Meet NARI’s new CEO, David Pekel, MCR, UDCP, CAPS.
A 30-year veteran of the remodeling industry, David brings a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of what it takes to build a remodeling business from the ground up.
As principal and former president of Pekel Construction & Remodeling, Inc., a design build firm located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, David has experienced a rewarding career remodeling homes. Mona Pekel will now serve as President of Pekel Construction & Remodeling Inc., continuing to deliver excellence in remodeling.
One of NARI’s Own to Lead the Industry
With boots on the ground, David has experienced many of the circumstances facing remodelers today, including the intricacies of running a small business, keeping up to date with best practices and understanding product innovation. During his tenure with Pekel Construction & Remodeling, Inc., he oversaw the design and build of award-winning projects.
It’s that passion and attention to detail that David brings to his leadership role. The next chapter is future-focused and will leverage technology as a key way to serve members and attract new people to the remodeling industry.
“This is a pivotal time in NARI’s history,” commented NARI Board Chair Tom Miller, MCR, CKBR, UDCP. “Along with the NARI Board of Directors, I am excited about having a CEO who is a long-standing member of the remodeling industry leading the charge. We’re confident that David’s vision for the future will usher in the next chapter of NARI’s history.”
Commitment to NARI and Volunteer Service
In 1995, David joined NARI Milwaukee. He immediately saw the value of belonging to a trade association dedicated to remodeling. Through the years, David has served in many volunteer positions including President and Board Chair of NARI Milwaukee. Most recently he was NARI National’s President of the Board of Directors. His commitment to NARI runs deep including serving as Interim CEO for the last 7 months.
“I’ve always enjoyed being part of NARI’s volunteer leadership, but in serving as the Interim CEO, I have new-found appreciation for the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead for NARI,” David shared after the announcement of his appointment as CEO. “By introducing technology and innovation while developing a future-focused plan, NARI has the ability to deliver more member value and attract the next generation of remodelers to the organization.”
Attracting the next generation to the remodeling industry is critical as baby boomers retire. NARI will continue to highlight and promote the many opportunities available to students, parents and guidance counselors. Rewarding careers include roles such as craftsman and trades to designers, project managers and more.
Growth through Education and Training
NARI Education and Certification will continue to be a key area of focus. One of NARI’s highest valued services is providing the training and education to support NARI members in their professional career development. NARI Certification for individuals, and now the Accredited Remodeling Company program for companies, provides the tools and resources that build better remodelers and better remodeling companies.
NARI will continue to deliver on its promise of “Remodeling Done Right” and to promote that promise to consumers, building greater awareness of NARI and the multitude of benefits homeowners realize by employing NARI professionals.