Builder, Remodeler and Associate of the Year

Builder, Remodeler and Associate of the Year

Each year, one builder, one remodeler and one associate member of Housing First Minnesota earns these most prestigious awards, which recognize engagement, trade partner satisfaction and community service. Builder and Remodeler of the Year also includes customer satisfaction.

All who enter are encouraged to attend the Building Industry Gala (BIG) Night in October at Mystic Lake Center. You'll be able to accept your award alongside all of our other big winners, in front of the entire Housing First Minnesota membership.

Questions? Contact Nicole Coon at 651-697-7571 or



Previous winners are ineligible for any of these awards for 5 years from their win (Note: if a company wins Builder of the Year, they are also not eligible for Remodeler and/or Associate of the Year for that same time period).

Affiliated companies of a winning firm (within the past 5 years) are eligible as long as they are a current and independent (or separate) Housing First Minnesota member in good standing and have a different license number (if applicable) as the recent affiliated winning company.

Recent recipients not eligible are listed below:

Builder of the Year

  • 2019 - Creative Homes, Inc. 
  • 2018 - Lennar
  • 2017 - John Kraemer & Sons, Inc.
  • 2016 - Homes by Tradition, LLC
  • 2015 - Robert Thomas Homes, Inc.

Remodeler of the Year

  • 2019 - Julkowski, Inc. 
  • 2018 - Michels Homes
  • 2017 - James Barton Design-Build, Inc.
  • 2016 - Vujovich Design Build, Inc.
  • 2015 - Destiny Homes

Associate of the Year

  • 2019 - Pella Windows & Doors
  • 2018 - In-Focus Systems
  • 2017 - Admit One, Inc.
  • 2016 - Twin City Fireplace & Stone Company, Inc.
  • 2015 - Installed Building Solutions II, LLC



Nominees will be rated on the following components. Percentage in parenthesis indicates portion of total score.

  • Association Engagement (25% Builder & Remodeler / 33.33% Associate) 
  • Trade Partner Evaluation (25% Builder & Remodeler / 33.33% Associate) 
  • Customer Evaluation (25% Builder & Remodeler / NA Associate) 
  • Community Service (12.5% Builder & Remodeler / 16.67% Associate) 
  • Housing First Minnesota Foundation Engagement (12.5% Builder & Remodeler / 16.67% Associate) 

1. Association Engagement - 600 Points Possible

Please indicate below which of the BIG 3 Events (Housing Day at the Capitol, Builders & Remodelers Show, The BIG Night) at least one of your employees have attended in the past year(50% of Association Engagement). Since Housing Day at the Capitol 2020 was canceled, all contestants will be awarded points as if they had attended.

  • 1 event - 100 points
  • 2 events - 200 points
  • 3 events - 300 points


Employee(s) served on a Committee or Task Force in the past year - 300pts (50% of Association Engagement)

  • Yes or No


2. Trade Partner Evaluation – 600 Points Possible

Trade Partners have opportunity to share why they believe a nominee should win the award and rate the nominee on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest.  10 Trade Partner Evaluations are allowed. 

It is in your best interest to get as many evaluations completed as possibly by partners you feel would evaluate you as highly as possible.  The number of completed surveys may exceed the number of evaluations allowed. We will use the first 10 unique trade partner member company scores.  Only one evaluation allowed per company per nominee.

If for example your company had 20 member scores received, the first 10 will be counted.  If two scores were received by two different representatives from the same member company, the first score from that company would be used and the 2nd one discarded.  If that is the case, then the next applicable evaluation would be used in tallying the total.

Nominees will be supplied with a list of current Housing First Minnesota members. If an evaluating company is not a Housing First Minnesota member, their evaluation will be discarded, and the next applicable evaluation would be used.

Trust - 100 Points Maximum 
The evaluation of the trust exhibited in your relationship with your builder/remodeler/associate should include consideration of the following items:

a. Timely and accurate execution of contractual commitments
b. Completion of verbal commitments
c. Provides good and services as specified and does not try to cut corners
d. Treats your bids and conversations confidentially

Communication - 100 Points Maximum 
Good communication is essential in any strong business relationship. Please include the following criteria when evaluating this builder’s/remodeler’s/associate’s communication skills.

a. Product or services offered are well defined. 
b. Orders are filled accurately. 
c. Orders are filled on a timely basis allowing ample time for completion. 
d. Problems or complaints are well documented. 
e. Special requests are well defined. 
f. Documentation and administration of contract is accurate and complete. 
g. This builder/remodeler/associate has lines of communication, which are well defined and followed. 
h. Responses are quick and definitive. 

