Jon Erwin is the vice president of Star Companies, Inc., a longtime supporter of the KCHBA. We asked Erwin a few questions about his role within the homebuilding industry and how he has seen it change over the years.
Star Companies, Inc. specializes in drywall and insulation. Erwin places emphasis on the importance of open communication with builders in order to effectively and efficiently offset rising material and labor costs. This is especially important to Erwin, as he realizes the trend of rising interest rates, labor and material costs are not necessarily slowing down. Despite the industry moving in this direction, Erwin states Star’s “role is to stay competitive with rates, as far as what we can control.”
Changing costs isn’t the only shift the homebuilding industry has dealt with in recent years. Like most businesses today, Erwin has noticed technology has modified how Star does business. According to Erwin, “there is less personal communication with more online scheduling tools. It is positive resource in that it helps with forecasting work and projecting schedules. However, I still prefer to initiate personal communication with the builders I work with.”
When it comes to being a member of the KCHBA, Erwin looks forward to attending the annual Clay Shoot. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with and get to know my customers on a more casual, personal level,” stated Erwin. The strong networking base found at KCHBA is one of the things Erwin values most as a member, as well KCHBA’s support for the homebuilding industry as a whole.
It makes sense that the annual Clay Shoot is Erwin’s favorite KCHBA event, as he often likes to spend his free time outdoors either hunting, fishing or golfing.
Jon Erwin, wife Sheila, son Tommy, dog Moses
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