Advisory Committee

Matt Breyer

Operating Partner, Breyer Construction & Landscape

Matt has been building since he was old enough to hold a hammer (somewhere around 4 years old). He has worked at a dairy farm, a custom sign shop, as well as working with a septic system installer, several masons, a commercial construction company, and two custom home builders. Matt has been with BC&L since its birth, first as the Lead Carpenter, and now as the President.

Matt wears many hats in this role, including Lead-Designer where he works directly with clients as well as supporting the BCL design team in cultivating client relationships. He personally assists the team in working through client’s needs and concerns, scheduling, designing and planning, to ensure the project exceeds their expectations.

When not working, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, reading, rebuilding an old Jeep, and helping with his church.

Breyer Construction & Landscape offers a full line of services including custom deck designs, builds and repairs, landscaping and hardscaping, remodeling and renovations, and basement and attic finishing.

Tim Ellis

President, T.W. Ellis

Tim has been president and co-founder of T.W. Ellis since 2002. Tim started his career as a union carpenter apprentice. He completed his four-year apprenticeship with the Baltimore Carpenters Union and became a carpenter journeyman. Tim has over twenty years’ proven experience in the industry, ranging from lead carpenter, responsible for building the projects, to project management, to designing and estimating the projects. Along the way, he also earned his Associate of Science in Business Administration degree and Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management degree. He is a proud veteran of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Since T.W. Ellis is a family-owned and operated company, Tim gets to spend a lot of time with members of his family during the day, including his father, brother, uncle and cousin who are all part of the team. After work, he loves spending his free time coaching his son’s soccer team, driving his girls to their gymnastics and dance lessons, and enjoying a good movie with his wife.

T.W. Ellis provides decking building, screen room, home additions, kitchen & bath remodels, and new home construction.

Joaquin Erazo

President, Marketing Wing

Joaquin is President of Marketing Wing; a marketing agency which provides hyper-local custom marketing for design + build remodelers. With over 20 years of industry marketing experience, he is a sought after consultant, speaker, strategist, leader, columnist, and visionary.

Joaquin closes the gap! He’s passionate about remodeling and recognizes that homeowners need help overcoming pricing misconceptions, while remodelers need to do a better job explaining the value they deliver. Industry leaders call him the “Marketing Yoda”.

He has been published in Forbes, Inc. magazine, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Qualified Remodeler, Professional Remodeler, and Remodeling Magazine. He brings almost 30 years of strategic marketing experience. Joaquin’s experience includes directing marketing for Case Design Remodeling for 14 years as VP and CMO, along with implementing marketing for over 40 of the leading design + build companies in the US through Marketing Wing.

Doug Horgan

Vice President, BOWA

Doug discovered a passion for building when he joined BOWA in 1989, where he is an owner and Vice President, Best Practices. In this training, quality, and troubleshooting role, Doug’s goal is reducing construction defects through sharing knowledge. Doug’s years of tools-on carpentry, warranty troubleshooting, and instruction experience, along with 160,000 photos of problems & solutions, are the foundations for visually rich presentations on how to build well and avoid construction issues. Doug is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Light Construction, ProTradeCraft, and Professional Remodeler and has presented at Remodeling, JLC Live, NESEA Building Energy, the National Home Performance conference, and local events. Doug is a BPI Building Analyst, LEED AP Homes, NARI GCP, and NAHB CGP and CGR.

BOWA focuses on delivering remarkable client experiences and specializes in luxury renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house and whole-condo remodels.

Bill Millholland

Executive Vice President, Case Design

Bill began his career at Case in January of 1990 and very quickly realized he had found a home. Early on, designing projects fueled his passion. Bill then transitioned to a role of working more directly with clients and it was helping them solve the riddle of design, budget and timing to tailor a project that was just right for them that excited him. Today, his passion is for helping to nourish our culture of being more tomorrow than we are today. Whether that is serving clients, becoming better designers, accumulating more product knowledge, or growing our business, he is extremely proud to be part of a team that constantly strives to improve. Bill is also the president of the Montgomery County Builders Association and regularly conduct sales training for Crystal Cabinet Works.

Outside of the office Bill enjoys spending time with my wife and daughter, following the latest technology news, and trying to keep up with everyone that passes him on his bike.

Case Design/Remodeling, with three different offices in the Mid-Atlantic, does more than a thousand projects annually, the scope of which include custom builds, additions, kitchen and bath remodels, indoor living space remodels, and outdoor living space construction.

Mike Patterson

President, Patterson Builders-Remodelers

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the remodeling industry, and has been a licensed contractor since 1996. He has taught seminars at JLC Live and The Remodelers Show, and has written several articles for Fine Homebuilding magazine. He has been a member of the Metro DC chapter of NARI for nearly twenty years, where he has taught CR and CLC certification classes, served on its Board of Directors and in 2017, completed a two year term as its President.

Mike continues to enjoy working hands-on in the field, and lives in Gaithersburg, MD.

Patterson Builders-Remodelers provides full service remodeling, including home additions.

Jesse Smith

Owner/President, j. allen smith design/build

Jesse is a self-taught craftsman and entrepreneur. His passion for working with his hand started when, at the age of 10, he completed construction of his first treehouse. From that day on he set his sights on mastering woodworking and carpentry which led him to open his remodeling business.

Unlike far too many contractors who continue to hang onto their hammers, Jesse decided early on to transition to being a businessman. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, Jesse learned early on to surround himself with experts and mentors, and to listen to their advice. This led to his building and managing a multimillion-dollar remodeling business which is still growing today.

Never content to rest on his laurels, he continues to look for new and better ways to do things. Now, he’s committed to paying it back by helping others learn and become successful.

j. allen smith design/build can craft your new home, renovate your whole house, and does kitchen, bath, and other interior remodeling services.

Joanne Theunissen

Co-owner and Design Coordinator, Howling Hammer Builders

Joanne is diligent in her attempts to improve the built environment through both her professional and personal endeavors. As a home builder/remodeler, it is her personal mission to educate her clients on ways they can reduce their own carbon footprint by making well-informed decisions related to the building or remodeling process.

In partnership with her husband, their company Howling Hammer Builders, Inc. was formed to serve as a homebuilding company dedicated to providing the best option possible for home buyers interested in a home built to the highest standards. They specialize in designing, building & remodeling homes focused on sustainable design and best building practices. Each home is inspected and verified by an independent, third-party HERS rater ensuring the structure meets the standards needed for energy efficiency and reducing its impact on the environment.

As an active participant in several organizations related to residential home building & remodeling, Joanne continues to work as an advocate for continued improvement in the way builders & remodelers construct homes in this country. She currently holds the position as 2018 Chair of NAHB Remodelers' Council. 

Howling Hammer Builders specializes in custom built energy efficient homes, and home remodel projects.