Vice President Mark Vouis has been working at Trinity Homes since he was studying at The Ohio State University—as he says, “a long time!” He plays a large role in Sales, Marketing and Operations—ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible. We recently sat down with Mark to learn more about the industry and his role at Trinity.
Q: Where are you from originally? Where did you go to school? Why did you move to Columbus (if not from here)?
I am originally from Columbus. I grew up on a horse farm in Hilliard and graduated from Hilliard High School. I pursued a degree in the medical field at The Ohio State University, although I worked my way through college at Trinity Homes—so I decided to stay.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself…
After graduating from OSU, I joined the United States Air Force. As a pararescue jumper, my mission was to rescue downed Air Force military pilots that were trapped behind enemy lines. We would jump from high altitudes, sometimes gliding for 30 miles to locate the pilot and get him to an extraction point to be airlifted out. I jumped 525 times. I spent four years overseas before returning back home and going back to the homebuilding industry. And yes—I have lots of stories.
Q: What do you like doing in your spare time?
I love spending time with my dog, Rose—she’s spoiled and basically thinks she’s a human. In addition, I like to scuba dive, golf and travel—especially to warm places. I’m definitely an island guy.
Q: Tell us about your job at Trinity Homes.
I’m the Vice President. I play a large role in sales and marketing and ensuring internal staff operations run as smoothly as possible. I also run the permitting department and design center.
Half of my day is typically in the office and the other half is spent out in the field visiting sales representatives and helping them solve any problems that arise. Most importantly, I like to hear from our buyers and spend time listening and learning about what they desire in the home building process.
Q: What do you like best about working at Trinity?
The people. A lot of the people here, like myself, have been here for more than 20 years, making the workplace more of a family environment. In fact, I have two sons working here as well as a brother and sister-in-law.
Q: What is one of the biggest perks of building with Trinity?
I think the biggest perk of building with Trinity is the ability for customers to customize floor plans and locations—we have a myriad of customization options. In our Design Center, clients are assisted by a coordinator to help them plan their new home down to the last detail.
Q: What are three things everyone should know about Trinity?
Q: What does Trinity have in store for 2019?
In 2019 we will be opening the following communities:
Q: In your opinion, what about Central Ohio do you see as the hottest selling point?
The school systems in Central Ohio are great. We have some of the highest ranking school systems in many of our communities.
Q: Have you noticed any market trends among Millennials?
Despite their reputation of forever living with their parents, Millennials are actually buying more homes than ever before. They now make up 66% of all first-time homebuyers, and 34% of homebuyers overall. A few trends we’ve noticed among Millennials are that they prefer move-in ready homes, updated appliances and fixtures, and extra rooms for home offices and/or an exercise room.
Bonus: Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs Update
Last year we opened Gigi’s Shelter for Dogs, a first-of-its kind dog shelter facility designed to house dogs and puppies in transition between rural animal shelters and urban adoption agencies. We saw this need since so many dogs get sick while in rural animal shelters, and dogs are much more likely to be adopted if they are happy and healthy.
This year, Gigi’s will have a new behavioral building to train dogs with behavioral issues for 6 months before they are ready to be put up for adoption again. We plan to help 50,000 dogs in 2019.