4 Named NAHB’s Outstanding Educators

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Four individuals who have excelled in teaching NAHB education courses were recognized Jan. 9 at the 2017 International Builders’ Show in Orlando as Educators of the Year.

“The four each hold at least three NAHB professional designations themselves, further demonstrating their commitment to lifelong education,” said 2016 NAHB Education Chair William L. Shaw Jr., GMR, CGR, GMB, CAPS and CGP, a Houston remodeler and NAHB instructor.

“These leaders don’t just talk about the importance of education. They also work to stay current and even ahead of industry trends so they can better teach the home builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who take their classes,” he said.

Builder/Remodeler Educator of the Year. Tom Stephani, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, Master CSP, MIRM. As owner of Custom Construction Concepts Inc. in the Chicago area, Tom has created, seminars for small and custom builders and remodelers. He was the 2015 Chairman of the Education Committee and the 2009 Chairman of the National Sales and Marketing Council. He serves on the NAHB International Global Opportunities Board and Single Family Builder Committee.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Educator of the Year. Curt Kiriu, CAPS, CGP, CGR, owner, CK Independent Living Builders, Mililani, Hawaii. A 28-year industry veteran, Curt spreads the word across professions about aging-in-place and universal design applications. He has taught numerous courses and made presentations around the state. He is vice-chair of the CAPS Board of Governors and served on the education working group in 2014-15 to restructure the NAHB education program.

Certified Green Building Educator of the Year. John Barrows, CGB, CGP, GMB, Master CGP, founder of P3 Builder Group Inc., a Long Island, N.Y., company that brings cost-effective, energy-efficient practices to the housing market. He speaks on green building, construction and production management, and business management. In addition to presenting his own seminars, he has worked with NAHB to develop and teach courses and serves on the NAHB Board of Directors.

Sales and Marketing/Institute of Residential Marketing Educator of the Year. Chuck Miller, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, Master CSP, MIRM, president and CEO of Chuck Miller Construction Inc. in Boise, Idaho. He was a subject matter expert for revisions of a number of NAHB courses on residential marketing and business operations. Miller is trustee of the NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council and chairman of the Boise HBA Ethics and Arbitration Committee.

“NAHB strives to improve professionalism among our members and elevate the industry through education. We strongly encourage builders, remodelers and other housing professionals to reach the next stage in their careers by earning an NAHB designation,” said Shaw.

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