Arc of Achievement Winners Make Big Strides in Home Technology

On August 17th at the TecHome Builder Summit in Louisville, eighteen champions of home tech were honored for their outstanding efforts and positive impact on the industry. The Arc of Achievement Awards recognizes individuals and companies that have driven extraordinary progress in the application of technology in new homes and homebuilder businesses.

"This is the 20th year for TecHome Builder, we started in 2001, and it's given us a window into the development of the market of this industry, said AE Ventures President, John Galante during a champagne toast to the honorees. “Every one of these honorees really has persevered to make their own success happen. They've engaged with the industry and they continue to innovate.”

We caught up with a few of the award recipients to find out what the award meant to them, what technology innovations they've implemented over the years, and what is on the horizon for their companies.

Bret Jacob, Nortek Control

“At Nortek Control we are developing branded builder programs that make it easier for home builders to digest the broad array and catalog of products that we have available to them. I always say that applications transcend product and programs transcend both so we're always trying to get our programs out there to help builders understand how to best deploy our products in their homes.”

Watch Interview with Bret Jacob of Nortek Control:

Ken Peterson, Shea Homes

“It's nice to be recognized especially with TecHome in front of our peers on all the accomplishments we've achieved. It's a really nice way to say thank you to our team members that really put a lot of hard work and dedication in the advancements of technology at Shea Homes. Technology for us is a broad spectrum–whether it's engaging the customer, how we measure things internally in our operations and systems inside of an organization, and ultimately to how people live in our homes.”

Watch Interview with Ken Peterson of Shea Homes:

Greg Hardwick, Hardwick General Contracting

It’s been a whole evolution from just nice remote controls and stereo systems to programmable thermostats, lighting control, home automation, shades and drapery control … then trying to collect all that in one interface and one platform to have everything dialed in across the entire house. We're making moves now in the wellness area like air quality, water quality…those types of things are really coming into play.”

Watch Interview with Greg Hardwick:

Kelly Cox, ADT

“Our focus is really about creating a program, process and a system for the builders and homeowners that work…bringing all of those products and integrating it together so it all works seamlessly. As families are growing, their lifestyle needs are changing and also technology is changing so we want to create those systems to be future-proofed so that homeowners can add to the equipment and the technology as their needs change.”

Watch Interview with Kelly Cox of ADT

Compo Builders, Lisa & Chris Compo on behalf of David Compo who was honored posthumously

Chris Compo

“This means a tremendous to me amount personally. My brother and I were business partners and his wife was the CFO of our company...we were very close. He loved coming to this show every year. We have a model smart home now that's really incredible and just gets us more excited about the newer things that we can still do. All these people at this show contributed a lot to that model home we were helped by that. We are excited to bring that to the forefront as part of our newer generation of building.”

Watch Interview with Lisa & Chris Compo of Compo Builders

Arc of Achievement 2021 Recipients:


Kelly Cox
National Strategic Partnership Manager

Marshall Friday
Director of Multifamily Sales

Marc Lamoureux
Alpha Vision
Co-Founder & CEO

Tim Costello
Chairman & CEO

Amy Chien
Director of Strategic Innovations
BH Management

Edwin Bender
Vice President, Marketing
Broan Nu-Tone

David Compo (Posthumously)
Compo Builders

Kevin Santelli
Director of Builder Sales
Guardian Protection

Greg Hardwick
Hardwick General Contracting

Jacob Atalla
VP of Innovation & Sustainability
KB Home

Bob Fallert
BP Legrand Builder Sales

Mike Moore
Moore Peak Performance
and Leadership

Bret Jacob
Director of Builder Services

Barry Hensley
General Manager
North Star Luxury Homes

Robert Madonna

Ken Peterson
VP of Sales & Marketing
Shea Homes

Felicia Ratka
President, TBI Smart Home Solutions
Toll Brothers

Debora Rollman
Sr. Project Manager Tech Integration