Designations Should Be the 'Norm' for Our Industry
Nation’s Building News recently talked with Scott Sevon, CGR, CAPS, GMB, and president of Sevvonco, Inc., a custom home builder and remodeler based in Palatine, Ill., about the value of his professional designation.
Scott Sevon, CGR, CAPS, GMB
What designations do you hold?
CGR, CAPS, GMB
Have you ever won a customer or a job because of your NHAB designation?
Yes, we have. Actually one of our clients is quoted in the new Remodelors™ Council CGR brochure.
How has your designation tangibly benefited your career?
The designations have kept me and the firm current. The ongoing education refreshes us and continues to teach us how to be better builders and remodelers.
Doctors and surgeons must keep up their education and training — and so do we.
How have you promoted designations among your peers? Your home builders association?
Whenever I speak to one of our non-certified members or at meetings, I do promote the need for designations.
Each time I introduce myself, I always use my certifications. This always perks interest in non-certified members.
When I sign in on attendance sheets, I also list my certifications for all to see.
Lastly, whenever a member wants to know more about designations, I try to mentor them and guide them into starting their own paths.
Why should consumers ask for designations from their builders?
I hope it becomes a norm in the industry for consumers to want to hire only professionals in our industry.
When we go to doctors, surgeons, accountants and attorneys, we seem to always request or view their degrees and designations. Why shouldn't we do the same in our industry? If our professionalism through designations were more evident in the media, hopefully consumers would ask for only graduated professionals.
Why did you choose to pursue a designation through NAHB?
Again, to be better rounded and educated, and to bring more professionalism to myself and the firm.
By taking the courses and educational programs and continuing education that The NAHB University of Housing provides, constantly monitors and updates, we are always kept ahead of the learning curve.
Many of my friends and peers at NAHB have one or more designations, which sparked my interest long ago to obtain my designations and certifications. Also, because NAHB is the largest and strongest federation of builders and remodelers in our great nation.
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A designation shows your own commitment to improving your skills while showing your customers your commitment to the profession.
To learn more about the HCCP designation and to begin the road to receiving this or one of the 13 other NAHB professional designations, visit www.nahb.org/designations.