CotY Awards News

An Update from the CotY Committee Co-Chairs

Posted by Kathy DeMeyer and Amy McFadden, Co-Chairs on 5 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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Happy New Year!  As we welcome 2015, the EM NARI CotY Awards Committee is busy planning for this year’s competition.  The Contractor of the Year, or CotY Awards is our chance to showcase the finest work of our region’s remodeling industry professionals.  Chapter members submit projects across 20 categories to be reviewed by an independent panel of judges.  The process concludes with the announcement of our winners at our Evening of Excellence Gala in March. 

ENTERING THE COTY AWARDS:  The final due date for entries is drawing near.  Entries are due by 5:00p.m. next Friday, January 16th.  If mailing your entry, be sure it is received by the 16th.  For those planning to drop off entries, you can bring your binders – marked EM NARI CotY Awards – to our box at the UPS Store at 831 Beacon Street, Newton, MA 02459.  You can contact them for drop-off hours at (617) 244-0908.

New this year, we have added both a landscape and a basement category.  These additions align with the national NARI awards categories.   We have also updated our Historic Renovation category.  Now, projects completed on houses older than 75 years will be considered.

Remember, when submitting your entries, follow the step-by-step instructions in the packet.  Be sure to include just two photos on your CD.  These will be the two images used on our Wall of Fame.  It is preferable that the before and after image included are shot from the same angle. 

Also, new this year, your entry’s Project Description is no longer restricted in word count, but you are encouraged to use bullet point format.  Your project’s Promotional Description IS restricted to 50 words, should be included on your CD, and should be written in the 3rd person. 

OUR SPONSORS:  As we plan for the Evening of Excellence, we are grateful for the support of many sponsors.  Thank you to those who have already committed to a sponsorship.  Once again this year, we are pleased to have New England Home as our Media Sponsor and Clarke as our event host.   For those who have not yet become a sponsor, please contact us to explore the opportunities still available. 

THE EVENING OF EXCELLENCE: Thanks again to Clarke in Milford, MA for hosting the CotY Awards.  For those who attended in 2013, we were treated to a spectacular event and are looking forward to returning again.  This year’s event will be Wednesday, March 4th.   Please mark your calendar and look for your invitation to arrive later this month.  Tickets are $110 and are on sale now. Visit the Events Page on to register.

THE COTY COMMITTEE:  Lastly, let us extend our thanks to the volunteers serving on this year’s CotY Committee. 

Brittany Shellington, Allstate Glass
Cathy Doucet, Doucet Remodeling & Design
Robin Shor, Splash / The Portland Group
Jodi Swartz, Kitchen Visions
Eileen Komanecky, Sounds Good
This event is not possible without the dedication of these EM NARI members. 


As you work to put the finishing touches on your entries, please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We are eagerly anticipating seeing the wonderful work of our members again this year and celebrating together on March 4th.

Kathy DeMeyer, Co-Chair                  Amy McFadden, Co-Chair
Encore Construction                           Amy McFadden Interior Design

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