NAHB Honors CAPS Designees at 2012 International Builders' Show

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) honored several housing professionals for their service in elevating the image of NAHB designations. The 2011 Designee of the Year award winners were recognized Feb. 7 at the 2012 International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla.

"The education and designation programs at NAHB strive to improve professionalism and innovation in the home building and remodeling industries," said Jim Sattler, chairman of the NAHB Education Committee and a builder from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "These individuals fully embrace these ideals and stand out as leading professionals in their fields, incorporating innovative practices and techniques which ultimately benefit their customers and shine a positive light on our industry."

The 2011 Designee of the Year award winner for Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) of the Year was Debbie Grazioso, CAPS, owner of P&D Remodeling, Middletown, N.Y. Grazioso was chosen by the CAPS board of governors based on the successful promotion of her professional designation to consumers and NAHB members through innovative techniques, elevating the image of the designation in her community through charitable work or community projects and by participating in mentoring activities focused on helping others start or complete a NAHB professional designation.

“Winning 2011 CAPS of the Year was a huge honor for me,” said Grazioso. “I hope it will bring opportunities to continue to educate the public about how important it is to make a home safer through modifications.”

NAHB also presented Educator of the Year awards to the following individuals who excelled at teaching NAHB’s education courses to builders, remodelers and other industry professionals:

  • Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Co-Educator of the Year: Bill Owens, CAPS, CGP, CGR, owner of Owens Construction, Powell, Ohio
  • Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Co-Educator of the Year: Dan Bawden, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, president of Legal Eagle Contracting, Houston.

The Educators of the Year awards were given Feb. 7 in Orlando.