Company-wide Effort Boosts Andrew Emmans to Forefront of Ottawa Business Community

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Young entrepreneurs named to Ottawa’s 2015 Forty Under 40

On June 18, Custom Home Interiors (CHI) President Andrew Emmans was part of a distinguished group recognized by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce as an accomplished business leader under the age of 40 who also gives back to the Ottawa community. The group was celebrated at a gala at the Hilton Lac-Leamy that also raised funds for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health through a charitable draw.

award acceptedThe executive for one Canada’s leading providers of innovative furniture, appliances, home automation and fittings solution for commercial and residential projects ‒ pictured here (left) with Ottawa Forty Under 40 sponsor Darren Fleming from Cresa Corporation (left) ‒ also heads up Corporate Housing Interiors Limited (CHIL), the country’s most trusted and recognized name in outfitting and design for the corporate housing and hospitality industry. It is his role with CHIL specifically that garnered the award.

“It is a tremendous honour for me to be recognized among this incredibly talented and successful group of Ottawa business leaders and community builders,” says president of Custom Home Interiors and Corporate Housing Interiors Limited Andrew Emmans, who started both companies with colleagues Tyler Dren and Dylan MacNamara. “This distinction represents a total team effort and what we have been able to achieve as an organization over the past decade.”

While the challenge of running two companies keeps the team on their toes, they are grounded in the belief that giving back to the community is the greater measure of achievement. CHIL sets up houses and donates furniture and services to youth transitioning out of care as part of a Children’s Aid Foundation initiative called For the Love of Youth (FLY). CHI donates re-stores of gently used products to Habitat for Humanity. Both companies are also involved in various charitable fundraising initiatives and local sponsorships.

group of winners Ottawa’s 2015 Forty Under 40 Award Recipients

As Ottawa strives to be the centre of talent attraction and innovation, the Forty Under 40 awards are a way of recognizing economic trailblazers helping the city to meet this objective. Other honourees include Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Brian W. Boucher of Lee Valley Tools, Ian Capstick of MediaStyle, Ian M. Charlebois of RE/MAX Citywide Realty, Brittany Forsyth of Shopify, and Steve Schmalz of PCL Constructors Canada.

The Forty Under 40 awards are co-hosted by Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. The 2015 awards recipients were chosen by a panel of judges from more than 240 applications and 80 finalists.

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Custom Home Interiors Ignites It’s Imagination with Charity!

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Giving back to our community is something that is very important to Custom Home Interiors.  A few months back, we began our search for a charitable organization that would compliment what CHI does.  It was clear almost immediately that all signs pointed to Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

I actually met Habitat NCR CEO Donna Hicks in the summer at one of the Mayor’s Breakfast events held at the beautifully renovated and restored Museum of Nature.  Donna spoke about Habitat’s fall winter gala “Steel Toes & Stilettos” and I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be involved with.

I joined the “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala team as a Table Captain, responsible for promoting and selling a table of tickets for the event.  It was an amazing evening and I was so happy to be involved.

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Habitat for Humanity “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala @ The Westin, Ottawa
October 15, 2010

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CHI Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick
Proud “Table Captain”

We knew right away that Custom Home Interiors wasn’t stopping there.  We had a big event coming up and wanted Habitat for Humanity to be involved.

I set up a meeting with Myrna Beattie, Director of Retail Operations at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  Myrna excitedly agreed to join CHI as our Official Charitable Partner.  After our discussions, we decided the best way to raise money for HFH NCR would be a Silent Auction at the Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Night.

We had an overwhelming response from our industry peers and the Ottawa business community as a whole with donations for the silent auction and need to give a shout out to them all!

GE Mabe
Hot 89.9/Newcap Radio
Homestars.com
Randall’s
Luc Crawford Design Planning
Artfrik Home
Leeza Distribution
Kiwi Choice
Miele
Renu Spa
Strokes of Genius Painting
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Jody Lavoie

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Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Cocktail Party Silent Auction
October 28, 2010

When the evening concluded, bids were tallied and money collected, we were thrilled to see we had raised over $2300 for the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region Re-Store!

