Zak Fleming, CGR, is a master electrician and owner of Fleming Construction LLC, a Des Moines, Iowa residential remodeling company.
He’s also won a shelf full of awards, including being named 2016 Remodeler of the Year by the HBA of Greater Des Moines, one of Professional Remodeler magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2014, and was a 2015 NAHB Remodelers Leadership Scholarship recipient.
And Fleming is proud to be a Certified Graduate Remodeler.
“The best thing about having a designation is that it starts conversations with people about education and qualifications that people don’t consider when talking about doing a project,” Fleming says.
“It gives me a chance to talk about our dedication to the industry and what sets us apart without bragging.”
March is National Designation Month, so NAHB is shining a spotlight on successful graduates so our members know more about them – and perhaps get another reason to explore the NAHB Designations program.
Meet Zak Fleming.
What’s a favorite book you’ve read recently? Shop Craft as Soul Craft by Matt Crawford. It is about the transition of skill-based work — the trades — to knowledge-based work [in an office] and how it has had a negative impact on the general happiness.
Do you have a quote you try to live by? Success happens when you stop dreaming and start doing.
Give me three words to describe the industry in 2017. Dynamic, fun and growing.
What industry trends are you most excited about? I like the possibility of some of the governmental restrictions within our industry and small businesses being lifted or reduced. This is an exciting idea for me as I have only worked in an environment that has seen an increase.
What is one industry issue that we really need to find the solution for? Recruiting the next generation of people to work within the trades. It will take a change in the way that people view tradespeople and their value in society, when that happens people will once again be interested in working in skilled trades.
Here’s a shout-out to Zak and all our other successful designation holders. Want to talk about pursuing an NAHB educational designation? We’re here for you: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.