NAHB Education Instructors are a tremendous benefit to thousands of students every year, guiding them through the information, trends and skills that will help them grow their businesses.
have taken the extra steps to connect with students and HBA staff, as well as advocate for lifelong learning. They have more than 10 years of real-world experience in the content they teach and take pride in promoting NAHB Education.
Michael LeCorgne, CGA, CSP, CGP and CAPS, has been in the construction industry for over 30 years specializing in residential construction, management and service. He especially likes the areas of aging-in-place (as baby boomers move rapidly in that direction) and contracts and law (as those subjects seem to have a tremendous impact on builders).
Michael has been educating builders and trades for over 15 years and believes that education is a key to the success of builders today. He has served on various NAHB committees including Education to Membership and leadership roles. He has been honored with awards from local, state, and NAHB including the CGA Designee of the Year in 2012.
When he’s not teaching, Michael is a Risk Management Specialist for 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty® New Home and Resale Divisions in Louisiana, Mississippi, South Alabama and West Tennessee. He resides in Mandeville, Louisiana.
We talked to Michael to get to know him better and get his insights on the industry:
What is your favorite thing about being an NAHB instructor?
Meeting with Builders and Associates and trying facilitate a better overall understanding of our industry.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Stay focused and never quit!
What was your first job in the building industry?
Construction Superintendent over Customer Service for a production builder.
What is your favorite course to teach?
I think the two best courses are Construction Contracts and Law and the CAPS program.
What drew you to the building industry?
Looking for a job and the opportunity to work outside (mostly) and with people attracted my attention.
What TV show do you consider binge-worthy?
“Friends” and “M.A.S.H.”
What are some of your hobbies when you’re not building or teaching?
Spending time with my five grandchildren, fishing and projects around the home.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Gulf Shores, Alabama.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Man on Fire” with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning.
Dog person or cat person?
What’s your favorite sports team?
Professional, New Orleans Saints. College, LSU.
What is one thing in your career you could go back and change if you could?
Taking a few more chances when the opportunity was there.
I’m a busy builder with a lot on my plate - why should I make time for education?
Education keeps us fresh. This industry has changed tremendously over the last 34 years, and there are more changes on the horizon. By keeping up with the evolution, we can have a chance to stay ahead of the curve and adjust proactively versus reactively, which may be too late!