Blog Brillo Home Improvements Blog en-us Keeping Up with the Joneses ?d=23 By Jim Zaja, Certified Lead Carpenter
You’ve been in the neighborhood for many years or maybe you just purchased the home that you always wanted. Take a look around your home, is it falling out of sync with others on your block? You never want to exceed your neighborhood norm, but you definitely want to keep up with it. Brining your home up to speed doesn’t mean you have to spend six figures to do so. Small scale projects or renovations will do double duty: They’ll make your home more attractive and also make for a more comfortable home to live in. Here are some project or small renovations that will keep you up with the Joneses.
Expand or reorganize your closets.Homes built before the 1970s often have very little closet space and usually have one pole and a shelf. Maybe an adjacent room has some space you can use to make the closet more accommodating. Let’s say you have a window that’s centered in the room, adding closets on each side with a window seat is an excellent way to get that space you really need and it also looks nice. Another inexpensive way to make those closets user friendly is to add a closet system.
Update your kitchen.Your kitchen is usually the gathering area of your home. Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; here are a few ways to keep it budget friendly.
1]A simple paint job
2] New countertops and appliances
3]New flooring and woodwork
4] Removing a wall to open up the area into a dining room or family room.
Freshen up your curb appeal. Consider adding new flower beds, retaining walls, trees, a new paver side walk, new exterior paint job or maybe that dream BBQ area in the back yard. You can’t go wrong with any of these improvements.
Letting your house slip behind your neighbors’ could lower your home value and cost you when you want to sell your house. So, go ahead and take a look around, and see if there are smaller tasks you can take on and we hope you call us for your bigger projects. ]]>
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:06:47 -0500 ?d=23
Handy Girl ?d=21 Handy Girl
by Juel Scherf
As far back as I can remember, I would help my Dad around the house on his remodeling projects. From installing 6-panel doors, windows, and vinyl siding to designing and building the 26’x14’ deck in the back yard. It’s no wonder that I came to love building and design from an early age. One year, I had asked my husband for a power drill for Christmas. He didn’t get me one because he thought I was either joking or crazy (What wife wants a drill for Christmas?). I went out to buy myself one a few months later. I’ve realized how unique I am when I went to a networking event at Milwaukee Tool and witnessed grown women using power tools for the first time in their lives. That same weekend, I was helping my husband tear down the wall between our kitchen and living room. I cannot imagine not being able to change a light fixture or climb up on the roof to clean the gutters. Now, as an architect and sales associate for Brillo, I help other homeowners remodel and improve their homes.
I have also seen a lot of mistakes when the homeowner tries to DIY their renovation themselves and it doesn’t quite turn out as easy or fast as it looked on television. Most projects are just better left to the trained professionals.
Homeowner: “Why can’t you start my kitchen remodel on Monday and be done in 3 days?”
Contractor: “We just met 2 minutes ago…”
I see a lot of homeowners who are eager to get to the end result of a remodel, but they're not as eager to do the proper preplanning before starting. The worst thing you can do in remodeling your home is to jump into a contract before knowing what you are doing; this can lead to numerous change orders and a finished product that is not exactly what you wanted. Just today, I had a homeowner tell me she wanted to switch the locations of her refrigerator and stove, but what she didn’t think about was that when the fridge door was opened, it would hit whomever was at the sink. These kinds of simple ideas can turn into big problems if you don’t take the time to discuss prior to starting a project.
In a standard kitchen remodel, you can assume to take anywhere from 3-6 months of planning before demolition, and about 2-3 months for a bathroom remodel. Some additions can even take over a year to plan before you can start depending on scope and time of year. The design and planning stage can entail getting a floorplan and design ready with elevations and a section for additions, organizing the cabinet layout, picking fixtures, selecting stain colors, countertops, and paint colors. Once you do these things, the products still have to get ordered and delivered before starting the project to not have delays in the timeframe. If you are having an addition done or changing any aspect of the exterior of the house, you also have to think about having the design approved by your municipalities “Design Review Board” and getting the appropriate permits. These are all things that homeowners forget to take into account when wanting to upgrade their home. ]]>
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:23:18 -0500 ?d=21
Milwaukee NARI Workforce Development Committee Initiatives ?d=20 September 28, 2015                                                                
Bingo Emmons
Milwaukee/NARI, Creative Construction of WI
Milwaukee/NARI Establishes New Workforce Development Committee and Initiatives; Cultivating Future Workforce to Perpetuate Trade Jobs
Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee’s Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (Milwaukee/NARI), through board action, has recently formed a workforce development committee and is working with its non-profit foundation, area technical colleges, regional workforce development agencies, youth organizations, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to educate and recruit people into careers within the trade industry.
“If we don’t take steps now to stem the looming shortages in trade jobs, the availability of these services will become harder to secure and most likely, remodeling costs will go up at an accelerated rate because of labor shortages to perform this type of work,” said Tom Callen, co-chair of the Milwakee/NARI Workforce Development Committee and retiree from Callen Construction.
The committee planned its first Job Fair in February, 2015, as an adjunct to its annual Home Improvement Show. The success of the first job fair proved the need for attention to the future trades’ workforce and the committee is already planning future job fairs. To further aid future workforce, the committee added a Career Spot button to the Milwaukee/NARI website to make it easy for people interested in the trades to post their resumes and search for current career openings.
“The hardest perception we face is that the remodeling industry lacks the sizzle of professions that only come with four-year college degrees and this perception is not reality. Careers in the skilled trades are in demand, require creativity and provide family-sustaining salaries,” said Bing Emmons of Creative Construction and co-chair of the Milwaukee/NARI Workforce Development Committee .
Milwaukee/NARI is an elite collection of the best home improvement professionals in the area. They vet and stand by their network of contractors – assuring the highest quality and standards, exceptional service and total honesty to consumers. Milwaukee NARI has been educating consumers and cultivating its membership base for more than 50 years.
For more information about Milwaukee/NARI, please visit: ]]>
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:01:22 -0400 ?d=20
I'm a Carpenter, not a Writer ?d=19 By Paul Hurst, Carpenter

