History of Dan Baumann and Chief Experts Academy

miscellaneous Dec 21, 2017

Here is a bit about my work history. 

Believe me, I know that running a design and remodeling business is a lot of work. At ChiefExperts Design/Build Academy, you'll find professionals like me that have been in your shoes. We have years of experience under our belts so trust us, we know the in’s and out’s of this business better than anyone else. We’re here to help you with everything from coaching and training to navigating systems. There’s no need to beat yourself up trying to figure out the best way to run this kind of business, at ChiefExperts we know what works and we’re more than willing to share. We'll help you focus on what matters for you and your family.

Dan Baumann, Certified Chief Architect Trainer


It has been an absolute privilege to help thousands of residential designers and contractors master the CAD software Chief Architect. The same people who were fumbling around with the program before, now have all the skills they need to draw fast, detailed, and accurate plans with Chief Architect.

After spending over 20 years of my life as a general contractor, I have completed thousands of successful remodeling projects including kitchens, bathrooms, porches, basement, and much more. 20 more years later I’m now a trainer and avid user of Chief Architect. Using this program I have completed another few thousand plans for homeowners and contractors.

Over all of those years, I’ve seen a lot of changes occur in the building industry. But, the one constant has always been that an accurate, well-thought-out, and detailed plan for any building project is the absolute most important part of any builder’s job. The effort you put into creating a good plan will reward the homeowner with a successful product and you with an enjoyable work experience.

Moving forward, I'm excited to continue putting my experience to work. I want to create a new and efficient educational system to help designers and contractors run more profitable companies and complete even more successful projects.

I've had a rewarding career in the home building and remodeling industry for over 40 years. I value all of my experiences from working as a contractor to becoming a Design-Build Remodeler Coach. These experiences have brought me to where I am now. And now, my mission is to help designers and contractors transform their businesses through just a few small adjustments in their thought processes and actions.

Dan Baumann, ChiefExperts.com, 952-236-4427, [email protected]

Dan's Personal Time Line:

  • 1976 Started in the remodeling business
  • 1981 End 2nd Partnership during my first 1st Economic Slowdown
  • 84-87 Third Partnership Builder One of MN
  • 87-96 Started my company Design-Build of MN
  • 1993 Purchased Chief Architect V1 SN00094
  • 1993 Dealer and Beta Tester for Chief
  • 1993 Started Design Build Technology, Inc.
  • 1996 Full time selling Chief, Training, and Design
  • 94-99 Created V2 to V5 Training VCR Tapes
  • 1998 Created DBTec Detailer
  • 1998 Started website DBTec.com (Before Chief)
  • 2000 V6 DVD Series for Chief
  • 2005 Chief ends dealer program after 12 years
  • 2006 Start online training and ChiefExperts.com
  • 06-15 Online training programs for Chief 10 through X6
  • 2008 Six months of WOW and then Crash
  • 09 & 12 Offered Lifetime CE Membership (Thank You)
  • 09-12 Survived the crash (tried other things)
  • 13-15 ChiefExperts, design and Chief coaching
  • 2016 The “New” ChiefExperts Design-Build Academy launches