An active association member for 33 years, Motsenbocker has been described by colleagues as "an extraordinary gift, on all levels, to the fraternity of home builders and remodelers." He joined NAHB in 1968, and became active in the association's remodeling constituency the following year. His authorship of numerous articles and frequent appearances as a speaker and instructor for CGR and CGB, including the one-day basic business seminar, has meant so much to remodelers getting started and joining the remodeler family. Motsenbocker's contributions and leadership have been honored on numerous occasions: local HBA Builder of the Year 1980 and 1995; State Remodeler of the Year 1986 and 1997; NAHB Remodelor of the Year 1986; and the state of Indiana's highest honor — the John C. Hart Presidential Award. He has also been regularly featured in and as a contributor to, a variety of trade and industry publications.
Patchan's long association with NAHB Remodelers, formerly the Remodelors Council, includes serving 18 years as its executive director. He was involved with several initiatives, projects and programs that have helped define the association and the remodeling industry. Throughout the NAHB federation, he created programs, leadership, and knowledge for remodelers. The Home Owners Warranty/Remodelors Warranty Program; the Quality Standards for Remodelers, now the Performance Guidelines for Residential Construction; the creation in 1996 of Professional Remodeler magazine; the Remodelers' Show; the FHA Title 1 program — the list of areas where he has invested his time, effort, and commitment mirrors all the landmarks of the remodeling industry's development in the past three decades. Patchan's induction in the Hall of Fame is a direct result of his caring, passionate nature to work for remodelers and for the industry.
For more than 30 years, Stoeppelwerth worked to raise the level of professionalism throughout the remodeling industry by advocating sound business practice. Stoeppelwerth, who is director of Bethesda, Md.,-based HomeTech Information Systems, served in a variety of leadership roles within NAHB Remodelers during its early history. He was also one of the country's earliest speakers on remodeling industry topics. With the publication in 1985 of Professional Remodeling Management, one of the first books on remodeling business management, Stoeppelwerth began teaching thousands of remodelers how to improve every aspect of their business. As a leading spokesperson for the remodeling industry, he has helped raise the professional standards of the sector, and in doing so has done an invaluable service to the public perception and understanding of the industry.
Known for his lifetime of commitment to the improvement of the professional image of the home building industry, Brown started one of the first local remodelors councils in the country in 1956 and went on to assist in the formation of several more councils throughout Washington in subsequent years. A founding member of the Washington state remodelors council, he held every office and served on every committee at one time or another. He recruited 557 new NAHB members, which made him the first in the state of Washington to achieve that level of recruitment. Active in labor relations and community service, honors presented to Brown throughout his career include: Builder of the Year, Remodelor of the Year, Builder Hall of Fame, and Remodelor of the Century at the local association and State levels; NAHB Membership Hall of Famer, NAHB Statesman Spike, Remodelors Council Chair, and National Remodeler of the Year.
Neil Kelly's work to improve the remodeling industry began soon after he started the Neil Kelly Company — one of the country's top remodeling enterprises — from a roofing and siding company he purchased for $100 in the late 1940s. From the earliest days of his industry involvement, he declared his commitment to ensuring that reputable contractors support each other through effective organization, and followed through on that declaration as an active member of NERSICA, an early remodeling trade association, in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was instrumental in the merger of the NHIC and the National Remodeling Association into NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Typical of his willingness to lead the charge, he took on the challenge of being the first NARI president, serving two terms in 1982 and 1983. A long list of local, state national awards — including his induction into the Oregon Home Builders Association Hall of Fame — are a testament to the dedication and commitment of this remodeling industry pioneer.
Norvin "Charlie" Knutson
Knutson was part of NAHB for as long as he was involved in the construction industry. He helped establish the Remodelors Council in Milwaukee at a time when there were less than 25 local councils nationwide. One of his most enduring contributions to the industry first took place in his hometown where he single-handedly orchestrated the first Parade of Remodeled Homes. He holds the distinction of being the first chairman of NAHB Remodelers in 1982. Knutson's work to have NAHB Remodelers address the issues of warranties has evolved over the years into one of NAHB's top all-time best selling publications: The Residential Construction Performance Guidelines. His daughter, Cindy Knutson, continues his work as an active NAHB member and leader of Wisconsin-based Knutson Brothers II, and his legacy lives on through the work of the National Housing Endowment Remodelors Fund established in his honor.