Winners of the 2011 CADRE awards demonstrating remodeling excellence include:
Government Affairs & Legislation The Greater Houston Builders Association—Remodelers Council advocated for remodeler interests on the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission resulting in more remodeling in Houston’s historical districts. In late 2009, Remodelers Council President Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, joined the commission and has been representing the concerns of remodelers and working to ease the process of remodeling in historical districts. His work has resulted in the commission’s approval of allowing remodelers to use engineered, synthetic and composite materials that reduce cost and improve long-term maintenance while retaining historical appearance.
Community Service The Professional Remodelers Organization of the HBA of Metro Portland in Oregon worked with the Home Builders Foundation, the charitable arm of the association, to remodel and expand a home for at-risk boys. Now valued at $800,000, the home was completely renovated. The remodel included all new flooring of tile and wood, countertops, new bath fixtures and shower stalls, on-demand water heaters, a new deck, in-house vacuum system and converting an unused attic into a library and media room that the boys affectionately call the “Dude Room.” Members donated significant work hours and materials to bring the project to fruition.
Membership Service & Education Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders—Remodelers in Alabama won for successfully creating the first local Building and Remodeling Expo. More than 100 member companies exhibited in the show, meeting with consumers about products, design and home remodeling. They also provided consumers with educational seminars on topics like making a home more energy efficient, dream home design, planning a kitchen or bath remodel, outdoor living and more. The expo garnered local media coverage and brought 5,000 visitors, generating jobs for member participants.
Membership Recruitment & Retention The Greater Houston Builders Association—Remodelers Council created a membership ambassador program for greeting and recruiting new members. At association events, first-time attendees and nonmembers were identified and greeted by member ambassadors. The greeters enjoyed making new contacts, and the prospective members said they felt welcome and benefited more from the personal interaction. This personal touch helped improve the success of the annual membership drive with six new council members and many more requests for membership information.
Public Relations & Promotions Rekindling a relationship that began in the 1950s with the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the Home Builders Association of Hartford—Remodelers built a new pavilion to increase capacity for events and activities for campers in time for the camp’s 100th anniversary. The camp services low-income children from across the northeast, providing residential and day programs. Fifty-nine member firms and more than 100 individuals helped on the project. The project earned the Hartford, Conn., HBA and members media coverage from the local CBS television affiliate and several newspapers, including a highly publicized dedication ceremony for honoring the HBA and member volunteers.
Outstanding Council Chair Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, of the Greater Houston Builders Association—Remodelers Council is an active remodeler member with leadership positions in virtually every association activity, including helping to plan several home shows every year, charity remodeling projects, and more. Hellyer is also a leader outside the association and is the first and only building professional to become a member of the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, which approves all construction projects in the 16 historic districts of Houston. For seven years, he has served on the council’s board of directors and also serves on the association board. Throughout this incredible association activity, Hellyer has run a successful business and earned awards for his work, such as GHBA Remodeler of the Year and STAR awards.
Outstanding Associate Member Judy Crane Bonica of the Greater Houston Builders Association—Remodelers Council has been an energized leader for the council on recruitment and retention. She helped to create and implement an ambassador program where current members greet new and prospective members at events. She also assisted in organizing a two-day membership drive and recruited members to make calls for recruiting new members. Crane enlisted her company, Mainland Custom Marble, to support the council’s annual garage sale for raising funds for charity.
Outstanding Council Coordinator Hallie Gentry from the Professional Remodelers Organization of the HBA of Metro Portland has served as the council’s staff leader, planning a variety of charity, networking and promotional events for the remodelers. Successful programs include monthly luncheons, the Annual Turkey Fry in December, the Tour of Remodeled Homes and a charitable remodel spanning two years. Gentry also launched the council’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog and new website. She works with members on creating content, developing networking events and communicating with members and the public about the council.