TEAM

Steve Shinholser

Partner, Coach

Mindset, Leadership, Sales

Steve Shinholser’s favorite quote is: “Everyone is always too busy to become a millionaire!” 

But not Steve!

Derek Johnson

Partner, Coach

Sales

Derek Johnson is “just stoked to be here.” His attitude and generosity is an asset to The Contractor Fight. 

The quote he lives by is: “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.” He always finds a way to put his best foot forward for his team.

Greg Dempsey

Coach

Sales, General Contractor Bidding

Greg Dempsey’s favorite quote is: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” 

A close second is: “This one time, at band camp…” 

Greg is a funny guy with a twisted sense of humor. 

Career ExperienceSteve Shinholser started working in construction in 1980 after he graduated from the University of Maryland. He’s the first to admit that money motivated him to start his pool business, which he ran from 1980-1995 and grew to $12 million in sales. From 2000-2020, he owned a $1.6 million pond company, and he sold both of those companies for millions. Steve was a millionaire by age 30. 

His StrugglesSteve came from a family with a very poor scarcity mindset, causing him to suffer from imposter syndrome. No matter how successful he his, he never quite feels like he measures up. 

What Qualifies Steve to be a Coach?Steve is a great coach because he knows his numbers, he understands people and knows how to treat them, and he’s a rock star at building a team.

Steve believes that if he can make it, so can you. He wants to help you get your head out of the sand and start winning.

Personal LifeSteve lives in Maryland, where he loves to hike, dance, bike, and coach. He has four grown children, but he treats his two beautiful dogs better than he ever treated his kids.

His CareerIn 1996, Derek decided that he wanted to be his own boss so he started mowing lawns. For 19 years, he did the same things and got the same mediocre results. Seven years ago, he found Steve Shinholser and Tom Reber. As a result, he went from having less than $3,000 in the bank to becoming a millionaire in five short years. Now, he’s a coach in The Contractor Fight. 

His StrugglesDerek struggles with bad habits. For years, he copied the poor habits of contractors he knew. He was quite oblivious to just how bad those habits were. Today, Derek works hard to create and maintain good habits which he shares with The Contractor Fight community. 

What Qualifies Derek to be a Coach?Derek failed in his business for 19 years, then decided that he needed a business coach. He knows what it feels like to fail, and what it feels like to need someone to pull you up and out. 

Derek’s Personal LifeDerek lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Erin and their four children.

Career ExperienceOn March 10, 1989, Greg’s dad came into the house, took a shower, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed out the door with Greg in tow to a construction site. Greg remembers this day like it was yesterday – because it foreshadowed the rest of his life. In 2002, after receiving a degree in business management with a minor in computer science, he took the career path that his father introduced to him at an early age. 

Greg isn’t blessed with any carpentry, painting, deck-building, plumbing, electrical, or HVAC skills, but he does have quite the eye for detail. 

His StrugglesGreg has messed up more than most people because he’s willing to fail in order to learn – he’s stubborn, so he sticks with something until it works. He learns through experience, and he can only learn from experiences that he himself has lived. He has succeeded because of his persistence to be better, and he’ll never stop. 

What Qualifies Greg to be a Coach?If Guinness had a record for being stubborn and messing things up, Greg’s picture would be there with a gnarly smile. 

He lives by the mantra: “I always have to try it myself.” His experiences come from real life, not from a book. 

Greg wants to help others avoid going down some of the dead-end paths he went down. He says: “You have greatness in you. My goal is to find out where it’s hidden, and let you rediscover it.” 

Private LifeBorn in 1980, Greg is married to a truly remarkable woman, and he questions her mental state every day because she’s still married to him. The two of them are the parents of three amazing little people – so amazing, Greg’s not 100% sure if they’re his. lol

Tim Cutroni

Coach

Sales

Tim Cutroni is at his most peaceful when he’s on the beach with his toes in the sand, a cool drink in hand. He loves to watch people. 

Hearing him sell, you may never understand how hard he worked to get here. His favorite quote says it all: “If I had a magic pill that would give you all you needed to be good at something, I would give it to you. But I don’t … so, you’ll need to practice!” 

Dan Sherwood

Sales Manager, Coach

Leadership, Sales, Mindset, 1:1 Impact Coach

Dan Sherwood lives by the quote: “Who dares wins.”

Not one to waste time on your bullshit, he’s super direct. Yet, he wants you to win and will go out of his way to lend a hand.

Neil Kristianson

Marketing, Operations, Coach

Marketing, Numbers, General Contractor Bidding

Neil’s mantra is “You can’t just stop.”

Perseverance is the personal code which allows him to repeatedly hit his goals, no matter how impossible they may look.

Career ExperienceTim began his career in 1984, in the automotive service industry, and retired in 2021. Over the years, the positions he held included platinum technician, service writer, and service manager. 

In 2012, he started working part-time building ponds and water features with his son. In 2015, he joined the Contractor Sales Academy where he learned how to sell and what to charge. Since retiring from automotive repair, he is 100% responsible for the sales and management of his pond business.

His StrugglesTim is a recovering alcoholic who grew up in a lower-middle class family where money and love were never discussed. His father was a gambler, causing Tim to think that a pocket full of cash and a nice car indicated success. 

Tim struggles with low self-esteem which makes him avoid people because they may not like him and see him as stupid. He spent much of his childhood isolating and acting out. He wasn’t good at sports, didn’t do well in school, and always thought there was something wrong with him. 

