A Closer Look at NARI’s CotY Program

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named 160 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year)TM winners from the 2015 competition, with 33 team members.

Regional CotY winners now advance as finalists at the national level.   The CotY Awards program also recognizes projects with universal design and green elements through the Universal Design and Green Project Recognition Programs.

The CotY award signifies a successful remodeling project in every way.

“Awards are given to those who recognized their client’s needs and overcame difficult challenges to make their dreams a reality,” says Tracy Wright, CAE, Director of Special Projects at NARI. “The CotY Awards recognize the highest level of skill in design, planning and execution in a remodeling project.”

The CotY Awards also symbolize the highest professional recognition from industry peers. It is a true test for quality and advanced remodeling techniques, as chosen by highly regarded remodeling professionals from across the country. For an industry that has varied standards, this recognition becomes even more meaningful to those who receive it and in turn, to those working with CotY award winners.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of entries in the competition,” says Wright. “This is the second year that entries have been accepted online which has streamlined the process.”

 hmmmCotY by the Numbers

 This year, 389 entries were received in 36 categories from seven regions around the country. The entries in this year’s competition totaled over $85.5 million worth of remodeling projects.

“We extend congratulations to everyone who entered the program,” said Fred Ulreich, CEO, NARI. “The CotYs help position our member companies as top professionals in the industry. The effort to enter a national contest is considerable and should be viewed as an accomplishment in itself.”


Membership in NARI is broken into seven regions with 54 chapters as well as several hundred Members-At-Large that are not served by a local chapter.

Below is a breakdown of the CotY Awards by region and chapters. The full list of the 2015 Regional CotY Award Winners is available at: http://www.nari.org/industry/recognition/coty/


The Northeast region has members that hail from CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT. There are 11 Northeast chapters. This year, the Northeast region had 24 Regional Winners and 8 Team Winners out of 57 entries in this region.

Chapters                                             Regional awards            Team Members

NARI of Connecticut                                      1

NARI Eastern Massachusetts                         5                                  2

Central Jersey NARI, Inc.                                1

NYC/LI NARI                                                 6

NARI of Bucks-Mont                                      7                                  5

Delchester NARI                                             1

Members-At-Large                                           3                                  1


The Southeast region consists of nine states: AL, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV and the District of Columbia. There are seven chapters in this area. There are 27 Southeast Regional Winners and 3 Team Winners. There were a total of 81 entries in this region.

Chapters                                            Regional awards        Team Members

NARI Metro DC                                            9                                  1

NARI Tampa Bay                                           4

NARI Atlanta                                                 8                                  2

Greater Baltimore Area NARI                       1

NARI of Greater Charlotte, Inc.                    3

Members-at-Large                                           2

 North Central

The North Central region includes IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI. There are eight chapters. There are 32 Regional Winners and 16 Team Winners out of 102 entries.

Chapters                                            Regional awards        Team Members

NARI of Greater Chicagoland                       4

NARI of Minnesota, Inc.                               13

Kansas City NARI                                          6

Greater Omaha Remodelers                        2                                  3

NARI of Madison                                          6                                  13

Milwaukee/NARI                                           1

East Central

The East Central region consists of IN, KY, MI, and OH and has eight chapters. There are 21 Regional Winners, one Team Winner, with 28 entries.

Chapters                                            Regional awards        Team Members

NARI of Southeast Michigan                       3

Miami Valley NARI                                        3

NARI of Central Ohio                                 10                                1

NARI of Greater Cleveland                           1

Ohio Valley NARI                                          2

Members-At-Large                                         2

 South Central

The South Central region is made up of members in AZ, AK, LA, MS, NM, NV, OK, and TX. There are eight chapters in this area. There are 22 Regional Winners with two Team Winners out of 48 entries.

Chapters                                      Regional awards     Team Members        

Austin NARI                                                  10                                2

NARI of Greater Dallas                                 7

NARI of Houston                                           1

NARI of Minnesota, Inc.                               3 *

Members-At-Large                                         1

* Region 3 member entered in Region 5


The Northwest Region consists of states from AK, CO, ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY. There are four chapters. This year, there are 15 Regional Winners out of 27 entries.

Chapters                                       Regional awards     Team Members        

Greater Portland ORA NARI                        7

Greater Salem ORA/NARI                            1

Members-At-Large                                         7

 Southwest Region

The Southwest Region which consists of members in CA, HI, and UT and has eight chapters. There are 19 Regional Winners with three team members. The number of entries in the region was 46.

Chapters                                        Regional awards     Team Members        

NARI of San Diego:                                      8

San Francisco Bay Area NARI:                     3

NARI of Silicon Valley:                                  1                                  3

NARI of Diablo Valley                                   1

Members-at-Large                                        6


Similar to other prestigious award programs, a member company may receive more than one CotY. This is how our regional winners (including team winners) who received multiple awards stacked up this year:

2011-CotY-AwardsCompanies with 2 CotYs:       19

Companies with 3 CotYs:       11

Companies with 4 CotYs:       2

Companies with 5 CotYs:       1


The NARI National Awards Committee created the Green Project Recognition Program to recognize the sustainable and eco-friendly practices of NARI members. Likewise, a recognition program was created for Universal Design entries which meet universal design standards that focus on accessibility.

NARI GreenThis year there were six projects that met the Green Project

Recognition criteria and six that satisfied the Universal Design standards.

The National Winners, selected from the regional winner entries, will be announced at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception on Friday, April 17 in conjunction with the Spring Business meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. Both regional and national winners will be honored, and the winner reveal will also be available via webcast at 5:30 pm ET on April 17 and will be archived for viewing for 30 days. Participants for both the onsite and webcast events can register at http://www.nari.org/industry/recognition/evening-of-excellence/.

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