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Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes – Austin, TX

CBUSA Member Since 2012

Our Story

CBUSA was founded in 2004 by a group of custom and independent builders in Northern Virginia to achieve pricing and service equivalent to that of large-scale production competitors. Today, CBUSA is comprised of hundreds of premier builders in cities all across the country, and supported by top vendors, trades and manufacturers at both the local and national levels.

Together, CBUSA members have the combined purchasing volume and buying power of a national builder. This market strength allows CBUSA members to gain significant purchasing advantage over their competitors and to deliver increased volume to the companies that support their efforts.

Leadership

Bill Smithers

Chief Executive Officer

Bill is a successful builder himself with extensive experience in both the production and custom building sectors. Bill believed that the efficiencies and purchasing power of a large production building operation could be harnessed by smaller companies working together in the market, and founded CBUSA with this goal in mind. The company remains dedicated to the improvement of both the business practices and the financial performance of custom and independent building companies across the country. Bill's vision of building the most powerful national network of privately-owned builders has become a reality through CBUSA, and the company's use of technology, process development and relationship building has set a new standard of excellence for the industry.

Bill began his building career at Ryland Homes, where he worked in all phases of Division operations. During his 10 years with the company, Bill was integrally involved in the formation and implementation of strategies and business systems necessary for success in the highly competitive world of production building. In 1992, Bill was promoted to Division President, becoming the youngest executive officer in the company. In 1995, Bill left Ryland to start University Homes, a high-end custom building company that was named Builder of the Year in 2003 by the Custom Builders Council of Northern Virginia. Bill is a past Chairman of the NVBIA Custom Builders Council and former member of the NAHB Builder 20 Club program. In 2006, Bill was chosen by Builder Magazine as one of “The 50 Most Influential People in Home Building”.

Bill is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia with a BA in Political Science.

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Brendan Sheehan, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Brendan joined CBUSA in 2006, and is responsible for finance and strategic planning. As CBUSA developed the concept of cloud-based group buying for builders, Brendan led the design and implementation of the systems that manage CBUSA's purchase volume and rebate data. Brendan's work helped CBUSA to become more readily scalable, and set the stage for expanding the national membership footprint. Brendan continues to play a key role in the development of new products and services for the CBUSA community.

Before joining CBUSA, Brendan worked at the Boston Consulting Group, and was an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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Brian Pavlick

Chief Operating Officer

Brian's operations leadership has been largely responsible for the performance and growth of CBUSA's national purchasing network of premier homebuilders. Brian has been instrumental in the development of programs and tools that have successfully achieved cooperation amongst historically fragmented independent homebuilders. One of Brian's most important initiatives has been the development of CBUSA's web-based purchasing software that is revolutionizing the way builders and suppliers make purchasing and marketing decisions.

Before joining CBUSA, Brian spent over 3 years with John Wieland Homes as a manager in both the homebuilding and supply chain businesses. As Director of Operations, Brian managed the company's $40M supply house business then rounded out his career as a Signature Builder in one of the company's most luxurious Atlanta subdivisions.

Brian began his career as a U.S. Army Engineer Officer serving in the US, Egypt, and Bosnia, where he focused on infrastructure re-construction efforts. Brian earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Ryan Lipchek

National Sales and Operations

Ryan joined CBUSA in 2008, and quickly made an impact by helping start several new CBUSA markets nationwide and enhancing the leadership team's ability to develop new business strategies and sales models. Ryan's extensive homebuilding experience and innate business skills provide a unique perspective to the custom building industry, and his passion comes through in every meeting with CBUSA members and prospective members alike.

Before joining CBUSA, Ryan spent 10 years with one of the largest building companies in the country, Ryan Homes. He excelled in both production and sales, and won several prestigious awards during his tenure, including MVP of Northeast Ohio, Platinum Club Sales, and the highest honor on the building side of the company, Master Builder.

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Darrel Weidner

Operations Manager

Darrel joined CBUSA in 2007, and soon lead several markets in Texas to be among the top performing operations in the CBUSA network. Darrel has successfully developed strategies to aggregate purchase volume, which deliver exceptional pricing and service to our member builders and remodelers.

Darrel is entering his 25th year in the homebuilding industry and has proven highly valuable while working for industry stalwarts Perry Homes, David Weekly Homes and Trendmaker Homes. Most recently, Darrel worked for an independent home building company as Vice President of Operations where he developed programs and processes that reduced cost, improved performance and unified the company's culture. Darrel received his industry training from the University of Houston's Construction Management Program.

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Locations

CBUSA develops and maintains powerful, local networks of professional builders, vendors and national manufacturers. Join an established market, or partner with CBUSA to help create a new local network.

  • Established Markets
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Charleston, SC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Delaware Valley
  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Greenville, SC
  • Houston, TX
  • North Virginia
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Orlando, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Expanding Markets
  • Chicago, IL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pinehurst, NC
  • Seattle, WA

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