Kenneth & Ericka Combs, Owners Our Story I was born and raised in Durham and am committed to this diverse city. The people are warm and generous, there is a wide range of activities and opportunities, including hometown sports both professional and collegiate, entertainment, dining, and higher education. There is something for everyone! As a Durham businessman, I am committed to giving back to this city and will continue to sponsor activities here that benefit the less fortunate. My story has led me to be driven and thrive in fast-paced environments. I discovered my entrepreneurial streak early in life, selling lemonade in front of the Agape Corner on Holloway Street when I was 12 years old. I began working in residential construction in my late teens. Over the years, with my wife Ericka’s support, I have worked 80-hour weeks, flipped cars, tools and houses to finance the transition of CQC from a two-person operation to what it is today. My employees did the rest and are CQC’s most precious resource. Together we try very hard to make our clients’ renovations as spectacular as possible. Our Mission To Tangibly Improve TheLives of Our Customers andEmloyees Our Values Integrity Quality Courage Passion Collaboration Loyalty The Team Ken CombsPresident & CEO close × Ken Combs My family, my business, Christian values and achievement are at the core of my life. My family fulfills my desire to provide and care for others. CQC Home provides the opportunity to offer jobs, training and a sense of accomplishment to my employees. I was born and grew up in Durham. I am committed to this diverse city. Its warm and generous people and the wide range of activities and opportunities it offers. I feel a commitment to give back to Durham and will continue to sponsor activities here that benefit the community. Read more Ericka CombsDesign Manager close × Ericka Combs After growing up in Massachusetts, I moved to North Carolina for college and met the man of my dreams. We partnered together to build CQC Home into what it is today. I can remember helping Ken on job sites during the first 8 months of my pregnancy with our first kid. Along with Ken, I have learned a lot about the remodeling business and love that we have created a family culture that continues to grow. I have a passion for design and helping people achieve their dreams for their homes. Our design team takes our clients dreams and translates them into something our field team can build. My favorite part of the project is seeing our client’s faces as they watch the transformation of their homes. Read more Shae McCowenGeneral Manager close × Shae McCowen My dad is a blue collar guy. Whether is was tinkering on his cars or tackling a project in our home, he was always using his hands and he brought me into that world at an early age. Working at CQC after being in the corporate world for 20 years has given him a great deal of satisfaction. I think he secretly feels that I am finally doing honest work. My wife and I have been married for almost 20 years and have 3 children. Our lives have been full of adventure, which has included living in three different states, two countries and 10 homes during our marriage. We moved to the Triangle Area in 2016 and have enjoyed getting to know Durham and Chapel Hill, while exploring both the beach and the mountains. Having grown up in Minnesota, I have particularly loved the more moderate winters and seemingly endless spring and fall seasons. Read more Dickon HousmanConstruction Manager close × Dickon Housman I’m proud that I am a Master Joiner and was admitted into the Worshipful Company of Joiners in 2013. I won a national competition of college students where we built a library staircase in a day using traditional techniques. Unique experience: I have lived in three continents, Europe, Africa and North America. They were all great places to live for different reasons. Africa was very memorable for the month long safaris we would take as a family during school holidays. Knowing the variety of landscapes so close in America has made me very eager to travel and explore. Read more Stephanie PalmDesigner close × Stephanie Palm I’m originally from St. Augustine, Florida, which is – fun fact – the oldest settlement in the US! In 2007, I moved to Chicago for a change of pace & to see what winters were like. What a change that was! While in Chicago, I decided to pursue my passion of interior design & graduated from Harrington College of Design with high honors in 2014. Later that year, my husband & I decided to move to Denver to get away from the concrete jungle. We loved living so close to the mountains, but decided it was time to relocate to North Carolina to be closer to our families in 2017. Thankfully, we found ourselves in Durham! What a great city with lots of changes & growth happening. It’s so fun to be a part of it! Read more LaTina AdamsOffice Manager close × LaTina Adams I’m thrilled to join the CQC Home family! They have welcomed me with open arms and displayed such a balance between respect, values, love, and professionalism! I already feel at home! The Lord has blessed me with three amazing