Leadership Landscape

Episode 89. Joe Pusateri – President & Founder, Elite Homes, Inc.

A custom builder and re-modeler, Joe Pusateri thrives on challenge and using his talents to the best of his ability.

Joe counts his parents holding all of their children to a high standard as the beginning of his leadership style. He founded Elite Homes in 1976, specializing in the design, building and remodeling of custom homes. In November of 2007, his company was responsible for building a home for the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The home was specially designed and built for musician Patrick Henry Hughes.

He served as president of the Home Builder’s Association in Louisville twice, and was responsible for bringing Homearama to the Smoketown neighborhood, building the first new homes there in 50 years. He led the Chamber of Commerce’s Inaugural Business Expo to become the largest chamber-sponsored trade show in the nation.

Joe is a board member of Greater Louisville, Inc. He rescued the Louisville Orchestra from bankruptcy in 2003, and in 2006, he negotiated a new five-year agreement with the musicians union, which stabilized the orchestra’s finances. He is also a motivational speaker.