The Remodelors™ Council of Metro Portland was able to reduce the bureaucratic red tape many Portland remodelers encounter when acquiring city permits and inspections. Because of the council’s efforts to develop the 2004 Field Issuance Remodel Program with Portland’s Bureau of Developmental Services, remodelers now can facilitate a rapid plan review and inspection for one- and two-family residential remodels and additions.
The combination of a hands-on board of directors, strong membership committee and dedicated general membership enabled the Greater Houston Remodelors™ Council to grow and maintain its membership. Today, the council has more than 100 remodeling members and more than 140 associate members.
Since becoming the Southern Arizona Home Builder Association’s Remodelors™ Council chairman in 1995, Greg Miedema, president of Dakota Builders, has worked tirelessly to promote a positive image for remodelers and the industry. During 2003-2004, his efforts culminated in the highest profile ever for the Remodelors™ Council, both within the association and in the general public. The SAHBA Board of Trustees has recognized his contributions and in 2006 will make him the first remodeler to ever serve as chairman of the board.
Since becoming executive officer of the Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association in 1995, Tiemeyer helped form its Remodelors™ Council and supported many of the council’s service projects, including its work with Habitat for Humanity last year, which earned the council a 2003 Community Service CADRE. Also under Tiemeyer’s guidance, the association has increased its membership from 125 members to more than 400 members, including 20 new Remodelors™ Council members this year.
Because remodeling has surpassed new home building in Birmingham and many contractors are now entering the remodeling industry, home owners have more firms to choose from than ever before. To help consumers hire the best professionals in the area, the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders Remodelors™ Council published a Remodelors™ Council Membership Directory with a circulation of 25,000. The publication provides information to consumers and serves as an excellent business and membership recruitment tool for the council.
David Engel Inducted into America’s Best Remodeling Hall of Fame
In addition to the CADRE awards presentation, David Engel, director of the Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was inducted into the Remodelors™ Council America’s Best National Remodeling Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the gala in Chicago. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the remodeling industry.
Engel has worked within the federal government to move the industry forward, break down regulatory barriers and reach out to remodelers and community officials to help both sides understand each other and work together.
As the director of Affordable Housing Research and Technology, Engel is responsible for all departmental research on building technology and regulatory barriers to affordable housing, including building code and zoning issues, as well as research on environmental issues impacting housing and community development. During the past 20 years, he has sponsored more than $10 million in research addressing remodeling industry issues such as codes, technologies and quality.
Engel also manages the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program. PATH is a major private/public partnership funded by HUD that undertakes joint research with private industry, academia, state and local governments and other federal agencies. Its goal is to use new technologies to significantly increase the affordability and value of housing.
In addition to the award, Hall of Fame sponsor Weather Shield Windows and Doors donated $1,000 in Engel's name to Bread for the City, a Washington, D.C.-based charity.
Randall Hall Named 2004 Remodelor™ of the Year
Randall Hall, of Dallas-based Randall Hall Design, Build, Remodeling, Inc., was named the Remodelors™ Council’s 2004 Remodelor™ of the Year at the gala in Chicago. The award is given to remodelers who best demonstrate longevity in business, community and industry involvement, innovation in business technology and continuing education participation.
Hall has received 42 honors within the last 12 years, including Remodelor™ of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Dallas, the Lone Star Awards and Chrysalis.
He has been a chairman of the HBA of Greater Dallas Remodelors™ Council; is a life director on its board of directors; and has served as a member of its committees on benefits, education, communications, government relations and nominations. He also has served as secretary, vice president and president of the HBA. He is active in his state association and sits on the Texas Association of Builders Board of Directors and served as chairman of its member benefits committee and Remodelors™ Council. On the national level, Hall sits on the NAHB Remodelors™ Council Board of Trustees, CGR Board of Governors and NAHB Board of Directors.
Hall also has held leadership positions in the Hearts n’ Hammer Volunteers, Hands Across the Table, YMCA, Young Life Volunteers, Exchange Club, PTA and Habitat for Humanity , and he has given time to his local children’s hospital and coached his neighborhood youth soccer team.
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