and wonderful children (Trudy, Brahim, and Kameron)! He’s also recently crossed my path, after patiently waiting, with the love of my life, whom I refer to as Batman (a little Carrie Bradshaw-like, I know)! I can adapt to and overcome anything in life whether it pertains to what life throws my way or my career choice. I’ve been a successful, head turning grease monkey at a factory, and through the years transitioned gracefully into crunching numbers and coordinating in the finance and administrative world. I’ve always been ambitious and hardworking because setting a good example for my children is a top priority for me. I also strive to instill loyalty and giving in them. Read more Jessica DukeCustomer Service Leader close × Jessica Duke I was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina a little over twenty years ago. I miss my family dearly, but make sure to visit as often as I can. Truly, I will always be a “Jersey Girl” at heart! My husband, Jason, and I have two of the sweetest children together. As parents we were blessed to allow me to stay at home with the two of them; until schooling age. Now that our children are off and running into elementary school, I decided to re-enter the workforce. Prior to starting a family, my working career comprised mostly of the construction industry. It made for such a smooth transition into my new role. I started my journey at CQC Home as a receptionist and with my recent promotion have joined the sales team. My new role is more challenging but very rewarding. I am really able to showcase my organizational talents and love to help our clients as they start to explore the remodeling process. Read more Patrick BowersEstimator close × Patrick Bowers I’m originally from Buffalo NY. But, I have lived all over! After living in Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, and Georgia, I have settled in with my final move to the North Carolina. Originally, what was meant to be a summer vacation, Raleigh quickly became home to me. I love all that North Carolina has to offer, conveniently located five hours to the mountains and just a short four drive to the ocean. It makes for the best of both worlds with such easy day trips. Finally, the Raleigh area seems to be the perfect fit for me. Above all, I enjoy all things outdoors. I’d say that fishing is one of the best past times of them all. Put me on a boat, with a bucket of beer, on nice fall day… I’m all set! I started my career in the construction industry. Wanting to branch out and grow, it led me to real estate investing. Similarly like HGTV’s “fixer upper” version of flipping houses. Working for yourself is not as easy as they make it out to be. With long days and nights. For that reason, I was ready for a break. That’s when I found CQC Home. Read more Burt LawsonBusiness Development Manager close × Burt Lawson grew up in the Raleigh, NC area, but just spent the last 17 years in beautiful Charleston, SC. Just moved back to Raleigh this past year. Excited to see the cities growth and development change since leaving. I have been in the sales industry for over 15 years. Having specialized in the beverage business for the past 3 years, working for Coca-Cola and Diaego Beer Company. Read more Tracey KunzGeneral Manager - Raleigh close × Tracey Kunz I grew up in New York and have lived in many cities across the US, thanks to numerous corporate relocations. When I relocated to Raleigh in 1999, I knew that I had found the right place to put down permanent roots. Raleigh is the perfect blend of small town and growing city. Truly a wonderful place to raise my two daughters. They are now out of college and successfully pursuing their dreams. One is running a sales team for a fintech startup in New York City. The other recently completed her Masters in Equine Genetics and Microbiomes and is working with horse breeders across the country. Read more Shawn NorstrudSuperintendent close × Shawn Norstrud I am so excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of CQC Homes. Born and raised in the Midwest, I moved to the east coast 15 years ago. I really enjoy the mountains and the ocean, so this was a great move for me. I started in construction when I was 15 years old. There is nothing more satisfying than working with my hands, and I really enjoy seeing a finished project and making a customer’s dreams come true. On my time off I enjoy being with my family. We try to travel to new places every chance we get. Together, the team at CQC is looking forward to making your dreams come true. Read more Raymond OrzulakSuperintendent close × Raymond Orzulak My wife and I just moved to North Carolina from California, where I grew up. I am excited to get to know the city and become part of the community here in Durham. I’ve spent the majority of my career working in construction and remodeling, and the last three years helping build a strong family-run construction business. While it was difficult to move away from those connections, I am looking forward to supporting and learning from CQC Home as a part of their team. Read more Quint NorthenCarpenter close × Quint Northen I graduated from