learning how to read plans, how to organize job sites and learn the overall flow of construction projects. Upon graduating, he continued to frame houses and eventually moved into becoming a lead carpenter and supervisor for one of the biggest interior trim and millwork companies in Colorado. Once moving back to North Carolina in 2010, he sought to further expand his construction abilities and knowledge by holding management roles with well known custom construction companies in the Durham and Chapel Hill area. 
 
When he is not at work he enjoys the great outdoors, golf, basketball and spending time with friends, family and dog.
Will Cappleman

Will Cappleman – Project Manager

A native of Charlotte, Will has over 20 years of experience in custom residential construction. His interests began at an early age, learning about tools and general carpentry from his father, and beginning his first job as a laborer at the age of 16 with one of the most prestigious residential construction firms in Charlotte.  He went on to study Environmental Technology at NC State University.

After graduation he decided to follow his passion for construction and held various management positions in project management and sales before starting his own remodeling company four years ago.  Though very successful, Will recognized that his strengths lie in construction itself, and in fostering strong, long-term relationships with clients and trade partners; and we are happy to have him join our team.

In his spare time, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and their three daughters, and can often be found grilling and smoking meat.

You can reach Will at will@graubuilding.com

Jennifer Hutton

Jennifer Hutton – Design and Selections Manager

As a Buffalo, NY transplant, Jennifer comes to us with years of experience in the design and remodeling industry. An environmental design degree from the University at Buffalo and an interior design degree from Villa Maria college bolster her already substantial knowledge on design, trends, materials, and finishes.

While working as a kitchen and bath designer since 2013, Jennifer has showcased her work in numerous magazines, television shows and in 2020 was presented with one of the NKBA’s coveted Thirty under 30 awards. Jennifer has a passion for coordination and style, ensuring each project looks just as good as the space feels, while still maintaining a level of practicality unique to each client.

When Jennifer isn’t busy researching the latest in design, you can find her running, fishing, trying new recipes or remodeling her own house with her husband and two Australian shepherds.

You can reach Jennifer at jennifer@graubuilding.com

Brandon Wilkins

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.

You can reach Brandon at brandon@graubuilding.com

Donna Rogers

Donna G. Rogers, CPA

NC License #40017

Donna has been working with Grau Building Company as the company’s CPA and QuickBooks advisor since 2013.  From weekly check-ins on active jobs to the proper handling of customer deposits, invoices and payments, she and her team at Donna G. Rogers, CPA, P.A. have a deep understanding of our business processes and play an active role in ensuring projects are running smoothly.

Donna earned her BBA from Campbell University in 1991.  She became a QuickBooks ProAdvisor in 2005 and earned her Advanced Certified ProAdvisor status in 2008.  Donna is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.