Who We Are

We place a premium on the relationship we develop with each customer. Our customers are our neighbors and our friends. We believe the relationship we build with each customer is just as important as the level of craftsmanship we build into each project. At Hobson Builders, we treat your home as if it were our own. Our business is maintained by the referrals and word-of-mouth references we earn through our unwavering care for our customers and commitment to maintaining honesty and trust in our business relationships.

Principal Ross Hobson, Sr. has lived in the Queen City for more than 50 years. He has an eye for detail, precision and accuracy, priding himself on focusing on what matters. Those traits extended to protecting lives as a lifeguard at Foxcroft Swim and Racquet Club as a young man and even tracking the length of his courtship to wife Trish to ensure their marriage happened on the one-year anniversary of their first date. And they’re precisely the qualities he brings to his work every day, crafting beautiful homes.

Ross Hobson


Ross Sr. was born in Smithfield, VA in 1966 but has lived in Charlotte for over 45 years, never more than 3 miles from SouthPark Mall. A “Lifer” at Charlotte Country Day School and a graduate of The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill further solidify Ross’ Charlotte roots and deep ties to the community. Ross grew up on Foxcroft Rd and worked for 6 summers as a lifeguard and later as the Manager of Foxcroft Swim and Racquet Club. He was also an Eagle Scout from Troop 116, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carmel Rd.

In 1988 Ross embarked on his 30+ years of service in the construction and real estate industry. Ross has played multiple roles including builder, broker, investor, developer, project director, partner and owner.

After a 364-day courtship, Ross married Trish Vail on the 1-year anniversary of their first date in May of 1992. Trish was a recent graduate of Queen’s University and was raised in Johnston City, Tennessee. Trish and Ross have 2 grown children, Helen and Ross Jr. Trish has served as the president of the Junior League of Charlotte and is now the president of the Relatives. Located in the heart of the Dilworth Community, the mission of The Relatives, a nonprofit, is to help youth and young adults transition from crisis to safety, stability, and happy futures. Trish and Ross live near Freedom Park with their 2 rescue dogs, Chipper and Jo Jo.

Ross’ roles with Hobson Builders includes representing the team throughout the community, developing business, long-term planning, customer relations, charitable giving and service, and being the old, grey-haired guy with decades of mistakes and successes to learn from.

Wade Carlton

Director of Pre-Construction


Wade was born and raised in Hickory, NC. He and his siblings had a very “Sandlot” childhood and spent his high school years playing every sport he could get his hands on. Although, soccer and basketball were his true loves. Summers in high school were spent toiling on a 20 acre farm, proving that stacking hay and mucking horse stalls in the summer heat is where work ethic is bred.

Wade went on to graduate magna cum laude from Appalachian State with a degree in Construction Management. He then earned a 4.0 GPA and Graduate Student of the Year honors at Auburn while on his way to a Masters degree in Building Science.

Post college, Wade spent a year volunteering on a Christian mission team that travelled to 11 countries in 11 months, spending 1 month in each country serving the less fortunate, living out of tent, and meeting his eventual wife, Chrissy. Wade moved to Charlotte in 2013 and has been remodeling homes here ever since. He enjoys building relationships with clients and grateful to help bring the home of their dreams to reality.

Today, whether it’s trail running with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Echo, or exploring a new country with Chrissy, he likes to stay active and in pursuit of the next challenge. Just don't ask him to do another full Ironman. One was enough.

Along with managing projects in the field, Wade completes the estimates for the Hobson team.

Michael Welsh

Director of Finance


Michael is originally from Dayton, Ohio, where he was born into a large and die-hard group of Ohio State Buckeye fans. Growing up in Richmond, VA from the age of five, Michael played every sport imaginable while coexisting with three younger sisters.

Following First Union’s purchase of Signet, Michael and his family relocated to Charlotte in 1998. He attended Charlotte Country Day from the seventh grade on, where he was an all-conference baseball player his sophomore through senior years. In the summers, Michael could be found golfing almost daily at Carmel Country Club.

After high school, Michael enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with distinction with a degree from the Kenan Flagler Business School. During his time in Chapel Hill he saw the basketball team win national championships in both his freshman and senior year. He then went on to graduate school at Ohio State to study finance and accounting, receiving two merit-based scholarships during his time there.

Michael has since held numerous finance, strategy, and business development roles at multiple companies including KPMG, Nationwide, and Red Ventures. His career allowed him to live all over the country, including stops in Scottsdale, Des Moines, and Columbus before returning to Charlotte in 2016. He joined Hobson Builders in 2019 as the finance officer while also spending time in the field managing projects as needed. Michael enjoys staying active, regularly playing tennis and golf, and rooting on his two favorite teams: the Tarheels and the Buckeyes.

Adam Grass

Field Superintendent


Adam was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up like most kids in Louisiana where life revolved around football, music, and the great outdoors. In 2005 he was displaced from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. The storm destroyed his home. Fortunately, he evacuated to Charlotte, and has called it home ever since. Adam attended Alexander Graham Middle School and Myers Park High School. Adam was a part of the Myers Park Football team, playing defensive end. He graduated in 2014.

After graduation, Adam joined a small residential construction company that self-preformed most all the trades including framing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roofing, ……. he learned construction from the ground up, getting his hands dirty all while learning all the trades. Adam joined Hobson Builders in 2020 as a Field Superintendent.

When Adam is not at work, he loves to spend his time outdoors. His passion is fishing. Fishing for bass on the local lakes and fishing inshore on the coast when able to. Adam has been married since 2018 to his beautiful wife Tanja. Tanja is originally from Switzerland. She came to the U.S as an Au Pair to take a year of from school. Unfortunately for her she met Adam, fell in love and decided to stay. They have two dogs, A black lab named Wodie and a German Shorthaired pointer named Chester.

Nate Craig

Field Superintendent


Nate was born and raised in Belmont, NC. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a BA in Business Management and was the starting center fielder for the Crusaders Baseball team. Nate now lives just outside of Charlotte in Locust, NC where he is happily married to his beautiful wife Keri. They have two boys Logan and Maverick in and two dogs, Abbey and Boone.

Nate’s background over the years in construction is all inclusive from production management to personally building custom cabinets. Nate joined Hobson Builders in 2021 as a Field Superintendent.

When Nate is not in the field for Hobson Builders, he can be found at the baseball field with Logan or playing a round of golf with Maverick. He enjoys traveling and keeping up with his favorite sports – The PGA Tour, The Atlanta Braves and The Carolina Panthers.

Jeff Palmer

Field Superintendent


Jeff Palmer was raised on the waterways of south Florida where he spent his summers on the water and playing baseball. Jeff played college baseball and to this day feeds his passion following the Atlanta Braves.

Jeff has two grown sons, Kenny and Jimmy. Kenny graduated from UNCC where he played baseball and is now a physical therapist in Charlotte. Jimmy is an aspiring chef at a local steak restaurant.

Jeff began his marble and tile career as an apprentice over 40 years ago. He stared Palmer Tile Inc. in 1994. Jeff has been working with Hobson since 2016 as both a tile specialist and a site superintendent. Jeff is a master at his trade and takes great pride in his work. He’s also a lot of fun to be around and works great with our trade partners.