NADRA Announces National Deck Competition Winners at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.
Quakertown, PA – October 12, 2010 | NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting & First Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. 250 guests were in attendance, consisting of NADRA National Board of Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon and Real Outdoor Living, silver level sponsors, TimberTech and bronze level sponsor, FastenMaster. Other guests included NADRA builder contestants, manufacturers, distributors, Industry representatives, and many other industry professionals.
The evening started at 6:00 with a cocktail reception open to all industry professionals, 250 guests packed the reception area.
Shawn Miller, NADRA President & Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive, V.P. opened the meeting and were masters of ceremony for the evening. Shawn Miller states: “Being involved in the NADRA Annual meeting and Awards Ceremony was a pleasure and an honor. The board was so pleased to hold this event in such a magnificent venue and to reward our members who are the reason we work so hard. I am not sure the evening could have been any better and a great time was had by all. We hope that those who attended will help us spread the word of this wonderful evening. With their help our desire is for more deck industry professionals to join NADRA in the coming year and take this journey with us.”
NADRA treasurer, Mark DeMarco states “After a very successful DeckExpo, the results of our hard work are being realized. By the end of the month, we will know if we broke our previous record year in terms of fund raising. It will be very close. We have great programs in place for next fiscal year such as the awards ceremony, educational certification, deck safety month®, and so on. Please keep us in mind when you are compiling your budgets for next year and commit to sponsoring one of these great programs early. There is a lot of interest, so don’t be locked out. ”
NADRA recognized three people for their outstanding contributions to the decking industry and the association. The 2010 Merit award was presented to Paul Trainor, the 2010 Recognition award was presented to Bobby Parks from Peachtree Decks and Porches, lastly, and the big one… the 2010 Terry Award was presented to Jennifer Sheridan from Phoenix Manufacturing. The annual meeting ended with a tribute to all those in the industry who have supported NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® (D4S) program. (To read more go to www.NADRA.org) Special guests & D4S recipients, SSgt Robinson and SSgt Daughters made an appearance to show their support of NADRA’s program and to thank all those in the decking industry who supported D4S.
After dinner, everyone excitedly awaited the announcements of the deck competition winners.
The judges included: Derick Belden, Executive Editor, Home & Garden, Southern Living Magazine Eric Liskey, Deputy Editor, Gardens & Outdoor Living, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine “While judging, I was amazed at the creativity and skill evident in the decks. It’s great to see an awards program that recognizes and celebrates the craftsmanship that goes into these projects”. Glenn Mathewson, Project Manager, BornEngineering , Shawn Miller, NADRA President, Owner DeckDesigns.com, Katy Tomasulo, Deputy Editor, Building Products / EcoHome/eBuild, Hanley Wood Business Media.
There were 9 categories for the awards. Best Pressure Treated Deck was awarded to Tailor Decks, Inc. – John Paulin. Best Western Red Cedar Deck was awarded to Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc. Jamie Turrentine. Best Redwood Deck was awarded to Fine Line Renovations, Richard Houghton . Best Alternative Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc. Jamie Turrentine. Best Alternative Deck Over 500 SF was a tie and awarded to Signature Decks, LLC – Justus Lambros & Rolling Ridge Deck Co., Inc. Barry Streett. Best Exotic Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Deck Remodelers.com , Sean McAleer . Best Exotic Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc. – Jamie Turrentine. Best Unique Feature was awarded to Rolling Ridge Deck, Co., Inc. – Barry Streett . Best Illumination was a tie and awarded to BHD Construction, LLC – Jerry Bannister & Deckscapes, Inc. – Mick Fedunienc. Lastly the Best Overall Deck for 2010 was awarded to Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc. Jamie Turrentine . Congratulations to all the winners!
The night didn’t end there. NADRA threw one heck of a Post Party at Baltimore’s Hard Rock Café complete with even more food and an energetic 80’s band, the new romance! More than 250 decking industry professionals gathered on the dock from 10:30pm until 1:30am where the evening was spent enjoying their successes and looking ahead to the future in this industry they all call home!
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