President's Message - April 2017

Posted by on 17 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently we gathered for another spectacular Contractor of the Year Awards (CotY) event.  This is always one of the most special evenings of the year for our chapter. 

Billy Starr CotY 2017This year, our emcee, Billy Starr of the Pan Mass Challenge, set the tone for serving and giving back.  The highlight of the evening was presenting the new EM NARI HERO Award and the EM NARI Member of the Year Award.  These awards are so special because they represent such an important part of what it means to be an EM NARI Member.  While we gather regularly to connect and enjoy time together, a fundamentally important part of being a member is giving back – to our chapter, our industry, and our community.  These awards remind us of the importance of that commitment.  Congratulations to Steve Greenberg (2017 HERO Award Recipient) and Jim Marcotte (2017 Member of the Year).

Steve Greenberg HERO 2017
Steve Greenberg, Steveworks, LLC  
Jim Marcotte Member of the Year 2017
Jim Marcotte and Kim Dow, Dovercraft, Inc.

As you reflect on ways to make your NARI membership more meaningful, I would encourage you to seek out ways to give back.  One great way to give back to our chapter, our industry, and our community is through our Youth Remodeling Career Day.  We are convening the planning group for that event now.  If you would like to help us, we need volunteers! Please contact Michelle at for details.  You can participate on the planning committee, host a student activity, or volunteer at the event.  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 17th and consider getting involved in helping us shine a light on the opportunities in the remodeling industry for youth pursuing a career in construction!

One last note about our 2017 CotY Awards, I would like to thank everyone who entered, and congratulate all the winners. I would also like to offer a special thank you to all our sponsors, especially Clarke, The Ultimate Bath Store, Roomscapes, and Boston Design Week.  The event couldn’t happen without your support. CotY Awards Committee 2017Finally, I want to recognize the CotY Planning Committee.  A special thank you goes to Cathy Doucet who co-chaired the event with me this year, as well as Jodi Swartz, Tiffani Tartaglia, Robin Shor and Terry Steen for all their efforts.  We are already looking forward to the 2018 EM NARI CotY Awards.  Start photographing those projects now!

Kathy DeMeyer
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