Victory Homes president named Builder of the Year
Germantown business owner John Stoker started out as commercial pilot

By KAREN STOKES - Special to Conley Media

Dec. 26, 2018

GERMANTOWN — John Stoker, president of Victory Homes of Wisconsin, has been named the 2018 Builder of The Year by the Metropolitan Builders Association.

Created in 1953, the Builder of the Year award has recognized the best innovators and leaders in the home building industry using criteria including integrity, business accomplishments and community service.

“It’s the highest honor we can get from our industry; it’s very flattering and humbling,” said Stoker. “Personally, it’s a hats off to my sales and management teams. They’re the ones that get the work done and they’re the ones that made this possible.”

Stoker’s involvement with the MBA began over 19 years ago and includes service on many boards and committees within the Association. Recently he served as the 2017 president.

Victory Homes of Wisconsin has designed and built homes since 2003.

The company’s foundation was built on the principles of quality construction, providing an enjoyable building experience, and the unique opportunity for each homeowner to customize their new home to meet their needs.

“Victory Homes does what a lot of our competition doesn’t. Victory Homes builds custom homes,” Stoker said. “Every home is customized, we want people to be able to get what they want. If I’m going to build someone their dream home, I’m going to let them build their dream home.”

Stoker’s path to Victory Homes was a unique one.

“I had no interest in being in real estate, I was a commercial pilot, that’s what I wanted to do. Unfortunately in the ’90s, when I was ready to become a commercial pilot the airlines weren’t hiring,” Stoker said.

Stoker accepted a position in real estate and after a few months realized not only was he good at it, but he liked it. He soon began working at Allan Builders, became the sales manager and eventually bought the company. In 2003 he purchased the assets of Victory Homes LTD.

Presently, the Victory Companies are comprised of two building companies, Victory Homes of Wisconsin, Inc., and Allan Builders, LLC and a remodeling company, Victory Renovations, LLC.

“I love this industry. It’s a frustrating industry. It’s hard. There’s a lot of competition, challenges, there’s tariffs, taxes, lumber prices, but there’s few jobs where you can take some land and in a few months you can hand somebody the keys to their dream home and that’s very gratifying,” Stoker said.