Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40: Chris Kornman

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

EDUCATION
B.A., Psychology, Emory University; PhD, Psychology, Georgia State University

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
CGP, licensed real estate broker

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)

EXTRACURRICULAR
Member, HBA of Greater New Orleans, NAHB and NAR

OFF THE CLOCK
Makes a mean Sazerac — a local New Orleans bourbon-based drink
Favorite foods: Shrimp po-boy from R&O’s and wife’s sugar cookies
Addicted to reality TV, including “Jersey Shore”

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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