New leadership for remodeler group

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named immediate past president Dean Herriges, of Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago, Wis., as its chairman of the board and elevated Art Donnelly, of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp. in Mount Sinai, N.Y,. to the office of president. 

“This has been a strong, transitional year for the remodeling industry, coming out of a challenging economic climate into a growth period,” Herriges said. “NARI has strengthened strategic alliances, launched a research program and continued representation in Washington are focused on sustaining future growth of NARI member businesses as the recovery continues.” 

Donnelly assumed the role of president after serving as president-elect and treasurer in the past year. His experience in NARI leadership includes currently serving on the NYC/LI NARI chapter board of directors for seven years. During that time he was awarded with several honors, including the Outstanding Service Award from 2004-2006, Al Hovanian Memorial Chapter Award in 2006 and 2009, and most recently the 2011 Chapter President’s Award.

For the upcoming year, Donnelly is focused on refining NARI’s direction and the direction of the industry, drawing from shifts in remodeling trends and technological advancements, according to NARI. “We’re re-evaluating NARI’s 2010 Strategic Plan to ensure full representation of our vision and goals in the new remodeling climate,” Donnelly said. “In addition, NARI will encourage professionalism in the industry through increased awareness and commitment to the highest standards in members. Finally, I hope to continue to advance our legislative agenda and member participation to support our industry in a year of predicted growth.” 

The remaining officers, also elected and announced during the meeting, include: president-elect Kevin Anundson, of Owner Assisted Remodeling, in Elm Grove, Wis.; treasurer Judy Mozen of Handcrafted Homes, in Roswell, Ga.; and secretary H. Dale Contant of Atlanta Design & Build, Marietta, Ga.

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