I grew up on West Allis, Wisconsin in a very tight knit community.  As kids, my friends and I were involved in many sports such as little league baseball, football and basketball.  I was also in Boy Scouts where I participated in the Life and Learn program.  There I learned many skills as well as life values that I still use to this day.  After school I would use these skills to build forts with my friends in the park near my house.  It was then that I knew I wanted to become a carpenter.
Shortly after high school I began working in the trades as a laborer for a small contractor for about five years.  When I started working for Brillo I quickly realized that Brillo was more than an employer; they were a family.  I was immediately welcomed and soon I was playing softball with Mike and later joined Todd and Mike’s bowling team.  Mike even played a few games on my flag football team.
Brillo reminds me of the community and friends that I grew up with.  I like that they are always willing to help you with your own home improvements and projects.  They also plan events throughout the year that allow us to hang out and have fun outside of work.  We have annual golf outings, cookouts, an ice fishing event, Brewer and Packer games and an annual picnic.
Over the eight years that I have been a part of Team Brillo I have learned many new skills and techniques to perfect my craftsmanship and I hope to further my knowledge base so I can continue to provide quality work for our clients. ]]>
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:56:50 -0400 ?d=19
CONTROLLING BASEMENT MOISTURE by Scott Gretzon, CLC ?d=18 Basement moisture can often cause problems for homeowners, as it often happens with little warning before it becomes a major issue.  This is very common in the spring time as snow melts and has no place to go with frozen the ground.  Moisture can cause rust, paint damage, and mold, which can aggravate allergies and cause other indoor air quality problems, creating a whole different set of home issues.

