Best in American Living Awards™ Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

January 21, 2016

The Best in American Living Awards™ (BALA) program made its fourth induction of individuals and companies into the BALA Hall of Fame during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame awards recognize some of the most innovative and well-respected people and companies in the building industry who have significantly affected residential design and construction.

The 2015 BALA Hall of Fame class includes: 

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisc., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies and is a global leader in the manufacturing of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations. Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., was elected as the executive chairman in April 2015, after serving as chairman and CEO since 1972. During his 43-year span as CEO, he built the company into a global organization focused on products and services leading to a better way of living, including a corporate commitment to environmental sustainability.

Kohler holds more than 200 design and utility patents for plumbing products, and his overall achievements have earned him numerous accolades, including National Entrepreneur of the Year in Manufacturing. In addition to his recent induction into the BALA Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 1993.

Victor Mirontschuk

As the president and founder of EDI, with degrees in architecture and urban studies from the University of Arkansas, Mirontschuk also serves as chairman and chief operating officer. He oversees the operation of the firm’s offices in New York, Texas and California.

Mirontschuk leads the design of commercial, single-family and multifamily developments from EDI’s award-winning New York City office. He is an innovator in the design industry and well respected for his ability to positively affect the fabric of the communities EDI designs. As such, he is widely published by industry magazines—including for his stunning photographs—and is a frequently requested speaker on topics of residential design and planning at national conventions such as the International Builders’ Show and American Institute of Architects. Mirontschuk has also been centrally involved in the BALA awards program over the years and has led the awards judging a number of times.

From his smaller residential designs in the late 70s to the more recent Harbor Point in Stamford, Conn., currently one of the nation’s largest active redevelopments, Mirontschuk has consistently realized his belief that the purpose of architecture is the planning and design of projects to improve the quality of life and result in communities of social and economic diversity.

James Sattler

Sattler’s design experience began in the early 1980s as part of a family tradition since 1950. Sattler has had many roles in the industry, including his service on the Board of Directors at his local home builders association, past president for the Home Builders Association of Iowa and on the NAHB Executive Board.

Sattler has served as a strong advocate and supporter of the BALA program for more than 25 years via his leadership roles as chair of NAHB’s Design and Land Development Committees, member of NAHB’s Budget and Association Planning Committees and the Executive Board. Sattler has also won multiple BALA awards over the years.

Sattler has served in local government and is a lifelong volunteer of Habitat for Humanity projects. In 2009, Jim Sattler Custom Homes was the sponsored builder and developer of 13 homes using 600 AmeriCorps volunteers. His company was also the 2014 company sponsor and builder for an NAHB Blitz home build and will be the sponsor again in 2016.

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