recently honored Leo Lantz, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMR, owner of Leo Lantz Construction
in Glen Allen, Va., with its highest remodeling achievement award: the 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The award recognizes Lantz for superior business management and customer service, exemplary NAHB and community involvement, and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry.
[caption id="attachment_14211" align="alignright" width="300"] Leo Lantz, the 2018 NAHB Remodeler of the Year, credits much of his success to his local HBA membership.[/caption]
Lantz and his brother owned and operated L.W. Lantz Enterprises for nearly 15 years until the two cut business ties in 2007. His brother chose to pursue a career in real estate, while Lantz stuck to the remodeling business.
But like many others during the economic downturn, Lantz’s company started struggling to find contracts. It was then that he joined the Home Building Association of Richmond in an effort to network and learn of opportunities to boost his business.
“For my company to survive that challenging market in 2008, I knew I had to associate with the best in the industry,” Lantz recalls. “Most of those who were surviving just happened to be members of NAHB, and I wanted to know more about the business practices that I could adopt from them to not only help me survive, but to be successful.”
It wasn't long before Lantz began to see the returns on his investment in membership. And in 2015, Lantz was elected the president of the HBA of Richmond
, becoming the first remodeler to hold that office in Richmond. Then in 2018, he founded the Remodelers Council of the HBA of Richmond
, which has already grown to 30 members.
Lantz has also proven to be a critical person in community outreach with the HBA. For example, he recently chaperoned a group of 25 high schoolers to a construction conference for students to learn about the wide range of careers they could pursue within the industry.
Join NAHB Remodelers in honoring Lantz during the International Builders’ Show at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration
on Feb. 19 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas National Golf Course.