Get to know Partner Chris Shee, learn how he got his start in the new home building industry and who he owes his career to. Did you know he started his career here in Jacksonville?
How long have you been in the home building industry?
What made you decide to choose new home builder as a profession?
I lucked into it actually. I was recruited by a regional homebuilder to join their Management Trainee Program and took a chance. My Division President at the time, Cora Johnston, believed in my abilities and allowed me to cross train and get my feet wet in many areas. I will always owe my career to her.
What’s your favorite memory from working at MasterCraft Builder Group?
I’d have to say two things. The first is selling our very first home in Bartram Springs to Mr. and Mrs. Asirvatham. We were so excited and proud! The second is when we closed our 20th home during our first full year in operation. It was a true testament to our business philosophies, dedication to customer satisfaction, and quality of work and far exceeded our expectations.
What would you say is the most important thing about working as a new home builder?
Do things the right way and never cut corners. The homes we build today will most likely be around 50-75 years from now and builders and developers seem to forget that. Unfortunately, you can drive through communities today and see homes that are 10 years old but already look dated and worn down. MasterCraft combines timeless designs with innovative construction techniques and quality materials to make sure our homes are easier to maintain and look better for years to come. It’s where our motto “Where Quality Meets Innovation” is derived.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
Anything outdoors and involving my 2 boys, Brandon (15) and Tyler (12).
If you weren’t building new homes, what other profession would you be doing?
Middle or High School Teacher
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in new home building and sales?
Learn as much as you can about all aspects of homebuilding. There are many opportunities in this industry to be successful and truly make a difference in people’s lives, so don’t just stick with wherever you’re placed – keep learning and become more educated. Regardless of what you end up doing, the more well-rounded you are in homebuilding, the better consultant you’ll be for your customers.