2014 Red Diamond Achiever Award Judging Panel
Chief editor of Custom Home and senior editor at Builder, Amy Albert covers all aspects of the design beat. Previously, she was kitchen design editor at Bon Appetit; before that, she was senior editor at Fine Cooking, where she shot, edited, and wrote stories on kitchen design. Amy studied art history with an emphasis on architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on several design juries including the NAHB's Best in American Living Awards and the Gold Nugget Awards.
Lou Manfredini is a nationally recognized do-it-yourself (DIY) expert. Manfredini is host of Ask Mr. Fix-It and Lou Manfredini’s Home Improvement Minutes radio shows. He also hosts his own nationally syndicated home improvement television show called HouseSmarts.
Since 2000, he has been the official home improvement contributor for NBC-TV’s “Today Show” and NBC 5 in Chicago and a frequent guest on HGTV, CNN, Discovery and the History Channel. He has been featured and quoted in such periodicals as USA Weekend Magazine, People Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Lou also has authored five successful books for DIYers: Mr. Fix-It: 101 Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions About Repairing Your Home, Mr. Fix-It Introduces You to Your Home, Bath Smarts, Kitchen Smarts and Room Smarts published by Ballantine Publishing.
Lou appears promotionally for Marvin Windows and Doors, Ace Hardware, and Perma-Seal.
In addition to his media engagements, Manfredini continues to run his own hardware store in Chicago, keeping him up-to-date on the homebuilding industry’s latest trends and technology. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.
Christine Marvin is the director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors and is responsible for planning, development, and implementation of the Marvin brand product, pricing, and marketing strategies. With an undergraduate degree from Macalester College and an MBA from the University of Denver, Christine is the fourth generation of Marvins to work for the family-owned and operated made-to-order window and door company.
Christine currently resides in the Twin Cities with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family, participating in triathlons and fishing on Lake of the Woods near Warroad, Minnesota where she grew up.
Shawn McCadden is a nationally-known speaker, business trainer, columnist and award-winning remodeler. As a Certified Remodeler, Certified Lead Carpenter, and RRP Certified Renovator Instructor McCadden has more than 30 years of personal experience in the remodeling and new home construction industries. He was the owner of his own multi-million-dollar design/build remodeling business, Custom Contracting, Inc., in Arlington, Massachusetts until he sold that business in May 2004; was the co-founder of the Residential Design/Build Institute, which trained best business practices to remodelers and contractors across the nation; and served as Director of Business Innovations for a nationally known kitchen and bath franchise.
Today, Shawn offers business consulting and coaching services for aspiring remodeling business owners who want more for and from their businesses and their lives. He also consults with construction-related product manufacturers and suppliers, helping them understand, find, educate and better serve remodelers. Shawn is one of the remodeling industry’s leading experts on the EPA RRP Rule and is a National Center for Healthy Housing Accredited EPA RRP Instructor as well as a Massachusetts Recognized RRP Instructor. As a professional speaker, he offers an impressive array of motivational, instructional and keynote presentations. Shawn is also available to facilitate meetings and focus groups for businesses and other entities.
Shawn has received many industry awards including the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Harold Hammerman Spirit of Education Award, several NARI CotY Awards, Remodeling Magazine’s BIG50, QR Magazines Top 500, and several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) for his magazine columns.
An active member of NARI for almost 20 years, McCadden has served as a NARI National Regional Vice President, a Massachusetts local NARI Board Representative and has been a long-time member of the NARI Certification Board. He writes an award winning monthly column for Remodeling Magazine and speaks at association meetings, industry trade shows and conventions throughout the year. McCadden makes his home in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.