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.”
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 lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Amy and their two daughters.
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, Interior Renovations
Danielle has been working in new construction since 2001. She has worked in many aspects of the industry starting in marketing and advertising for new home builders to real estate sales in both resale and new construction. She has been awarded over the years for surpassing sales goals and going over and above the duties of the job. She is both a licensed Realtor/Broker-In-Charge Eligible and a licensed General Contractor. Her passion is with renovations and remodels specifically in project management and getting a taste of the design components in the process. She has known she wanted to work with houses since a very young age…even her 6th grade yearbook says she wanted “to work on houses when she grew up”.
She grew up in Vermont ski racing and never thought she would ever move south. She attended St. Lawrence University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Fine Arts as a double major. She continued on to University of Connecticut for a Masters of Sociology degree. Most important to her is her family, husband Mike, her three daughters Camryn, Kenna & Reese and two dogs Chance and Brax.
Danielle is responsible for project managing our kitchen and bath and small renovation projects. She is in the field getting her hands dirty, running the crews and making sure everything is as it should be.
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 and large scale renovation projects at Grau.