Four Graduate with NCBI Designations in the Fall
Accredited Master Builder
Rick Gougeon
RG ConstructionLittle Switzerland, NC

Rick P. Gougeon owns RG Construction, a custom home building and remodeling firm located in Little Switzerland NC. He received

the MIRM designation in 1996 and completed the Accredited Builder requirements two years ago. RG Construction has been a NC residential contractor since 1996.

Gougeon says the Accredited Master Builder status gives him an opportunity to discuss more projects with more prospects with greater authority. “NCBI classes offer a wide range of useful topics, always something to learn!”

Accredited Builder
Jeff Easterling
Easterling Fine HomesChapel Hill, NC

Jeff Easterling has been part of the residential building industry for over 27 years. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he began

his career in residential construction as a carpenter/superintendent in 1986. In 1999, Jeff acquired his NC General Contractor license and formed Easterling Building Company (EBC). The green building mindset was just starting in the United States at that time, and EBC was pointed in that direction. In 2006, Easterling Building Company became Easterling Fine Homes Inc. and still focuses on the same principles of energy efficiency and sustainability to provide customers with the highest possible level of quality and efficiency combined with outstanding customer service. Easterling is a member of the HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Co.

“The NC Builder Institute has proven to be an excellent opportunity for me to increase my knowledge of new building standards and business management as well as offering curriculum and certifications to improve and exhibit my skills a residential General Contractor,” said Easterling.

The next session of the North Carolina Builder Institute will be held March 3-5 at the NCHBA Offices in Raleigh, NC. If

you are interested in joining the builders and associates who are highlighted as an NCBI graduate, contact NCHBA for more

information or visit

Accredited Remodeler
Steve Kelley
Reliable BuildersWinston-Salem, NC

Steve grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and then attended and graduated from Wake Forest University in business administration. Upon

graduation and a tour in the Army in California, he remained there to work with a national home building company in Southern California. He later decided to return to his native North Carolina and chose to settle in Winston-Salem. After several years with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company (now Wells Fargo) overseeing planning, development and construction of bank offices across North Carolina and the Southeast, Kelley left to start Reliable Builders. He wanted to apply his knowledge and experience in planning, design and construction to help people in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Kelley is a long-standing member of the Winston-Salem Home Builders Association, having served as Treasurer and President, and was selected as Builder of the Year.

Accredited Master Builder
Ron Ricci
Ricci Builders and Management, Inc. Belews Creek, NC

Ricci, President of Ricci Builders & Management Inc., worked in the corporate world for 25 years before getting into the industry through

building his personal home utilizing all the latest advances in building science. He obtained his general contractor license and continued learning about new, more sustainable ways to build and obtained the CGP, MCGP, CAPS, AB, and now AMB designations. Ricci is active in the HBA, serving as President-Elect for the Winston-Salem Home Builders Association and 2015 Vice Chair for the NCHBA Green Building Council.

Of the NCBI course curriculum, Ricci says, “NCBI courses have been instrumental in advancing my career by giving me the knowledge for a competitive and leading edge and bestowing the designations that set me ahead of the pack.”