Meet Our Speakers Series: Jared Maybon

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Jared Maybon graduated from Boise State University with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Since then, he has helped a private homebuilding company successfully increase revenue by 10 times in under 6 years. Coupling those two experiences together with a passion for mindfulness and work-life balance, Jared now seeks opportunities to teach others how to create businesses that have far-reaching positive impacts while improving their sense of peace and direction in life.

At the 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), Jared will present, “Tools for Growth & Protection When the Market Ebbs & Flows.” We caught up with him to get a sneak peek into his session and to know him better.

NAHB: Without giving too much away, what will people learn at your sessions?
JARED: People will learn what key measurables are critical for strategic planning that will protect a company against economic downturns.

NAHB: While attending IBS, what are you looking forward to the most?
JARED: I genuinely love seeing all the people at IBS because I know that they are there to improve. I like surrounding myself with like-minded people, and there is a dense concentration of those people at IBS each year.

NAHB: What advice would you give someone who’s attending the Builders’ Show for the first time?
JARED: You’re going to want to immediately implement a ton of new ideas you’ve learned at the show. My advice is to pause. A lot of new ideas might seem better than the ideas you currently operate from, but you need to recognize that they just might be new and shiny—not necessarily better. Instead, give yourself credit for doing things as well as you are, and then pick one or two ideas from the show that will have an impact and focus on implementing those.

NAHB: What’s the best hangout at IBS and why?
JARED: The Exhibit Hall. There’s so much energy, and you get to see all the new products, speak to salespeople with passion, be introduced to innovative ideas and more.

NAHB: What’s the most interesting industry trend for 2022?
JARED: A lot of interesting contract clauses arose during 2021 as a result of supply chain issues and labor shortages. I expect we’ll see builders confidently adjust contracts to suit their needs and provide more realistic expectations for buyers. This might seem like an insignificant “trend,” but ultimately things like escalation clauses and extended timeline addendums have changed the way consumers engage with builders. There will be some interesting outcomes over the next few years as business owners feel comfortable imposing those types of amendments.

NAHB: The industry has changed so much in the last five years. Where do you think changes will happen in the next five years?
JARED: It’s almost impossible to say, but certainly I see trade labor training programs continuing to evolve and becoming more enticing to young professionals entering the labor force.

NAHB: What do you see as being the biggest challenge the industry faces now?
JARED: I could give the easy answer and say supply chain, but it’s more than that. The biggest challenge (and supply chain contributes to it) is predictability. A company’s ability to grow and protect its profits is so dependent on its ability to create accurate projections. With material shortages, labor issues, rising costs, high fluctuations in consumer demands, and political forces impacting inflation rates, it’s becoming more and more difficult for businesses to create dependable projections across the board.

GET TO KNOW OUR SPEAKERS

In this series of lightning-round questions, Jared shares a bit more about himself.

What do you work towards in your personal time? Being present. We too often forfeit the beauty of each moment by striving for the glory of the next.

The best concerts you ever attended: Concerts aren’t my jam. I prefer to enjoy music over a burger in the car with my wife parked somewhere with a good view.

Your favorite place in the world: Go ahead and roll your eyes … Ready? Wherever my family is. It’s true.

The last book you read: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. It’s long-winded, interesting, and a little presumptuous, but anything other than that from an academic would throw off our social ecosystem.

What’s the coolest thing you are working on right now? My background is in educational leadership. The coolest thing I am working on right now is a leadership course formatted to help business leaders improve outcomes by enhancing employee engagement. That’s what I prefer to spend my free time on over fantasy football leagues. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a nonstarter at dinner parties. 😉

If you could do another job for one day, what would it be? Travel writer focused on social psychology.

What’s in your refrigerator right now? Veggies, almond milk, and a leftover sausage chip dip (email me for the recipe. It’s a game-changer).

If you could visit anywhere in the world, you’ve never been to, where would you go? I’m fascinated by eastern cultures. The idea of psychology developed outside of the Latin-based language is interesting to me. Short answer, India.

A hobby that few people know about: I play a mean blues riff on the harmonica.

Your favorite TV series: New Girl. There’s no good rationale behind that, I just keep coming back for more!

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you’d live in for the rest of your life, what are the top three features it would have? A library with a fireplace like as seen in Beauty in the Beast, circa 1991; a Zen room complete with a water feature, live plants and meditation pillows; and a live atrium where a toucan could live in joyful bliss.

Any random industry fact you wish to share? A few accounts showed that Boise, Idaho was the least affordable housing market, relative to median household income in late 2021.

NAHB: In three words or less, what’s your prediction for the building industry in 2022? Onward and upward. This goes for pricing, demand and time to build a home.

Jared’s Success Quote: “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.” – Anne Lamott.

Jared’s Business Management track session will be held on Wednesday, February 9, and is open to attendees with an All Access Pass, or 1-Day Education + Expo Pass valid for that day.

Plan to join us in person at IBS 2022 February 8–10 in Orlando, Florida, where you can take advantage of top-notch IBS education. Learn more at BuildersShow.com.

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