The 40 Under 40 is Pro Remodeler’s annual look at the remodeling industry’s future—its most innovative, most impressive young professionals. From an army ranger turned remodeler to a glass-ceiling breaker, this year’s Under-40 class stands out as one of our most inspired yet. Warmest congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered.
A Glimpse of the Future
There is a complexity to residential remodeling that few not in the trenches will ever understand. And it's grown more so in recent years: the tools are more sophisticated; the materials are more engineered; the practices are more refined; and the competition is more savvy. On the heels of a recession and in the midst of a persistent labor shortage, it's had to be that way. Our Forty Under 40 represent a generation of remodelers taking that evolution in stride.
Whether using big data to hyper-focus ad campaigns or DISC personality profiling to boost efficiency, each of this year's distinguished awardees brings a fresh but battle-tested approach to some aspect of the remodeling industry.
If you're a remodeling professional yourself, regardless of your age, the 40 people below have something to teach you. Enjoy!
Meet the 2017 40 Under 40 Awardees
Jessica Altman, Kitchen & Bath Designer, Hatchett Design/Remodel
Megan Bratetic, Owner and VP, Bratetic Construction
Ben Carroll, Owner, Old Oak Construction
Bridget Cramer, Senior Marketing Specialist, Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard
Jason Dorfman, Design Consultant, Marrokal Design and Remodeling
Josh Downing, CEO, Direct Movement Group
Brandon Erdmann, President, Homeseaed Exteriors
Kristina Ferrigan, Director of Marketing, Normandy Design Build Remodeling
Noelle Fouse, Interior Designer and Project Manager, JRH Design + Build
Ashley Gibaud, Office Manager, Templeton Building Co.
Allison Guido, General Manager, Almar Building & Remodeling Co.
Diane Hatfield, Process Manager, Hatfield Builders & Remodelers
Bryan Henson, President, Allen Construction
Chris Jay, Production Manager, Sea Pointe Construction
Sara Jorgensen, Senior Designer and Design Coordinator, Harrell Remodeling
Patrick Kelly, Production Manager, Agape Construction Co.
Melissa Kennedy, Sales & Design Manager, Meadowlark Builders
Samantha Klickna, Director of Project Development, Case Design/Remodeling
Matt Krol, President, Matt Krol Construction
Kendel Lenton-Cooney, Prodction Manager, Lenton Company
Adam Lindus, VP of Production, Lindus Construction/Midwest LeafGuard
Kellie Linfoot, Consumer Finance Manager, Dreamstyle Remodeling
David Martin, President, Remodeling Concepts
Jacquelyn Martin, General Manger and Sales, Thompson Creek Window Co.
Josh McDermott, Owner, J.T. McDermott Remodeling Contractors
Mary Miksch, Design Consultant, Neil Kelly
Luke Morgan, President, Morganco Remodeling
Jeremy Owens, VP, 3 Generations Improvements
Kyle Powers, Senior Brand Manager, Tundraland
Evan Ratcliff, Production Manager, Key Residential
Tom Reed, VP and Project Manager, HR Quality Homes
Jeremy Smith, Residential Division Manager, F&S Building Innovations
Mina Starsiak, Co-Owner, Two Chicks and a Hammer
Rob Van Houten, Renovations Division Manager, Powell Homes & Renovations
Lisa VanZee, Design Manager, Case Design/Remodeling
Brandi Ward, Design Specialist, Roeser Home Remodeling
Tyler Wenkus, COO and Co-Owner, Gonyea Companies
Adam Wertheimer, Project Leader, BOWA
B.J. Werzyn, Owner, West Shore