Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
A: Do what you love. Building was something I grew up around but never intended as my career path, especially in the ‘80’s when there were few women in the field. I did an apprenticeship for a builder and discovered that I loved construction and building homes. If you’re not happy in your chosen field, make a change. Why settle for liking what you do every day? You should absolutely love what you’re doing since most of our waking hours are spent working.
Q: What qualities do you think a successful builder should have?
A: My business partner Phil Leibovitz and I have always believed that our reputation is everything. That means doing the right thing, not necessarily the easy or cheapest solution, and that’s what sets us apart. The qualities of a successful builder are no different from any other field – honesty, integrity, knowledge. If you’re a custom builder, you need to be a people person. We build for family and friends, and many clients become our friends.
Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
A: I enjoy working with a variety of people – clients, engineers and architects, subcontractors, real estate agents, lenders and our talented team at SSB. While the work can be very stressful when building custom homes in our area, the challenge gives me energy, and I love the collaborative process. I also get great satisfaction from the non-profit work I do for NAMI Montgomery County
Sandy Spring Builders is the premier custom homebuilder in the area. An integrated, full-service team with 40 years of experience in bringing our client’s vision to life. Our vast portfolio of well-built homes makes a lasting impression, proven by myriad awards including Best of Bethesda every year since its inception.