Mimi Brodsky Kress, Chief Operating Officer

4705 West Virginia Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

QWhat motivates and inspires you?
A I fell in love with building homes over 40 years ago. We provide homes for people to enjoy with friends and family and make lasting memories. I am motivated every day by the incredible people I work with and inspired by the beautiful homes we build. I love bringing my passion for construction to my involvement with our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. This year 25 women joined me to work on a build site, and we raised over $50,000 for decent and affordable housing.

QWhat’s the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A There are so many lessons, but one of the most important is knowing you’re not perfect and admitting to your mistakes. We are building someone’s dream home, which has hundreds of details and is a large financial obligation. Mistakes happen, and it’s so essential that your clients and business associates know that you will always make it right. Standing by your work and your word is critical. My business partner Phil Leibovitz and I have always believed that our reputation is paramount.

QWhat do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
A I enjoy working with a variety of people–clients, engineers and architects, subcontractors, realtors, lenders and our talented team at SSB. Don’t get me wrong, the work can be very stressful when you’re building custom homes in our area. But the challenges give me energy, and I love the collaborative process.

Sandy Spring Builders, the area’s premier custom homebuilder, is an integrated, full-service team with more than 40 years of experience bringing our clients’ vision to life. Our vast portfolio of well-built homes makes a lasting impression, proven by myriad awards, including Best of Bethesda every year since its inception.