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"We’re great communicators," says Mark Brick.

It seems quite apropos that the remodeler of the year in the state of Wisconsin goes by the name of Mark Brick. Like the building material his last name mimics, Mark Brick, 44, of B & E General Contractors of Thiensville ("Design, Build & Remodel), has been going strong for 17 years.

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… It was 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 in remodeling.

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 do-it-

"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."