With 28 full-time employees, Brick says no
remodeling project is too big or too small. "You name it, we do
it," says Brick.
Brick backs up his self-praise with tangible
evidence. For their efforts, his company won the 2001 Chrysalis Award,
an award given to the best and the brightest in the remodeling
industry. Brick and his team received the award after renovating the
kitchen of Whitefish Bay residents Jerry and Pam Karma. The project
garnered the award for the "over $60,000 kitchen remodel and
Residential Historic Renovation" categories. Brick also received
the honor of National Local President of the Year for his role as
outstanding president in the Milwaukee/ NARI Home Improvement Council.
What was the biggest challenge for Brick in
renovating the award-
winning kitchen? "Cutting through the 25- to 30-inch walls in the
kitchen," he admits.
But in the end it was a project he is proud of.
"The detail of what we did, from the moldings, trim, cabinets to
the lighting," says Brick, "It had so much pizazz
a very attractive project."
For Brick such results make for just another day on
the job. He says he has already won almost every national award given
Brick says besides remodeling he enjoys giving back
to the community. Aside from being the national treasurer for the
remodeling industry he is on the board of directors of the Milwaukee
chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) as
well as an active participant in local
"I also help young contractors," says
Brick. "I teach them what I have learned from my mistakes."
What advice does he have for young contractors and
"Be able to really communicate," he says.
"And review products before using them. The biggest weakness is a
contractor being too excited about a project."