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Custom Home Interiors Directors Andrew Emmans & Tyler Dren along with Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick present Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Donna Hicks and Director of Retail Operations Myrna Beattie with the cheque.

-Suzy Kendrick
Commercial Sales Representative
suzy@customhomeinteriors.ca

… and now the whole CHI team was getting the charity itch.

WELCOME TO “MO”VEMBER!

Happy November… I mean Movember!!

We’re coming to the end of Movember people! The month where men of all ages, decided to grow their ‘staches’ for 30 days in hopes and dreams of achieving mustache glory.  Actually… no.  This is a cause to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

We’re pleased to see CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans taking the lead in supporting to the cause for Custom Home Interiors!

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In joining the 60,000 odd men that have signed up for the cause, Andrew says

I’m doing this because 4,400 men die of prostate cancer in Canada each year and one in six men will be diagnosed during his lifetime. This is a cause that I feel passionately about and I’m asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada.”

It’s been a long month for Andrew as he has endured the comments, looks, stares from people and jokes around the office that we make, which he doesn’t know about (I guess he knows now).  But it’s all for a good cause and I’m pretty sure he has enjoyed his time of crumb catchers and soup strainers.

Here are some quick facts on prostate cancer in Canada (Courtesy of prostatecancer.ca):

  • The most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 6 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease
  • Turning up in men in their 40s
  • Going to be diagnosed in about 24,600 men this year, not including cases that go undiagnosed due to men’s unwillingness to go for annual check-ups
  • Develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors (more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease)
  • New, preliminary research suggests pharmaceuticals may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of the disease
  • Often without symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – making annual testing ever more important
  • Treated by surgery, radiation and hormone therapy (among other treatments)
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed

If you are still looking to donate, you can help Andrew out by clicking this link: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/1129288/

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit: http://ca.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.

– Timothy Das
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
timothy@customhomeinteriors.ca

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It’s a cocktail affair at the CHI Grand Re-Opening Industry Night

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To celebrate the recent renovations that we did to our fabulous design showroom in Ottawa, we decided to have a little party with our partners from the Ottawa Housing & Design Industry!! It turned out to be an amazing night with excellent food and music as guests mingled and schmoozed with friends and partners alike.

Here is just a taste of how the evening transpired:

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The stage was set. Lights, Food, Drinks. And we were in action…The CHI Showroom was
dressed to the nines for this auspicious night.

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CHI also had a silent auction which featured sponsors from Hot899, Miele, Strokes of Genius Painting, and a host of
other hotels & spa’s. All proceeds were donated to the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

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Industry Guests from all over Ottawa had made an appearance

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CHI Sales & Marketing Director sharing a laugh with Penny Southam from Southam Design

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CHI Director of Operations Tyler Dren delivers his speech in introducing the CHI Team to the
Industry. Tyler highlighted that much of the success that CHI has enjoyed is down it’s most valuable asset, it’s employees.

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Now how can’t you have a party without a BIG CAKE!

Congratulations to the Directors of Custom Home Interiors. What was once
an idea from a business competition, is now an 8000 sq. ft reality.

On behalf at everyone at Custom Home Interiors, we would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event night to remember.

Thank You!

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Custom Home Interiors Wins 2010 Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award for Housing Design!

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The Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association Housing Design Awards are essentially the Oscars for the Home & Design industry in Ottawa. This is the event where Home Builders, Architects, Designers and Industry Partners get to showcase their best work and wow the who’s who of Ottawa.

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Custom Home Interiors was eligible for one of the most coveted and prestigious awards of the evening, the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award.  This is where the people of Ottawa have a chance to voice their opinion on who they think had the best design project, and while according to the judges, it was a close call, CHI won!