What Qualifies Tim to be a Coach?As a master salesman, Tim understands what a salesperson should and shouldn’t be. He also knows how to turn a business around. After all, his pond company was bleeding money for years before he took responsibility for its failure to create a business he and his son are proud of. 

As a coach, Tim empathizes with others’ struggles, no matter where they are in their business. Throughout his life, he’s proven time and time again he’s capable of helping people become better spouses, parents, children, and business owners.

Personal LifeTim is from Massachusetts and has been married for over 35 years. He has two beautiful daughters and an army combat veteran for a son – his children are kids that any father would be honored to have. They have blessed him with nine grandbabies. 

One of Tim’s favorite things to do is go on walks with his grandchildren. They can often be found tossing rocks into a nearby stream and whispering wishes to the stones, mostly that they were mermaids.

Career ExperienceDan began Sherwood Painting in 2005, even though he didn’t know much more about painting than there was a high demand because New England weather makes the paint peel. 

A contractor buddy gave him a 30-minute crash course in selling painting jobs and he dropped $20k on marketing. He didn’t hire a crew until  he started bringing in business.

His StrugglesDan is the middle child, and as he grew up, his older and younger brother were very sick. Because of this, he developed survivor’s guilt, feeling greedy about utilizing simple blessings like his health, athleticism, business, family, and success. He never felt worthy to pursue his potential. 

He also has huge social anxiety when working sales, limiting his networking success. Speaking at The Mile High Profit Summit, getting on camera, and doing podcasts for The Contractor Fight have helped him overcome some of this fear.

What Qualifies Dan to be a Coach?Dan’s superpower with members is that he’s relatable and authentic. No doubt, he’s already broken the trail they’re currently on. His experience comes from a myriad of good and bad business decisions, and being coached. 

Seven years of working with Tom, exposed him to the most effective practices, but more importantly, it exposed him to an intimate understanding of the thoughts that go through members’ heads. He speaks to them with raw honesty, from the trenches, using his own failings rather than speaking to them from a pedestal.

Personal LifeDan has been married for over 30 years and has two teenage sons. He and his family live along the coast of Massachusetts, where he loves the water, woods, and spending time at the family place in Maine. When he has free time, you can find him mountain biking.

He also loves to unleash his inner hooligan by shooting guns and jumping on anything with a throttle. 

Career ExperienceWhile working as the manager of a local lumber yard, Neil became convinced he could do a better job of remodeling than most of the contractors he met each day. In 2000, he and his brother started a residential remodeling company, quickly learning that there was more to it than they thought.

They eventually built it up to a $1.8 million business and sold it to a competitor in 2013. Neil went on to start a marketing automation company where he helps authors and business coaches scale.

Neil is the only coach who had the pleasure of hiring and firing Tom Reber as his painter three times.

His StrugglesNeil struggles with feelings of worthiness and despises confrontation. He can still remember the incident with his father at the age of five that is the root of his confrontation issues. 

A lack of self-worth caused him to underbid for years. Even though the math clearly showed he wasn’t charging enough, he struggled to raise prices.

He’s still working on setting and achieving bigger financial goals. Being a part of The Contractor Fight has changed his mindset and allowed him to 5x his income.

What Qualifies Neil to be a Coach?Neil has a gift for asking questions. His ability to thoughtfully probe and think before diving in means any advice he gives is reasoned and reliable.

He loves to pass on the lessons he’s learned the hard way and through being coached himself continually since 2004. Nothing gives him greater joy than to see a member go from broken to success. 

Personal LifeNeil and his wife live in the far, far, far western suburbs of Chicago. He loves all things nature and environmental. When he’s not working you can find him in the prairie, woods, or traveling the globe. Usually with a camera in hand.

Nicole Lane

Program Sales, Coach

Team Building

Nicole Lane has two favorite quotes. The first from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” 

The second is from Bob Proctor: “Do you want to know what you think about most of the time? Take a look at the results you’re getting. That will tell you exactly what’s going on inside.” 

Ros Adcock

Media Content Manager, Administration

Ros’ favorite quote says a lot about her: “A boat is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what boats are built for.”

An immigrant from South Africa, Ros definitely sailed her boat.

Lindsey Kirchner

Program Manager

Lindsey thinks being a contracting business owner takes determination, hard work, and balls. She should know. She and her husband started a contracting business with no experience.

Career ExperienceNicole began in the construction industry in January 2021 when she joined The Contractor Fight, and hasn’t looked back. She has a background in sales, business development, and philanthropy.

Her StrugglesNicole struggles with scarcity mindset. She works everyday to see her value and change her thoughts. Becoming a part of The Contractor Fight family has changed every aspect of her life for the better. 

What Qualifies Nicole to be a Coach?Nicole’s education, life experiences, commitment to personal development and growth, and excellent communication skills make her the perfect teams coach. She has a deep curiosity about what makes people tick and loves to see them grow.

Personal LifeNicole is a Christian who lives outside Houston with her twin daughters. She enjoys nature and water sports, and she’s committed to her health and self-development.

Career ExperienceRos has deck builders, flooring contractors, and framers in her immediate family. Since 2005, she’s worked virtually as a bad-ass business administrator and she’s been Tom’s right hand since 2016.

In the past, she’s also worked in law enforcement as a dispatcher, and in the film industry as a producer’s assistant.

Her StrugglesRos is from South Africa and started from zero when she arrived in the United States in 2006 with a single backpack. 

Growing up in a contractor’s home, Ros saw the feast and famine cycle from a young age. Because there was ‘never enough’ her family struggled to make a living.

