2007 National Housing Quality Award Winners

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Winning a National Housing Quality Award requires more than just operating a great building company; it requires real effort. Not only do you have to implement sophisticated operating processes in your company that improve performance, you have to document those processes in an extensive application.

September 01, 2006

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The Judges

Winning a National Housing Quality Award requires more than just operating a great building company; it requires real effort. Not only do you have to implement sophisticated operating processes in your company that improve performance, you have to document those processes in an extensive application. Then you have to prove to the judges during a site visit that those processes are actually in place and effective.

This year, the judges selected three winners and two honorable mentions:

Gold: Estes Builders, Sequim, Wash.

Silver: Floor Art, Tempe, Ariz.

Silver: Schuck and Sons, Glendale, Ariz.

Honorable Mentions: Keystone Custom Homes, Willow Street, Pa. and Atlantic Builders, Fredericksburg, Va.

These companies have won in two ways. They have improved their companies and they receive the recognition of the industry for the excellence of their operations.

Sponsored by the NAHB Research Center and Professional Builder, the NHQ Awards have recognized the cream of the crop for nearly 14 years. The process is so difficult that companies usually apply for several years before they get recognized.

Even the companies we don't recognize here are winners. Many applicants use the program as a benchmarking tool to measure how they have improve over time. Every submission receives a judges' report, detailing strengths as well as which areas the judges thought the company could use some shoring up. That report, for many companies, becomes the action plan for improvement over the next year.

 

The National Housing Quality Awards will be presented to the winners at the Professional Builder Benchmark Conference during a gala awards dinner on Sept. 27, 2006 at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas. For more information, please go to www.probuilder.com/benchmark

The Judges

NHQ Award judges are past NHQ Gold Award winners, quality management experts or representatives of the NAHB Research Center or Professional Builder. All of them have donated time, effort and travel expenses to participate. For some, the investment is significant, and they receive little recognition for it. Their efforts keep the NHQ Award alive and thriving.

Todd Booze, Ideal Homes, Norman, Okla.

David Caligaris, The Green Companies, Newton Centre, Mass.

Tom Gillespie, Kennedy Homes, Barrington, Ill.

Dan Gorski, Veridian Homes, Madison, Wis.

Dan Green, The Green Companies, Newton Centre, Mass.

Mark Hodges, K. Hovnanian, Edison, N.J.

Denis Leonard, Veridian Homes, Madison, Wis.

Jerry Mairani, American Society of Quality, Milwaukee, Wis.

Cynthia McAuliffe, Grayson Homes, Ellicott City, Md.

Serge Ogranovitch, The Potomack Group, Vienna, Va.

Chip Pennington, Shea Homes, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Dean Potter, K. Hovnanian Homes, Edison, N.J.

Bill Saint, Simonini Builders, Charlotte, N.C.

Scott Teel, Simonini Builders, Charlotte, N.C.

Karen Warren, Shea Homes — San Diego, Calif.

Frank Alexander, NAHB Research Center, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Paul Deffenbaugh, Professional Builder, Oak Brook, Ill.

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