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.

In terms of achievement, perhaps I am a little driven… I thrive in fast-paced environments and began working in residential construction in my late teens. Luckily, I discovered my entrepreneurial streak early in life, selling lemonade in front of the Agape Corner on Holloway Street. I was 12 years old. Over the years, I  have worked 80 hour weeks, flipped cars, tools, and houses to finance the transition of CQC from a 2 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. Running a business is 2nd nature to me. My internal code dictates honesty, forthrightness, and compassion for others. I try very hard to live and work these values.

I enjoy boating, fishing, and hosting BBQ’s with my friends & family, playing with my kids and watching them imitate our goats! My wife is starting a farm! As if our lives aren’t busy enough.

Shae McCowen, General ManagerMy 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.

My 20 years in the corporate world has given me a good background in team development and process improvement. I enjoy solving problems and making things better for our employees and customers.

Personally, I enjoy the outdoors. This includes backpacking in the Pisgah National Forest. Hiking in the Carolina North Forest near my house. Participating in group cycling rides and jumping in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. I also love participating and watching sports.

I feel fortunate to be a part of the CQC family. It is a pleasure be a part of improving the lives of our customers and employees.

Dickson Housman- Construction ManagerI’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.

I have 5 sisters and am the only boy in our family. It meant I was spoiled rotten by my sisters and any girlfriends had a hard time getting past their suitability standards. My name is Dickon…that’s also pretty quirky.

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!

While in Denver, I was awarded 1st Place at the NKBA Peak Awards for one of my bathroom designs & a finalist for another! I am CLIPP (Certified Living in Place Professional) certified & work with my clients to ensure their homes are not only beautiful, but safe & functional for years to come. My favorite aspect of design is creating a space that is a true reflection of my client & their lifestyle; making a house a home.

In my spare time, I like to attempt exasperating craft projects, hang out with my sheprador, Flapjack, & hunt for antiques!

I am so excited to be a part of the CQC Home family. I love showing our clients new ways of utilizing their spaces to their full potential. My favorite part of my job is educating clients about new products that will make their lives easier! Your home is your haven; why not have it be beautiful & functional at the same time? Let’s design it together!

 

 

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.

I know I have a purpose on this Earth since God spared my life in August 2013. I was in a terrible car accident where a friend of mine lost his life, and I broke everything imaginable in my body; my lower back, eight ribs, right leg, two forearms, nose, shattered my elbow completely, and fractured my skull. I spent almost two months in the hospital recovering, and a year in physical therapy. I was even wheelchair bound for a while. This totally changed my perspective and outlook on life! Life is definitely too short to stress about things you cannot change.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my children, create and hand out blessing bags for the homeless, listen to all genres of music that feeds my soul, and watch movies (especially Mafia-themed ones). Saturdays are dedicated to cleaning in my house; always with Salsa/Merengue music in the background. Then when all is said and done, we all pile in my bed and watch bad Lifetime movies for the remainder of the day. Every Sunday we attend church as a family followed by quality time at Grandma and Grandpa’s. I cannot wait to contribute and grow with my extended CQC Home family!

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.

In my down time I enjoy spending time with my family. We love watching scary movies, having barbeque’s and bonfires in the backyard, and you never know when a spontaneous dance party will erupt in the middle of the living room. I have a passion for being crafty and love making hand made gifts.

I am proud to be a part of the CQC home team. With such high standards for quality of work, customer service, and overall excellence. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your family and the next big project you are planning.

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.

CQC Home has welcomed me into their family and I’m grateful to be part of such a wonderful company. I feel like I hit the jackpot. I get to be part of a little bit of everything within the company. I’m on the design team, but I get to work closely with the field staff and really learn about their skillsets and talents. Which is most important to being able to estimate their labor time accurately for our clients. I am excited to see what this new chapter in my life has to offer.

CQC Shawn Norstrud Skilled CarpenterI 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.

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