The Mary Busey Harris, CAE, Professionalism Award is presented to a NARI member or chapter staff person who has shown exceptional leadership, devotion, dedication, and accomplishment through his or her efforts to promote NARI as a professional organization at the local level.
Affectionately referred to as “Mr. NARI” because of his extensive knowledge of his local chapter’s organization, Jesse Morado, CR, has served as the executive director of his local chapter and successfully organized more than 30 years of historical data onto a cloud-based system. He has also streamlined and organized all the forms the chapter uses. In addition, he’s authored and organized a procedures manual for the chapter that details all events and activities the chapter participates in. This is just a taste of his dedication to education, ethics and professionalism in the industry.
An active member of NARI since 1994 Jesse has served as President of his NARI Atlanta Chapter twice, served as the chapters Education Chair and has served as Education and Membership Chair at the National level. Jesse became a Certified Remodeler in 1994 and has worked in the residential design build market since 1998.
NARI is pleased to present Jesse Morado, CR, of the Atlanta Chapter with the Mary Busey Harris, CAE Professionalism Award.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Remodeling. You have dreamed about it, saved for it, and now you are raring to get started. But hold your horses for a minute. To ensure a smooth remodeling process and the desired outcome, you need to get organized from the beginning.
“The best advice for someone undertaking a remodeling project (interior or exterior) is to plan, plan, plan! There is no substitute for it on the front end of a project. And if you do it on the front end, the during and after parts are much more tolerable because you have turned over most of the rocks and found most (never all) of the potential pitfalls. It is always easier to create solutions when you have already explored the what ifs.” – Jennifer D. Reed. CMKBD, CAPS, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“When exploring a remodeling project, determine which parts of the project scope for you are ‘required,’ ‘desired’ or ‘optional.’ This list will enable you to better set a desired budget, while also determining whether additional financing may be needed or explored. Having scope and budgeting priorities will enable better collaboration with design, minimize change orders and narrow down selections. The contract scope, along with the drawings, also will help guide you and your remodeler in a beneficial and collaborative process during construction.” – Scott Foerst, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“Take advantage of online resources, such as Houzz.com, for ideas and inspiration. Houzz is an excellent tool for researching different looks and color schemes. Many clients find it incredibly helpful in narrowing down their personal style. Your “pinned” photos are also very helpful to the design team in helping us understand what you like and don’t like. This makes the design and selections process go by much smoother. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope in the design process! The most beautiful, award-winning designs are created with concepts that are new and not found all over the Internet, in magazines or on HGTV. When you dare to be a trendsetter and trust the experts, you won’t be disappointed!” – Melissa Austin, Atlanta Kitchen and Bath Designer/Selections Coordinator
What is your best advice for surviving and thriving during a remodeling project?
Source: MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], a design/build company - NARI Atlanta member, www.MosaicGroupAtlanta.com
Did you know that as a homeowner considering a remodeling project you can create a “virtuous circle’ in our community with the help of the Habitat for Humanity Restore and your NARI contractor?
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a non-profit donation and home improvement center. The ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor and building material to the public at prices well below retail. The funds raised at the 5 metro Atlanta ReStores in Lawrenceville, Roswell, Smyrna, Doraville and McDonough support the work Habitat for Humanity does in our local community and around the world.
Habitat partners with families who need a hand up to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
The Habitat ReStores are proud members of NARI Atlanta. We work with professional NARI contractors to help create the “virtuous circle”. The contractor's client, for whom the project is being done, has the opportunity to receive a tax deduction for items removed or deconstructed from the project, the NARI contractor reduces their disposal fees and keeps reusable products out of our landfills.
The ReStore customer gets a great bargain purchasing the products that have been donated and the funds ReStore raised at the ReStore go back into our Habitat work of building homes and hope. If you are considering a remodeling project in the near future, please ask your contractor how your project can be part of the "virtuous circle".
Author: Drew Meyer, Habitat Restore Director