Enter to Win a Member Spotlight Award

 

Current NADRA members may fill out the questionnaire for a chance to win a NADRA member spotlight award. (1) winner is chosen each month & will be recognized for their dedication to NADRA & the outdoor living industry. The spotlight winner will be included in:

– The Weekly Industry Brief

– Monthly eNewsletter

– Social Media

– NADRA’s Blog

– NADRA’s Homepage

Who is going to be the December spotlight winner? If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the online questionnaire. Don’t forget to follow up by emailing us your photos and company logo. Fill out the questionnaire here for a chance to win.

Member Spotlight: Tom Jacques, Hickory Dickory Decks

Member Name: Tom Jacques

Company Name: Hickory Dickory Decks

Position: CEO

Member Category: Builder

Location: Dundas, Ontario, Canada

When did you first get involved with this industry? 1987

What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Hickory Dickory Decks started in 1987 in Hamilton Ontario. Today we operate in over 65 cities with franchises and corporate operated local deck companies. We have specialized in low maintenance decking since it was first made. We build over 90 percent low maintenance decks and have since 1995. In 2017 our company will build over 1,000 custom decks.

How do you define success? Success is spending quality time with family and friends and doing something you love that makes the world a better place.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Build your business and your life living by the Golden rule of treating all people the way you would like to be treated. Pretty simple.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Write or teach.

A little more about Tom:  I am blessed with a loving wife Sue, and 7 great kids. We love spending time together traveling and at the family cottage.

A note from Tom: 

Hello fellow deck builders and deck company owners. Hickory Dickory Decks has been a long standing member of NADRA from it’s very beginning. I think the founding of NADRA has helped get deck builders around the world to start looking at their job as a career and a profession. We create outdoor dining and living rooms where our customers can relax after a hard day, and spend some quality time with family and friends. Just think about all the happiness we have helped spread in each and every backyard. We also provide good, honest, well  paying jobs to thousands upon thousands of men and women not only building and designing and selling our beautiful backyard environments but also supplying and transporting all the material to jobs around the world.

I think this October in Nashville, all professional deck builders should come to the 2017 Deck Expo.  Enjoy a few days away from construction sites and challenging work situations. To  relax with our peers, share some great stories and a cold beverage or two, and congratulate each of us for helping all of our customers to Enjoy Life…Outdoors! See you there.

~ Tom Jacques, President, CEO and Founder of Hickory Dickory Decks.

 

Connect with Hickory Dickory Decks online:

Website: www.Decks.ca
Facebook: Facebook.com/decks.ca

Member Spotlight: Pat Noonan, Deck & Basement Co.

Member Name: Pat Noonan

Company Name: Deck and Basement Company

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When did you first get involved with this industry? Childhood—my summer “outreach program” involved cleaning up my Dad’s job sites.

What inspired you to join NADRA?  I attended my first deck expo in 2007 and while there I met fantastic people, many of whom I still consider friends 10 years later. My membership to NADRA provides networking, education, and resources that have been a large factor in growing my business and career, and the friendships are priceless.

What was the first thing you ever built? During the summer of seventh grade, I pooled money from my friends and had my first contracting job building a half-pipe skateboard ramp. Soon after, a concussion ended my skateboarding career, but building always stuck with me.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Once I found my niche in deck building, I refocused my company to specialize in decks and custom outdoor projects. This year, Deck and Basement Company celebrates 16 years of business. We have become one of the largest deck builders in the state of Minnesota, completing 275 decks in 2016. We run a successful deck program for national home builders as well as a custom division focused on outdoor living environments and basement finishing. The solid team of professionals at Deck and Basement Company are my greatest asset.

In 2014, I formed a second business, ProDeck Supply, a specialty lumberyard offering premium deck materials to contractors and homeowners. We have developed a Deck Kit program which allows our customers to order a deck and stair package by size. We offer eight different sizes that come complete with premium materials cut to size and ready to assemble. This allows our clients to keep waste off the job site and keep crews building faster.

How do you define success? My wife and my sons telling me they are proud of me.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You will never know everything or always be right. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not learn more about my industry; the guys that claim to “know it all” rarely do. There is never a job that is more important than family.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Professional skateboarder…definitely a professional skateboarder.

