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Newman is involved in his community as well. He was named Angel of the Year by Habitat for Humanity for his contributions to the group's local ReStore program. He also created a foundation in his mother's memory after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The foundation "Janet Sue's Helping Hand" builds handicap ramps for individuals in financial need.
NA HB R EMODELER OF THE MONTH Staying the Course Indiana remodeler puts high value on education and involvement By K e n ne t h W. B e t z T odd M. Newman, Education and the resulting Newman’s involvement with owner of the Newman professional designations are a the home builders association Company, Inc., in Riley, great marketing tool, Newman hasn’t been limited to the educa- Ind., firmly believes in the value of says, “but the experience I have tional side, either. He was state als are written to eliminate any areas education and professional engage- gained from the interaction director for 13 years; chairperson of misunderstanding. ment — so much so that he is his with leaders of the industry like of the state remodelers council for “We try to be very detailed in our state’s first National Association of Mike Weiss, Jud Motsenbocker, three years; founder and chairper- contracts. I’ve seen other contracts Home Builders Graduate Master and Steve Robinson is worth son of the local remodelers council that are essentially one page and Remodeler (GMR). much more.” in 2007; local green build chair- there’s really no detail. We specify all That might be impressive the fixtures, the tubs, faucets, colors, if it were his only achieve- countertops and sinks,” he says. ment — becoming a Graduate “We don’t do a lot of allowances Master Remodeler requires at We are professionals, and it is our in our contracts; we do hard-number least nine years as an active responsibility to be the leaders of contracts. Unless there is a specific Certified Graduate Remodeler change order, we stand by our num- (CGR), 15 years’ remodeling the industry. ” bers. It makes it a lot easier if we industry experience, and comple- specify everything upfront. That way tion of required courses — but if the homeowners want to change he also holds designations as a “The NAHB has formed my person; state remodeler of the year; anything, they know exactly what Graduate Master Builder (GMB), company into the organization it local remodeler of the year four that cost will be,” Newman explains. Certified Graduate Builder is today. No matter what level I times; and past president of the Making the process easier is (CGB), Certified Aging-in-Place am at, I believe I can always raise local home builders association. Newman’s showroom, which is Specialist (CAPS) and Certified the bar, and diminish the image He was named life director for the open by appointment. “We have Green Professional (CGP). of the remodeler of the past. We state of Indiana in 2008. all the products that we use, all the His lifetime of learning — are professionals and it is our Newman is involved in his colors and all the selections. We and his career in remodeling responsibility to be the leaders community as well. He was named will go through and select all of our — started out with a
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