Collaboration | Customer Service | Excellence
The Connor Mill-Built Team is committed to providing a collaborative approach to your homebuilding process. We ensure top-notch professional customer service along every step of the way.
Vice President of Design
Avery Hamilton grew up in Maine in a Victorian house that his parents restored to its’ original details, this process gave way for the inspiration for Avery to pursue his creative life path in architecture.
A graduate of Norwich University with a BA in Architecture, Avery began his career in coastal Connecticut working for a commercial architectural firm. While working only on commercial projects for his first three years, it was the unique assignment of a beach house design which validated Avery’s passion for residential architecture. Additionally, he found enjoyment the hands on one-to one approach working with residential clients versus commercial projects.
With this realization, Avery moved on to a residential Design-Build firm in Connecticut. The firm also had their own millshop, offering an opportunity to learn about millwork and cabinetry design and construction. Avery worked as a designer, builder and salesman, embracing this unique opportunity to expand his skills and knowledge of stair building and design. He says, “Often times architects struggle with getting stairs right, so they work and are buildable”. Using this position as a “step up” to secure a design position at the well-established Wadia Associates firm, in New Caanan, Connecticut. After four years of commuting four hours each day on the train, Avery could hear Vermont beckoning him home, louder and louder each day. He had fallen in love with Vermont while at Norwich and promised himself he would return and settle here.
For Avery, the Design-Build experience verified the shortcomings of traditional architectural services. These services often times incorporate the architect’s own interpretation and style into the design as well as not having the cost implications considered. Too often working with a traditional architect yields cost that are over budget, initiating “design-by-subtraction.” Now the client works backwards, making cuts and sacrifices, to design a house that fits their budget. The ideal situation for homeowners is a design-build, like Connor Mill-Built Homes, where costs are tracked from inception.
Avery resides in Bristol, Vermont with his fiancé, children, a dog and two cats. In his free-time he enjoys hiking, gardening, restoring his 1800’s home and spending time with his family.
Vice President of Business Development
Thomasina's bio is coming soon.
Human Resources and Executive Administrator
Jenni is an integral part of the Connor Mill-Built Homes team. She has been a key asset to Mike Connor since 2005. She is a capable, determined, confident and well-organized Administrator with experience in supporting mid and senior-level managers providing them with constant support. She excels in customer service and sets the company’s internal culture with her positive attitude and ability to quickly solve problems as well as assist clients with questions with her highly approachable attitude and a willingness to make a positive mark on everyone. She has a great appreciation for Mike’s Connor’s mission and commitment to the Architectural Integrity of our beautiful reproduction homes.
Jenni has been married for 23-years, has three children, two daughters and a son, and 3 cats and a puppy. She also has a 7-year-old granddaughter who lights up her life. During her down time and when the sun shines she enjoys riding and revving her Harley with her husband, Chris. Jenni is a native born and raised Vermonter and currently resides in Orwell, Vermont.
Project and Shop Production Manager
Dave is a skilled woodworker with an artistic eye for detail. Throughout his thirty-plus-years of experience in the building industry, Dave’s lifelong philosophy has been to build all things with integrity. He employs sound building techniques while paying attention to detail and precision, giving due consideration to esthetic requirements of those we build for. He strives to be artistic in his approach and find balance between production and creativity.
Dave is an integral part of the Connor Mill-Built team. He leads the collaboration between the client’s builder and CMBH once the project is delivered on-site. In addition, Dave is one of a three-member shop production management team that oversees all aspects of the production of Connor Mill-Built Homes.
His prior experience elsewhere allowed him to bring fabrication methods to the table that were a welcome addition to the production team. He produced circular and elliptical items prior to the implementation of the CNC equipment and his extensive experience at stair building made has made him an invaluable asset. “I’m grateful to work where I have the ability to balance production with creativity and be recognized by my coworkers and our clients as a skilled craftsman.”
Dave keeps busy by spending time with his two sons and continues to be active in the Vermont music scene playing guitar with his band. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and enjoys working with many bands including The Nerbak Brothers, and in the past Tammy Fletcher and The Disciples, The Sandra Wright Band, The Dave Grippo Band, Blues for Breakfast, Lambs Bread, and The Detonators.
Shop Production Manager
Duke's profile will be coming very soon.
Safety Officer and Shop Production Manager
Chris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the various roles he carries within Connor Mill-Built Homes. Chris is one of a three-member shop production management team that oversees all aspects of the production of Connor Mill-Built Homes.
Chris oversees the milling of Connor Mill-Built Homes rough lumber before it’s sent over to the trim or cabinet shops and assist with the collabortation of scheduling production and staffing needs.
As Safety Officer, Chris is responsible for the safety of all employees and visitors. These responsibilities include adhering to VOSHA and OSHA compliance and certifications, filing accident reports, forklift training, and scheduling regular CPR training certifications. He has implemented several safety programs, one being the new employee orientation. This program informs new hires of the safety policies and resources. He also compiled the Employee Safety Manual.
From a young age, he was intent on having a career, and–it had to be one that he looked forward to coming to every day. When he was in high school, Chris spent all four years in the woodshop in addition to growing up working alongside his carpenter father; a trade he immediately realized he was passionate about. It allowed him to learn all aspects of construction, from framing to finish details.
With a consistently positive personality and a reliability others count on, Chris is a valuable asset to the Connor Mill-Built team. When asked about what he most loves about working for Connor Mill-Built Homes, Chris says, “There isn’t a day that I don’t like coming here, even on the bad days. I love the atmosphere, the people, and the product.”
Like many Vermonters, Chris volunteers in his community. Following in his father footsteps (a Middlebury Fire Department volunteer for over 25-years), he serves as First Assistant Chief for the Bridport Fire Department–a Firefighter One–a nationally recognized certification.
Residing with his family in Bridport since 2004, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife Tricia, 17-year-old daughter Tajah and 14-year-old son Levi, their two dogs, three cats, and two horses. He enjoys all Vermont’s seasons–riding his motorcycle, enduro bike, ATV, hunting and just plain old tinkering around.