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2010 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Winners Announced

Monday, April 12, 2010

CONTACT:        Morgan Zenner or Nikki Golden
                        (847) 298-9200
NARI Announces National Winners of the 2010 CotY Awards and 2010 Achievement Awards
Des Plaines, Ill., April 12, 2010---The 2010 Evening of Excellence™ capped a week-long event for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) that also included its Spring House of Delegates Meeting, held at the Wyndham Phoenix, in Phoenix, April 7-10, 2010.
The Evening of Excellence™, culminating with the Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards ceremony, is commonly regarded as the premier event of the year throughout the remodeling industry. Held Sat., April 10, 2010, the event was attended by more than 200 of the industry’s elite and was sponsored by the following NARI national member companies: Platinum Sponsors – Lowe’s Commercial Services and Pella Corp.; Gold Sponsor –The Home Depot; Silver Sponsors — Lutron and Ferguson; Pewter Sponsor – Moen; Bronze Sponsors – Hanley-Wood Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler.
Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. Most projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.
In addition, competing projects were completed between July 1 of 2008 and November 30 of 2009 and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description. Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. 
New to this year is the NARI Green Project Recognition Program, which recognizes sustainable and eco-friendly remodeling practices. Fourteen sustainable projects qualified for this new category.
Twenty-six national CotY winners were named at this year’s ceremony. Preliminary judging took place at the association’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Ill., in early January, where regional winners were announced in each of the categories. These regional winners advanced as finalists at the national level. To be considered, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. NARI members represent a select group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as professional remodelers.
The complete list of national CotY award winners for 2010 is as follows:
Residential Kitchen Under $40,000
Atlanta Building Company
Grayson, GA
Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000
Quality Home Improvements Inc. with team member Amish Built Cabinets
Kingwood, TX
Residential Kitchen $80,001 to $120,000
BMW Builders
La Jolla, CA
Residential Kitchen Over $120,000
Clayton Nelson & Associates with team members Slaughterbeck Floors, Viking Door & Window, Woodenbridge Inc. and University Electric
Los Gatos, CA
Residential Bath under $30,000
Square Deal Remodeling Company
Portland, OR
Residential Bath $30,000 to $60,000
WrightWorks, LLC
Indianapolis, IN
Residential Bath Over $60,000
DreamBuilders Home Remodeling
El Dorado Hills, CA
Residential Interior Under $100,000
Crescer Designs
Garland, TX
Residential Interior $100,000 and Over
Neal’s Design & Remodel
Cincinnati, OH
Residential Interior Specialty
Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
Cabin John, MD
Residential Addition Under $100,000
Revival Construction, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000
CG & S Design Build
Austin, TX
Residential Addition Over $250,000
KohlMark Group with team member Argent Heating & Cooling, LLC
Burke, VA
Residential Exterior Under $100,000
A. E. Harth, Inc.
Spring House, PA
Residential Exterior $100,000 and Over
Traver Construction, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Residential Exterior Specialty
BlueStream Builders
Oakland Park, FL
Entire House Under $250,000
Dybdahl’s Classic Kitchens & Cabinets, Inc.
Middleton, WI
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
Mackenzie Design Build, Inc.
Austin, TX
Entire House $500,001 to $1,000,000
Block Builders
Bethesda, MD
Entire House Over $1,000,000
Marrokal Design & Remodeling
Lakeside, CA
Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration
T. Hurt Construction, Inc. with team member Creative Interiors by Libby
Omaha, NE
Residential Universal Design
Jackson Design & Remodeling with team members GMG Stone Inc., and La Mesa Electronics
San Diego, CA
Commercial Interior
Kitchen Design Gallery
Lenexa, KS
Commercial Exterior
Brillo Home Improvements, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
Commercial Specialty
Greater Dayton Building & Remodeling, An Oberer Thompson Company
Beavercreek, OH
Home Theater & Media Rooms Under $150,000
Baskam-Sotera Company
Huntington, NY
NARI Green Project Recognition Program Award Winners:
Entire House $500,001 to $1,000,000
Gallagher Remodeling, Inc.
