Professional Builder 40 Under 40: Chris Kornman

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Chris Kornman, 39
President
Southern Homes, Slidell, La.

Professional Builder 40 Under 40: Chris Kornman

Professional Builder 40 Under 40: Chris Kornman

July 22, 2011

Chris Kornman, 39
President
Southern Homes, Slidell, La.

EDUCATION
BA, Psychology, Emory University; PhD, Psychology, Georgia State University

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
Certified Green Professional, licensed real estate broker, licensed residential/commercial contractor

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Launched renovation division in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help repair flood-damaged homes; unit now specializes in high-performance, green remodeling projects
Built one of the first homes certified under NAHB Green Building Guidelines Program
Improved all key customer satisfaction metrics, including willingness to refer (from 71 percent to 94 percent) and custom enthusiasm (35 percent to 76 percent)

EXTRACURRICULAR
Member, HBA of Greater New Orleans, NAHB, and National Association of Realtors

OFF THE CLOCK
Makes a mean Sazerac — a local New Orleans bourbon-based drink believed to be one of the first known American cocktails
Fave foods: shrimp po-boy from R&O’s and wife’s sugar cookies
Highly addicted to all forms of reality TV, including “The Real Housewives,” “Jersey Shore,” “The Bachelor,” and “The Bachelorette”
Getaway spot: any beach

SECRET LIFE
He’s a licensed psychologist (“When people find out they get worried that I’m psychoanalyzing them while we talk”)

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