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2011 National Contractor of the Year (CotY) Winners Announced

Monday, April 04, 2011

CONTACT:       Morgan Zenner or Nikki Golden
                       (847) 298-9200
NARI Announces National Winners of the 2011 CotY Awards and 2011 Achievement Awards and Green Project Recognition
Des Plaines, Ill., April 4, 2011—The 2011 Evening of Excellence™ capped a nearly week-long event for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) that also included its Spring Business Meeting, held at the Westin Jersey City Newport, March 30 to April 2, 2011.
The Evening of Excellence™, culminating with the CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards ceremony, is commonly regarded as the premier event of the year throughout the remodeling industry. Held Sat., April 2, 2011, the event was attended by more than 300 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 and GE Money; Bronze Sponsors – Hanley-Wood Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler.
Contractors from seven regions nationwide vie for the awards on an annual basis. All 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 2009 and November 30 of 2010 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 binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.
Seven sustainable projects qualified for the NARI Green Project Recognition Program, which recognizes sustainable and eco-friendly remodeling practices.
Twenty-seven 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 a finalist at the national level.
To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. The entries making up this year’s competition totaled $93 million worth of remodeling projects. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.
The complete list of national CotY award winners for 2011 is as follows:
Residential Kitchen Under $40,000
Marrokal Design & Remodeling
Lakeside, CA
Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000
Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling
Portland, OR
Residential Kitchen $80,001 to $120,000
Double D Contractors, Inc.
Hicksville, NY
Residential Kitchen Over $120,000
Regarding Kitchens, Inc.
Lenexa, KS
Residential Bath under $30,000
Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling
Portland, OR
Residential Bath $30,000 to $60,000
John Stanforth Construction, LLC
Wilmington, OH
Residential Bath Over $60,000
Peter A. Robinson Remodeling, LLC
Blacklick, OH
Residential Interior Under $100,000
Metropolitan Builders & Supply co.
Charlotte, NC
Residential Interior $100,000 and Over
Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
Cabin John, MD
Residential Interior Specialty
McDonald Remodeling, Inc.
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Residential Addition Under $100,000
Renovations Unlimited
Grove City, OH
Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000
Home Rebuilders, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Residential Addition Over $250,000
Jones Design Build, LLC
Minneapolis, MN
Residential Exterior Under $100,000
Servant Remodeling
Dallas, TX
Residential Exterior $100,000 and Over
Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
Cabin John, MD
Residential Exterior Specialty
Alward Construction Company, Inc.
Berkeley, CA
Entire House Under $250,000
Miller Construction Co., Inc.
Norton, MA
Entire House $250,000 to $500,000
CG & S Design-Build
Austin, TX
Entire House $500,001 to $1,000,000
Warth Construction
Highlands, NC
Entire House Over $1,000,000
D. R. M. Design Build, Inc.
Southborough, MA
Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration
Handcrafted Homes, Inc.
Roswell, GA
Residential Universal Design
Island Kitchens & Bath
Patchogue, NY
Commercial Interior
Metropolitan Builders & Supply co.
Charlotte, NC
Commercial Exterior
Forde Windows and Remodeling, Inc.
Northbrook, IL
Commercial Specialty
Metropolitan Builders & Supply co.
Charlotte, NC
Home Theater & Media Rooms Under $150,000
T. Hurt Construction, Inc.
with team member
Creative Interiors by Libby
Omaha, NE
Home Theater & Media Rooms $150,000 and Over
Media Rooms, Inc.
West Chester, PA
NARI 2011 Green Project Recognition Honorees
Legacy Design Build Remodeling Inc. (Two entries honored)
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Architectural Building Arts Inc.
Madison, Wis.
A & E Construction
Pennington, N.J.
Home Works Remodeling
Middleton, Wis.
B & E General Contractors Inc.
Glendale, Wis.
Marsh Vorspan Partners Inc.
Austin, Texas
SAI Contractors
Cabin John, Md.
Artistic Renovations LLC
Seven Hills, Ohio
NARI will be providing special Contractor of the Year Award digital showcase in May, which will highlight not only the national winners but feature regional winners as well. The digital edition can be found on the Web site, under Awards.
In addition to the CotY Awards, there were 9 categories of Achievement Awards handed out in Jersey City. 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 2011 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.
Vicki Suiter, Financial Systems, North Bay NARI
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 Greater Chicagoland
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 of Madison
2011 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.
John Hogan, Parksite, Kings Park, N.Y.
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.
Jarred Roy, formerly with Pella Corporation, Pella, Iowa
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.
John Quaregna, CR, Jay-Cue Construction, Inc., North Bergen, N.J.
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.
Bryce Jacob, CR, Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers, Columbus, Ohio
Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes accomplishments, awards, local community involvement and NARI National involvement in both appointed and elected offices.
William E. Carter, MCR, CKBR, UDCR, William E. Carter Company, Sacramento, Calif.
The President’s Awards
Bestowed upon individuals who, in the opinion of the president, have done the most to assist in reaching goals.
William E. Carter, MCR, CKBR, UDCR, William E. Carter Company, Sacramento, Calif.
Art Donnelly, CR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., Holbrook, N.Y.
Bryce Jacob, CR, Dave Fox Remodeling, Columbus, Ohio
Paul Winans, CR, Remodelers Advantage, Inc., Ashland, Ore.
Sherry Zuch, Capital Improvements, McKinney, Texas
Homeowners are estimated to spend a total of $133 billion on home improvements in the U.S. through end of second quarter of 2011 up from $118 billion in second quarter 2010.
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. For tips on remodeling using green techniques and materials, visit NARI’s green Web site,
About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association which represents more 63,000 remodeling industry professionals — is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To locate a local NARI chapter or a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s Web site at, or contact the national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, at 800-611-NARI.

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