Brian Renner, founder and co-owner
My personal values—integrity, honesty, and a commitment to service—lead me to a career in firefighting. Now those values carry over as the foundation for my business, Firewalker Homes. I put the same amount of passion for service into building homes as I did into my work fighting fires and saving lives.
My philosophy is one of living life to the fullest. I've always had a need for excitement, and I continually quest for knowledge. Over the years, my thirst to learn and experience the world has steered me into adventures such as sailing to Mexico and across the South Pacific to Polynesia. Also, a 3-month bicycle trip across the U.S. provided an opportunity to see our country in a more personal way.
Before I launched my dual careers of firefighting and building, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a medic aboard ship. This time reinforced my desire to serve the community and led me into firefighting. The same year, I also began my work in building and remodeling—filling the time between my work shifts by using my mind and hands to create quality homes.
After years of working for others remodeling multifamily properties and improving single-family homes to prepare them for sale, I started my own construction company in 1993. Since then, Firewalker Homes has built hundreds of townhomes and single family houses in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. The people who live in Firewalker Homes are my neighbors. This is my community. I grew up here, went to college here, and I am committed to making it better. And as a native of the Pacific Northwest, I appreciate and enjoy the natural resources and beauty of our region.
As a retired professional firefighter, it is important to me that people see that any firefighter is always ready to step in and help. I chose Firewalker as my company name to remind myself and everyone who works with me that we should always be vigilant and committed to people as we build their homes.