Personal LifeRos lives on the Texas coast with her husband, Roddy, and their one wild boy, Ruan. As a family, they enjoy traveling, drinking champagne (AKA sparkling apple juice), and having dance parties in the living room.

Career Experience –Lindsey began helping her husband with his handyman company by answering phones in 2018. Quickly they realized how difficult it was to be the ‘jack of all trades.’ Instead, they decided to focus solely on exterior wood staining, which he loved. 

In 2019, they started Stain & Seal of Fort Worth, dropping the handyman business and focusing strictly on staining. 

Her Struggles – Lindsey has a hard time believing her thoughts and opinions matter. Throughout her life, she’s had insecurities when it comes to speaking up because she’s afraid to be wrong or judged. 

She’s still a work in progress, but she’s finding her voice by surrounding herself with people who are not quick to judge, and who appreciate her for the person she is.

Lindsey’s Words of Wisdom – Throughout her partnership with her husband, Lindsey has learned that being a contractor takes guts. She realizes she never would have done it on her own because she’s calculated and tends to play it safe. Joining the family business allowed her to see her weakness in a new light and become more comfortable taking risks.

She believes having a spouse as your business partner is both challenging and rewarding. To do things right, you should understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And you have to know when it’s time to let things go. 

Personal Life – Lindsey is married to Dane, and they have three wonderful kids and a black lab named Woodrow. They live outside Dallas where they love spending time outdoors as a family, hiking, kayaking, and exploring. 

She also likes to flex her creative muscle by making handmade cards.

Karalynn Cromeens

Coach

Sales, Lawyer specializing in the construction industry, Communication

Karalynn Cromeens’ favorite quote is: “Every obstacle is a detour in the right direction.” —Gabrielle Bernstein. This quote is certainly relevant to her life.

Suhaiba Neill

Coach

Sales, Systems, Numbers, Marketing

“The fastest way to get something done is to slow down.” Suhaiba Neill understands that, while patience doesn’t always come easy, it is a virtue.

Sunny Pinhero

Coach

Sales, Commercial GC, Numbers, Systems, Leadership, Communication

Sunny Pinhero’s favorite quote is: “Have a vision so big that everyone else’s dreams can fit inside.”

Career ExperienceKaralynn has been working in construction for over 19 years. At 16, she took a job doing administrative work at her uncle’s subcontracting business. Before she graduated from law school, she started a material supply company with her husband. Because of everything they encountered while owning that business, she became interested in construction law and opened her own practice in 2006.

Her StrugglesFrom ages 8-16, Karalynn lived in an abusive household. When she was 16, she stood up to the bully, her stepdad, and she, her mom and siblings left. Because they were on their own, Karalynn had to start working as a teenager to support her family. 

Through perseverance, she became the first person in her family to graduate college. She put herself through law school and entered two industries where she had to fight tooth and nail to be seen as equal: Law and construction. 

Now, she’s proud to be a highly-regarded contributor in both industries. She could not have gotten to where she is today without all of her grit and passion.

What Qualifies Karalynn to be a Coach?Over the years, she has worked in, started, and run multiple construction industry-related businesses. She has the unique perspective of both a lawyer and construction professional. 

She has been in the shoes of those who need help. She remembers working extremely long hours and sometimes going without a paycheck just to keep her family’s construction business afloat. But she’s turned that sob story around, having grown her family’s construction business into a $25 million business by following the same legal and collection best practices her law firm provides for contractors nationwide. 

Personal LifeKaralynn lives in Houston, Texas, where her practice is based, and she’s the proud mom of three awesome girls. She loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. 

Karalynn is also a two-time Amazon best-selling author of the contractor education books, Quit Getting Screwed: Understanding & Negotiating the Subcontract, and Quit Getting Stiffed: A Texas Contractor’s Guide to Liens and Collections. She’s also the host of the “Quit Getting Screwed” podcast. 

Career ExperienceSuhaiba joined the ‘family business’ in 2005, and ever since then she has been managing it. The family business is a residential painting company in the suburbs of Philadelphia, with an average of 35 men in the field, and $5 million in revenue per year. 

She spent 12 years on the board of the PCA Residential Forum and the AST conference planning committee. She served as president and was a presenter in some capacity at AST for all the years she was involved. 

Her StrugglesSuhaiba struggles to overcome self-doubt. She had to learn that what she has to offer holds value to those who she aims to help. As a lifelong student herself, she knows that there is always more to learn, but she has finally come to realize that what she already knows is enough to be helpful to her peers.

What Qualifies Suhaiba to be a Coach?Suhaiba has years and years of experience in managing growth and “step changes.” She and the family business have had their ups and downs, but once she discovered that systems and processes were her sweet spot, she was able to create and implement them to promote consistency within the business. She’s confident she can do the same for those she coaches.

Personal LifeSuhaiba was born, raised, and still resides to this day in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is the lucky mother of one amazing daughter who is headed off to college soon – a very bittersweet feeling! 

Suhaiba’s first career choice was to be a veterinarian – she is a big dog lover, and at the moment she has three of them at home. 

She loves to read, and she’s a writer as well. She and her daughter are on a mission to visit all 50 states. Her daughter has 20 left to go, and Suhaiba only has ten!

Career Experience – From a young age, Sunny helped his dad on job sites, but he officially started in the family business full-time in 2001. 

In 2005, when Sunny was 26 years old, he started his first company. Unfortunately, by the time he was 30, he lost it all when a client bilked them out of half a million dollars. 

