EP#265 - Billding Creativity
In this podcast, I had the opportunity to talk with Christopher Doyle. In this episode, you will hear about how Christopher thought outside the box to solve a problem that he noticed while working in the construction field.
One of the greatest aspects of entrepreneurs is we find problems and create solutions for them.
In this episode, Chris will talk about the struggles he experienced and faced when it came to being limited with funding for construction jobs and how thinking outside the box, helped him scale and now, he has created a company to allow others to scale at higher levels.
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Who is Christopher Doyle?
Christopher Doyle is an entrepreneur and business leader with extensive hands-on construction industry experience and a proven record of launching successful startups. He is. the founder, president and CEO of Billd, a disruptive payment solution for the construction industry that helps contractors and suppliers grow their businesses with less hassle and risk. Recognizing cash flow hurdles contractors face when purchasing materials, Doyle launched Billd to make traditional Wall Street working capital accessible to these small business owners.
Doyle cut his teeth in the construction industry, framing houses in high school at age 16 and working his way through college at Texas A&M before beginning his career in residential and commercial construction. During this time, he not only developed into a project manager supervising sales and operations, he also developed a passion for launching new business operations, opening and leading new divisions of construction companies in Dallas, Austin and Houston, Texas.
He went on to serve as director of solar operations for the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), delving into energy efficiency and renewable energy program management and authoring numerous publications on renewable energy financing, including launching National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) residential and commercial best practices. Recognizing Doyle as a renewable energy thought leader, the founders of lending company Dividend Solar (now Dividend Finance) tapped him to oversee their contractor operations and sales. Doyle’s leadership and tireless work ethic helped the startup thrive and secure series A funding. He was a pivotal leader in Dividend’s first three (3) loan securitization offerings totaling over $500M.
While working with Dividend Finance, Doyle recognized how a lack of access to capital impacts contractors’ ability to operate and grow their businesses. He was inspired to launch Billd, along with co-founder Jesse Weissburg, to bring traditional Wall Street access to capital to the construction jobsite, allowing contractors to bypass project hurdles with access to upfront funds while enabling suppliers to sell more materials and get paid up-front. For contractors who usually aren’t paid until more than 90 days from purchasing materials, Billd provides 120-day terms so they can scale their business and stabilize cash flow.
Doyle’s technical certifications include Certified Energy Manager, Business Energy Professional, LEED AP O+M Certified, Solar PV Advanced 40 Hour (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners), Certified Building Envelope Analyst, Infrared Level 1 Thermography Certification, Green Advantage Certified for Commercial Buildings, and a Certified Auditor, Level 3 Installer, QAP – Air Barrier Association of America. He was a founding member of the Solar Access to Public Capital working group of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Energy Services Coalition, the U.S. Green Building Council, and he is a board member of the Building Enclosure Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Doyle holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University. He resides in Austin, Texas, with his two children.
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