the University of Alabama “Roll Tide” in 2011, majoring in English. I love the outdoors. Therefore, after graduation, I took some time off. I wanted to explore the world a bit. I moved to the city that never sleeps, New Orleans. It was post-Katrina, I was part of a non-profit rebuilding organization. Serving as an AmeriCorps member; I decided right then, while helping to rebuild the city, that carpentry was a true passion of mine. I spent the majority of the next 3 years helping to rebuild what had been damaged. The “shotgun” houses have some wonderful history to them. Read more Sean BrockmanCarpenter close × Sean Brockman I was born in California and moved to North Carolina when I was 2 years old. In middle school I met my now wife, and we have two sons together. I enjoy riding motorcycles, fishing and playing guitar. But most of all, I love spending time with my family. I started working in construction at the age of 16. Since then, I’ve gained many skills in construction and continue to learn more everyday. I strive to do my absolute best and ensure the job is done right, and look forward to growing with CQC Home for years to come. Read more Justin KochCarpenter close × Justin Koch I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I began learning the construction industry, with carpentry as my main focus after graduation. We lived in New York for the majority of my life, before my family relocated to North Carolina. I’ve been back and forth between the two since. Much of my family lives up and down the East Coast, allowing for many travel opportunities. When I joined the CQC team, I started as a carpenter’s assistant. I have graduated to a superintendent in training this year, with the continuing education to be a lead superintendent. I am excited to be part of the CQC team, once you are a part of the CQC team, it’s like a brotherhood. The guys I work with are truly part of my family. I am excited to continue to learn and grow in remodeling with this company. They have provided a lot of opportunities to continue to move up in my career. Read more Michael DeanCarpenter close × Michael Dean I’m very proud of my family and where I am in life despite what I’ve been through. My uniqueness is overcoming any situation I run into and never giving up. A special experience that involved work was being part of a job that had a tight deadline and a successful finish. Even when I leave work I feel the need to work at home around the house must days too before it gets dark. I’m a hard worker. I enjoy my job and I look forward to advancement and many years to come working for CQC. Read more Marcus BattleCarpenter Apprentice close × Marcus Battle I’m originally from Mobile, Alabama. I moved to North Carolina at a very young age to live with my father and grandmother, when my mother passed away. I spent most of my life in Rocky Mount with my family. In 2012 I moved to Durham to attend the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham . I fell in love with the “bull city” during college and now me and all my pets call it home. Although I have some construction experience, CQC is the first construction company I’ve been an official employee of. It is also easily the best company I’ve ever worked for. Every team member is friendly, creative, and professional. It’s very refreshing to be excited about work every day. CQC always goes above and beyond for their customers and the quality of their work never ceases to amaze me. It brings me joy to be a part of such a talented team , I hope to learn as much as I can from my peers and to do my best to help push this company forward. Read more Wesley HallCarpenter close × Wesley Hall I was born and raised in Hillsborough, NC. Therefore, I am a die-hard fan of this State. I am a Panthers fan, I pull for Duke, and I enjoy the mountains and the beach being so close. I am a family man. My beautiful wife and I have one super daughter. She has blessed our lives with an amazing granddaughter. That little girl has us wrapped around her finger and knows it! I have worked in carpentry and construction since I was in High School. Let’s not count the years, but it’s over 30 years experience. I have hand built our home we live in; it was a challenge. It truly was a labor of love. But, to know it’s done right and my wife appreciates the level of detail is the greatest joy. Read more Chad KolumberCarpenter close × Chad Kolumber I am a Philadelphia native with a heart for being outside, I thought what a better place to be than in the South! I enjoy spending time outdoors as much as possible whether I’m boating, fishing, hiking, hunting or just being outside playing with my dog. I also enjoy getting out to explore local towns and see what they have to offer! But don’t get me wrong, I am always game for a good movie! Notice my movie reference? Read more Eric AdamsCarpenter close × Eric Adams BIO COMING SOON! Read more See the rest of our family Awards & Accolades Click below to learn more about our awards and achievements. 