Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council Announces 15 New Certified Professionals

July 19, 2013

The Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 52 years, recently recognized the following 15 individuals from 11 member companies who successfully completed a NARI National certification program:

Certified Remodeler (CR): A Certified Remodeler is a professional remodeler who provides a full range of remodeling services. To become a CR, candidates must possess skill and knowledge in a broad range of business management and technical skill areas.

Jared Burback, CR, Burback Builders, LLC, Muskego, Wis.
Matthew Jahns, CR, Refined Renovations, Wauwatosa, Wis.
Joe Kazmierczak, CR, Burback Builders, LLC, Muskego, Wis.
Kevin Latch, CR, Design Tech Remodeling, Milwaukee, Wis.
Randy Miller, CR, Allrite Home & Remodeling, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.

Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR): These are professionals who own, or have been employed by, a company that is actively involved in the remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms. To become a CKBR, the individual must have a minimum of five years of continuous service in the remodeling industry and conduct a minimum of four kitchen or bathroom remodels per year.

Perry Szpek, CKBR, jdj builders, inc., Greenfield, Wis.

Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC): The CLC designation denotes professionals who are hands-on field personnel and oversee every aspect of a project. This includes personnel management, job safety, and administration during production of the project to ensure customer satisfaction.

Jim DeWalt, CLC, Dimension Design, Build, Remodel, Inc., Brookfield, Wis.
Derek Harcus, CLC, Callen Construction, Inc., Muskego, Wis.
Robert Heckel, CLC, Brillo Home Improvements, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.
Joshua Salpat, CLC, Callen Construction, Inc., Muskego, Wis.
James Zaja, CLC, Brillo Home Improvements, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.

Green Certified Professional (GCP): These professionals have distinguished themselves through work that promotes the highest standards in green design and remodeling.

Matthew Krier, CGP, Design Group Three, Inc., Glendale, Wis.

Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP): The UDCP designation identifies professionals who differentiate themselves through work that promotes the highest standards in universal design and remodeling.

Robert Bates, CR, CKBR, UDCP, Badger Carpentry, Inc., Pewaukee, Wis.
Mark Brick, MCR, UDCP, B&E General Contractors, Inc., Glendale, Wis.
Dan Klappa, CR, UDCP, jdj builders, inc., Greenfield, Wis.

“These 15 remodeling professionals finished a demanding training program that is designed to uphold high professional standards among members of Milwaukee/NARI,” said Dan Riedel, Milwaukee/NARI president. “The certification program helps preserve the high values that consumers have come to expect when working with a Milwaukee/NARI member. Remodeling professionals must meet several prerequisites to achieve certification, and the process requires devotion and commitment to fostering the association’s reputation.”

The Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council was chartered in July, 1961 as a Chapter of the National Home Improvement Council. In May of 1982, the National Home Improvement Council merged with the National Remodelers Association to form NARI – the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. With over 740 members, the Milwaukee Chapter is the largest in the nation.

The Council’s goals of encouraging ethical conduct, sound business practices, and professionalism in the remodeling industry have led to the growth of the remodeling industry nationwide and made NARI a recognized authority in that industry.

For more information on the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council and to receive a free copy of an annual member directory listing all members alphabetically and by category and the booklet, “Milwaukee/NARI’s Remodeling Guide,” call 414-771-4071 or visit the Council’s website at

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