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I hired a company to build my house that told me they were a member of this organization. The company was called "Lakewood Construction Associates". As it turned out, this particular company was not actually a BIA member, but the people who owned and ran Lakewood had another company called Prism Construction Company. Prism was run out of the same house, had all the same employees and owners, and was essentially a carbon copy of Lakewood. Both companies had the same identical webpage, which even showed pictures of the same houses with each company claiming that they had built the houses. After further research, it turns out that neither of those companies had built any of the houses pictured! After talking with the BIA executive director Jim Hilz (aka Jim Shills), I learned that the BIA was just a marketing organization for home builders, and that they had no meaningful ethical standards whatsoever. Although they marketed their "Parade of Homes" as a compilation of the "best builders in central Ohio", in reality literally anyone could create a company, pay a fee to the BIA, and then build a house in the Parade. I actually called this organization and told them I had a friend who was in prison for ripping off customers who had hired him to build houses, and they told me they would be more than happy to have him as a member, as long as he paid his fees! Disgusting! They were willing to portray a felon convicted of fraud as a "trusted professional" as long as he was willing to pay them a nominal membership fee of ~$500. I and other victims of this scam builder complained to the BIA, but neither the employees, the executive director, nor any of the trustees or members of the board that I talked to seemed to care at all. I met with Jim Shills and an attorney the BIA hired, Mark Decker to discuss this builder. Jim and Mark assured me and my wife they would at least check into this matter and told me they wanted to meet again after they had time to talk to the board. As it turns out, they actually lied about numerous facts in our meeting, and eventually refused to ever meet again. They never even had the common courtesy to contact us and let us know that they considered the matter finished, they just told me to "be patient" whenever I contacted them to ask about our next meeting. In fact, not a single one of the trustees or board members ever returned a single call either. I would caution anyone thinking of hiring a builder in central Ohio not to consider membership in the BIA as having any meaning whatsoever. While the vast majority of BIA members are probably great people, the BIA itself will accept anyone who is willing to pay them a few bucks. This was a good organization many years ago, but has now devolved into a scam designed to con the central Ohio public.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
My experience with John "Mike" Hammel, Jim Deering, Aaron Swihart, and Kerry Boyle (the con men who operate and assist this scam "construction" company) was an absolute nightmare. I caught these thieves embezzling money from me and generally acting in the most incompetent and unprofessional manner I have ever seen in any business. After hiring these morons to design and build a house for us, we spent over a year working with them, and finally had to fire them because they were incompetent, they were soliciting kickbacks from subcontractors, they were stealing money from us (they stole almost $50,000 at one point), etc. I then started talking to some of the former customers, and learned that they all had the exact same experience with these crooks. Literally every single former customer (they have only built 5 houses prior to the time I hired them) told me that they had money stolen from them (over $100k in one case), and that "Mike" Hammel and Kerry Boyle then filed bogus mechanic's liens on their property and extorted many tens of thousands of dollars more from them. In my case, these thieves tried to extort another $40,000 from me by threatening to file a bogus mechanic's lien on my property, but got cold feet once I started talking to the Ohio Attorney General and the Delaware County Sheriff. Unfortunately, both law enforcement agencies told me that in Ohio, the "cost plus" contract format makes it very difficult to prosecute shady contractors for these types of crimes, and that I would have to first file a civil lawsuit and subpoena all documents before they could prosecute them for the numerous felonies they committed. Once I finish my house, I plan on doing just that. "Mike" Hammel's wife and co-conspirator, Nisha Hammel, is currently filing bankruptcy, and in the bankruptcy documents she stated that her husband makes $0 in income from his construction business, and only has an income of $350 a month from 8 rental properties (can you say slum lord)! Jim Deering filed bankruptcy in 2012 and claimed that he had spent the last 28 years working as a carpenter. Interesting because he told me and my wife (along with their other customers) that he was the owner of a construction company and even gave us a list of houses that company had allegedly built. It turns out they were built by another company Jim used to work for (and possibly had part ownership in). That company, along with Jim Deering, was kicked out of the Central Ohio Builders Industry Association (the people who do the Parade of Homes) because of numerous complaints. (It must take a lot to get kicked out of that group, as Prism Construction is still a member despite multiple complaints from people who have been cheated by Mike Hammel). Currently Jim Deering's personal residence is in foreclosure, and Jim has more liens and judgements against him than I can count. From the looks of it, Jim will be living in a van down by the river soon unless he can quickly find another customer to scam! Anyone thinking of hiring these crooks would be better served to take their money and flush it down the toilet, at least that way you would know where exactly it went.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
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I hired Mike Hammel, the owner of Prism Construction to build a house for me. I caught him stealing money and trying to defraud me. He and his "partner" Jim Deering are a couple of low life con men. Here is how they tried to scam me. Jim Deering was part owner of a company named Lakewood Builders. He went bankrupt because he sucks at building houses. Mike Hammel formed a company called Lakewood Construction, and then hired Jim to pretend to be the owner. They only contract on "cost plus" contracts, so that they can pass all the costs on to their customer/victim. They provided a phony "custom estimate", and then after we started to build the house, practically everything was overbudget. When I told them I wanted to see copies of the invoices before I paid them another penny, they handed over a few invoices and it was very obvious that these inept idiots werent just incompetent, they were thieves as well! After I fired them, they tried to extort an additional $24,000 from me (on top of the $16,000 they had already stolen), by threatening to file a frivolous lien against my property! (they have filed liens or threatened to file liens against virtually all their previous customers) I told them to pound sand, and reported them to the Delaware County Sheriff and the Ohio Attorney General's office. Since then, I have also learned that Mike Hammel's wife is filing bankruptcy( with over $300,000 in business debt - apparently sucking at business runs in the Hammel family). In the bankruptcy filing, Mike claims that his only income is $350 a month in rental income from 8 apartments he owns. (Yes, the owner of Prism Construction is a slum lord). Since so many of their Lakewood customers filed complaints with local law enforcement and the Ohio Attorney General (who is still investigating these scumbags), these crooks have lately been using the name "Prism Construction". Of course, both companies are run out of Mike Hammel's garage by a third co-conspirator, Aaron Swihart, a former Menards retail sales associate (i.e. cashier). Jim Deering apparently isnt much better at swindling than he is at building houses though. He hasnt been able to swindle enough money to pay his monthly house payment so his home is being foreclosed on and looks like it will soon be sold by the Delaware County Sheriff with the proceeds given to the bank, and Jim sent off to perhaps live in a van down by the river (or Alum Creek). Bottom line, these are the most crooked, dishonest, and incompetent home builders in central Ohio. I would urge anyone who has been cheated by these grifters to contact the Ohio Attorney General's office and file a complaint so these scum can be sent to prison where they belong.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago