Longtime NAHB Remodelers Members Dan Bawden and Robert Criner Inducted into National Remodeling Hall of Fame


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers inducted Dan Bawden, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP, a remodeler from Houston and Robert Criner, CAPS, CGP, GMR, a remodeler from Yorktown, Va., into the National Remodeling Hall of Fame for their contributions to the remodeling industry. Bawden and Criner were recognized at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration during the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

“As a member of NAHB and NAHB Remodelers for over 28 years, Dan Bawden has had a profound impact on the remodeling industry at the local, state and national levels through the creation of the CAPS program and being one of the best instructors nationwide,” said the 2019 Chair of NAHB Remodelers, Tim Ellis, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMR, Master CGP, of Bel Air, Md. “Robert Criner has been an NAHB and NAHBR member for 39 years. He has been instrumental in government regulations that affect remodelers and has represented the industry numerous times in front of the EPA, DOJ, SBA and OMB. It is an honor to induct both Dan and Robert into the National Remodeling Hall of Fame for their irreplaceable contributions to our industry.”

Bawden has been an NAHB and NAHB Remodelers member since 1991. Bawden has over 35 years in the remodeling business and is also a licensed attorney. He was instrumental in the creation of NAHB’s Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program, a partnership with the NAHB Research Center (now known as Home Innovation Research Labs) and AARP, in 2002. He is a past president of the Greater Houston Builders Association and was the first remodeler named to the position. During his tenure as the Houston president, Bawden worked with NAHB to start the Certified Graduate Remodeling (CGR) College in Houston. He was named Texas Remodeler of the Year four times, Houston Remodeler of the Year twice, was the 2005 Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year and the 2011 CAPS Educator of the Year. He continues to teach classes to builders and remodelers across the country.

In 2013, Criner was named the NAHB Remodeler of the Year. He was the nation’s first recipient of the NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation in 1989 and NAHB Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) designation in 2008. He served on the CGR Board of Governors and earned the CGB, GMB, CGP, and CAPS designations from NAHB. Criner has served the Peninsula Home Builders Association and Remodelers Council as a member of the board of directors. An active member of the Peninsula community, Criner has volunteered and held leadership positions with American Red Cross Hampton Roads, York County Board of Zoning Appeals, Peninsula Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board and New Horizons Educational Foundation.