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Our Chrysalis Awards
for Remodeling Excellence:

National Award
2008 Image of the Industry

2003 Co-Winner Best Commercial Remodel

2002 Co-Winner
 State Remodeler
of the Year

2001 Best
Commercial Remodel

2001 Best Deck/Porch

Artisan Construction & Design
Remodelers of Merced, CA

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Industry Associations:
Professional Designation:

John Price, Russell Haupt
2949 Sunnyfield Dr.
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-725-2000
Fax: 209-725-2002

2008 Image of the Industry Award


The purpose of this award is to record snapshots of those things that make this industry so special, in the hopes that it will inspire others and remind them of what is best in all of us. You won’t see it on the Call for Entries and there is no format for it. In fact, the process of formatting it, or placing judging criteria on it…would completely defeat the purpose. The award is not presented every year, but only when the judges see something in one of the entries that they believe should be brought forward.

In John Price and his company, Artisan Construction & Design, the judges found an incredible story about priorities that they felt would be of value to everyone. While the entire narrative is too extensive to print here, I would like to share some of John Price’s quotes from the entry.

“The difficulty in this type of narrative, is talking about opportunities to serve in such a way as to draw attention to the service and not only to the person.”

“My greatest pleasure has been to continue my role as husband to my wonderful wife, with whom I celebrated thirty years of marriage last September.”

“My biggest accomplishment is being a father to my three sons. I have always seen my role with them not just to raise children, but to help create future husbands, fathers and citizens.”

“This year, my  city bestowed on me the Small Business of The Year Award. During the presentation, they highlighted “the significant contribution to the community, and the efforts to value my employees.”

John strongly believes that contributions to the industry are done by both being involved with other companies through association involvement, and by the improvement of one’s own company, which is then shared with others.

“In our area, the closest NARI chapter is 60 miles away. I am a member of the Chapter Board of Directors and currently serve as Vice President. I am also on the National Board of Directors as our Chapter Board Representative.”

In addition to all this, John is the Chairman of the Golden Valley Heath Centers, a non-profit healthcare organization serving the poor, with a large percentage being farm workers. He was the President of his local Rotary Club, and founded the Educator of the Year Award in the city. He is, and has been, the local high school’s water polo coach for the past ten years. Last year he took eight young people to Tijuana, Mexico to build small homes for desperately poor people. He is also involved in a host of faith-based projects sponsored by his church, in which he is extremely active..

John’s philosophy is to budget your giving by budgeting your  time. He places the highest priority on a company that invests time, rather than just money, to help people. He represents a model that all companies, both inside and outside the remodeling industry, should attempt to emulate.