One thing that marks Ben Osborne's company as special is the amount of time and energy he has put into training and teaching. He's been so good at it that he has created his own competition: Many of the people he's trained have gone on to open their own contracting businesses. And he's proud of that.

The education runs both ways; Osborne is always looking for more efficient business tools, higher quality products, and innovative building methods for his company. He says that continuing his own education helps him “relate, understand, and communicate with his customers and employees on all different levels.”

The company has been using SIPs (structurally insulated panels) successfully for energy efficiency as well as offering modular additions. They've recently adopted a new scope of work for subcontractors to ensure efficiency.

A long-time NARI supporter, the next thing Osborne (third from right) wants to tackle is the employee shortage and possibly working with the U.S. immigration office “so we can put good people to work without violating laws.”