REMODELING Magazine's Big50 Award

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The REMODELING magazine's Big50 award was started in 1986 by Hanley Wood to recognize the 50 remodelers running the biggest remodeling firm in the 50 metro areas with the most residential remodeling. Each company was known for their reputation of quality work and professionalism that's helped counter the industry's long-tarnished image.

In its second year, REMODELING's Big50 began recognizing contractors who ran smaller, well-run businesses. The editorial staff for REMODELING reset the criteria based on longevity, profitability, and firm commitment to the best practice standards and customer service. Editors of the magazine categorized business and industry excellence such as teamwork and industry impact. The Big50 still focuses on owners of the best-run companies that have a tight control on costs, knowledge to target work, and do good, quality remodeling with honesty and integrity. By 1990, the Big50 became established as the industry's Hall of Fame.

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 each year. Remodelers can also nominate themselves and peers, and 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. Editors then interview the nominated companies, and often talk to competitor, suppliers, and subcontractors as well. Also weighing into the decision are multiple nominations for a single company, geography, longevity, profitability, and best practice standards. Once the research is over, editors select 50 remodelers who exemplify the very best of the industry for that year.

Winning individuals see the Big50 as a graduation of sorts, and each spring many of them return to the Washington D.C. area to celebrate and learn from incoming Big 50s at the Remodeling Leadership Conference. The conference also helps Big50 contractors build strong relationships with national manufacturers. It's been known to be the highest level of remodeling education in the industry. The gathering brings business perspectives from outside the industry and applies them to remodeling.

Big50 has become a community of top-notch remodelers, who are always willing to learn to improve their systems, and ultimately, to better serve the public. The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and the individuals who belong to this select group set the vision for the entire industry. The Big50 is more than just an award, it's a badge of honor and respect.