Scott Sevon Shares His Thoughts on Winning Remodeler of the Year

The Home Builders Association of Illinois held its Installation and Awards Banquet this week in which it chose Scott Sevon, GMR, GMB, CGP, CGR, CAPS, partner with MAW Chicago as Remodeler of the Year with HBAI. Sevon is also on the advisory board with Qualified Remodeler magazine.

"I feel very grateful to be voted the best in the state! Although this award singled me out, it is our firm's award. MAW Chicago, our team of employees and trade partners make this award possible," he says. "As my partner, Mike Nagel, CGR,CAPS, and I believe, we try to give back to this great industry. We each stay involved at the local, state and national levels of our HBAs. This gives us an edge over most in our industry because we are current on rules, regulations, requirements and the pulse of our industry.

"I can tell others that when you do get blessed with such an award and your family and friends hug you and send such nice congratulatory notes, it really hits home," Sevon says. "My wife, parents and our children mean the world to me and their hugs and love was and is so great. It is and has been a very trying few years for our industry but working hard and perseverance does still work in our great country."

Becoming Remodeler of the Year is something both his parents have prepared him for since a young age, he adds. His father took him to jobsites and told him to keep his eyes and ears open, and mouth shut. And his mother told him to be prepared for "bumps in the road, get an education, save your money and treat others the way you want to be treated."

"[Now my preparation is] my huge group of mentors, all the many people and fellow men and women in our industry and the many association meetings I annually attend. These are my board of directors who help with issues and answer questions," Sevon says. "They shared great business rules and have encouraged me to constantly stay educated and to obtain as many designations as possible. I think the many designations I have worked hard to obtain have also helped to prepare for this and many other awards we have received over the years. Heck, these are our industry's PhDs."

Help us congratulate Scott on his much-deserved award.