Scott Sevon named the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) Of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders


Latest Professional Designation one of many for the Palatine Remodeling Company

Ask Scott Sevon, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, co-founder of MAW Chicago LLC, (Palatine, IL) about his credentials as a remodeler and he’ll let you know that they benefit the homeowners they work with as much as they do his business.

Sevon was recently named the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Remodelers with at least five years of experience in the industry are eligible to apply for NAHB’s Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) educational designation. Courses in the CGR curriculum are designed to emphasize business and project management skills as the key to a successful remodeling operation, and are customized based on the remodeler’s background and experience.

“By presenting the Designee of the Year awards, NAHB honors individuals who fully embody our ideals,” said 2016 NAHB Education Chair William L. Shaw, Jr., GMR, CGR, GMB, CAPS and CGP, a Houston remodeler and NAHB instructor.

“While it is great for business to have many designations it is equally important for clients to understand that they are working with a company whose principalscontinuetheir knowledge in an industry where continuing education is not a given,” said Sevon. “This keeps us on our toes and sets us apart since we are taking the time to embrace the changing dynamics in the industry.”

Sevon and his partner, Michael Nagel arepassionate about designations and what they represent. This is Sevon’s fourth NAHB “Of the Year” designation award. He was also named NAHB Graduate Master Builder of the Year in 2006, Graduate Master Remodeler of the Year in 2010 and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist of the Year in 2015. Nagel has the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations to his credit.

Both partners continue to hold a variety of leadership positions within the remodeling and building industry; collectively among them are Chairman of the NAHB Remodelers Council, the NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler Board of Governors,NAHB National Senior Life Director, NAHB Build-PAC trustee and Chairman of the NAHB Design Committee.

In 2015, MAW (which stands for Men at Work) Chicago LLC was also named one of the top 500 remodelers in the nation from Qualified Remodeler magazine.In addition, Sevon and Nagel remain active furthering professionalism in the remodeling industry withlocal and state level associations. The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago recognized him as Builder of the Year in 2004 and Remodeler of the Year in 2006.

Sevon also advocates for green and healthy building. In 2010, he was a consultant for the Museum of Science and Industry “Smart House: Green and Wired”, and worked with the American Lung Association on its Illinois Healthy House.

“You not only have to possess excellent craftsmanship but you need to be sharp in business and understand the ever-changing municipal codes to stay competitive and be able to properly price and perform high quality work for your clients,” said Sevon, who has been involved with the industry since 1983. “Our industry involvement has allowed us to grow our firm and rub elbows with like-minded professionals. We all have something to offer each other and our clients reap the benefits.”

The MAW Chicago team excel in the design/build market and have scores of downtown condominiums, suburban remodeling and commercial renovation projects to its credit. The company’s work can be viewed on their web site at mawchicago.com. As a long-time Pro on HOUZZ, pictures and detailed project descriptions can be viewed on HOUZZ.com.

The 2016 Designee of the Year award winners were recognized on Jan. 9 at the Designation Achievement Reception before the 2017 International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

MAW Chicago LLC is located at 830 W. Northwest Highway in Palatine. Phone 847.359.3591 for further information or visit mawchicago.com.

MAW Chicago, LLC partners Jan Sevon, honoree Scott Sevon and Michael Nagel at the National Association of Home Builder’s Designation Achievement Reception. Scott Sevon was named 2016 Certified Graduate Remodeler of the Year.

MAW Chicago is a design/build construction company specializing in residential & commercial remodeling throughout the city of Chicago and the suburbs. At MAW Chicago, our goal is to always exceed our customer’s expectations and to provide the ultimate renovation experience.