Member Spotlight: Roger Gallagher - EM NARI’s 2018 Member of the Year

Roger Gallagher, President of Gallagher Remodeling, Inc. of Belmont, MA, is the focus of our Member Spotlight this month.

Posted by Amy Cafazzo, studio A marketing on 9 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Roger is a proponent of lifelong learning. He has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Babson, but his love of carpentry began as he grew up in rural upstate New York and was always doing projects with his father at home or with his grandfather during summers on the family farm. His first tool box carried some of his grandfather's tools. Roger studied art and design in college and believes that carpentry and working with his hands and producing things are a direct extension of his education. Better yet, it is something he could make money at. Around the time Roger joined NARI, he also met Walt Stoeppelwerth, a pioneer in the remodeling industry, and he became very interested in combining sound business practices with the creative and productive aspects of remodeling. 

Gallagher Remodeling wins gold
Roger and fellow NARI member Glenn Travis of GMT Home Designs, were presented the Gold Award for Best Residential Exterior at this year’s Contractor of the Year Awards.

Through NARI, Roger became a Master Certified Remodeler (MCR) (NARI’s highest certification for remodelers) and he is a Green Certified Professional (GCP). Roger is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). “NARI provides many high quality and accessible opportunities for education for both business and self-improvement,” Roger said. He has spent years in peer review groups and Sandler Sales Training, and he served NARI on the CSL Continuing Education Advisory Council.  Recently Roger has been an educator, working as a mentor in EM NARI’s mentorship program and he developed and taught a course for the EM NARI’s Remodeler’s Conference.

Over the years Gallagher Remodeling has become synonymous with quality design and craftsmanship in home remodeling. Clients trust him and return to him with new projects again and again. Roger is thoughtful and fully engaged, which is reflected in the business and is appreciated by both staff and clients. A recent client said, “this renovation is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Gallagher Remodeling was always reliable, efficient, and highly professional. Plus, Roger is warm and has a sense of humor that actually made the renovation fun.”    

Roger feels he has been blessed to own a business that has provided well for his family, given his clients great joy, and which has allowed him to give back to his staff and to his community. His company consistently supports the Belmont Foundation for Education and recently worked with the Belmont Food Pantry to raise money to support less fortunate community members.

EM NARI Executive Director Michelle Glassburn recently presented Roger with the 2018 EM NARI Member of the Year Award saying, “Roger has made an indelible mark on this chapter for many years. Through his leadership and service, the organization has grown – but stayed true to the vision that NARI should be, at its core, about making connections and advancing quality in the industry.  Personally, I feel so fortunate to have the chance to work regularly with Roger on a number of initiatives at the chapter. He offers thoughtful guidance and has become a trusted adviser. I always look forward to the days that include a chance to connect and learn from him. It was truly my honor to get to share all he has done for our chapter by presenting Roger with the 2018 Member of the Year Award.”

Roger joined NARI in 1993, and he has chaired two committees and served as chapter treasurer and president. “NARI has given more to the success of my business than I could ever give back,” says Roger, “so I’m happy to serve. In the early days of my membership, I received tremendous support from NARI members like Jim Marcotte and others, and that spirit of cooperation and support is their legacy which endures and that we perpetuate.”

Roger lives in Belmont with his wife Martha, who has a library degree and a career in marketing. They have two adult sons, who are also bitten by the creative bug. His oldest son Matthew is an artist and musician in Cleveland, and his younger son Luke, a college junior, started a clothing line that focuses on customizing hoodies. The family pet is a Westie named Haggis:Roger Haggis


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