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Marnie Oursler

Marnie Oursler

Innovative use of materials, impeccable craftsmanship, and a brilliant sense of design have propelled Marnie Oursler from building beach homes as a hobby to presiding over a thriving custom home building business. Marnie is revolutionizing the industry with her fresh approach to established building practices and processes. After building the first LEED certified home in Delaware, she challenged herself to use more locally sourced materials.

Now, Marnie encourages other builders to do the same as the proud spokesperson for 84 Lumber’s “We Build American” initiative. Marnie is dedicated to doing the right thing whether it’s building practices that are good for the environment and promote domestic jobs or helping students gain field experience to launch construction careers.

Marnie has been nationally recognized by as Professional Builder Magazine’s “40 Under 40” – a recognition of entrepreneurs to watch in the building industry – and received one of the world’s most distinguished business honors, the Gold Stevie® Award as Entrepreneur of the Year for Women in Business. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Cross Continent MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Marnie stars Big Beach Builds, DIY Network, airing Monday nights at 9:00 PM EST and 9:30 PM EST.
11 Ways to Stay Healthy this Summer (Even When You’re Busy)

Sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up playing soccer and softball and attended East Carolina University on a softball scholarship. 

Before enrolling at ECU, however, I attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where I powered through the famous "Plebe Summer,” when new students (called “plebeians”) suffer through some of the most physically and mentally demanding tests and challenges. 

That experience not only taught me how to push through fear to accomplish any goal, but it also instilled in me a deep understanding of the importance of physical fitness. 

Since then, I've completed triathlons, marathons, and all manner of races; always something to feed my need for movement, competition, and a healthy lifestyle.

But, life has gotten busy in the last few years, between running a thriving business, shooting a TV show, and juggling the demands of balancing my personal and professional lives. Staying in shape doesn't always fit into my hectic schedule, but it's always a top priority. 

So, to stay motivated when life gets crazy, I've had to get creative with how I get my healthy on. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to keep my physical well-being on track during the summer (and all year long), even when life seems bent on holding me back.