2018 Designee and Educator of the Year Award Winners

NAHB honors eight housing professionals for their outstanding service in elevating the image of NAHB designations. The 2018 Designee of the Year and Educator of the Year award winners will be recognized during the 2019 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

“Ongoing education often means the difference between being good at what you do and being great at it,” said NAHB Education Committee Chair John Barrows, CGB, CGP, GMB, Master CGP. “These seasoned and accomplished professionals show their dedication to improving their own craft — and also encourage others to take the same opportunity.”

“Exemplary designee holders like these demonstrate their commitment to the tried and true — and also new and proven — methods of home building and remodeling,” Barrows added. “And we honor our dedicated educators and trainers who ensure the skills of great home building, remodeling, business management and marketing belong to many in the industry, not just a few.”

The 2018 honorees are:

Designees of the Year

Philip A. Calinda

Builder Designee of the Year

Philip A. Calinda, Jr., CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, is the sole proprietor of Millennium Custom Homes, LLC design/build firm located in Livingston, NJ. A third generation builder, he has been in the construction business for over 38 years. Holding licenses as a Builder, Home Improvement Contractor, NJ DCA Remodeler and EPA Certified Lead Renovator, he has taken his company from building custom homes to doing high-end remodels by applying all the information he has received from his mentors on the local, state and national levels. Calinda is an NAHB approved instructor and was named NAHB’s Graduate Master Remodeler Designee of the Year in 2015.

Christine Fortenberry

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Designee of the Year

Christine Fortenberry, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR is founder and CEO of Fortenberry Construction Inc. in Powder Springs, GA.  With more than 46 years of experience building custom homes, remodeling, developing and light commercial projects, her skills, experience and reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism have earned her local, regional and national recognition.  In 2007, she established Fortenberry Construction Services LLC, a full service residential and light commercial design, renovation and construction company, providing evaluation, design and construction services for special needs and aging-in-place projects including ADA evaluations and reports for Light Commercial Projects.  An advocate for giving back to the community, Fortenberry has been actively involved as a “Partner in Education’ with Kemp Elementary in Cobb County and has donated time, services and materials to projects for South Cherokee Recreation facilities.

Ted L. Clifton

Green Professional Designee of the Year

Ted L. Clifton, CGB, CGP, Master CGP is the owner and founder of Clifton View Homes, Inc. and Zero Energy Plans, LLC in Coupeville, WA. With more than 50 years of experience as a custom homebuilder and designer, he continues to be at the forefront of the green building movement.  His company Zero Energy Plans, LLC has earned over two dozen Department of Energy home awards during the past three years.  He is the recipient of the Energy Value Housing Award 2009-2012.  Clifton is also the 2018 Chairman of the NAHB Environmental Issues Committee. 

Vince Butler

Remodeler Designee of the Year

Vince Butler, CAPS, CGR, GMB, GMR is a second-generation builder and remodeler and President of Butler Brothers Corporation in Manassas, VA, a full-service design-build company specializing in the design, sales and production of residential construction and remodeling.  Nationally recognized as a speaker on residential construction management topics and an approved NAHB Instructor, he has presented at many national and regional tradeshows including the International Builders Show, the Remodeling Show, NAHB Remodelers Road Show and Sunbelt Builders Show to name a few.  He was named NAHBs Builder/Remodeler Educator of the Year in 2017.  In 2016, Butler became one of the first Master Instructors for NAHB Education.

Tag Gilkeson

Sales and Marketing Designee of the Year

Tag Gilkeson, CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CSP, GMB, Master CGP, Master CSP is the owner of Tag & Associates, LLC a design/build company located in Carrollton, TX. In 1998, after obtaining his Texas REALTOR license, he got his start in the real estate and construction industry. With a primary business focus in investment real estate, it was easy for him to transition into buying real estate and flipping houses. In 2009, he turned his attention to gaining more knowledge in his field by earning an associate’s degree in Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Gilkeson is also an approved instructor for NAHB Education. 


A.J. Johnson

Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) Designee of the Year

A.J. Johnson, HCCP is the President of A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, Inc., and has over 40 years in the affordable housing industry. As a developer, Johnson has developed over 70 multifamily housing complexes utilizing federal, state, and conventional financing, of which more than 40 used the federal low‐income housing tax credit.  His organization, A.J. Johnson Consulting Services, has performed asset management reviews on more than 6,000 properties containing approximately 660,000 units since January 1995. Johnson is also the author of A Property Manager’s Guide to the Low‐Income Housing Tax Credit, which was written to assist site and property managers in maintaining tax credit compliance.


Educators of the Year

Chuck Miller

Builder/Remodeler Educator of the Year

Chuck Miller, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CSP, MIRM, of Chuck Miller Consulting, LLC located in Boise, ID, is an active member of the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho (BCASWI). He is a past president and Life Director and the current chairman of the BCASWI’s Ethics and Arbitration Committee, and a current member of the Sales and Marketing Council and Education Committee. Miller also serves on the BCASWI’s Political Action Committee.  NAHB named him 2017 Builder Designee of the Year.  He believes in life-long learning earning ten NAHB professional designations and is a licensed master instructor for NAHB’s education courses.


Jack Werner

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Educator of the Year

Jack L. Werner, Ph.D., CAPS is the owner of A to Z Inspections in Oklahoma City, OK.  He has been a licensed home inspector in Oklahoma since 2002 and was the first to receive the “Master Inspector” designation from the Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association.  With a Ph.D. in finance from LaSalle University and a degree in construction from Oklahoma State University, he believes that entrepreneurship, participation in professional associations and continual learning are the precepts of a great America.  As an active associate member of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, Werner was named the 2011 Member of the Year by the Oklahoma Professional Women in Building. In addition, Werner is a master instructor for NAHB Education.