1 – Have the correct dehumidifier with setting options
It is important to have a working dehumidifier that is properly sized for basement square footage.  It’s suggested to keep the setting on “normal” and keeping it turned on year-round.  The dehumidifier will only operate when there is enough moisture to engage the unit.
Homeowners should consider purchasing a dehumidifier that drains automatically, rather than units that drain into a bucket and require regular emptying.  If you forget to empty the bucket, the unit will stop running and will increase the risk for conditions to create mold.  A unit that drains automatically keeps the air quality and humidity at the desired level, plus it’s one less thing to have to do.
2 – Check the sump pump and water discharge
A properly set sump pump will activate when the water level is just below the bottom of the drain tile inlet(s).  Homeowners should check the unit periodically to see that it is operational.
After a heavy rainfall, monitor the volume of water that discharges into the sump crock, as it will provide an idea of how often the sump pump should cycle.
Invest in an adequate battery backup.  A sump pump is needed most during a storm with heavy rainfall, and storm conditions can often cause power outages and fuse shorting.  Investing in a battery backup system can ensure the pump’s job gets done when it’s needed the most.
3 – Keep up on the Palmer Valve maintenance
Palmer valves were installed typically on homes built from 1925 – 1955.  They are a one-way check value in the floor drain that allows water to drain from the drain tile system into the sewer lateral, taking the water directly to the street sewer.  It should be checked and lubricated once per year.  If the valve is stuck or you aren’t sure if it’s working, contact Brillo Home Improvements or have a qualified plumber inspect it.
4 – Inspect for moisture buildup and seepage
Inspect and monitor the interior perimeter of the basement with a good flashlight to see if there’s any evidence of moisture build up or if there is seepage by the bottom of the wall.  This may indicate that further evaluation by a professional may be necessary.
Monitor the basement’s humidity level, aiming for 50% or less helps immensely to control mold growth, as well as moisture and seepage.

1 – Check for proper grading once every two years
Over time, the ground around the house may settle.  A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the pitch of dirt away from the foundation.  It’s recommended that there be at least one inch of pitch for each foot away from the building.
Stone or mulch shouldn’t be confused with proper grading, since both materials are permeable to water and will not shed water away during a rainstorm.
2 – Check concrete surfaces around the building
Due to seasonal freezing and thawing, concrete walkways, patios, and driveways can move quite a bit.  Make sure the slope is sufficient for water management by using a garden hose.  Lay the hose in the middle of the surface and see what direction the water travels, and then determine if the water is moving away fast enough.  If unsure of the quality of the current concrete surface, contact Brillo Home Improvements to further evaluate the area.
3 – Check gutters and downspouts seasonally
A good rule of thumb is to make sure the extensions release water approximately six feet out from the building.
Older homes typically were built with undersized gutters and down spouts. A good rule of thumb if water displacement is lacking would be to change existing gutters to 5" and downspouts should be a minimum of 4".
Monitor the gutters and downspouts at least four time a year making sure that there are no blockages or obstructions that may cause the system to back up or over flow.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:23:30 -0400 ?d=18
Growing Up Brillo ?d=17 Growing Up Brillo by
Michael J. Bovee

As the son of one of the three owners, I have a unique perspective on Brillo and what it means to me. For as long as I can remember being excited about home remodeling and construction has been a part of my life. As young kids, my dad had a log in the basement with a can full of roofing nails and a hammer for my brother and I to pound nails. We were driven to baseball and soccer practice in the front seat of a Brillo van. Boy scout projects included things like building our own bird houses. I always felt like I had an unfair advantage in the pine wood derby car races because my dad had cool power tools.

In school I enjoyed shop classes and activities where i got to use my hands and creativity. One summer, the owner's kids were commissioned to paint a load of cedar siding. In high school summer work got steadier at Brillo, and the work load got a bit heavier. We would dig holes for deck and porch footings, or break up old concrete patios.

When I went to college for a couple of years, life didn't feel quite right.  I did, however, always feel at home when I was away from school working for Brillo. It made more sense to get paid for work and learn things that directly affected my career.

Over a decade later, I feel perfectly comfortable taking on any task in any house. The lessons learned from the three owners and Lead Carpenters in the past have shaped my life and the future of Brillo. 

The above picture of me was taken during the new construction of a house.  I was about 9 years old.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:23:55 -0500 ?d=17
Milwaukee, WI – August 25  - In honor of Patriot Day, Brillo Home Improvements, Inc. and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. are asking employees, neighbors, customers and friends to help troops call home by donating gently – used cellular phones.  Currently the military landscape is ever changing and as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world.  By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, we can provide troops with a precious connection to loved ones back home.
Recycled cell phones can be dropped off during business hours only (9am -3pm) between August 25th – September 11th at Brillo Home Improvements, located at 5315 N. Lovers Lane Road, Milwaukee, WI 53225.  