A little more about Pat:  I am blessed with a fantastic team of professionals that have helped grow both Deck and Basement Company, and now ProDeck Supply. Both businesses I run with my wife Julie. Without her support, none of this would be possible. Someday I hope to pass this on to my sons, who enjoy coming in on the weekends to work with dad and ride the forklifts. In my spare time, I can be found cheering on my kids at different activities or sneaking away on a vacation with family.

Connect with Deck and Basement Company online:

Deck and Basement Company

www.deckandbasment.com

Facebook: @DeckandBasementCompany

 

April Member Spotlight Winner – Rick Wooton

NADRA launched a member spotlight award for 2017. We are excited to showcase our next winner:

Member Name: Rick Wooton

Company Name:  Crossroad Remodeling, LLC crossroadsremodelingmn.com

Position: Owner

Member Category:

Location: Albertville, MN

At NADRA, we receive a number of completed questionnaire’s from members seeking a spotlight position. We were blown away when Rick, a builder member, registered to become a SILVER level Deck Safety Ambassador. We were floored. So we reached out to Rick and asked him “Why did you decide to make the commitment at the Silver level?” Here is what Rick told us:

This was the first year that I was able to experience the consequences of an unsafe deck. We normally build new construction decks and porches instead of resurfacing or rebuilding existing decks. Within the first month of this year we were called to a home where the homeowner had built his railing 24 inches tall on the stairs and his young daughter had fallen over the side. A few weeks later we were called out to a home where the ledger board was incorrectly installed so that over the years it had rotted so bad that when the new homeowners stepped onto the deck it fell 10 feet injuring both of them. Within a week of that experience we were called to a home where the whole deck was nailed together with no hangers and 8d nails. The deck was literally falling off of the house. In a heavy wind the staircase actually came down onto the home. It was at this point that we began to see how important it is that everyone be educated on deck safety and that those of us in the industry must push for this awareness.

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When did you first get involved with this industry? 28 years ago

What inspired you to join NADRA? NADRA’s dedication to the industry and to deck safety, encouraged us to seek the NADRA seal of approval in our business.

What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort. It wouldn’t have supported a hummingbird much less met the NADRA leading standard of today.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: This particular company is only two years old, but it was assembled with many years of deck building experience, quality help, and assistance from industry leaders such as NADRA and Fiberon.

How do you define success? Success for me is seeing a family enjoying an outdoor experience on a deck or patio we built.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Treat every customer, big or small, with the same level of professionalism.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What are they most passionate about in the deck building process? Selling it, building it or showing it?

A little more about Rick:  If I wasn’t successful or have a thriving business and I lost it all, I would still feel like the richest man alive when I come home to my wife and children.

*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found here

NADRA March Member Spotlight Winner – Rudy

NADRA launched a member spotlight award for 2017. We are excited to showcase our next winner:

Member Name: Rudolf (Rudy) De Keersmaecker

Company Name:  CriterionHomeInspections.com

Position: Owner

Member Category: Inspector

Location: Laporte, IN


What inspired you to join NADRA? I believe that a deck is an integral part of a home structure, and as such requires a critical examination to protect the clients interests. Joining NADRA and operating under NADRA and ASHI standards allows me to give my client the best possible inspection report. This is why I joined NADRA.


What was the first thing you ever built? Debt.

How do you define success? Success is not about money – it’s about happiness. If you’re happy in what you are doing, wealth will come to you.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? If a man is to be judged by a single act and you have a choice, the one to pick is how he looks at himself in a mirror.


If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? Why is it that people don’t clean up after themselves anymore? I do not trust technicians or workmen who do not carry a broom and a dustpan with them.

 

A little more about Rudy: I have worked in the field of high-rise engineering, inspection, and real estate in the city of Chicago for the last 42 years. Being semi retired, I now operate a home inspection company in LaPorte County Indiana. I am a contracted FEMA emergency disaster inspector, as well as being a residential high-rise code safety instructor, teaching high-rise code compliance classes for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local one training fund.

A little advice from Rudy: 

#1. Walk to the beat of a different bass cello.
#2. Don’t lie. Not even to yourself.
#3. Be happy in your dreams – be happy in your life!
*   Remember – it’s all about passion!

*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found here