Professional Builders Secrets

The number one podcast to help you grow your building company safely and securely. 

Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

Professional Builders Secrets

The number one podcast to help you grow your building company safely and securely. 

Brought to you by the Association of Professional Builders (APB), the Professional Builders Secrets podcast is the #1 resource for builders operating a professional building company.

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Discover how you can generate more leads, sign more contracts and increase your margins while delivering a better experience for your clients.

We interview professional builders across 5 countries, host industry authorities as special guests and break down proven strategies with the coaching team at the Association of Professional Builders.

Enjoy new episodes every week.

Episode 110: Demonstrating Your Value With Tom Coy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Tom Coy, Owner of Coy’s Constructions based out of Melbourne, Australia. In this episode, Tom delves into his journey becoming a professional builder, how he built up Coy’s Constructions, and the ways in which he demonstrates value to his clients.

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Episode 109: Building To Sell With Rick Moore

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Rick Moore, Executive Business Coach at APB. Throughout this episode, Rick delves into what makes a building company sellable, and the strategies you can put in place to ensure your building company is a valuable asset by retirement.

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Episode 108: Builder’s Insurance Insights With Petara Tanuvasa

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Petara Tanuvasa, Director of Silverback Insurance, based in Australia. In this episode, Petara delves into his path to becoming an insurance broker, and the gaps he saw in the building industry leading him to specialise his company to work with builders.

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Episode 107: The Industry Reset With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the episode, the trio get into the drastic change in the building industry over the past year, and explore the ‘industry reset’.

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Episode 106: Setting Big Hairy Audacious Goals With Jay Mostyn

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Jay Mostyn, Owner of Luxury Lifestyle Homes based out of Brisbane, Australia. In this episode, Jay delves into his journey becoming a professional builder, how he built up Luxury Lifestyle Homes, and the mindset he’s used to get there.

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Episode 104: Adopting A Learning Mindset With Norm Wales

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Norm Wales, Owner of Norm Wales Constructions based out of Bundaberg, Australia. Throughout this episode, Norm gets into his journey as a builder, how he built up NWC to what it is today, and the challenges he faced to get there.

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Episode 103: The Labour Shortage With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the episode, the trio get into what’s driving the staffing crisis in the construction industry.

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Episode 101: Closing The Sale With Clint Best

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Clint Best, Executive Business Coach at APB. Throughout this episode, Clint gets into the importance of having a sales process in your building company, how to get your leads across the line and most importantly, how to close the sale.

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Episode 100: Best Builders Secrets Revisited With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the podcast’s 100th episode, the trio will be revisiting some of the most popular topics that resonated with builders.

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Episode 95: Achieving High Performance With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the episode, the trio get into what it really takes to become a high performing builder.

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Episode 92: Recruiting Onsite Staff With Erin Longmoon

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the CEO of Zephyr Connects, Erin Longmoon. In this episode, Erin unpacks the common pitfalls builders face when recruiting onsite staff, and the strategies you can implement to ensure you hire the best staff for your building company.

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Episode 91: Elite Mentoring With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the episode, the trio discuss the benefits Elite Mentoring can have for your building company.

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Episode 88: Building Healthy Homes With Zara D’Cotta

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the owner of The Healthy Home, Zara D’Cotta. In this episode, Zara unpacks the concept of building biology, why it’s important for builders in the long-term, and the first thing you can do right now to commit to building healthier homes.

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Episode 87: Managing Stress With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Kolade, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. In the episode, the trio talk about managing stress as a building company owner.

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Episode 86: The Building Industry Trap With Jim Schneider

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with the owner of Schneider Construction, Jim Schneider. Throughout this episode, Jim delves into the challenges he faced with his building company, and the tools and systems he used to get Schneider Construction to where it is today.

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Episode 85: Working With Family With Russ and Sky

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens. Throughout this episode, the two delve into the joys and trials builders may face when choosing to work with their family.

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Episode 83: The 5 Stages Of Decline For A Building Company With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio delve into the 5 stages of decline of a building company, and what you can do to salvage a building company in decline before it’s too late.

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Episode 81: Setting Your Company Culture With Clint Best

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Clint Best, Executive Business Coach at APB. Throughout this episode, Clint discusses the importance of setting a strong company culture in your building company, and shares insights and strategies to help builders set and maintain a strong company culture.

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Episode 80: How To Use Video To Tell Stories With Andy Johnston

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Andy Johnston, Director at Expansion Media. Throughout this episode, Andy delves into the importance of video storytelling for builders and shares his expertise in creating engaging videos, tips on repurposing them and how often builders should consider producing video content.

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Episode 79: Fixed Price Vs Cost Plus With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio delve into the key differences between fixed price and cost plus contracts, the pros and cons of each option, and how builders can go about making the switch.

