Art DonnellyDes Plaines, Ill., April 26, 2013—During the 2013 Spring Business Meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named immediate Past President Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR of Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago, Wis., as its chairman of the board and elevated Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp. in Mount Sinai, N.Y. to the office of president.

As Herriges enters his new position as chairman of the Board of Directors, he has a re-energized outlook on the industry. “This has been a strong, transitional year for the remodeling industry, coming out of a challenging economic climate into a growth period,” he said. “NARI has strengthened strategic alliances, launched a research program and continued representation in Washington are focused on sustaining future growth of NARI member businesses as the recovery continues.”

Donnelly assumed the role of president after serving as president-elect and treasurer in the past year. His experience in NARI leadership includes currently serving on the NYC/LI NARI chapter board of directors for seven years. During that time he was awarded with several honors, including the Outstanding Service Award from 2004-2006, Al Hovanian Memorial Chapter Award in 2006 and 2009, and most recently the 2011 Chapter President’s Award. Donnelly’s national leadership dates back to 2007, serving as the Vice Chair of the Certification Board for two years, transitioning to Chair of the Certification Board from 2009 to 2011. Donnelly held both Treasurer and Secretary positions from 2011 to 2012, with the transition of the Board of Directors halfway through the year. 

For the upcoming year, Donnelly is focused on refining NARI’s direction and the direction of the industry, drawing from shifts in remodeling trends and technological advancements. “We’re re-evaluating NARI’s 2010 Strategic Plan to ensure full representation of our vision and goals in the new remodeling climate,” Donnelly says. “In addition, NARI will encourage professionalism in the industry through increased awareness and commitment to the highest standards in members. Finally, I hope to continue to advance our legislative agenda and member participation to support our industry in a year of predicted growth.”

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