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NAME: MIKE GRIPPO, LEED AP
HOMETOWN: Military brat... now Charlotte
ALMA MATER: Virginia Military Institute
FAVORITE SPORT: Any sport my son is playing
Mike is a 26-year veteran of the construction industry. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from The Virginia Military Institute, he started his construction career in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Since 2000, Mike has called Charlotte home. He has completed over $500 million in base building and interior construction projects throughout the Carolinas.
Mike left the General Contracting industry in 2010 to work for a contract furniture dealer. After three and a half years of success in the furniture industry, Mike realized he missed construction and founded Playbook in 2014.
Mike is passionate about building teams and projects. He draws on his natural leadership skills and his diverse experiences in construction and contract furniture to build and lead teams and to ensure effective collaboration to achieve project success.
Mike also holds a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management. When he isn't reading drawings or analyzing a schedule, he enjoys volunteering as a youth coach for his son's sports teams, playing golf, grilling out and reading. Mike serves on the board of Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools and coaches YMCA youth sports.
NAME: CARL GOODMAN, LEED Green Associate
POSITION: Project Executive
HOMETOWN: Fayetteville, NC
ALMA MATER: UNC Charlotte
FAVORITE SPORT: Football
Carl has 15 years of successful project management with completion of over $200 million commercial interiors and base building projects in the Carolinas and across the U.S. His experience in construction includes commercial interiors with a focus on corporate headquarters, automotive, manufacturing, medical, restaurant and retail.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UNC Charlotte and is a LEED Green Associate. In his free time, he is a volunteer coach for his son’s and daughter’s youth sports teams.. He also enjoys golfing and any outdoor activities.
NAME: CHRIS HERMAN
POSITION: Project Executive
HOMETOWN: Charlotte, NC
ALMA MATER: East Carolina University
FAVORITE SPORT: Football & Baseball
Chris started his career as a Construction Manager for BB&T, where he managed the completion of more than 50 new branch banks and hundreds of interior renovations including mission critical facilities. In 2005, he founded his own interiors construction company that worked in multiple sectors, including medical office buildings, banking facilities, law firms and landlord-tenant spaces. His ability to adapt to different project requirements and deliver quality results led to the company's growth and success. After selling his company in 2018, Chris worked as a division manager with another interiors construction company and as a construction manager on a retirement life community before joining the Playbook team.
Over the years, Chris has enjoyed coaching his two children in baseball and softball. Now that they’re grown, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, riding mountain bikes, boating on the lake and hanging out with his two dogs.
NAME: LAURIE KORTH, NCIDQ, LEED ID+C
POSITION: Senior Project Manager
HOMETOWN: Jefferson, WI & Chattanooga, TN
ALMA MATER: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
FAVORITE SPORT: Football
Laurie has more than 28 years of management experience in the contract furniture industry and architectural, interior design and project management firms. She has built out more than $500 million in building and interior construction projects throughout the U.S. Her areas of expertise include commercial interior upfit, automotive, motorsports and banking. Laurie’s passion is listening to her client’s goals and turning them into reality. She builds successful teams, collaborating and organizing her projects to effectively deliver them on time, within budget.
Laurie is also an NC Real Estate Broker and a member of USGBC North Carolina. In her spare time, she likes to read, play with her dog and visit her three grown children in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee.
NAME: CHAD DAMERON
POSITION: Project Manager
HOMETOWN: Fairfax, VA
ALMA MATER: N.C. State University
FAVORITE SPORT: Soccer and Football
Chad has 10 years of project management experience in commercial office construction, having delivered more than $200 million of completed projects in North Carolina. His experience includes ground-up core and shell office buildings, as well as interior upfits.
Chad is passionate about problem-solving and “figuring-it-out” throughout the course of each project. He draws on his experience in general contracting and his ability to assemble cohesive teams in order to deliver solutions.
Chad has a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. State in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
When he’s not working, Chad enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children, working on home improvement projects, participating in any activity around water and spending afternoons on the golf course in his never-ending battle to break 80.