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Becoming a great remodeler requires being service-oriented, passionate and skilled, among other key qualities. But April’s NAHB Remodeler of the Month also attributes his NAHB membership as what elevates his business to the next level.

Alan Archuleta is the NAHB Remodeler of the Month for April.

Alan Archuleta of Archuleta Builders in Morristown, N.J. is an active member of his local chapter, the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey (MBCNJ). While he highly regards the education he obtains through the chapter, he considers the relationships he’s built through the MBCNJ and NAHB to be even more valuable.

“After becoming a member, I quickly realized that I will always be able to continue learning more about this industry and how I can improve my own business,” Archuleta said. “We often forget that we are not alone and that there are many resources that NAHB has set up for us small businesses in the home building industry.”

Despite MBCNJ not having a local remodelers council, Archuleta has been able to maximize his member benefits as an at-large member of NAHB Remodelers.

“I have always enjoyed [NAHB Remodelers] for its resources, but also for the amazing bond it facilitates between the members,” he said. “In a world that is full of competition for everything, it is nice to be able to lean on the expertise of others who work in the same industry and who can offer answers, ideas and help when you need it.”

In a Q&A with Qualified Remodeler, Archuleta further described his simple-yet-effective approach to business growth: “As someone who was not the best student and might not be the smartest one in school, I have learned to be among the best in my field through hard work, honesty and leaning on the right people.”

Know a professional remodeler who takes remodeling to the next level? Nominate him or her for NAHB Remodeler of the Month.