Richard Laughlin of Laughlin Homes & Restoration in Fredericksburg, Texas, has won the 2019 Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year award. Laughlin received the award, which includes a $10,000 first-prize check, at an awards dinner and gala during the Remodelers Advantage & Remodeling Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 24.
The three finalists for this year's award were also honored: David Edwards of Earth Bound Homes in Santa Clara, Calif.; Jef Forward of Forward Design-Build Remodel in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Michael Hodgin of Coleman Creek Construction in Ashland, Ore. Each finalist, plus Laughlin, received a plaque and a $2,500 prize.
REMODELING profiled Laughlin, as well as the three other finalists. Click the links below to learn more about each honoree.
This is the 13th anniversary of the award, established by Fred Case in 2006 to honor remodeling industry leaders who demonstrate excellent business acumen, company financial strength, community and industry involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit. The award is open to remodeling company leaders doing $6 million or less in annual gross remodeling volume and recognizes specific individuals, not a company. This is the only industry award of its kind in that a cash prize is awarded to finalists as well as to the winner.