Four Honored as True Housing Professionals
The NAHB University of Housing honored four housing professionals for their contributions as holders of professional designations and for elevating the image of designations in their community.
Those honored were:
- Annie Morgan, 2005 Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) of the Year
- Dianne Beaton, 2005 Certified Graduate Associate (CGA) of the Year
- Dan Bawden, 2005 Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year
- Scott McCollum, 2005 Graduate Master Builder (GMB) of the Year
The four were honored at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. earlier this year.
“These designees go above and beyond to promote NAHB’s designation programs through innovative practices, mentoring others and encouraging continued education in our industry,” said Robert Bell, CGR, CAPS and the current chair of the CGB Board of Governors.
“Every building professional who goes through the program comes out with a demonstrated level of expertise in a niche area that can benefit the consumer,” Bell continued. “These honorees, however, have differentiated themselves by going out into their communities and advancing awareness of professional designations and their importance.”
- Annie Morgan — 2005 CAPS of the Year
Annie Morgan, CAPS, is the home repair director for Senior Services, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich. She developed and expanded a volunteer group of retired handymen, known as the “Tuesday Toolmen,” to repair and modify seniors’ homes. The program has been recognized by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and has been replicated in Traverse City.
Morgan has served as the chair of the Remodelors™ Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo. She also has been a driving force behind the Annual Junior Rampathon, an event in which volunteers build wheelchair ramps for children under the age of 18 who have special access needs.
Morgan is an approved instructor of NAHB’s CAPS courses and works with her association to recruit additional qualified CAPS instructors.
- Diane Beaton — 2005 CGA of the Year
Dianne Beaton, CGA, is the marketing and service business manager for Secondwind Water Systems, Inc. in Manchester, N.H. She is also the vice president of associates and associate national director for her state association, the Home Builders & Remodelers
Association of New Hampshire.
During the last two years, she, along with her association’s education committee, has coordinated more than 25 courses and instituted a “Spotlight on Education” newsletter highlighting professionals who are seeking or who have earned their designations.
- Dan Bawden — 2005 CGR of the Year
Dan Bawden, CGR, CAPS, GMB, is the president of Legal Eagle Contractors Co. in Houston and has been voted the Texas Remodeler of the Year three times and the Houston Remodeler of the Year twice. In 1999, Bawden created “The Houston Remodeling Guide,” which is distributed to more than 15,000 home owners annually at home shows and in showrooms.
While president of the Greater Houston Builders Association, he started the “CGR College.” Greater Houston now has one of the strongest educational programs in the country, with more than 30 designations classes taught annually.
- Scott McCollum — 2005 GMB of the Year
Scott McCollum, GBM, CGR, CAPS, is president of McCollum Associates, Inc. in Dallas. Not only does he emphasize his designations in all his marketing, McCollum also emphasizes that his employees continue their industry education. In fact, he requires that all new employees obtain a professional designation within two years.
McCollum is the chairman of the Custom Builders and Remodelors™ Council in Dallas and co-chair of the Texas Remodelors™ Council and continually tries to advance education within these associations. He also is an approved instructor for seven designation courses.
Professional designations offer NAHB members opportunities to improve their skills, advance their careers and exhibit their commitment to professional growth. The NAHB University of Housing offers 13 designations in such areas as remodeling, sales, property management, affordable housing and more.
For more information about The NAHB University of Housing’s Designee of the Year, including eligibility requirements, call the professional designation help line at 800-368-5242 x8154.
Lean More About NAHB Designation Courses
NAHB offers more than a dozen professional designations covering industry basics such as business management and marketing, as well as specialized classes, including aging-in-place programs, property management and more. For information about designations, go to www.nahb.org/designations.
For information about participating in or promoting National Designation Month, visit www.nahb.org/NDMTools or National Designation Month on the NAHB Web site.