Necessity was more than the mother of invention for builder, businessman and venture capitalist Ward Schraeder. It was the catalyst that propelled him to a lifetime of achievements in seemingly unrelated ventures that, in reality, are all linked by the innate talents he possesses. Resourceful, relatable and determined, the Midwesterner literally created his hard-won success story with his own hands. A modern day Renaissance Man and Jack-of-all-Trades, this dedicated family man recently gained worldwide fame as co-star of HGTV’s Bargain Mansions, now in its third season. A natural handyman, Ward built and fixed things all his life, starting in his youth when he helped his high school football coach construct a modest home, and his father rebuild his grandfather’s ranch house. The family moved often as Ward moved up the corporate ladder, building a new house each time while living on the first floor as work progressed upstairs. Out of economic necessity, he “employed” his four children and taught them construction and the value of hard work along the way. Ward enjoyed the process so much that he continued remodeling homes with his children as his crew, teaching them everything from using tools to installing sheetrock.