From 2010 to 2015, he consulted and helped to scale two subcontracting companies. One of those relationships spawned his current company that he started with a partner.  In 2017, he bought out his partner and took full control to implement their growth plan. Since then, he’s built Pinhero Construction with an amazing team and has grown to over eight figures in six years.

His Struggles – For Sunny, leadership has always been a struggle. He’s always counted on his own capabilities to help him succeed instead of delegating tasks. It has taken years to learn how to influence and lead others, and rely less on himself alone.

What Qualifies Sunny to be a Coach?Sunny loves business and loves helping people. He has experience and knowledge surrounding growing and failing, around knowing what works and what doesn’t. 

He thrives on planning, strategy, and overall business development, and is able to help other people thrive as well.

Personal Life – Sunny lives with his wife Jodi and their two daughters in Southern California. He and his family find as much time as they can to go off-roading in the desert, skiing, and hiking in the mountains.

Christopher Dwyer

Coach (Mindset)

Christopher Dwyer’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” spoken by Gandhi. Chris has definitely lived up to this ideal by leading the way as The Contractor Fight’s mindset coach

Gina Malvestuto

Finance, Coach (Bookkeeping & Numbers)

Gina Malvestuto lives by this quote, spoken by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” 

She’s been through a lot to get to where she is today; it’s clear how relevant this quote is to her life.

Career ExperienceIn 2015, Chris created a company that works with homeowners to design, market, and expertly manage their vacation rental properties in Colorado. Hiring teams of remodeling, maintenance, and cleaning contractors, gave him tremendous insight into the direct link between how company owners think and their level of success in business. 

He worked in the nonprofit management and fundraising realm for 20 years and operated his own management company for 5 years. He’s been a part of The Contractor Fight since 2019.

His StrugglesWhen Chris left the nonprofit world and stopped identifying with work and achievement, he struggled to reinvent himself. He wasn’t able to trust himself and let go. If he had, the transition would have been short and easy. Instead, it drug on for five years. It consumed his confidence, almost destroyed his marriage, and put him on the brink of financial ruin. 

Turns out, the protracted crash was an enormous gift that remains a source of inspiration and wisdom for him. He is more present, accepting, compassionate, successful, and impactful now than he could ever have been without it.

What Qualifies Christopher to be a Coach?Christopher’s coaching is influenced by years of training and practice in somatic psychology, theta healing, meditation, and yoga. He is a huge believer in human potential and the power of using everyday experiences as tools for personal transformation. 

He is walking the same life and business walk his contractor clients are. He loves to help them access the incredible potential lying underneath their ordinary awareness, unexamined assumptions, and head trash. 

Personal LifeChris is a nature-loving Coloradan who was raised in a family with four biological brothers and a litany of American, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Hispanic foster siblings. He is a devoted husband and a proud father of one daughter.

Career Experience –After working in corporate America, Gina worked for her first CPA firm in 2001 and saw how poorly the small business owners were treated — so she started her own business in the summer of 2002.

Within three years of going out on her own, she was doing bookkeeping for a dozen contractors. Tom Reber was one of them.

Her Struggles –Gina grew up with an abusive father who twisted her young world.  Because of the chaos at home, she was constantly living with relatives and only had a few sets of hand-me-down clothes, ‘learning’ that luxury was above her.

Moving around a lot meant she was always the new girl in school. It was hard for her to talk in a group or make friends. She didn’t get a lot of support.

Her family told her she would never be anything more than a housewife and a mother. To prove their point, they kicked her out of the house when she was 20 years old, sure she would come crawling back – but that didn’t happen. Instead, she worked four part-time jobs to keep a roof over her head. Her family thought she was crazy. 

After all this, she knows that she’s strong and resilient.

What Qualifies Gina to be a Coach? – Throughout her career, Gina has seen thousands of profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and payroll reports. She can instantly assess the financial health of a company and see where the profit leaks are.

Personal Life – Gina lives outside Chicago with her husband, teenage son and 2 cats. They enjoy going for nature walks and to the zoo. Her husband works full time as a soldier in the Army National Guard and her son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3. 

Gina can light up a dance floor!

TEAM

Steve Shinholser

Mindset, Leadership, Sales

Steve Shinholser’s favorite quote is: “Everyone is always too busy to become a millionaire!” 

Not Steve, though, as you’ll soon learn.

Career ExperienceSteve Shinholser started working in construction in 1980 after he graduated from the University of Maryland. He’s the first to admit that money motivated him to start his pool business, which he ran from 1980-1995 and grew to a $12 million company. From 2000-2020, he owned a $1.6 million pond company, and he sold both of those companies for millions and became a millionaire by 30. 

His StrugglesSteve came from a very poor mindset – a scarcity mindset – which many people can relate to. He suffers from imposter syndrome, meaning that no matter how successful he was, he never quite felt like he measured up. 

What Qualifies Steve to be a Coach?Steve is a great coach because he knows his numbers, he understands people and he knows how to treat them, and he knows how to build a team. 

He says that if he can make it, so can you. Get your head out of the sand.

Personal LifeSteve lives in Maryland, and he loves to hike, dance, bike, and coach. He has four kids, but he claims that he treats his two beautiful dogs better than he ever treated the kids.

Derek Johnson

Sales

Derek Johnson, in his own words, is “just stoked to be here.” That’s an attitude that we love to see, and it’s the kind of guy we need at The Contractor Fight. 

The quote that he lives by is: “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.” And that speaks volumes to the kind of guy that Derek is, because he always finds a way to put his best foot forward for his team.

