Thomsen Homes Makes The Inc. 5000 List For The Fourth Time
For more than 15 years, Thomsen Homes has been dedicated to elevating the experience of designing and building dream homes. They strive to go above and beyond to find a home that will fit their client’s lifestyle. They make sure their clients truly love their home. It is something they strive to do with every home they build. As true as the saying goes, Thomsen Homes helps a client to make a house a home and that has made them one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States—a distinction solidified by their fourth Inc. 5000 list naming.
Since the beginning, founder Chris Thomsen’s mission for Thomsen Homes is to provide a high quality home, with the most enjoyable building experience possible while striving to meet their client’s budget every step of the way.
“It was important to me as we continually strived toward our mission, that we focus on the smallest details which have allowed us to bring our mission to reality for our clients, while never settling and always raising the bar,” Chris said.
A testament to Thomsen Home’s dedication to client experience and excellent product is its consistent listing on the Inc. 5,000 list. The Inc. 5,000 is a “prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies” in the United States and is “the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.” Ranked by revenue growth, this list celebrates innovation and success of 5,000 various companies, some well-known such as Panera, 7 Eleven, Zappos.com, along with some smaller-owned businesses all across the country. The four-time rankings in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 have proved that Thomsen Homes knows the recipe for success.
Thomsen began his career in the housing industry as a real estate agent, actively selling homes for six years. After three years in the business, Thomsen decided to start building homes while still actively selling other homes on the real estate market.
“After selling many new construction homes throughout the community, I felt as though there was an opportunity in the marketplace to add more value to the product for buyers than what was currently available to them,” Chris said.
They were always so upfront about prices and everything from the very start and the communication was excellent. They over-delivered and overperformed at any and every turn during the build process.”-Thomsen Homes customer Brandi Melton
Thomsen Homes rankings on the Inc. 5,000 list:
- 2017: #3,071
- 2018: #4,459
- 2019: #3,972
- 2021: #4,854
What is the Inc. 5000 list?
The Inc. 5000 list is a list released by Inc. (not to be confused with Fargo INC!) every year which ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. In the past, the list has featured well known brands like Pandora, 7 Eleven and Toys ‘R’ Us.
Literally within just a couple design meetings, a client can have their entire house designed, all done in-house at Thomsen Homes. That’s what I had envisioned when starting Thomsen Homes; That we enhance the client experience with our state-of-the-art design studio and proven process.-Chris Thomsen, Founder, Thomsen Homes
Thomsen eased into building, starting with three homes. To his surprise, they sold almost right away and he quickly realized that his hunch was correct regarding what the market demand was. Thomsen was adding value by including features as a standard that others were not at that time; such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Over the next four years, the demand for the Thomsen brand grew; building around 40 homes that year. Up until this point, Thomsen had been sub-contracting not just the labor for the construction of the houses, but also all other business functions such as project management, drafting, accounting and so on. As the company grew, Thomsen recognized the need to grow his internal team and brought his brother, now president of Thomsen Homes, Niels Thomsen, onto the team in a construction management role.
Thomsen soon realized the potential for how Thomsen Homes could continue to add value and enhance the client experience. The team was intentional through various strategic ways to bring each part of the process in house to better the client experience. Previously clients were required to travel around town to do all design work such as selecting flooring, cabinets, plumbing, lighting and so on.
“When you don’t have all aspects in house, it’s a lot harder to give clients the experience they deserve,”Thomsen said. “Once we brought the design department in house, we really started to open up more options for our clients.”
Since adding the convenience of their in-house design studio, dedicated design department and in-house drafting, clients can spend more time focused on the details of their home. They are able to have a relaxed, personalized experience with the design team to ensure they are getting the home of their dreams.
“Literally within a few design meetings, a client can have their entire house designed, all done in-house at Thomsen Homes; that’s what I had envisioned when starting Thomsen Homes. We continually strive to enhance the client experience with our state-of-the-art design studio, proven process, and continual innovation.”
To be added to the Inc. 5,000 list once is a great accomplishment for any business, especially a smaller, local business. To be added, twice, thrice and a fourth time is an even greater accomplishment, showing how dedicated the entire team at Thomsen Homes is to ensure every client loves their home.
Types of houses Thomsen Homes build:
- Three level split
- Twin Homes
- Two story
“I knew that we were meeting the client’s needs simply through the growth that we were experiencing. All of which was only possible through the phenomenal team we’ve put together. When I found out we had made the Inc. 5000 though, I had no idea that we had accomplished such a feat,” Niels Thomsen said. “It truly speaks to the team’s efforts over the last 15 years. We simply could not do what we do successfully without them, both our employees and our trade partners. It’s exciting to look forward and envision where we will be 15 years from now. The evolution over the last 15 has brought every key aspect of building a home in-house, and grown the team to around 45 people. If the team has already accomplished as much as they have, I can only imagine what it will look like in the future if we continue this trajectory!”
Included on the 2021 Inc. 5,000 list are nine companies from North Dakota, eight of which are repeat nominations, but Thomsen Homes is one of the few companies that have been listed at least four times. The nominations and various local accomplishments are only part of what makes Thomsen Homes great, but the client’s experience of getting their dream home built makes it even greater.
A Customer Experience
Brandin Melton hadn’t gone through the home buying and building process in several years, but working with Thomsen Homes was easy. He had been living in Oregon during the build process of his home and every design meeting was done over Zoom, every electrical inspection done over FaceTime and more—no detail was left unknown by Melton. The original closing date on the house was July 14 but Melton needed to be moved in by July 1, so Thomsen Homes reevaluated and rearranged, ultimately changing the closing date to June 17, almost a month earlier than promised.
“They were always so upfront about prices and everything from the very start and the communication was excellent,” Melton said. “They over-delivered and over-performed at any and every turn during the build process.”
A Realtor Experience
Jessica Schock, realtor at Keller Williams Inspire Realty, always feels confident when bringing clients to a Thomsen Homes house or when sitting in a Thomsen Homes model home during an open house. She knows that every detail of the house was purposefully designed and well made.
“I can sell the product because I am confident in the product. There’s an ease for the build and product because I know my client is going to get what they want,” Schock said. “Thomsen Homes also always hits their close dates, which is a huge win for me plus my client.”