Kevin Collins, President and Owner of Collins Building Group, has worked in construction as long as he can remember. Starting at an early age, he assisted his grandfather with projects; this is where he grew to love the work. Throughout high school and college, he worked on golf courses and always ended up managing the larger projects. He remembers taking a lot of flack from older guys on the crews while he oversaw their work, but he knew he had a knack for the trade.
After graduating from Clemson University, Kevin wanted construction experience on a much larger scale. He considered possibilities where he could get the most experience in a short time, and was offered a position with a golf course construction company north of Atlanta, Georgia. He was initially hired to fix the many issues they were having on a project that was way behind schedule. During the following six months, Kevin remembers thinking how ridiculous it was to be repairing things that should have never been faulty in the first place. Two months later, he was a full-fledged golf course construction superintendent. The owner of the company assigned him to the management of a new course for one of the largest developers in Atlanta.
Not being one to sit around, Kevin hit the ground running and completed his first official project within 12 months, almost one full year ahead of the company’s previous project. Kevin believes it was some of the greatest experience he could have asked for. Things were going so well at this job that within a couple months, he was asked to oversee every aspect of the project, from dealing with developers, county officials, architects, OSHA, building inspectors, and others. When Kevin started working on the project, the property was completely wooded with nothing in place; when he left, it was fully operable. Kevin and his crews completed all the construction in-house, an extremely valuable experience.
In November of 2000, after he and his wife, Suzanne, had their first child, they decided to move back to the Clemson, SC area. They loved the community and felt it would be a great place to raise a family and start a new business. Kevin has never regretted making that leap of faith, and in 2012, he and Suzanne welcomed number five to their family.
If you’re looking to build in Upstate South Carolina or the mountains of North Carolina, Kevin and his team at Collins Building Group, Inc. are ready to assist you.