His CareerIn 1996, Derek decided that he wanted to be his own boss in the construction industry. For 19 years, he did the same things and got the same mediocre results. But seven years ago, he found Steve Shinholser and Tom Reber and went from having less than $3,000 in the bank to becoming a millionaire in five years. Now, he’s a coach in The Contractor Fight. 

His StrugglesDerek’s implemented the bad habits of contractors that surrounded him in the past. He was once told that he was quite oblivious to just how bad those habits were, and just knowing that was helpful.  Now, Derek has developed good habits of his own that he shares with others. 

What Qualifies Derek to be a Coach?Derek failed in his business for 19 years, then decided that he needed a business coach. He knows what it feels like to fail, and what it feels like to need someone to pull you up and out. 

Derek’s Personal LifeDerek lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Erin, and their four children.

Greg Dempsey

Sales, General Contractor Bidding

Greg Dempsey’s favorite quote is: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” 

A close second is: “This one time, at band camp…” 

Greg is a funny guy who has a penchant for inappropriate humor. You’ll get a sense of who he is as you read.

Career ExperienceOn March 10, 1989, Greg’s dad came into the house, took a shower, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed out the door with Greg in tow to head to a construction site. Greg remembers this day like it was yesterday – because it foreshadowed the rest of his life. In 2002, after receiving a degree in business management with a minor in computer science, he took the career path that his father introduced to him at an early age. 

Greg isn’t blessed with any carpentry, painting, deck-building, plumbing, electrical, or HVAC skills, but he does have quite the eye for detail. He claims that his eye for detail is just as strong as his ability to turn any situation into a completely inappropriate one. 

His StrugglesGreg has messed up more than most people because he’s willing to fail in order to learn – he’s stubborn, so he sticks with something until it works. He learns through experience, and he can only learn from experiences that he himself has lived. He has succeeded because of his persistence to be better, and he’ll never stop. 

What Qualifies Greg to be a Coach?If Guinness had a record for being stubborn and messing things up, Greg’s picture would be there with a gnarly smile. 

He lives by the mantra: “I always have to try it myself.” His experiences come from real life, not from a book. (He keeps trying to get his wife to buy into this mantra too, but so far he’s been unsuccessful.) 

Greg wants to help others to avoid going down some of the paths that he once found himself going down. He says: “You have greatness in you. My goal is to find out where it’s hidden, and let you rediscover it.” 

Private LifeBorn in 1980, Greg is married to a truly remarkable woman, and he questions her mental state every day because she’s still married to him. The two of them are the parents of three amazing little people – so amazing, Greg jokes, that he’s not 100% sure if they’re his.

Tim Cutroni

Sales

Tim Cutroni is at his most peaceful when he’s on the beach with his toes in the sand, a cool drink in hand. He loves to watch people. On the surface, you might never understand how hard he worked to get to where he is today. 

His favorite quote says it all: “If I had a magic pill that would give you all you needed to be good at something, I would give it to you. But I don’t … so, you’ll need to practice!” 

Clearly, Tim puts the work in, but he’s also not afraid to live his best life. In his own words, “I have traded hours for dollars for over 40 years, and I will never work for ‘the man’ ever again.”

Career ExperienceTim began his career in 1984, in the automotive service industry, and he retired in 2021. Over the years, the positions he held included platinum technician, foreman, crew leader, service writer, and service manager. 

He operated his own auto repair shop part-time between 1988-2011, and in 2012, he started working part-time building ponds and water features with his son. In 2015, he joined the CSA group and learned how to sell and what to charge. In 2019, he started a partnership in the pond business with his son. He is now 100% responsible for sales and business management for that business.

His StrugglesTim grew up in a lower-middle class family where money was never talked about openly. He always thought that a pocket full of cash and a nice car indicated success. 

He spent much of his childhood isolating himself because he refused to conform. And when he wasn’t isolating himself, he was acting out. His self-esteem was low, and he didn’t want to be around other people because he thought they would see him as stupid, and he wouldn’t be liked. He wasn’t good at sports, didn’t do well in school, and always thought that there was something wrong with him. 

His parents didn’t know how to show their love; he is the son of a gambler, and Tim is an alcoholic himself.

What Qualifies Tim to be a Coach?Tim ran an unsuccessful business for over five years. He knows how it feels to fail – and not only that but to fail and then deny that it was his fault. He learned through experience that working harder won’t always fix things. That’s why he’s able to educate others on how to build a sustainable and profitable business. 

Because of his time in the CSA, Tim understands and can identify what a salesperson should and shouldn’t be, and what a healthy business needs. He knows how to turn things around – he took his pond business that was bleeding money and created a business he and his son are proud of. 

As a coach, Tim will always be able to empathize with others’ struggles, no matter where they are in their business. Throughout his life, he’s proven time and time again that he’s capable of helping people become better spouses, parents, children, and business owners.

Personal LifeTim is from Massachusetts and has been married for 36 years, which is an accomplishment in itself. He has two beautiful daughters and an army combat veteran for a son – his children are kids that any father would be honored to have. They have blessed him with nine grandbabies. 

Tim used to be a workaholic and didn’t have much free time for hobbies, or for his family. But his life isn’t like that anymore. One of Tim’s favorite things to do is going on walks with his grandchildren. They can often be found tossing rocks into a nearby stream and whispering wishes to the stones. More often than not, he hears the kids wishing that they were mermaids.

Dan Sherwood

Leadership, Sales, Mindset, 1:1 Impact Coach

Dan Sherwood lives by the quote: “Who dares wins.” You’ll see why, once you get to know him.

