No. 5 small: Challenging employees to succeed at Chesmar Homes

For employees at Chesmar Homes, there’s no micro-management, no feeling like they’re just a number and no unrealistic expectations.

Staffers and executives alike have fostered a culture of help and encouragement that CEO Don Klein said has helped The Woodlands company, which builds energy efficient homes, achieve a No. 5 ranking for small businesses on the Houston Chronicle’s annual Top Workplaces survey.

“One of our values is freedom to challenge everybody,” Klein said.

And at Chesmar, which employs 144 in Greater Houston, challenges can mean pushing sales higher or correcting mistakes before they snowball into problems.

COVID-19 shut down operations in many industries, but real estate remained busy. Some people sought to relocate to Texas from other states, realizing that remote work could offer them cheaper housing options. Others thought it was time to move to a larger home.

“We’re at the point where we need to slow sales down

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