WARRENTON, VIRGINIA May 10, 2014 -- Tom and Dawn Wotton, owners of HOME SWEET HOME IMPROVEMENTS, has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. The Big50 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Remodeling Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2014. The 2014 Big50 winners are featured in the May issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 130,000 professional remodeling contractors.
Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 owners of remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integritythrough exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards. .
The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. "Uniting the 2014 inductees are high standards and a determination to rebound following the recession -- taking the opportunity to retool systems and processes-- ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive," according to REMODELING. .
"We are very honored to receive this distinction," says Tom Wotton, Owner and President of Home Sweet Home Improvements. "The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers." .
REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. This award is only given to a small fraction of companies in the industry, less than 1/10th of 1%, so receiving it is a huge honor. .
REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, LLC, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be the indispensable tool that remodelers cannot do without--delivering the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their project success. .
Started by Hanley Wood's REMODELING Magazine in 1986, the Big50 were originally identified as the 50 remodelers running the biggest remodeling firms in the 50 metro areas with the most residential remodeling. The foundation of the award was that each company must have a stellar reputation, do quality work, and exhibit the professionalism needed to counter the industry's long-tarnished image. Key to success was customer satisfaction. .
Although it's still focused on those same principles, in its second year, REMODELING'S Big50 began recognizing contractors who ran smaller, well-run businesses. The magazine's editors slotted recipients into categories of business and industry excellence, such as teamwork and industry impact. That's still the case today, as the magazine focuses on the owners of the best-run companies that have a tight control on costs, know how to target work, and do good, quality remodeling, with honesty and integrity. By 1990, the awards program had become firmly established as the remodeling industry's Hall of Fame. .
REMODELING'S editorial staff sets the criteria, based on longevity, profitability, and firm commitment to customer service and best practice standards. .
Some 1,785 individuals in 1,237 companies, in all states and the District of Columbia (except Mississippi and Wyoming) - and even Canada -- have been named to the Big50. This is a small percentage of the industry, which has more than 62,000 remodeling firms with payrolls. The reason these numbers aren't even multiples of 50 is because before standards were tightened, a few owners won more than once, as did accomplished non-owners from previously named companies. Today, all individual owners get named to the award. With few exceptions, it's a once-in-a-lifetime honor. The state with the most Big50 companies is California (128), followed by Maryland (78) and Pennsylvania (66). .
REMODELING editors, columnists, and industry leaders - including those at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers - make the nominations. We also ask remodelers to nominate themselves or their peers, by filling out a form available at www.remodelingmag.com. Once individuals and their companies are in REMODELING Magazine's database, they remain there until a determination is made to name them to the Big50. .
Each year, REMODELING editors interview people at the nominated companies, and often talk to competitors, suppliers, and subcontractors. Also weighing into the decision are multiple nominations for a single company, geography, longevity, profitability, and best practice standards. After research is finished, REMODELING'S editors select the 50 remodelers who exemplify the very best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices. .
Business Savvy: Remodelers with especially effective, established business systems.
Fine Design: Remodelers with high aesthetic standards for their projects.
Industry Impact: Remodelers who have taken active leadership roles in industry-building activities.
Market Wise: Remodelers who have built their business around a keen understanding of their markets.
Movers & Shakers: Owners of larger remodeling companies that aggressively expand market share while maintaining service standards.
Niches: Remodelers who have built successful companies serving an easily overlooked but profitable corner of the market.
Sales & Marketing: Remodelers with effective systems for obtaining leads and closing sales.
Teamwork: Owners of remodeling companies whose personnel work together effectively to achieve more than the sum of their individual work.
Remodelers see their Big50 honor as an objective, third-party endorsement for their business. Their clients enjoy doing business with a notable firm. And the award helps to differentiate their company as the best in the business. The award also helps them recruit employees, as good people like to work with industry leaders. And remodelers frequently use the honor to help build an employee culture focused on quality and customer commitment. It's not uncommon to go on a jobsite of a Big50 contractor and find the Big50 logo on company shirts, jackets, and caps. Clearly, Big50 is a badge of honor and respect.
According to Dawn Wotton, “Home Sweet Home Improvements is a team that has a common goal for their clients: making any remodeling project an exciting and fun experience for all of our clients. We want our clients to be able to look back and say they had a great remodeling experience with us!”
Home Sweet Home Improvements is the leading renovations, additions and remodeling company in Fauquier County and surrounding areas of Virginia, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - one dream at a time.
Learn more about Home Sweet Home Improvements online at www.HomeSweetHomeImprovements.com
7225 Wotton Road
Bealeton, VA 22712
Home Sweet Home Improvements
7225 Wotton Road
Bealeton, VA 22712