Career ExperienceDan began Sherwood Painting in 2005, even though he barely knew a thing about the industry. All he knew was that there was a high demand for houses to be painted because New England weather makes the paint come off.  So, he reverted to what he knew from growing up in a real estate family: housing and how to monetize the emotions of homeownership. 

A contractor buddy gave him a 30-minute crash course in selling painting jobs, he dropped $20k on marketing and hired a crew once he started bringing in business.

His StrugglesDan is the middle child, and as he grew up, his older and younger brother were very sick. He developed survivor’s guilt because of this, and he felt greedy about utilizing simple blessings like his health, athleticism, business, family, and success. He never felt worthy to pursue his potential. 

He also had huge social anxiety when he worked in sales, and he had limited networking success because of it. Tim has been able to overcome this hurdle by speaking at Mile High-Profit Summit, getting on camera, and doing podcasts with The Contractor Fight.

What Qualifies Dan to be a Coach?Dan’s superpower with members is that he’s relatable and authentic. No doubt, he’s already broken the trail that they’re currently on. His experience comes from a myriad of good and bad experiences with the business, and being coached. 

Seven years of CSA and Reber coaching exposed him to the most effective practices, but more importantly, it exposed him to an intimate understanding of the thoughts that go through members’ heads. He speaks to them with raw honesty, from the trenches, about his own failings rather than speaking to them from a pedestal.

Personal LifeDan has been married for 31 years and has two sons, ages 16 and 19. He and his family live along the coast of Massachusetts, and he loves the water, woods, and spending time at the family place in Maine. When he has free time, you can find him on the beach, boating, hiking, or mountain biking. He also loves to unleash his inner hooligan by shooting guns and jumping on anything with a throttle. 

He has a three-year-old German Shepherd named Hank, and a two-year-old Malinois named Cray-Cray.

Neil Kristianson

Marketing,Numbers, General Contractor Bidding

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Nicole Lane

Nicole Lane has two favorite quotes. The first one was spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

The second is from Bob Proctor, who says, “Do you want to know what you think about most of the time? Take a look at the results you’re getting. That will tell you exactly what’s going on inside.”

Career ExperienceNicole began in the construction industry in January 2021, and she hasn’t looked back. She has a background in sales, business development, and philanthropy.

Her StrugglesThe first step that Nicole took to get where she is today involved figuring out who she really is, and what she really wants. She had to learn how to understand her value and lose the scarcity mindset. Becoming a part of The Contractor Fight family has changed every aspect of her life.

What Qualifies Nicole to be a Coach?Nicole’s education, life experiences, commitment to personal development and growth, and excellent communication skills make her the perfect relationship manager.

Personal Life Nicole is a Christian who lives outside Houston with her twin daughters. She enjoys nature and water sports, and she’s committed to her health and self-development.

Ros Adcock

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Career ExperienceRos has deck builders, flooring contractors, and framers in her immediate family, and she has worked virtually as a business administrator since 2006. In the past, she’s also worked in law enforcement as a dispatcher, and in the film industry as a producer’s assistant.

Her StrugglesShe survived childhood through the feast and famine cycle of growing up in a home led by a contractor parent. She’s an immigrant who arrived in the States in 2006 with a single backpack, and she and her family started over from scratch with nothing. 

Ros has taken major risks in her life, and she lives by the quote, “A boat is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what boats are built for.”

Personal LifeRos Adcock lives on the Texas coast with her husband, Roddy, and their one wild boy, Ruan. As a family, they enjoy traveling, drinking champagne (AKA sparkling apple juice), and having dance parties in the living room.

Lindsey Kirchner

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Career Experience –Although Lindsey doesn’t have any ‘real’ industry experience, she began helping her husband, Dane,  with his handyman company by answering phones in 2018. They had just had their third child, and throughout the joy and stress, they noticed how difficult it was for Dane to be the ‘jack of all trades.’ Instead, they decided he should focus solely on exterior wood staining, which he loved. 

In 2019, Lindsey and Dane started Stain & Seal of Fort Worth and ran it alongside the handyman company, until it all became too much to bear. In the fall of 2020, they cut the cord because juggling two businesses at once just wasn’t doable.

Her Struggles – In the past, Lindsey has had a hard time believing in herself and understanding that her voice matters. Throughout her life, she’s had insecurities when it comes to speaking up because she was afraid to be wrong, and have her thoughts and opinions judged. 

She’s always been one to strive for perfection – she was a consistent honor roll student and her name could always be found on the Dean’s List. It took some time for her to realize that there’s no such thing as perfection in an imperfect world. By constantly yearning for perfection, she was chasing the impossible. 

To this day, she’s still a work in progress, but she’s finding her voice by surrounding herself with people who are not quick to judge, and who appreciate her for the person she is.

Lindsey’s Words of Wisdom – Throughout her career and partnership with her husband, Lindsey has learned that being a small businesses owner and/or contractor takes guts. It involves hard work, determination, and focus. She realizes that she would have never been able to do it on her own because she’s too calculated, and tends to stay on the safe side of things. When she joined this area of business with her husband, it allowed her to see her areas of weakness in a new light and become more comfortable taking risks.

She notes that having a spouse as your business partner is both challenging and rewarding. To do things right, you should understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and you have to know when it’s time to let things go. 

It’s easy to mess up the work/life balance. You can lose your sense as a couple as you place the majority of your focus on growing the business. You have to learn how to support each other through the hard times and know what triggers stress for the other. When you learn those things, you’ll be able to offer the best support not only for your partner in business but for your partner in life.

