Business Management Best Practices from Drees Homes


At Drees Homes, our family heritage goes back four generations. We pride ourselves on quality and integrity because when it comes to the biggest financial investment our clients can make, experience and a commitment to excellence matter.

Although we’ve been building homes for nearly 95 years, this is the first time Drees Homes has been recognized as one of the nation’s best-managed companies, a program sponsored by Deloitte Private and The the wall street journal. As a 2022 nominee, Drees was highlighted for excellence in strategic planning and execution, commitment to our people, and fostering a vibrant and resilient culture and strong finances.

Drees Homes principles and expertise make building a custom home an easy and rewarding experience. Our “Custom Homes Made Easy” strategy differentiates us from production builders by offering customization and choice in home design, finish, color and selections.


Building homes with a customer-focused approach

Despite the ever-changing homebuilding climate, our primary focus is always our customer. Drees designs homes that meet the modern lifestyle, and we build them with quality materials that will last.

With our unique in-house architecture team and technology platforms, we are able to design bespoke homes (see some of our work below) on a production platform. These resources help us effectively bring the homebuyer’s unique vision to life. We make it easy for buyers to get the home they want…at an affordable price.

Covered porch at the back of the Marabelle B house design by Drees Homes

Exterior of Drees Homes' Brennan D house

Exterior of Drees Homes' Brookdale II B

This exceptional customer experience, the quality of our homes, and our core values ​​of Integrity, Excellence, Opportunity, Stability, and Success create an industry-leading reputation.

The Importance of a Strategic Plan for Home Builders

In addition to our customer-focused approach, we are also implementing a five-year strategic plan to help position the business for future growth and profitability. Under our current plan, we are focusing on five key strategies:

  1. To provide a better experience for our customers by investing in the processes, people and technology that make it easier to buy, design, build and finance a home.
  2. Make it easier to acquire the right lots, at the right price, in the right markets with strong market relationships and analytics.
  3. Invest in technology to tap, engage and inform prospects at various touchpoints, compelling them to buy a Drees home.
  4. Use physical model homes and design centers in combination with virtual viewing and pricing tools to make the process of designing a custom home easy, fast and fun.
  5. Use market research and data analytics to ensure the homes and features we offer are what our prospects value.

Our ability to execute on our strategic objectives relies on the company’s long-standing relationships with its employees and business partners. One out of three Drees employees has chosen to spend more than 10 years of their career with the company, and many of our business partners have also been with us for decades. We aspire to be the builder of choice for our businesses and have a dedicated program focused on this goal.


The Company’s Most Valuable Resource: Our Employees

Drees recognizes that people are our most valuable resource. We work diligently to hire, develop and retain great talent. We have a strong preference for promotions from within, as evidenced by the large number of leaders who have completed our management development program.

Each year, high performing employees are nominated by their managers to be considered for the management development program. Applicants are then carefully assessed for potential growth. Only the top 10 are accepted into the multi-year development program, which consists of enhanced leadership and cross-training.

At Drees, we invest in our people by supporting them, developing their skills and showing them that we care. We are focused on extending simple gestures of appreciation, public expressions of appreciation and gratitude, and providing all employees with bonus compensation and a profit-sharing retirement plan.

We listen to our employees and value their feedback. Formally surveying our team through an annual engagement survey and other short surveys throughout the year helps us take the pulse of overall morale within the organization. Having the right people in the right jobs means we can consistently deliver on our “Custom Homes Made Easy” brand promise.

Guiding principle of Drees Homes

Integrity is at the heart of our corporate culture. We operate under the motto “Always Do What’s Right”, which sets us apart from the pack. The leadership team empowers employees to make decisions that support customer satisfaction and validate the strength of our work.

This philosophy, combined with our unique skills, has led to an exceptional customer experience, which in turn has generated over 25% of our sales from referrals and past buyers.

David Drees, President and CEO Drees Homes

David Drees is the President and CEO of Drees Homes. Based in Fort Mitchell, Ky., Drees Homes operates in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Florida, Nashville, Tenn., Raleigh, NC, Washington DC and Austin, Dallas and Houston in Texas. The company operates as Drees Custom Homes in Texas. For more information, visit


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