Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2018

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ED AUGUSTINE, FOUNDER AND CEO PARAMOUNT BUILDERS, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. Augustine is a 27- year industry vet- eran who followed his father into the business. He has built Pa ra mount Builders into a re- gional powerhouse with eight offices from Maryland to Florida. e com- pany specializes in replacement windows, vinyl siding/trim packages, re- placement entry doors, roofing and gutter systems. Today, the company employs 365 people and has received numerous industry awards, including Alside Preservation Dealer of the Decade, GAF's President's Award, and ProVia's Platinum Club. "My dad was an aluminum-siding salesman, selling DuPont Tedlar siding. I went on leads as a young man, with my dad. I was very proud of him. I felt the success and experienced some of the pain of an in-home salesper- son. I believe that gave me the drive and desire to build a great place for people to work," Augustine said in his induction remarks. "I ran my first lead at age 18 on Oct. 20, 1983. Mable Coleman was my first customer. After relocating to Virginia, I obtained a sales management position and, at 23, I became a national training man- ager. en in 1991, at the age of 27, I opened Paramount Builders, Inc." BRIAN ELIAS, FOUNDER 1-800-HANSONS, TROY, MICH. Elias established his reputation as a successful entrepre- neur by founding 1-800-HANSONS and building it into he Legends of the Home Improvement Industry Awards were recently held in Baltimore, where nine home improve- ment pros were honored. e event, held in conjunction with the Sales & Marketing Executive Symposium, has been held every few years since its launch in 2000. Nominations are submitted by peers from around the industry; then, prior recipients and members of the Dave Yoho Associates consulting firm cast deciding votes on the award winners. is year's recipients, in alphabetical order, are Ed Augustine, founder and CEO of Paramount Builders; Brian Elias, founder of 1-800-H ANSONS; Frank Farmer, founder and president of American Metal Roofs; Adam Kaliner, co-founder of Power Home Remodeling Group; Wayne Fredrick of Alside Corp.; Vince and Anthony Nardo, president and CFO respec- tively, of Reborn Cabinets; Mitchell Spector, president of Woodbridge Home Exteriors; LeRoy Nelson Wegner, vice president of ABC Seamless; and Joe Zisman, pres- ident of Renewal by Andersen of Central PA. Hosts for the event were David Moore of Moore Holdings and Murray Gross, previously of U.S. Home Systems. 9 Pros Named Home Improvement 'Legends' Augustine, Elias, Farmer, Kaliner, Fredrick, Vince and Anthony Nardo, Spector, Wegner and Zisman were recently honored. Compiled and edited by Patrick O'Toole Murray Gross (left), formerly of U.S. Home Systems, and David Moore (right), of Moore Holdings, served as masters of ceremonies. T HOME IMPROVEMENT 26 December 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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