NARI Announces Regional Winners of the 2010 CotY Awards

Des Plaines, IL, January 28, 2010 --( 140 Regional “Contractor of the Year” (CotY) Winners were named by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) during this year’s regional competition. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, in January. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists to the national level.

Entries this year reflected the homeowner’s desire to tailor their space—by adding hidden spaces, specialized pullouts and unusual design details—to create a family sanctuary.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners will now be eligible for National CotY Awards and will be honored at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Wyndham Phoenix.

Most projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible. In addition, competing projects were completed between July 1 of 2008 and November 30 of 2009 and were not submitted in prior NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description. Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing. NARI members represent an elite group of the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

The list of 2010 Regional CotY Award Winners is available on NARI’s Web site.

The Evening of ExcellenceSM is widely considered to be the premier event of the year in the remodeling industry. Scheduled for April 10, 2010, the Evening of ExcellenceSM will be attended by more than 350 of the industry’s elite.

Homeowners spent a total of $114.5 billion on home improvements in the U.S. through fourth quarter of 2009.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Nikki Golden