We are thrilled to announce that Sydney Contant was selected as one of this year’s recipients of the “40 Under 40” award given by Professional Remodeler magazine. The 2016 award salutes the best practices of remodeling’s best and brightest professionals under 40. At 26, Sydney is one of the youngest to be honored.
Sydney Contant’s climb to Project Manager
After graduating from high school, Sydney worked for five years as an apprentice under ADB project managers, Mike Pike and Jamie Franks. Mike and Jamie had her doing everything, from demo, framing, and trimming out, to decking and screened porches. Now she is a Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM) running jobs on her own. Her favorite part of a project comes after the walls are up and the project is ready for all the cosmetic details. “I actually enjoy tedious work,” said Sydney. “I get great satisfaction out of giving our customers exactly what they want, giving them 100 percent.” Continue reading Sydney Contant Receives “40 Under 40” Award
A Passion for Construction in Many Generations
Jamie Franks believes that his passion for the construction industry and his abilities are a part of his DNA. His grandfather built houses, and his dad built and installed cabinets. “Even though I didn’t grow up with my dad,” says Jamie, “In terms of our engineering interests we are as much alike as Twinkies.” So it makes sense that Jamie would eventually find himself working full time in the construction industry.
He grew up in a small town that didn’t offer many employment opportunities. During high school he worked part time as a diesel mechanic. After graduation, that job turned into a full daytime position, while he also worked part time in steel fabrication at night.
Five years later, having the desire for more education in the engineering direction, Jamie joined the Navy as a member of the Seabees Naval Mobile Construction Battalion. He built school houses for children in the Dominican Republic. It was heavy commercial construction, and he feels the education he received was worth it. After the Navy, Jamie got into insurance work. This job helped him transition from government to civilian life.
Jamie Franks: Working Up the Ladder at Atlanta Design & Build
In 2001 he heard about a job opening at Atlanta Design & Build and he went for an interview. He was very impressed with Dale Contant and decided he wanted to work for him, even though it would mean a cut in his salary. He started out as a Helper on a three-person team primarily building decks. After two years, he became the Punch Guy because he could fix anything. Later he started running jobs as a Project Manager, and today he is Production Manager overseeing all the ADB projects. Continue reading Celebrating 15 Years with Jamie Franks
Constructing the Elements for Success
There is no quick and easy formula for long-lasting success. Just ask Dale Contant, principal owner of Atlanta Design & Build. Since 1996, ADB has persevered through good times and bad, pressing forward to a strong future with Dale as the driving force behind the company’s success.
A native of South Florida, Dale received his work ethic from his father, a residential contractor. The knowledge and hands-on experience he gained from working alongside his father was a strong factor leading to a profession he would continue to revisit throughout his professional career.
In January, Teresa Mears of U.S. News and World Report interviewed Dale Contant for an article on how to avoid costly mistakes when you hire a contractor to do a major home renovation project. Angie Hicks, founder of AngiesList.com and Brandon Turner, vice president of BiggerPockets.com were also included in the article. Click here for some wise and practical advice from those in the know:
How to Make Hiring a Home Contractor Less Like Gambling
Hiring a contractor to do a major home renovation is difficult for most of us. We’re risking a lot of money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes. Since it’s not something we do often, we have few opportunities to practice and improve our skills.
Even for experienced home renovators, hiring a contractor can feel a lot like gambling. But there are things you can do to improve your odds.
“All the documentation needs to be clear and concise,” says H. Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and president of Atlanta Design & Build. “There should be no ambiguity.”
Continue Reading the article at U.S. News
Thinking of our many blessings we are truly thankful for the clients of Atlanta Design & Build.
We simply marvel whenever we think about how: You have given us the privilege of transforming your homes. You have each trusted us with one of your most valued possessions and we’ve had the pleasure of seeing how our work has enriched your lives. And in turn many of you have shared your stories on GuildQuality surveys. This resulted in our company achieving the GuildMaster award for the sixth straight year! We give thanks that such a spirit of cooperation and good will permeates our client relationships.
We appreciate all of your survey responses asking about your experience with us.
What is Guild Quality and a GuildMaster Award?
Guild Quality is a third party service that offers you the opportunity to give us your honest feedback after we complete a project for you. Each year, GuildQuality gives special recognition through the GuildMaster Award to companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience.
Of course we are pleased that you are making so many positive comments and the majority of the time we receive only the highest ratings. It is our deepest desire for our clients to be more than satisfied and we work hard to that end. Occasionally a survey indicates room for improvement and we take that seriously, putting great effort into refining our process in that particular area. Your survey responses are very important in helping us reach our goal of Atlanta Design & Build being your first choice next time you remodel.
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Considerations When Selecting a Two-Level Kitchen Island
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