Brillo Home Improvements is a local, regional and national award-winning full-service residential and commercial remodeling firm serving the greater Milwaukee area.  Incorporated in May of 1977 as a small roofing company by childhood friends, the company now specializes in all facets of home improvement including additions, kitchen and bath remodels, attic conversions, window and door replacement, and basement remodels.  The company also performs commercial remodeling including additions and office renovations.  Brillo Home Improvements is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Better Business Bureau.
For information: or
Phone: (414) 442-2230 ext. 100

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:44:34 -0400 ?d=16
New Angie's List Review Posted on August 7, 2014 ?d=15 Thank you to Linda G. of St. Francis for taking the time to post an online review about your experience with Team Brillo:Member: 
Linda G
St Francis, WI 53235
Ceramic Tile
Marble & Granite
Remodeling - General
Remodeling - Kitchen & Bathroom
Services Performed: 
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: 
April 30, 2014
Hire Again: 
Description Of Work: 
Total bathroom remodel on a top floor condo.  Tub removed and tiled shower stall with bench installed, new toilet, granite vanity, bathroom mirror, light fixture, heated ceiling vent, etc.
Member Comments: 
After getting two bids to have my bathroom remodeled, I contacted Brillo to get my third and final estimate.  I met with Scott Gretzon.  He came prepared with a Brillo folder and a 3-page single-spaced list of references.  He urged me to call several of them.  Days later, I looked at that list and actually found someone I knew listed, so I called him for a reference.  Brillo got a rave review.
To say that Scott Gretzon has been wonderful, would be a gross understatement.  Frankly, I’m used to dealing with sales people who lie and say anything to get the job.  When dealing with Scott, I actually believed what he said. 
When I decided to go ahead, I emailed Scott. I decided to use Brillo because of Scott, not because Brillo had the
lowest price (because it didn’t).  I liked dealing with Scott because he is very kind, not pushy, and he used to do
installations himself till he had physical problems.  I had LOTS of questions, and he needed to
explain a lot of things to me, which he did in a very kind, patient manner.  That meant a lot to me.  If I was going to shell out thousands of dollars for a remodel, I wanted to understand everything.
My next major decision was whether to stay in my condo while the work was being done, or going on vacation.  I had a huge “trust” factor to contend with.  Letting people loose in my home while I’m gone was a major issue for me.  On the other hand, as I only have one bathroom in my condo, I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with the inconvenience.  So I went on vacation.  My neighbor Heather was my eyes and ears while I was gone for two weeks. She sent me photos of the demolition (glad I missed that) and the work as it progressed.  She met Paul, my contractor, and emailed me about him. Heather is VERY fussy and particular, and she had nothing but great things to say about Paul and his work. This allowed me to have a very nice, stress-free vacation.
When I returned from vacation, my bathroom was in the middle of the remodel.  I met Paul and he would tell me what was
going on daily as I left for work in the morning.  During this entire time, Scott and Paul were nothing but kind, professional and made this whole remodel truly a breeze for me.
The final product, my gorgeous bathroom, looks spectacular.  It is the bathroom of my dreams.  I got everything I wanted, and more.  I have since referred two my friends to Brillo.  There were a few snafus along the way, and Scott and Paul quickly remedied them.
Since my bathroom, I had Brillo install a new patio door, and am currently waiting to have my kitchen painted.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:06:32 -0400 ?d=15
Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight ?d=14 As a Velux 3-star skylight specialist, we are excited to announce the introduction of the new Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight from Velux.

This skylight features include:
·         Adding fresh air and ventilation to your home
·         A no-leak warranty
·         Remote controlled solar power
·         Integrated rain sensor that will automatically close the skylight

Furthermore, this skylight qualifies for a 30% energy tax credit for both the cost of the product and the installation.  And there are eight factory installed blinds available which also qualify for 30% federal tax credit.  If the Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylight is ordered with a factory installed blind, the skylight and blind will arrive pre-programmed to one remote control.

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about this new product. ]]>
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:34:17 -0400 ?d=14
Should you D-I-Y or hire a pro? ?d=13 Here is a pretty good article about how to decide whether a homeowner should D-I-Y or hire a pro.  Our office manager, Maggie Uravich, is featured at the very end. ]]>
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:36:23 -0400 ?d=13
Sussex lower level featured on HGTV's Bang for your Buck ?d=12 Watch the experts evaluate three Milwaukee-area basement renovations in the $100,000 price point category.  One of the featured projects, the Mitchell family, is a client of Brillo Home Improvements.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:27:11 -0400 ?d=12
Labor Discount ?d=11

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:00:34 -0400 ?d=11
Remodeler Spotlight: Robert Quigley ?d=10 Our own, Bob Quigley, is featured in this online news article:

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 15:19:50 -0400 ?d=10
Helping Rebuild Greater Milwaukee ?d=9 On Behalf of Brillo Home Improvements, two Lead Carpenters, Jim Zaja and Mike J Bovee, volunteer their time to install a handrail at a Milwaukee residence in partnership with Milwaukee NARI and Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee, a leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods.  The two organizations partnered to make renovations at no charge to 50 Milwaukee area homes during May, which is National Home Improvement Month. 