Personal Life – Lindsey is married to Dane Kirchner, and they have three wonderful kids and a black lab named Woodrow. They live in North Texas, DFW Metroplex, and they love spending time outdoors as a family. This summer, Lindsey is hoping to take some adventures with her husband and kids that involve hiking, kayaking, and exploring. 

She also likes to flex her creative muscles by making handmade cards.

Amy Lapinskie

Marketing, Numbers, General Contractor Bidding

Amy Lapinskie keeps a steady focus on her goals, and doesn’t let anything stand in the way of achieving them. Fittingly, her favorite quote is: “What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Career ExperienceAmy has worked in a multitude of different industries, including telecommunication, insurance, print and distribution, education, financial services, and behavioral assessments.

Her StrugglesAs a child, Amy was very shy — so shy that she didn’t speak until she was four years old, because she knew that others would jump in and talk for her. 

She didn’t pursue a degree in education because she thought all teachers needed to have neat handwriting and know all the answers, two boxes that she didn’t check. 

She’s spent a lot of her career trying to justify herself and prove her worth because she’s always looked younger than she actually is.

What Qualifies Amy to be a Coach?Amy is an experienced facilitator, instructional designer, and coach with over 25 years of experience. She is passionate about lifelong learning and helping others reach their full potential. 

She has certified hundreds of professionals in the use of the Extended DISC Individual, Work Pair, and Team Assessments. She conducts onsite training for organizations and one-on-one coaching for Extended DISC clients. 

Besides facilitating and coaching, she also develops curricula and assessments.

Personal LifeAmy lives in Spring, Texas with her husband, their 11-year-old son, and their 1-year-old puppy. As a family, they enjoy taking walks with Loki, their Maltipoo. Before COVID, they loved traveling internationally, and in Amy’s free time she enjoys reading and crocheting.

Christopher Dwyer

Mindset

Christopher Dwyer’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” spoken by Gandhi. After reading more about Christopher, you’ll see how he tries to be that change he wants to see.

Career ExperienceIn 2015, Christopher created a company that contracts with homeowners to project the financial profitability of, redesigning, marketing, and expertly managing vacation rental properties in Colorado. Working as an independent consultant and manager, and hiring teams of home remodeling, maintenance, and cleaning contractors, gave him tremendous insight into the direct link between how company leaders think and their level of success in business. 

He worked in the nonprofit management and fundraising realm for 20 years and operated his own management company for 5 years. Then, in 2019, Christopher became a mindset coach for contractors.

His StrugglesWhen Christopher left the nonprofit fundraising world and stopped identifying with work and achievement, he struggled to reinvent himself. If he had been able to trust himself and let go, the transition could have been short and easy. But instead, it dragged on over the course of five years. It consumed his confidence, almost destroyed his marriage, and put him on the brink of financial ruin. 

However, the protracted crash was an enormous gift that remains a source of inspiration and wisdom for Christopher to this day. He is more present, accepting, compassionate, successful, and impactful now than he could ever have been without it.

What Qualifies Christopher to be a Coach?Christopher’s coaching is influenced by years of training and practice in somatic psychology, theta healing, meditation, and yoga. He is a huge believer in human potential and the power of using everyday experiences as tools for personal transformation. 

He is walking the same life and business walk that his contractor clients are. He also has the knowledge, experience, and perspective that helps them access the incredible potential lying underneath their ordinary awareness, unexamined assumptions, and head trash. 

Christopher says that most contractors he meets have very little idea of the depth of their own gifts and the power they have through their work to affect change in other people’s lives. At the root, a home improvement contractor is a creator of worlds and an uplifter of the human experience. 

The more a contractor knows this at the core of their being, the more likely they are to lead a fulfilling, joyful life, and the more likely it is that their company will be a profitable source for good.

Personal LifeChristopher is a nature-loving Coloradan who was raised in a family with four biological brothers and a litany of American, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Hispanic foster siblings. He is a devoted husband and a proud father of one daughter.

Gina Malvestuto

Bookkeeper, Numbers

Gina Malvestuto lives by this quote, spoken by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” 

She’s been through a lot to get to where she is today; it’s clear how relevant this quote is to her life.

Career Experience –Gina’s started a bookkeeping service and with three years, she was doing bookkeeping for a dozen contractors. Her first gig was a volunteer position with a non-profit when she was a senior in high school, and from there, in corporate America, she always had a part-time bookkeeping job. 

She worked in her first CPA firm in 2001 and saw how poorly the small business owners were treated, so she started her own business in the summer of 2002.

Her Struggles –Gina grew up with an abusive father, so the struggles that she was forced to overcome were not her fault. She always felt that luxury was above her because she was constantly living with relatives and only had a few sets of hand-me-down clothes. 

When she was young, her family moved around a lot, and she was always the new girl in school. It was hard for her to talk in a group or make friends, and as she was growing up, she was told she could never be anything more than a housewife and a mother. She didn’t get much support from anywhere. 

She was kicked out of the house when she was 20 years old, and her parents were sure she would come crawling back – but that didn’t happen. Instead, she started her business and worked four part-time jobs to keep a roof over her head. Her family thought that she was crazy. 

For the first ten years of being in business, her husband didn’t support her, and the stress only became heavier when her son was diagnosed with autism. But while his autism diagnosis presented many challenges, it helped her learn how to use her voice in order to advocate for her son as somewhat of a single mother when her husband was deployed. 