Loyalty- 100 Points Maximum 

Must be earned, and therefore, your evaluation in this area should include consideration of your performance in your commitments to the builder/remodeler/associate and objective view of what you have done to deserve this builder’s/remodeler’s/associate’s loyalty to your company.

a. Regularly provide a range of options and up to date information on new products and services
b. The relationship has continued to grow since inception
c. This builder or remodeler or associate provides excellent support to us in marketing and promotions
d. Gives positive word of mouth
e. This builder or remodeler or associate presents products in a timely manner

Ethics- 100 Points Maximum 
In the course of establishing an optimum business relationship, it should be acknowledged that the most productive professional business alliances have been those that were founded on a strong ethical base. Ethical business standards consist of some basic, but absolutely necessary, elements to which businesses in today’s society subscribe and adhere.

  • Mutual Benefit: Ethics are a philosophy of moral conduct that dictates certain actions in the business environment. They include the concept of mutual benefits: a contract or business obligation should be in the best interest of both parties
  • Openness: This condition is manifested through openness: representation of all the known facts, positive and negative, plus accurate statements as to other aspects
  • Integrity: commitments should always be transferred into a corresponding action that is in total accord with mutual agreements
  • Ethical Consideration: Finally, and of significant importance to an ethical business relationship, is the acceptance of the concept, that in the human condition, there are irrefutable principles of right and wrong. True success in work place is measured in how effective we are adhering to the “right” principles of conduct. Ethical Consideration is not an obligation, but a tenet that is carried out willing and in the spirit

Consideration - 100 Points Maximum 
Any business relationship is a two-way street. While the old adage states “the customer is always right,” there are facts in any relationship which determine its success and can ultimately affect the satisfaction and success of the parties involved. Please base your response on the following:

a. Provides information on goods and services in a timely manner.
b. Returns phone calls and responds to written communication.
c. Respects job-site rules.
d. Builder or remodeler or associate is considerate of other trades on the job site.
e. This builder or remodeler or associate exhibits respect for your company, your employees and your company’s ability to perform.
f. Provides timely delivery of goods and services.

Overall Satisfaction 
- 100 Points Maximum


3. Customer Evaluation - 600 Points Possible

Builder & Remodeler Only

Clients have opportunity to share why they believe a nominee should win the award and rate the builder/remodeler nominee on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. Clients may have done business with the builder/remodeler at any time. Maximum of 10 client evaluations.


Design & Layout - 100 Points Maximum
Quality of Construction - 100 Points Maximum
Communication - 100 Points Maximum (Before, during and after the project)
Budget - 100 Points Maximum (How closely did this builder/remodeler hold the project to budget?)
Innovation & Creativity - 100 Points Maximum
Overall Satisfaction - 100 Points Maximum


Community Service - 300 Points (300 pts if completed, 0 if left blank)

What are your community service affiliations? 


Housing First Minnesota Foundation Involvement - 300 Points ( 300 pts if completed, 0 if left blank)

Please describe how your organization is involved with the Housing First Minnesota Foundation

The maximum number of points for builder and remodeler members is 2,400
The maximum number of points for associate members is 1,800

Recipient Selection
The highest scoring firm will be named as the award recipient. In the event of a tie, or any other questionable dynamic (bankruptcy, license revocation, license suspension or lawsuit). The Executive Board will review and select a winner with the most points for Association Engagement. The next criteria will be event participation. 

No runner-up awards will be given.

For Association Engagement pertaining to event attendance:  representatives/subs for a builder, remodeler, associate who are not technically an employee of that company will have event attendance will be tracked according to what company they list at the time of registration.

If a review panelist is affiliated with an entrant/nominee, that representative will be recused.

Nominees are responsible for sending evaluation forms to their selected Housing First Minnesota partners and clients and any follow-up. To be fair to all participants, Housing First Minnesota cannot provide updates on who has or has not completed an evaluation form, or how many forms have been completed. we suggest that contestants track which partners have completed evaluations by following up with them directly.

All responses from Housing First Minnesota partners or clients will be kept confidential and not shared with participating builders/remodelers/associates unless partners and clients chose to allow their comments to be sent to the nominee by checking an opt-in box on the evaluation form. Contestants may ask to receive comments only after the award recipient has been announced. 


There is no entry fee to enter or nominate a company. 


entry details

1. Enter or nominate a company on or before July 10, 2020.

2. Receive your evaluation link(s) on or before July 17, 2020.

3. Complete the link applicable for your company (Association Engagement, Community Service, Housing First Minnesota Foundation Involvement) .

4. Send the applicable trade partner evaluation link to your Housing First Minnesota member partners asking them to evaluate you on or before August 7, 2020.

5. Builder/Remodeler contestants only: Send the customer evaluation link to your past clients asking them to evaluate you on or before  August 7, 2020.

6. Follow-up with your trade partners/clients before  August 7, 2020 to confirm they’ve completed the evaluation.

7. If you plan to attend the BIG Night, register  for that event separately. Registration for the BIG Night will open August 7, 2020.


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