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Episode 78: Transforming A Building Company Overnight With Keiron Moore

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Keiron Moore, owner of CKS Projects based in the South Coast of NSW, Australia. Throughout this episode, Keiron shares his experience transforming CKS Projects, and delves into the impact working with APB’s coaches had on him, and his approach to branding, marketing, and sales in his business.

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Episode 75: The SORCI 2023 Report Insights With Russ, Sky & Andy

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio discuss the SORCI (State of the Residential Construction Industry) report for 2023, which gives insights into the trends and challenges faced by the building industry.

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Episode 73: The Real Cost Of ‘Mates Rates’ With Andy Skarda

Professional Builders Secrets brings you an exclusive episode with Andy Skarda, Head Coach at APB. Throughout this episode, Andy explores ‘mates rates’, the concept of offering a discount or better price to friends and family than what they’d pay on the open market, and its detrimental impact on a builder’s bottom line.

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Episode 71: Introducing APB Chapters With Russ, Sky & Andy

In episode 71 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio delve into what APB Chapters is all about and how it’s slowly helping builders all over the globe.

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Episode 70: Why Every Builder Must Have Tenacity With Stacey Shotwell

In episode 70 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Stacey Shotwell, Project Manager with Parks-Hatherley Custom Homes, based in Texas, United States. Throughout this episode, Stacey tackles the tenacious moves that contributed to his success and the overall need for tenacity in the building industry.

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Episode 68: Keeping Your Sites Safe With Luke Williams

In episode 68 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Luke Williams, General Manager at HazardCo. Throughout this episode, Luke explains the biggest risks to health and safety on a work site and how implementing the proper OH&S systems doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth!

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Episode 67: Professional Contract Proposals With Russ, Sky And Andy

In episode 67 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over the significance of professional contract proposals, and how a fixed price contract with a 30-day deadline is key to retaining profitability in the current industry climate.

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Episode 65: Why Margins Are Linked To Marketing With Russ Stephens

In episode 65 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens. Throughout this episode, Russ dives into the most effective strategies when it comes to marketing and how successful marketing practices have a direct impact on increasing net margins.

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Episode 63: When To Scale A Building Company With Russ, Sky And Andy

In episode 63 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over the key metrics to do when scaling a building company that will determine its longevity and profitability for the future.

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Episode 62: Relocating A Building Company With Max Peterson

In episode 62 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Max Peterson, CEO and Managing Partner at Smith & Sons Remodeling North America. Throughout this episode, Max unpacks what it takes to relocate a building company overseas, the mindset needed and the lessons learned along the way.

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Episode 60: Professional Development For Builders With Devin Perry

In episode 60 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Devin Perry, Executive Director of Business Improvement Programs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Throughout this episode, Devin explains why professional development and how being able to access a broad range of resources is key to setting your building company up for success.

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Episode 59: Preparing for 2023 With Russ, Sky & Andy

In episode 59 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over how builders can best prepare for the fast approaching 2023.

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Episode 58: I Thought APB Was Lying To Me With Sam Swartz

In episode 58 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Sam Swartz, President and Owner of True North Custom Homes. Throughout this episode, Sam explains what has shaped his business over time, the importance of constantly evolving and how APB’s mentoring program has helped his business grow.

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Episode 56: Professional Builder Contracts With Paul Rojas

In episode 56 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Paul Rojas, Managing Partner at RCR Lawyers. Throughout this episode, Paul explains the importance of a properly defined building contract and how it can help your building company with the ever-changing costs in the industry.

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Episode 55: Introducing APB Rewards With Russ, Sky & Andy

In episode 55 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over exactly how APB Rewards is saving our members time and money.

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Episode 53: Mindset Of A Professional Builder With Clint Best

In episode 53 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Clint Best, an Executive Business Coach with APB. Throughout this episode, Clint takes a deep dive into the mindsets of professional builders and how incorporating a growth mindset for yourself and your business can have profound benefits across the board.

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Episode 43: Creating A Successful Brand With Russ, Sky & Andy

In episode 43 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over how professional builders can create a successful brand.

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Episode 42: Identifying Opportunities Instead Of Problems With Isaac Nickelson

In episode 42 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Isaac Nickelson, owner of Nickelson Construction based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. Throughout this episode, Isaac goes over the highs and lows of owning a business, how he transitioned from remodelling to custom homes, and the process of moving Nickelson Construction interstate.

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Episode 41: Learning New Skills With Sky Stephens

In episode 41 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founder of the Association of Professional Builders Sky Stephens. Throughout this episode, we go over why it is so crucial to learn new skills when running a residential building company.

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Episode 40: Looking After Your Mental Health With Tim Hoopmann

In episode 40 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Tim Hoopmann, volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, a national organisation that works to
raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma
and encourage people to get help. Throughout this episode, Tim delves into why it is essential to look after your mental health.

