By Joseph F. Schuler Jr. Lance Combs (Big 50 1998) and his partner, Terry Skilling, built Rhino Builders to $4.1 million in two years. "I really enjoyed the personal relationships I had with clients, and when I started to feel like I didn't know people on a first-name basis, it bothered me," Combs says of his rocket-fired growth in the Rhino days. "So I came home, so to speak."
After selling his Rhino share to Skilling, Combs bought Muleshow Investment Co., a firm that does property management, remodeling, and custom trim work, from his dad, Larry. Renamed Creative Remodeling and headquartered in Merriam, Kan., Combs' company now employs his father and is finding a niche in $15,000 to $35,000 kitchen, bath, and basement remodels. Since June 1999, he has built a $2 million company with 13 employees.