Over the years, we’ve learned that there are a variety of ways to build a successful remodeling business. But, while they each possess standout qualities, the remodelers who’ve built these businesses have a surprising amount in common. For one, they’re dedicated to their work. They’re also usually skilled craftspeople who are meticulous in their execution. Most important, they’re open to learning something new, whether it’s a cutting-edge building technique or a digitally savvy marketing plan. 

Every year since 1986, Remodeling has searched for 50 remodelers at the top of their field. To come up with this year’s list, we sifted through nearly 200 applications and whittled it down to a select group whose thought-provoking narratives are packed with tips and inspiration to take your company to the next level. Though they’re not always the biggest companies, most made more than $1 million in 2014. Read on for their stories.

Service Excellence Award: This year we once again partnered with GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based customer satisfaction polling company, to identify candidates for its Service Excellence Award. Based on the results of customer surveys, the award recognizes incoming and recent Big50 winners who consistently deliver an exceptional customer experience. The 2015 Service Excellence Award Winners are: