REMODELING Announces Its Big50 Class of 2017

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Remodeling firms from across the U.S. honored for their quality, innovation, and customer service

“America has close to 92,000 remodeling companies with payrolls, and hundreds of thousands more individuals who are sole employees of their remodeling firms,” noted Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of REMODELING

Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries announces its REMODELING Big50 Class of 2017. Each year since 1986, REMODELING inducts 50 remodeling companies that have raised the bar for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their communities or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

“America has close to 92,000 remodeling companies with payrolls, and hundreds of thousands more individuals who are sole employees of their remodeling firms,” noted Craig Webb, editor-in-chief of REMODELING. “The 50 that we’re honoring this year represent just 0.05% of all remodeling firms with payrolls. It’s quite a rare distinction to reach Big50 status.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. “The 2017 inductees are a diverse group of firms that are dedicated to their customers and employees. They are constantly incorporating and searching for new ideas, technologies, and practices that will better serve their clients and increase business efficacy,” said Marisa Mendez, assistant editor of REMODELING, who teamed with contributing editor Gary Thill to manage the Big50 project.

The people and companies listed below are honored in September’s issue of REMODELING magazine, a national trade publication read by more than 130,000 professional remodeling contractors, as well as on REMODELING’s website. They also will receive prizes at a gala dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Sept. 26-28 in Minneapolis.

Here is the 2017 Big50 class:

  •     Melissa Bean, 5th Generation Contracting, Marietta, GA
  •     Ariel J. Hartman and Charles J. Hartman, AJH Renovations, Taylors, SC
  •     Daniel Tyler, All-Star Remodeling & Design, Kalamazoo, MI
  •     Zach Snider and Dan Zimmerman, Alloy Architecture and Construction, Charlottesville, VA
  •     William and Kathleen Herren, American Vision Windows, Simi Valley, CA
  •     Charles Barnes and David Medeiros, Barnes Custom Builders, North Falmouth, MA
  •     Bryan and Laura Slowick, BDS Design Build Remodel, Libertyville, IL
  •     Chris Black, Blackline Renovations, Dallas, TX
  •     Tom & Shari Thiel and Kevin Wibbenmeyer, Chesterfield Fence and Deck Company, Chesterfield, MO
  •     Dan Clar, Clar Construction, Montpelier, VT
  •     Kenneth and Ericka Combs, CQCHome, Durham, NC
  •     Todd Crockett, Crockett Construction, Homer Glen, IL
  •     Michael Flory and Chris Scott, Custom Built Design & Remodeling, Okemos, MI
  •     Bob Cord and Daniel Jachens, Daniel Builders, Anderson, SC
  •     Stephen Samuels, DES Home Renovations, Hamilton, NJ
  •     Mark Blankman, Fine Remodel and Construction, Salt Lake City, UT
  •     Lori and Douglas Gardner, Gardner Builders, Troy, MI
  •     Mike Gitt, Gitt Construction, Omaha, NE
  •     Gordon and Michelle Reese, Gordon Reese Construction, Walnut Creek, CA
  •     Gary A. Delia, Home Performance Alliance, St. Petersburg, FL
  •     Tope Lala, Homefix Custom Remodeling, Baltimore, MD
  •     Michael Birner, Hunt’s End Remodeling, Marriottsville, MD
  •     Allyson Case, Integro Rehab, Chicago, IL
  •     David Jordan, Jordan Design Build Group, Fairfax, VA
  •     Ken Baer and Pattie Capezza, K & P Enterprises, Knoxville, TN
  •     Devan and Tracy Kaufman, Kaufman Construction, West Des Moines, IA
  •     Matt Kaulig, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, Hudson, OH
  •     Joseph Smith, LeafGuard by Home Solutions of Iowa, Granger, IA
  •     Arlen Lee, Lee & Co Contractors, San Francisco, CA
  •     Bill Haussler and Chris Otte, Legacy Builders Group, Cincinnati, OH
  •     Donald Lynch, Jr., Lynch Construction, Churchville, MD
  •     Michael Lynch, Lynch Construction & Remodeling, Natick, MA
  •     Brett Ruiz, Medina Exteriors & Remodeling, DBA Simply Distinct Kitchens & Baths, Medina, OH
  •     Paul Gallop & Sherret Nosanchuk, Men At Work Design Build Ltd., Toronto, ON
  •     Jerry Fuller and Cody Miller, Packerland Home Improvement, Kaukauna, WI
  •     Patrick Readyhough, Pond Roofing Company, Fairfax, VA
  •     Peter Pawleko and Chris Swiech, Pro Home 1, Wood Dale, IL
  •     Brian A. Diamond, Quality Home Exteriors, Omaha, NE
  •     Phil Bennett, Real Estate Repairs – Real Remodels, Mount Pleasant, SC
  •     Robert Crawford, Renaissance South Construction Company, Mount Pleasant, SC
  •     Christopher Brown, Rescon Basement Solutions, Londonderry, NH
  •     Scott Pratt, Sr., Residential Renovations, Toledo, OH
  •     Hugh Stearns, Stearns Design Build, College Station, TX
  •     Michael Bruno, Stone Creek Builders, Matawan, NJ
  •     Karen McKechnie, Tommy McKechnie, Eric McKechnie, and Michael McKechnie, Stonehenge Construction, Louisville, KY
  •     Brian Duttenhoffer and Matthew Tomko, Summit Home Remodeling, Baltimore, MD
  •     Heng Phu and David Larkin, Sun Tec Solar Energy, Clearwater, FL
  •     Larry Green and Doug Lueck, System Pavers, Santa Ana, CA
  •     Michael Hollander, Jarrett Kass, Judy Kass, and Spencer Kass, Weather Tite Windows, Tampa, FL
  •     B.J. Werzyn, West Shore, Mechanicsburg, PA

REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their project success.

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