Ray Kennamer Construction Inc. has been selected by REMODELING Magazine to join the Remodeling Big50. Each year since 1986, the Remodeling Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, often growing, companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.
Since the Big50 program began, REMODELING has selected about 1,600 firms for Big50 status — approximately less than 2% of all remodeling businesses in the country today.
“We are honored to receive this distinction,” Ray Kennamer, president of Ray Kennamer Construction, Inc., said.
“The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers,” Kelly Godwin, vice president of Ray Kennamer Construction, Inc., said.
Ray Kennamer Construction, Inc. is a third-generation, family owned construction company specializing in residential and commercial remodeling, additions and renovations in Albertville, Boaz, Guntersville, Gadsden and surrounding areas. Ray Kennamer Construction was established in October of 1994 after Ray’s father, O.W. “Shorty” Kennamer passed away. Ray wanted to continue the legacy of quality construction in and around Marshall County by carving his niche in the home remodeling and renovation side of the construction industry. Ray’s middle daughter, Kelly, has followed in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in construction. She worked with Ray during summer breaks throughout high school and between semesters at Auburn University while majoring in building science. Kelly graduated from Auburn in 2012 and started in an estimating position for a metal fabrication company. After a year in estimating, Ray offered her a project manager position with Ray Kennamer Construction. Kelly earned her home builders license with the State of Alabama and bought into the company serving as the vice president. Ray Kennamer Construction, Inc. works with clients through every stage of the construction and remodeling process, from designing and estimating to choosing finishes to complete the project. The company’s customer service sets it apart from others.
“When Ray Kennamer Construction oversees your project, you can have peace of mind that we will take care of every detail of your project,” Ray said. “We are a trusted and experienced construction company celebrating 25 years in business this October.”
REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders and the companies themselves make the nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year and have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.
This year’s Big50 includes full-service remodelers, home improvement firms and specialists in specific parts of the homes, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Some have a history going back decades, while others are just a few years old.
“There’s no single strategy here and no lack of competitors for their services,” REMODELING’s introduction to the list states. “What Big50 firms share is a culture that celebrates employees and customer service above all.”
The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Orlando, Florida. The 2019 Big50 winners are featured in the July-August issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000 professional remodeling contractors. Longer profiles of the winners are posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.
REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home improvement industry that claims to deliver the business know-how, product and technical information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their success.