Gary Eichhorst | Builder
My interest in home building began at an early age when I watched my father work on projects for family and friends. My father always said, “Learn a trade and you will never go hungry. No one can take that away from you.” I find myself repeating those same words to young people today. When I witnessed a crew of carpenters build a new garage for my grandparents, I was bitten by the sawdust bug. When I entered High school, I took all the woodworking and drafting classes available, worked at a flooring and tile store, and took on as many small projects as I could.
The desire to wear the tool belt prompted me to join the carpenters union after high school where I built tract homes and townhouses. After several years I started my own carpentry contracting business, but given the national economy at the time, I chose to supplement my income by become a full time police officer. After 18 years of building during the day and patrolling at night, I left law enforcement to take my company to the next level.
Over the years my company was honored to be awarded several Gold and Silver Key awards for our new construction and remodeling projects. In 2001 Remodeling magazine selected my firm for their “BIG 50” award, recognizing us as leaders in the industry. This exposure allowed me to become involved with the National Association of Home Builders and I was honored to be the Chicago Remodeler’s Council president in 2002 & 2003. The NAHB provided me the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and gain industry certifications such as CGR, CGB, and GMB, amongst others.
After many years of running my own successful company, I was ready for a change and desired to move to Tennessee to avoid the worst of Midwest winters. I found a perfect fit when I came along to A. Perry Homes. I’m blessed to have found a company with the same values I have upheld since I entered the trade. And the opportunity to build high quality custom homes with a great team, in a beautiful location was too good to pass up. I look forward to helping clients build their dream homes with the guiding principle of “what is the right thing to do, and just do it.”