He became a "weekend" remodeler after buying some small rental properties. As his projects grew and he acquired more property, he became frustrated by the unreliability and lack of professionalism in Chicago area contractors. He realized that his strengths in corporate America were an advantage in an industry where contractors lacked any level of professionalism. Matt scouted and trained a team of skilled tradesmen to work on his rental properties and eventually the complete gut of a single family home. From that, Mahogany Builders was formed.
Matt is unique from other contractors in that he employs the project management techniques and methodology from his corporate background. In drafting estimates, Matt conducts a thorough analysis of a project including the effort and cost to complete specific tasks within each trade. During construction Matt focuses on managing labor and materials while constantly updating clients with progress reports and detailed discussions. Matt is famous for saying, that there will be no surprises on the final bill, and that his projects will not only be done well, they will be done on time.
He welcomes designers and their opinions and likes to work in conjunction with them. Most of his staff has been with him for over 6 years. He is enthusiastic about his work and loves what he does and it shows, not only in the final product, but in the way he talks about his business, his clients, and his staff.
Matt Lederer and wife Courtney with sons Beck and Ben.