After all this, she knows that she’s strong and resilient.

Karalynn Cromeens

Sales, Lawyer specializing in the construction industry, Communication

Karalynn Cromeens’ favorite quote is: “Every obstacle is a detour in the right direction.” —Gabrielle Bernstein. You’ll see how this quote is relevant to her life as you learn more about her.

Career ExperienceKaralynn has been working in construction for over 19 years. At 16, she took a job doing administrative work at her uncle’s subcontracting business. Before she graduated from law school, she started a material supply company with her husband. Because of everything they encountered while owning that business, she became interested in construction law in 2004 and opened her own practice in 2006.

Her StrugglesFrom ages 8-16, Karalynn lived in an abusive household. When she was 16, she stood up to the bully, her stepdad, and she and her mom and siblings left. Because they were on their own, Karalynn had to start working as a teenager to support her family. 

Through perseverance, she became the first person in her family to graduate college. She put herself through law school and entered two industries where she had to fight tooth and nail to be seen as equal: Law and construction. 

Now, she’s proud to be a highly-regarded contributor in both industries. She could not have gotten to where she is today without all of her grit and passion.

What Qualifies Karalynn to be a Coach?Over the years, she has worked in, started, and run multiple construction industry-related businesses. She has the unique perspective of both a lawyer and construction professional. 

She has been in the shoes of those who need help. She remembers working extremely long hours and sometimes going without a paycheck just to keep her family’s construction business afloat. But she’s turned that sob story around, having grown her family’s construction business into a 25-million dollar business by following the same legal and collection best practices that her law firm provides to contractors nationwide. 

Her education and specialties make her especially qualified to relate to and amplify construction professionals today.

Personal LifeKaralynn lives in Houston, Texas, where her practice is based, and she’s the proud mom of three awesome girls. She loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. 

Karalynn is also a two-time Amazon best-selling author of the contractor education books, Quit Getting Screwed: Understanding & Negotiating the Subcontract, and Quit Getting Stiffed: A Texas Contractor’s Guide to Liens and Collections. She’s also the host of the “Quit Getting Screwed” podcast, a construction education podcast. And lastly, she’s the founder of the nationwide contractor education platform, “The Subcontractor Institute.”

Suhaiba Neill

Sales, Systems, Numbers, Marketing

“The fastest way to get something done is to slow down.” Suhaiba Neill understands that, while patience doesn’t always come easy, it is a virtue.

Career ExperienceSuhaiba joined the ‘family business’ in 2005, and ever since then she has been managing it. The family business is a residential painting company in the suburbs of Philadelphia, with an average of 35 men in the field, and $5 million in revenue per year. 

She has worked for the family business for 17 years now, on the marketing and administrative side of the residential painting industry. Alongside that, she has spent 12 years on the board of the PCA Residential Forum and the AST conference planning committee. She also served as president and was a presenter in some capacity at AST for all the years she was involved. 

Lastly, Suhaiba founded and launched The Full Circle Business in 2020 to help fellow contractors increase their productivity. She did this by teaching them how to add systems and processes to run their day-to-day operations more efficiently.

Her StrugglesSuhaiba struggled to overcome self-doubt. She had to learn that what she has to offer holds value to those who she aims to help. As a lifelong student herself, she knows that there is always more to learn, but she has finally come to realize that what she already knows is enough to be helpful to her peers.

What Qualifies Suhaiba to be a Coach? – Suhaiba has years and years of experience in managing growth and “step changes.” She and the family business have had their ups and downs, but once she discovered that systems and processes were her sweet spot, she was able to create and implement them to promote consistency within the business. She’s confident she can do the same for those she coaches.

Personal LifeSuhaiba was born, raised, and still resides to this day in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is the lucky mother of one amazing daughter who is headed off to college next year – a very bittersweet feeling! 

Suhaiba’s first career choice was to be a veterinarian – she is a big dog lover, and at the moment she has three of them at home. 

She loves to read, and she’s a writer as well. She also loves to travel, and she and her daughter are on a mission to visit all 50 states. Her daughter has 20 left to go, and Suhaiba only has ten!

Sunny Pinhero

Sales, Commercial GC, Numbers, Systems, Leadership, Communication

Sunny Pinhero’s favorite quote is: “Have a vision so big that everyone else’s dreams can fit inside.”

Career Experience – From a young age, Sunny helped his dad on job sites., but he officially started in the family business full-time in 2001. 

In 2005, when Sunny was 26 years old, he started his first company. Unfortunately, by the time he was 30, he lost it all when a client bilked them out of half a million dollars. 

From 2010 to 2015, he consulted and helped to scale two subcontracting companies. One of those relationships spawned his current company that he started with a partner.  In 2017, he bought out his partner and took full control, to implement their growth plan. Since then, he’s built Pinhero Construction with an amazing team and has grown scalable, sustainable, and to over eight figures in six years.

His Struggles – For Sunny, leadership has always been a struggle. He’s always counted on his own capabilities to help him succeed instead of delegating tasks. It has taken years to learn how to influence and lead others, and rely less on himself alone.

What Qualifies Sunny to be a Coach?Sunny loves business and loves helping people. He has experience and knowledge surrounding growing and failing, around knowing what works and what doesn’t. 

He thrives on planning, strategy, and overall business development, and is able to help other people thrive as well.

Personal Life – Sunny lives with his wife, Jodi, and their two daughters in Southern California. He and his family find as much time as they can to go off-roading in the desert, skiing, and hiking in the mountains.