2014, 2015, 2017 & 20182014-2019 close × NAHB represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities. Operating at the local, state and national levels, the NAHB Federation helps its members gain a competitive advantage through: Knowledge – Offers education and other resources members need to expand their businesses and achieve personal success. Networking – Creates opportunities within a community of home building professionals for members to build key relationships and increase their profitability. close × The HBA of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties promotes the American dream of homeownership through education, advocacy, and professional development. close × The National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade group that promotes professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has evolved into the premier association of designers, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, installers and other industry professionals. close × The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members and provides tips and tricks so that consumers have a positive remodeling experience with a professional, qualified remodeler. NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high standards, professional education, ethics and market recognition. close × The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBA) represents and promotes the interests of the residential building industry on issues that affect their ability to provide affordable housing for all citizens of Wake County. The association serves as the voice of the residential construction industry at the local, state and national levels. close × Our Service Excellence Awards were created to bring recognition to the best builders, remodelers and home services professionals. Winners in GuildQuality’s various award programs are businesses who exemplify quality in their pursuit to deliver exceptional service. close × Every year, Durham Magazine sends a ballot to its readers to vote for their “best of” in several categories. These include everything from gyms and flower shops, to law offices and coffee house – and, of course, general contractors in Durham, NC. close × Hard work certainly has paid off for this year’s Remodeling 550. The top 300 full-service remodelers earned 8% more in revenue in 2017 than they did in 2016. The top 150 replacement contracting firms earned a whopping 41% more last year than in 2016. CQC home placed 105 in the 2018 publication. Not only are these firms bumping up their revenues, but they’re also actively creating better places to work. One way they’re doing that is by improving benefits: In 2018, more companies offer the 13 benefits we list in our survey than did in 2017. While benefits aren’t the only factors contributing to employee satisfaction at a company, benefit packages are a good indicator of how healthy the companies themselves are: more money, more benefits. close × The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted close × Each year Professional Remodeler honors a selection of industry standouts to represent the emerging influencers in the field today. The award celebrates leadership, professional growth and achievement, creative problem solving, and a passion for excellence. close × The Remodelers Outstanding Construction Awards program was established in 2013 as a way to promote and celebrate the amazing remodeling projects our members completed in Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. The competition is open to all projects completed within the past year in the categories of Kitchen, Bath, Addition, Outdoor Living, and Whole House. close × The BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics honor companies and charities which demonstrate a high level of character and ensure the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics. These companies generate trust among their employees, customers, and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau® mission of advancing marketplace trust. close × STARS Award honors the achievements of home building industry professionals from across North Carolina. close × CQC Home was featured on  episodes of “Love it or List it” with interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin. The show is designed to have Hillary and David compete for the affections of fed-up homeowners looking to either renovate or sell, as Farr transforms their worn-out space into a welcoming one while Visentin works to find them a new home. At the end of each hour-long episode, the homeowners decide if the changes designed by Farr are enough for them to stay in their current home, or if the new property Visentin has found better suits their needs. So whether they love it or list it, the homeowners come out on top. close × Remodeling Big50 is an accolade given to remodeling firms that set an extremely high bar. The Big50 is an excellence award handed out by Remodeling Magazine and is probably one of the most valuable in the industry. The award focuses on best practices, professionalism and superb quality of work. It also takes a look at back-end business practices, things that you may not think of such as smart marketing decisions, status in the community and unique design.