Lennar and Michels Homes Named the 2018 Builder and Remodeler of the Year

Nearly 900 homebuilding industry members attended the Building Industry Gala on Oct. 25, 2018 at the new Mystic Lake Center.


In all, 189 awards were handed out including 16 ROMAs, 22 Reggies and 137 Trillium Awards. Lennar went home as the 2018 Builder of the Year, Michels Homes won the 2018 Remodeler of the Year and In-Focus Systems went home as the 2018 Associate of the Year. The winning companies were selected based on evaluations of association engagement, trust, communications, loyalty and ethics by the firms with which they do business, and in the case of Builder and Remodeler of the Year, also by their customers.

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Housing First Minnesota honored Rep. Pat Garofalo as the 2018 Legislator of the Year. As chair of the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee, Rep. Garofalo prioritized housing affordability discussions, shining light on the compound impact of regulations on affordability, and elevating the housing debate to new heights.

Other top awards presented included the Robert L. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award for industry service that went to Betty Hardle and Richard Berg, the Bennie Award for best neighborhood design went to Spirit of Brandtjen Farms, Tradition Development Corp., and the Minnesota Green Path Leadership Award for innovation in energy efficient home building or remodeling that went to Brandl Anderson Homes, Inc.