ReNews -- Remodelors Council News - 03/20/2008 (Plain Text Version)
Lonny Rutherford, CGR, CAPS
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NAHB Recognizes CGR and CAPS Remodelers of the Year
NAHB honored Allen W. Griffin, CGR, GMB, CAPS, with the distinction of 2007 Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year. The award was presented last month during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation. The CGR designation requires that graduates meet prescribed standards of business practice, possess a minimum of five years remodeling industry experience, have a proven track record of successful project management, complete a comprehensive education curriculum, and pledge to uphold the program's code of ethics. Each year, NAHB recognizes a top performer in this area.
President and founder of Gryphon Builders in Houston, Texas, Griffin’s award-winning design and build firm has earned accolades for its exceptional designs and renovations. He has held various positions during his 13 years in the construction industry and is an active member of the Remodelers Council with the Greater Houston Builders Association. Earning and promoting designations for the remodeling industry is an important cause for Griffin.
“Allen Griffin has a great passion for the value that designations bring to the remodeling industry, including enhancing the professionalism, skills, and integrity of professional remodelers,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Lonny Rutherford, a remodeler from New Mexico. “He continues to inspire and encourage remodelers to become members of the association and obtain their designations, and we are proud to recognize him for these important contributions to our industry.”
Griffin is published in several trade publications and has supported the community by contributing his time and talents to Houston Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Family, Build a Bike, and several other organizations.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named William S. Slease, CGB, CGR, GMB, CAPS the 2007 Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) of the Year earlier this month during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
Each year, the NAHB recognizes an individual for their work in this specialized field. The NAHB Remodelers, in collaboration with the AARP, NAHB Research Center, and NAHB 50+ Housing Council, developed the program to provide comprehensive, practical, market-specific information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their homes for aging-in-place.
Slease is president of Tapestry Custom Homes in McKinney, Texas, which conducts remodeling, new construction and consultation on universal design. He has worked in construction for more than 25 years and sits on the boards of the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, the Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Home Builders.
“William Slease recognizes the important work of universal design and modifying homes for aging in place,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Lonny Rutherford, a remodeler from New Mexico. “He has a great passion for his work and has been extremely active in communicating the benefits of the CAPS designation to others in the industry, and we are thrilled to recognize him for these great contributions.”
Slease is also an instructor for the NAHB University of Housing and speaks regularly on topics such as accessibility, universal design and aging-in-place. He holds the designation of Star Builder, which is awarded by the State of Texas for exemplary business standards, customer service and financial stability.
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