NAHB Remodeler of the Month: August 2013

Q: When and how did you choose this career?

A: I chose this career when I was a kid. My grandfather gave me a hammer, some nails and some wood. It sounds funny, but I knew then that this was the career I would choose.

Q: How has the remodeling profession changed since you’ve been involved?

A: Remodeling has changed for the better. Pittsburgh is one of the top 10 cities in the country for this industry.

Q: What is the most unusual project you have completed?

A: It was not really unusual, but a unique project was taking an old farm home and doing a complete whole-house remodel and keeping a period-authentic aesthetic.

Q: When and why did you join NAHB Remodelers?

A: I joined NAHBR because of the education, information, to get involved and know the great people who run it and who are involved in NAHBR.

Q: If you could change one thing about the remodeling industry, what would it be?

A: I would change the fact that remodelers are builders as well, and that some remodelers are looked down on by builders and not given recognition we deserve.

Q: What does your gut tell you about our economic situation and when it will improve?

A: The current economic situation in Pittsburgh is booming and it is improving more each year.

Q: What have you done to grow your business?

A: We joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center where we meet with advisors regularly to help us succeed as a small business. We also became a member at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and completed a fellowship program aimed at helping small businesses. We have improved our business by becoming a design/build firm. We have also gained recognition in the social media market with a new website, plus new Facebook, Houzz and LinkedIn accounts.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I would say my home is my most treasured posession. We purchased it in 2002 and through the years have made it into our dream home. It’s where our family will grow, and friends and family are always welcome.

Q: What motivates you?

A: My wife and two daughters motivate me. Also living in this great country and knowing there are courageous men and women fighting for us.

Q: Please list your career accomplishments?

A: Currently I am vice president at the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, and soon to be president in 2014. I was 2012 Builder of the Year for the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. We have won numerous awards, both local and national.