NADRA’s 2010 National Industry Awards Banquet

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NADRA’s annual meeting and National Industry Awards banquet on Wednesday, September 15 drew a sellout crowd. The National Aquarium in Baltimore provided a beautiful venue for deck builders across the country (including one builder from Australia) to meet and mingle throughout four levels of captive sea life. Deck builders were just as colorful with their artistic designs that competed for the first annual National Industry Awards and their heartfelt commitment to NADRA’s community service program, Deck for a Soldier.

The joy was evident when NADRA representatives acknowledged the time, talent and treasures of local chapters’ members dedicated to the Deck for a Soldier program. Two soldiers’ families had support from the NADRA chapter in Maryland whose membership volunteered their labor and materials to build decks for each family whose spouse was returning home from an overseas tour of duty. Both families were present to express their thanks and appreciation for NADRA and the Deck for a Soldier program.

Award winners for ten decking categories received plaques acknowledging their top designs and craftsmanship. Jaime Turrentine, owner of Southwest Fence and Deck in Carrollton, TX took four categories including, Overall Best Deck. For the complete list of categories and winners, visit www.nadra.org.

Bobby Parks, owner of Peachtree Decks and Porches in Alpharetta, GA saw the enthusiasm deck builders and remodelers exhibited from the Deck for a Soldier presentations to the national deck design awards, ending with more fun at the post party at the Hard Rock Café. Not only was the enthusiasm, the camaraderie was also contagious.

Jerry Tracey, sales representative with Culpeper Wood Preservers in Culpeper, VA invited deck builders to the event with at least one builder signing up for membership because of the experience.

Founded in 2004, NADRA members support deck safety, education and promotion across its membership.

Check back next week for more from DeckExpo and NADRA’s 2010 National Industry Awards Banquet, congratulations to all award winners!

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