March 21, 2012
Home Building ‘Best Of The Best’ Honoured
Winning a Gold Georgie Award has, for the past 20 years, been considered a major accomplishment. But Platinum?
“We created the Platinum Award to recognize companies that have achieved what is truly an incredible milestone,” explains M.J. Whitemarsh, CEO of CHBA BC. The elite award is given to those who have received 25 or more Georgie Awards, “no small feat,” she adds, “as there are so many exemplary builders in B.C., really the best of the best in the North American industry as a whole.” This year, Richmond-based Portrait Homes joined Vancouver’s MAC Marketing Solutions as members of the landmark Platinum club. They join the honoured ranks of two previous winners: ParkLane Homes (2007) and Adera Development Corp. (2009).
Since 1989, Portrait Homes has been known for its high-quality, master-planned communities in Coquitlam, Surrey and Maple Ridge. This year, Portrait maintained its reputation as a major Georgie Award winner with two coveted Customer Choice Awards powered by AVID for Single-Family Production Builder and Multi-Family Production Builder in addition to Large Volume Single-Family Home Builder of the Year.
MAC Marketing Solutions excelled with six awards, including the prestigious Marketing Campaign of the Year. In a mere 10-year Georgie Award history, MAC has won more than 100 finalist awards and now 27 golds, including Salesperson of the Year numerous times. “In seven of 10 years, we’ve won best salesperson — and in some years there have been 100 applicants,” notes MAC president Cameron McNeill. “That’s something we celebrate more than anything among all the sales people.“
As for Platinum status, he says: “We have reached an incredible milestone and are extremely honoured by this mark of distinction. And although the Platinum Georgie is an amazing achievement, it also provides us with a new benchmark for excellence for our next 10 years and we plan to only work harder.”