Bethesda, MD – May 18, 2009 – Four outstanding individuals have been selected as finalists for the 2009 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges representing Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Hanley-Wood and Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award was created to honor and recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of remodelers and the importance of creativity and innovation to the industry.
The 2009 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists Are:
- Chris Edelen, Leafguard by Beldon, Inc. – San Antonio, TX
- Iris Harrell, Harrell Remodeling, Inc. – Mountain View, CA
- Todd Jackson, Jackson Design and Remodeling – San Diego, CA
- Tom Kelly, Neil Kelly Company – Portland, OR
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Co-Chairman Mark G. Richardson, CR, remarked that the finalists of this year's Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and determination necessary to achieve success in the remodeling arena. "Our finalists have blazed a trail of leadership and innovation throughout their careers, setting the benchmark for other remodeling professionals to follow."
This year's finalists were acknowledged in front of their peers and presented with a cash prize at the awards dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Alexandria, VA. The winner of the 2009 Fred Case Award will receive an additional cash prize and will be announced at the 2009 Remodeling Show in Indianapolis, IN this fall.
About Fred Case & the Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award is modeled after the professional achievements of Fred Case, founder and CEO of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Fred is credited as the industry pioneer of the design/build concept in the 1970's and was also instrumental in developing the first certification system for remodelers while chairing the National Education Committee of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Among many other honors, Fred won the first NARI "Contractor of the Year Award" in 1976, and was recognized in 1984 with NARI's Harold Hammerman "Spirit of Education" Award for excellence in education and training. In 1999, he became the first-ever recipient of Remodeling magazine's Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was inducted into NAHB's Remodeler's National Hall of Fame in 2002. Today, Fred Case continues to serve as CEO and Co-Chairman for Case Design/Remodeling, Inc and Case Handyman and Remodeling Services.