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Inspirational Leadership Podcast: Doug Bauer and Tom Mitchell

Sep 27, 2022

Doug Bauer and Tom Mitchell of Tri Pointe Homes talk about their journey into home building and what inspires them—personally, professionally, and as an organization.

Episode 10

Doug Bauer and Tom Mitchell both started their careers in the banking industry. Their paths collided while working at The Lyon Company—where coincidentally, they had both vied for the same position. Years later in 2009, while they were both in between ventures, opportunity came knocking in the form of a chance to lead a new home building project. One frantic weekend later, Tri Pointe Homes was born, at the height of the recession. Despite the economic uncertainty at the time, Tri Pointe Homes had rapid success and is now number 16 on the Builder 100 list.

“It really is nice having Doug as a business partner, and I think, vice versa,” said Mitchell. “Because while we complement each other, we can also substitute for each other.”

Hear more from Doug Bauer, chief executive officer, and Tom Mitchell, president and chief operating officer of Tri Pointe Homes in this episode of the Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building podcast hosted by Mollie Carmichael.

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Watch the video interview below or listen to the audio podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music/Audible, TuneIn + Alexa, PlayerFM, and Listen Notes.

About the series

Inspirational Leadership with the Best in Home Building is an influential podcast led by housing industry expert Mollie Carmichael. Each episode features a personal conversation with a thought leader in the housing industry. Join Mollie as we get to know these top leaders—what inspires them, what drives them, and how they build communities. 

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Never compromise your values, and do what you believe is right. If you do the right thing, it'll never be wrong.

Tom Mitchell

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Mollie Carmichael is a Principal of Zonda’s Advisory services. Mollie’s expertise in marketing, products, and home design coupled with Zonda’s data, helps clients understand home shopper needs so that builders and developers can maximize revenue. Learn more about our advisory services and contact us today to discover how we can help you think ahead and provide creative and functional solutions to your customers.

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