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Local Achievement Awards 2005

Gordy Ziglinski "Spirit of Education" Award

The award recognizes excellence in training and education in the industry in general, and Milwaukee/NARI in particular. A member of Milwaukee/NARI since 1988,this year's recipient earned his Certified Remodeler designation in 2000, and became a Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler in 2003. He has served as a Certified Professional class instructor since 2001, and was recognized in 2003 as the association's "Certified Professional of the Year." He plays a vital role in putting the NARI Information Center display together for consumer shows and volunteers his time in the "Ask an Expert" area of the Information Center to answer consumer questions. He has participated in panel discussions at local technical colleges, made presentations to trade students at area high schools, and he serves on the Carpenters and Cabinetmakers Advisory Committee of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Tom Weiher, CR, CKBR, of Carmel Builders, Inc.


Marvin Johnson Meritorious Service Award

Honors a member who has shown exceptional leadership, devotion, dedication, and accomplishment on NARI's behalf. This year's recipient is the owner and head of a successful business, yet he is also a highly productive and an extremely involved participant in the Milwaukee chapter's affairs and its development. His effort and energy have had a strong impact on the chapter's growth and success. A past officer and president of the association, he is currently a board member and involved in several committees.

Gary Sannes, CR, S.J. Janis Company, Inc.


Mary Fox Hagner Lifetime Achievement Award:

This award is one that the association has given out in the past, but in 2005, it was renamed. After serving 12 years as Milwaukee/NARI's executive director, Mary Fox-Hagner passed away in June 2005 after fighting a valiant battle with cancer. To remember Mary's contribution on behalf of the association, a decision was made to rename this award the Mary Fox Hagner Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on a person who has been in the remodeling industry for at least 20 years and a member of NARI for at least seven years. The founder of a business nearly 50 years ago, this year's recipient has been involved in Milwaukee/NARI for more than 30 years. Still active in his company, he has shared his knowledge and expertise with consumers throughout southeastern Wisconsin while assisting other contractors to better operate their businesses.

Jack Cline, J & B Construction Company Inc.


Professionalism Award

NARI salutes a member who has shown exceptional leadership, devotion, dedication, and accomplishment through his efforts to promote NARI as a professional organization on the local level. Affiliated with the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council since 1986, this person has played an extremely active role in the association, moving up the rungs of the organizational ladder, with his work having a strong impact on our chapter's growth and success. A member of the Government Affairs, Membership, and Marketing Committees, he has been on the board of directors for 10 years, plus has served as chapter president and representative to the national board. A strong association proponent, he has helped bring in dozens of new members and shared his ideas and suggestions with many members who were looking for assistance in running their business.

Mark Brick, CR, B&E General Contractors, Inc.


Certified Professional "Superstar" Awards

These awards recognize individuals who recently showed their commitment to the home improvement and remodeling industry by taking part in the Certified Professionals training program. In addition to these gentlemen, seven others successfully completed the program and passed the certification exams. The award goes to the person scoring highest locally on the written certification exam.

  • Certified Remodeler "Superstar" Award: William Holz, CR, Stanek Windows
  • Certified Lead Carpenter "Superstar" Award: Doug Bue, CLC, Kerzner Remodeling & Construction
  • Certified Kitchen and Bath "Superstar" Award: Jay Graupp, CKBR, Perfectionist Interior Finishing

Certified Professional of the Year

This award recognizes a person who's been a Certified Professional for at least three years and has continued to excel in the field, while sharing professional experience and expertise with other association members. The 2005 recipient is a key employee of a long-time Milwaukee/NARI member. He is being recognized for his role as co-chairperson of the Education and Certification Committee, where he attends meetings and helps students complete their training in one of five certified programs. With his careful attention to detail and planning, plus his people skills, the Certified Study Groups have continued to grow. This person is always cheerful and smiling, and he exemplifies what the NARI Certified

Mike Ellery, CR, CKBR, S.J. Janis Company


Distributor of the Year

An honor recognizing a member company that has demonstrated a strong commitment to NARI, to the remodeling industry, and to our community. This company has taken an active role in the association for many years, providing support through sponsorship of activities relating to the association's consumer shows and various business activities. In addition, the company and its representative have served as a resource for the community, providing answers to home improvement related questions and hosting seminars for consumers.

Ver Halen - The Pella Window Store


Andy Hertel Image Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed to the enhancement of the industry's image. This year's winner has made a concerted effort to educate consumers in a variety of ways, whether it is through her radio show, newspaper and magazine articles, or books. A noted speaker, including at Milwaukee/NARI consumer shows, her enthusiasm encourages people across the state to make their gardens and landscape an extension of their homes.

Melinda Myers, the Plant Doctor, of WTMJ-AM 620.


Media Outlet of the Year Award

Recognizes a media organization that assists Milwaukee/NARI in its effort to provide home improvement and remodeling consultation and resources to consumers throughout the area while enhancing the association's image and presence in the community. This media outlet is a strong advocate of the home improvement and remodeling industry, with a monthly publication relating to the home and regular features on remodeling. In addition, the publication provides the association with an opportunity to provide an educational forum for consumers through a monthly question and answer column.

Community Newspapers, Inc.


Affiliate Organization of the Year

This honor is presented to a member company - not directly in the home improvement and remodeling industry - which has assisted the local association in its business activities and has enhanced its operations. This year's recipient played an integral role in assisting the office with its day-to-day accounting activities. Working closely with the finance committee and over the last several months with the association’s new executive director, the company helped Milwaukee/NARI to continue to function at a high level.

Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP

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