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Brannon Richart is an award-winning general contractor from Alaska. He leads an innovative team of home builders for his company, Intella Homes. Here at MR Direct, we're incredibly proud to supply the sinks and faucets used in some of their latest projects. And although the Intella Homes team works in temperatures as low as -40° F, things are really heating up for Brannon and his crew. Here are a few questions we asked Brannon to get to know him, and his company, a little better:

Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.

I grew up in North Pole, Alaska playing hockey in the winter and racing motocross in the summer. After graduating from North Pole High School in 2005 I got my first job building houses and fell in love with it. I've been mostly building homes ever since.

Q: Tell us more about Intella Homes, and some of your past projects.

Intella Homes is a custom home building company based on innovation and quality. Our goal has never been about large profits, but about building some unique houses that the team can be proud of. Our commitment to breaking the mold has led to several unique building opportunities including multiple TV appearances, and recognition as Builder of the Year for the State of Alaska 2015. Every project is special to us and we are constantly changing to improve the quality of houses in one of the coldest places on earth.

Q: Who or what gives you inspiration?

Past innovators and leaders inspire me. Whether it's the business sense of a Carnegie, Rockefeller or Morgan. Or the creativeness of an Edison, Tesla, Einstein or Musk. Or a leaders like Shackleton, Lincoln, and Churchill. People who did great things in their time are who inspires me to want to build the best homes.

Q: When you're not working hard, you can be found:

I am either at one my kids' hockey or baseball games. My 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter are great athletes. On the weekends if I'm not pouring concrete I like to get out of town to do some camping and fishing. Alaska is about as good as it gets for that. In the cold months I'll most likely be around the house. Nothing outside the house is very fun at -40° F.

Q: What was a life lesson that has shaped your success?

After building my first home at 19, the local housing market went bad and I decided to get a job as a union laborer in The Prudhoe Bay oil field. After being a 19-year-old company owner in control of every aspect of a business, I was now doing tasks such as cleaning the outhouses and vacuuming the administration offices and taking out the trash. While I did a lot of other really cool stuff there, these less desirable tasks were part of my job and I did them the best I could. It taught me that it doesn't matter who you are or what you've done, the important part is you go to work every day and do what's required like you agreed to when you started the job, and you do it the best you can. Do that and your life will be simpler. Also, you're never too good to sweep the floor or take out the trash!

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sumo Wrestler or pro Moto-X racer

Q: Are you a dog or cat person?

I prefer dogs, but I admire the cat's ability to not care what anyone thinks. For more information, updates, and pictures from Intella Homes, check out their Facebook page.