Founder + CEO
Fading West Development
Charlie is an energetic team builder, driven to make positive change in the world. He believes in challenging norms and tackling the big problems. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fading West Development, he leads design, development, manufacturing, and construction teams to a single LEAN value stream. Bringing over 25 years of experience in operations to the construction and development industries, Charlie's goal is creating affordable housing through the "manufacturization" of housing. Before founding Fading West, he was CEO of Load King Manufacturing. There he led the implementation of Toyota Productions Systems (TPS) and LEAN manufacturing processes to deliver turn-key store packages for brands like Starbucks, Einstein Brothers, and Kroger across the United States. Charlie studied business at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Physics at the University of North Florida. When Charlie is not thinking about Lean systems, he spends time surfing the Arkansas River next to his house, riding his BMW motorcycle through the mountains, and sharing wine with friends.