(Article By Mike Beirne, Senior Editor of Professional Builder Magazine's. Click HERE
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The Great Recession left some scars but must also have produced much wisdom because more than a dozen of home building’s superstars, named as 40 Under 40 winners by the editors of Professional Builder
, cite surviving the economic slump as one of their greatest career accomplishments. These young leaders also played key roles in growing their companies by replacing a legacy system, expanding into new markets, and mastering many other tasks. Their back stories are interesting, too: from a bishop shepherding a congregation of 400 members, to a professional wakeboarder, to a college dropout, to the many other professionals in this altruistic bunch who have bettered their communities and the world beyond by going on mission trips, starting a foundation, fundraising for charities, or doing free remodeling for the needy. We proudly present our 40 Under 40 Class for 2016.
Rich Pankow, 39
CFO of Goodall Homes, Gallatin, Tenn.
- BBA, Mercer University; MBA, University of Georgia; MAcc, College of William and Mary
- Empowered Goodall’s open-book management culture by making the reporting of financials and benchmarks more transparent to employees, implementing zero-based budgeting and cross-functional teams • Being part of senior management for a company that’s been a Top Workplace per The Tennessean since 2013, received Professional Builder’s 2014 Builder of the Year award, and won a Silver National Housing Quality Award in 2015
Habitat for Humanity
Off the clock :
Renovating old homes • Favorite vacation: the mountains of North Carolina • Favorite movie: Groundhog Day
• Favorite food: stone crabs • Favorite read: any American history book