Rebuilding Greater Milwaukee Together

Wed, 23 May 2012 09:59:16 -0400 ?d=9
Brillo Home Improvements Celebrates 35 Years in Business ?d=8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Brillo Home Improvements Celebrates 35 Years in Business
Remodeling firm has been revitalizing homes in the greater Milwaukee area since 1977
Milwaukee, WI -- May 17, 2012– Brillo Home Improvements Inc, an award winning, full service remodeling firm, headquartered on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, celebrates its thirty-fifth year anniversary on May 19th.  Since its incorporation on May 19, 1977, Brillo has revitalized thousands of homes in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.

Robert Quigley and two childhood friends started Brillo Roofing in 1977 after being approached by friends and family about re-roofing their homes.  “When my parents needed a new roof put on their house, they asked me if I could do it.  I recruited a couple of friends and we got the job done.  Next thing you know, my neighbors needed a new roof, their friends needed a new roof…and that’s how Brillo Roofing started”, says Quigley.
After a few years in business, the threesome began performing other exterior renovations such as siding, and exterior trim; window and door replacements followed shortly thereafter.  On June 6, 1980, the company changed names from Brillo Roofing to Brillo Home Improvements. 
When the trio began purchasing rental properties in the mid-80’s they began to perform interior renovations such as bathroom and kitchen remodels.  At about the same time, previous roofing clients were inquiring about interior renovations.  By 2000, they sold all of their rental properties and began growing the remodeling firm.
“I attribute our success to one thing: it has to be the people.  From our extremely loyal employees, to our clients, distributors and sub-contractors; it’s amazing how many long-term relationships and friendships we’ve established”, states Quigley.  

About Brillo Home Improvements Inc:
Brillo Home Improvements is a local, regional and national award-winning full-service residential remodeling firm serving the greater Milwaukee area.  Incorporated in May of 1977 as a small roofing company by childhood friends, the company now specializes in all facets of home improvement including additions, kitchen and bath remodels, attic conversions, window and door replacement, and basement remodels.  The company also performs commercial remodeling including additions and office renovations.  Brillo Home Improvements is a member of National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Better Business Bureau.

For more information:
Visit, email or call (414) 442-2230.
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Thu, 17 May 2012 15:51:11 -0400 ?d=8
Don't Fall Victim to "Storm Chasers" ?d=7 News from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:  ]]>
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:42:30 -0400 ?d=7
Brillo Partners with Independent Surveying Company ?d=6 Milwaukee, WI, March 27, 2012--- Brillo Home Improvements Inc. of Milwaukee recently partnered with Atlanta-based surveying company, Guild Quality Inc. to gather feedback from clients about their remodeling experience.

GuildQuality is an independent, unbiased customer surveying company.  The company gathers feedback from clients about their experience in working with Brillo Home Improvements.  Client responses help Brillo Home Improvements improve the way they do business, improve the way they remodel and most importantly, improve the service that clients receive.

Clients are contacted after project completion via email, phone and mail.  Clients are invited to participate in a three to four minute survey rating their experience with Brillo Home Improvements on a scale of zero to four.  Clients are also encouraged to provide additional comments.  “I believe that our partnership with GuildQuality demonstrates our dedication to creating an exceptional customer experience,” states Maggie Uravich, Office Manager for Brillo Home Improvements.  Currently, 88% of those surveyed have responded.

Brillo Home Improvements, in their 35th year of service, is a local and regional award-winning full-service home remodeling company serving the greater Milwaukee area.  Incorporated in May of 1977 as a small roofing company by childhood friends, the company now specializes in all facets of home improvement including additions, kitchen and bath remodels, attic conversions, window and door replacement, and basement remodels.  The company also performs commercial remodeling including additions and office renovations. 

