Our Team

Dan Kaufmann - Owner

Throughout his years at Virginia Tech, Dan Kaufmann spent his holidays and summer breaks learning and working in his fathers home building and renovation business. Dan’s extensive experience growing up in the building industry expanded further while working for several local builders.  As our fearless leader, Dan stays in the field offering guidance and insight for every home build despite leading the organization from the highest level.  Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, especially when they make it out to the mountains camping. He enjoys golfing and whenever possible, just getting outdoors. 

Scott O'Connell - Owner

Turning over the V-Twin in his custom Harley is one of Scott’s favorite sounds.  Unfortunately, it only happens once or twice a year as his “side project” turned into a full business.  Scott wears many hats to keep Clay Street running smoothly but still finds time to act as a personal Uber driver for his three children.  He has a background in commercial construction and leads our new commercial division as we expand.  When he can get time away from the office he enjoys competing in triathlons and taking his family out to their cabin for the weekend.   And at least once each fall you can catch him in Lane Stadium! 

Elliot Barnett - Director of Operations

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Elliot moved to Chicago and then San Francisco to pursue his culinary dreams.  But life takes funny turns and he and his wife, Katherine, moved back to Richmond to raise their daughter.  Through a conversation with Dan, Elliot got the opportunity to bring his project management skills to Clay Street Builders to help with their expansion. He started on a 90-day contract to test the waters of the construction industry and still hasn’t left.  Elliot spends his time with his wife and daughter, and tries to get into the woodshop whenever he can. 

Frank Sanske - Project Manager

Hailing all the way from California, Frank considers himself a Powhatan native at this point.  He’s the most gifted craftsman among us, using his extensive knowledge to make sure every project is completed to the highest of standards.  Few companies have an all around knowledge like Frank, we are certainly lucky to have him.  We’re not sure if Frank has any hobbies that he does for himself because when he isn’t chasing his three children, you might catch him coaching little league or framing houses for Habitat for Humanity.