Ward Griffin, Owner and President
Griffin Builders is owned and operated by Ward Griffin. Ward's primary responsibility is identifying, analyzing and managing projects performed by the company. His past experience in brokerage, development, investment sales, lending and construction give him the needed insight to communicate with and effectively direct the company's multiple trade partners operating in the field. Ward's career began in Charlotte, NC with global commercial real estate and development company Trammell Crow Company. While at Trammell Crow, Ward gained invaluable experience in brokerage, construction management, land assembly, development, and investment sales. After 7 years in the Queen City, Ward moved back to his hometown and spent several years with a regional mortgage brokerage company. In 2005 Ward founded Grace, Inc., a licensed general contractor and real estate brokerage firm which performs single family, multifamily, commercial construction and renovations, development and brokerage. Ward has over 20 years of industry experience and involvement in over 400 projects. Through this experience, Ward has acquired the skills necessary to meet the needs and expectations of large institutional investors and small end users alike. He brings those skills and experiences to his leadership role at Griffin Builders.
An Asheville native, Ward attended The Asheville School, graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Analytical Finance and Accounting and earned an MBA from UNC-Charlotte with a focus in Finance. He resides in the Grove Park neighborhood of North Asheville with his wife Melanie and their two children, Ward and Maitland.
Patrick Conner, Vice President
Growing up spending a lot of time in the wood shops of friends and neighbors in his hometown of Saxapahaw, NC and rehabilitating dilapidated early century homes with his father and brothers, Patrick learned an appreciation for quality craftsmanship early on. After earning his BS in Music from UNCA, he continued to work as a framer, trim carpenter, and project manager for a few of the premier builders in the area.
Patrick started working with Ward in 2011 primarily as an end of job, punch and finish carpenter when he wasn’t working in his own wood shop. Now the Vice President of Griffin Builders, Patrick is responsible for the bulk of customer interaction and job performance. Still keeping his love for the craftsmanship and artistry we find in our historic Asheville homes, he applies that sharp eye, creativity, and lifetime of practical knowledge to all of Griffin Builders’ projects. He especially loves when we find those clients that view their homes and businesses with that same artistic eye and passion. You’ll have a close relationship with Patrick and his talented group of Superintendents throughout your project. From the initial design budget, through your selection process, to the final touches before you are handed the keys, he and his team are here to make sure it all happens with your best interest at heart.
Outside of work you’ll find Patrick with his family in the rivers and mountains around our beautiful city.