For more information about the partnership, click here: 
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:51:05 -0400 ?d=6
Home Improvement Companies #4 on List of Most Consumer Complaints ?d=5

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 12:27:46 -0500 ?d=5
Brillo Wins Several Local Awards ?d=4 Milwaukee, WI, January 24, 2012--- The Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) awarded Brillo Home Improvements Inc. of Milwaukee one gold, one silver and one bronze award at the 2011 Wisconsin Remodelers Awards (WRA) competition.

The projects that received recognition were:
Residential Addition, Wauwatosa - Gold Wisconsin Remodeler Award
Residential Interior Specialty, Elm Grove - Silver Wisconsin Remodeler Award
Residential Kitchen, Hartland - Bronze Wisconsin Remodeler Award
An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields selected winners based on each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description.  Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.  To be considered for an Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.  NARI members represent an elite group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

Brillo Home Improvements is a local and regional award-winning full-service home remodeling company serving the greater Milwaukee area.  Incorporated in May of 1977 as a small roofing company by childhood friends, the company now specializes in all facets of home improvement including additions, kitchen and bath remodels, attic conversions, window and door replacement, and basement remodels.  The company also performs commercial remodeling including additions and office renovations.    ]]>
Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:01:30 -0500 ?d=4
Bob Quigley on WISN's The Remodeling Show ?d=2 Listen to Owner, Bob Quigley on the air with Paul Kronforst of WISN Radio's The Remodeling Show.  Original air date was Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7am. 

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:33:40 -0400 ?d=2
Milwaukee / NARI Home Improvement Council Honors Three "Employees of the Year" ?d=1 MILWAUKEE, WI – 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 49 years, honored three member company staff people as "Employees of the Year" at the association’s monthly membership meeting on Tues., March 15.

The Awards recognized three employees of Milwaukee/NARI member companies who not only perform admirably, but also go above and beyond their job description day after day. The three winners were (with content from their nominations provided) as follows:

Employees of the Year 2011

Anna Baird-Luedke, Marketing Manager with Coello & Associates, Inc., Waukesha, Wis.:
With the company for six years, Baird-Luedke was recognized for "her unrelenting effort to make a bland product – concrete construction – exciting and interesting. She has kept up with current marketing trends and led the company into social media. It is her insistence to do it right that allows us to stay fresh and continue to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. Not only is she great in her position, but she also helps elevate everyone else on our staff."

Joseph Kazmierczak, Project Manager with Burback Builders, LLC, Muskego, Wis.:
An employee for eight years, "Joe started working for our company in 2003 as an hourly employee doing labor and clean up. His thirst for knowledge in the construction industry was apparent and his dedication to our company was evident. Joe's attention to detail and excellent customer service skills was something that we needed to capitalize on, and in 2006, we put him in charge of quality control and punch list completion/sign off. Joe's calm and knowledgeable demeanor with clients is an excellent combination that results in extremely satisfied customers. In 2010, we decided to take Joe to the next level and promoted him to project manager. Joe continues to receive accolades at the completion of projects from our clients, trade partners, and suppliers. We are extremely fortunate to have an employee with Joe's work ethic and dedication."

Maggie Uravich, Office Manager for Brillo Home Improvements, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.:
With the company for five years, Uravich was presented as an efficient office manager that provides a strong foundation for the company. During her time with the company, "she has saved Brillo thousands of dollars utilizing her budgeting and forecasting skills, created and executed an effective marketing plan, streamlined in–house bookkeeping and financial reporting, and implemented a variety of policies and procedures. Maggie’s passion for the company is never compromised, as she is always looking for ways to make Brillo the best it can be."

"We thank the 2011 Employee of the Year winners for their commitment to the home improvement and remodeling industry, and recognize them for their superior efforts on behalf of their companies," said Diane Ausavich, CR, Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council president. "As is the case each year, selecting the three award winners from the nominees is difficult, but those who reviewed the entries believed Anna, Joseph, and Maggie had unique qualifications that separated them for the other nominees. Because of employees like the 2011 honorees, plus the other outstanding employees that were nominated, Milwaukee/NARI and its member companies are able to continue to provide area homeowners assurances of quality work when it comes to home improvement and remodeling."

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 800 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 or to receive a free copy of the annual membership roster listing all members alphabetically and by category, and the booklet "Milwaukee/NARI's Remodeling Guide", call (414) 771-4071 or visit the Council's Web site at

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:49:38 -0500 ?d=1