Belmont, MA
Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000
Woodbridge Kitchen Designs
Hicksville, NY
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
Renewal Design Build
Decatur, GA
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
Wisdom Properties, Inc.
Marietta, GA
Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000
Struby Construction, LLC
Decatur, GA
Residential Addition Over $250,000
Cruickshank, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Residential Interior $100,000 and Over
Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, LLC
Minneapolis, MN
Residential Bath Under $30,000
NY Design Build, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
Residential Bath $30,000 to $60,000
NY Design Build, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
NY Design Build, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
Marsh Vorspan Partners, Inc.
Austin, TX
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
Kettler- Austin, Inc.
Austin, TX
Entire House $500,000 to $1,000,000
Kettler- Austin, Inc.
Austin, TX
Entire House $500,000 to $1,000,000
Green Hammer, Inc.
Portland, OR
NARI again will be printing a special Contractor of the Year Award showcase in May, which will highlight not only the national winners but feature regional winners as well. The digital edition will be available on the Web site, under Awards.
In addition to the CotY Awards, there were 10 categories of Achievement Awards handed out in Atlanta. The Achievement Awards are bestowed on an annual basis, and in most cases, the recipient must be nominated. The categories are designed to recognize outstanding achievement by an individual, company or chapter that serves to promote and enhance the professional remodeling industry.
The complete list of national Achievement Award winners for 2010 is as follows:
Chapter President Award
Presented to a local chapter president who has demonstrated outstanding leadership capability in the broad range of service to his or her chapter during his or her term of service.
Dale Benjamin, Benjamin Plumbing Inc., NARI Madison
Chapter Community Project Award
Presented to a chapter for a community project to enhance the community and increase the awareness of NARI in the community, both locally and nationally.
NARI of Bucks-Mont
Chapter Excellence Award
Presented to a chapter for work (other than a specific community project) which impacted the chapter’s local area or state in a positive manner, gave the association higher visibility within the community and enhanced the image and awareness of NARI through local activities, membership campaigns, awards programs, community service, etc.
NARI Madison
2009 Distributor of the Year
Recognizes distributors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to NARI, the professional remodeling industry and the community or communities in which they do business.
Milwaukee Millworks, Milwaukee, Wis.
Peter H. Johnson Image Award
Named for Peter H. Johnson, founder of the CotY Awards Program, this award is open to all who contribute to the enhancement of the remodeling industry’s image.
Tom Feiza, Mr. Fix It Inc., Waukesha, Wis.
Professionalism Award
Presented to a non-paid NARI member who has show exceptional leadership, devotion, dedication and accomplishment through his or her efforts to promote NARI as a professional organization at the local level.
Art Donnelly, CR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers, Holbrook, N.Y.
Harold Hammerman Spirit of Education Award
Established in 1978 by the late Harold Hammerman, this prestigious award recognizes excellence in training and education in the construction industry.
Don Strobel, CR, CKBR, GCP, Strobel Design Build, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes accomplishments, awards, local community involvement and NARI National involvement in both appointed and elected offices.
Renée Rewiski, Remodeling News, Hawthorne, N.J.
John Quaregna Award for Young Remodeling Professionals
Established in 2001, this award recognizes service, both locally and nationally, of an individual who has taken notice of the industry early on, recognizing the youthful spirit, enthusiasm and commitment of John Quaregna, for whom the award is named.
Jeff Grundahl, CR, JG Development Inc., Blue Mounds, Wis.
The President’s Awards
Bestowed upon individuals who, in the opinion of the president, have done the most to assist in reaching goals.
NARI National Staff
Michael Hamman, Michael Hamman, General Contractor, San Francisco
David Merrick, MCR, UDCR, Merrick Design Build Inc., Kensington, Md.
Bryce Jacob, Dave Fox Remodeling, Columbus, Ohio
NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI.
Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 800-611-NARI and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit and click on the homeowner’s guide for more information.
About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. With more than 8,200 member companies nationwide, the Association -- based in Des Plaines, Illinois — is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To locate a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s Web site at, or contact the national headquarters office at 800-611-NARI.
For tips on remodeling using green techniques and materials, visit NARI’s green Web site,
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