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Episode 39: Creating An Exit Strategy With Russ, Sky & Andy

In episode 39 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio go over how professional builders can create their exit strategy.

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Episode 28: Successful Lead Generation With David Belman

In episode 28 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, we’re joined by David Belman, President of Belman Homes Inc. based in Wisconsin, United States. Throughout this episode, we dig into the background of Belman Homes, and how David’s shaped it into the building company it’s become today.

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Episode 23: The Time Management Myth With Russ, Sky and Andy

In episode 23 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio reveal how builders can manage their most valuable resource: Time.

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Episode 20: How Builders Can Create Great Content With Scott Bywater

In episode 20 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Scott Bywater,expert lead generator, email marketing strategist and world-class copywriter retained by many of the world’s best direct marketing companies. Throughout this episode of the podcast, Scott uncovers how builders can create great content!

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Episode 17: Building A Winning Team With Jacob Oelofse

In episode 17 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Jacob Oelofse, Executive Business Coach at the Association of Professional Builders. Throughout this episode Jacob reveals the secrets for building a winning team for your building company.

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Episode 15: How To Price Your Jobs With Russ, Sky and Andy

In episode 15 of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio reveal how builders should be pricing their jobs.

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Episode 7: Managing Client Expectations With Sky, Russ and Andy

In this episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, our host, Bosco Anthony is joined by Co-founders of the Association of Professional Builders Russ Stephens and Sky Stephens, along with APB’s Head Coach, Andy Skarda. Throughout this episode, the trio reveal the secrets behind managing client expectations as a builder.

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Episode 1: What Is The Association Of Professional Builders?

In this episode of the Professional Builders Secrets podcast, Co-founders of The Association of Professional Builders (APB), Russ and Sky Stephens share the journey of creating APB and exactly what the association does for builders, and how they are improving the construction industry for both builders and consumers.

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MEET YOUR HOST:

Bosco Anthony

Bosco Anthony
Digital Strategist,
Elevate Communications

As a Digital Marketing Director, Bosco has a wealth of knowledge in the digital industry stemming from previous roles as a digital strategist, international consultant and digital agency lead. Hosting the Professional Builders Secrets Podcast, Bosco will be joined weekly by seasoned experts in the construction industry to share on everything you need to know to generate more leads, more sales and higher margins while improving the building experience for your clients.

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Excellent Content! Looking forward to the new episodes
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This podcast has great dialogue that would benefit anyone navigating the mysteries of a small to medium size startup. There are little nuggets throughout each episode and I would recommend this for not only my builder friends but any entrepreneur. Well done!
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Great variety and content!
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I have to say, I was a little sceptical when I saw APB jumped on the podcasting bandwagon. I’m a few episodes in and I’m hooked! I think the best part about this podcast in particular is how different each episode is. Tye’s story is not only inspiring, he’s relatable and the interviews with the coaches are incredibly insightful as to what APB actually do. Great content..Highly recommend.
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A refreshing new resource for builders!
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This series where actual builders are discussing their experiences helps us realize that we can succeed as well.
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Excellent Content
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Highly recommend this Podcast if you own a custom home building company. Very high quality information shared. Thanks APB
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Really insightful podcast for Builders. Great mix of industry knowledge, success stories and tips for running a building company. Pleased to have stumbled across this one.
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Love this podcast!
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Great stories and insight
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Episode one is a fascinating conception story and beyond that things remain captivating! Overall I’d say it’s an equally worthwhile listen for builders and for anyone remotely related to the industry or just interested in hearing good chat about a world they may be unfamiliar with.
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Recently found out that APB was running a podcast I was quick to jump on and catch up on all the episodes. I have been with other Building coaching programs in the past, but as a member for two years, they truly set themselves apart. The combined wealth of knowledge that the APB team bring to the industry can save many builders going down consequential paths of hardships and losses. They bring light and hope to many !!! This Podcast has many nuggets in their candid conversations - be a good listener !!
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My car rides have become fascinating!
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Amazing variety of insights
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I am loving the variety of insights from guests around the world - some really great questions asked as well!
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Excellent podcast for builders. Very insightful team
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Loved it!
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This is a great podcast for builders. I’m already hooked after the first few episodes. I can’t wait to tune in weekly and hear more from the range of building industry experts that appear on professional builders secrets.
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Insightful and Practical
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Looking to grow your building company?
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For owners of residential building companies in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and the UK who are looking to grow their businesses safely and securely using proven processes.
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For Professional Builders
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A specialised podcast made just for the owners of custom home building companies. Extraordinary guests, valuable content and amazing stories from other builders are shared.
One of the best podcasts for the building industry for sure!
One of the best podcasts for the building industry for sure!
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Professional Builder secrets
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Great content that clearly explains the history and background of the Association of Professional Builders. Very interesting!
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