I live in Cypress and I had a tough time finding a tech counselor too. I eventually contacted EAA and they sent me a list. Turns out a multiple builder was just 3 miles away.
I'm on my finishing kit so have some experience now, good and bad. You are welcome to come by and I can show you examples of good, marginal and bad if that will help you.
Wings, empennage and fuselage completed
Finish kit in progress
IO-390 Thunderbolt ordered