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Custom Home Interiors Team Members (From left to right) Sean Howard, Tyler Dren, Michaela Shirley, Andrew Emmans, Suzy Kendrick & Tim Das

“Winning the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award is an absolute honour for CHI.  We are very proud of our team and our work and will ensure that our clients and potential clients will continue to see this from us. We will always strive to be the best we can be for the people.”  – Andrew Emmans, Director of Sales & Marketing

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Custom Home Interiors Directors Tyler Dren (left) & Andrew Emmans at 2010 GOHBA Housing Design Awards

The Housing and Design Awards features 41 categories that range from custom kitchens & bathrooms, builder homes, condos, green initiatives, renovator of the year and more.

Custom Home Interiors submission fell under the Open Category as well as the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award. The Open Category allows GOHBA members to showcase a housing project, custom home or renovations anywhere in North America.  Our submission was for a home that we had renovated and outfitted in Caledon, Ontario with furniture and décor that defined the home owners personality.  Our presentation board featured all the designs and inspirations that went toward bringing this home from concept to reality which beat out some tough competition to land itself a place in the finals amongst 3 other companies.

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CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans presents an award at 2010 Housing Design Awards

On behalf of the entire Custom Home Interiors team, we’d like to thank the people of Ottawa for selecting CHI as your premiere choice for home outfitting and design in the nations capital.

By Suzy Kendrick & Tim Das

suzy@customhomeinteriors.ca
timothy@customhomeinteriors.ca

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GOHBA Recognizes CHI for Exceptional Customer Service & Marketing!

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Outstanding customer service is what Custom Home Interiors is all about.  So, being recognized for this by our industry peers is one of the best compliments we could get!

Every year the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association holds awards ceremonies to acknowledge their industry partners who stand out in terms of sales, marketing and customer service.  This year, CHI was at the forefront of award recipients.
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At the GOHBA Sammy Awards on Wednesday, September 8th at the Centurion Conference & Event Centre, CHI took away 3 trophies.

CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans was the first to receive his award from the judging panel for Best Industry Partner Representative.

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Andrew Emmans, CHI Director of Sales & Marketing

“We’ve been members of GOHBA for the past 3 years and have been trying to get as involved as possible, so to win an award like this is an absolute honour.  CHI will strive to go above and beyond this expectation for years to come,” says Emmans.

Andrew barely had a chance to sit down before he was called up to the stage twice more.  CHI was presented the awards for Best Industry Partner Print Ad and Best Industry Partner Brochure.

“These achievements are a team effort,” he says.  “Everyone at CHI is involved with our marketing and certainly we need to point out Timothy Das for his work with our marketing initiatives.  These materials reflect exactly what CHI is providing to our customers.  We look at our marketing  materials as our CV  so it’s important that it sets a bar for what our clients can expect when they walk into Custom Home Interiors.”

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Timothy Das, CHI Sales & Marketing Co-Ordinator

The GOHBA Customer Service Awards were the next night at the Sala San Marco Banquet Hall and we we’re ready to recognize our customer service superstars!

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Our 2010 Customer Service Superstars! (Left to right) Andrew Emmans, Amy Carter, CHI Sales & Design Representative and Kiersten Lowden, CHI Sales & Corporate Services Representative

Three CHI family members were in the running for the GOHBA Customer Service Awards and it was Amy Carter who placed as the 2nd runner up in the Trade/Supplier category.

“I feel honoured and appreciated,” Carter says.  “I’m so pleased that my customers are happy and that I was acknowledged for it.  To me, customer service is about building relationships.  It’s not just about selling.  Being friendly and taking time to get to know my clients so that I can meet their needs and wants is key.”

Congratulations team!

By Suzy Kendrick

Commercial Sales Representative

Custom Commercial Interiors

suzy@customhomeinteriors.ca

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CHI Partners Nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award!

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Did you know that the idea for Custom Home Interiors came from a Carleton University business plan competition just over 4 years ago?

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From left to right (Andrew Emmans, Tyler Dren and Dylan MacNamara)

Passion, perseverance and the drive to succeed.  Three very important characteristics that were instrumental in getting Andrew Emmans, Tyler Dren and Dylan MacNamara where they are today.  These are also traits that Ernst & Young recognizes in the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds in Canadian business and, for the past 2 years, the directors of Custom Home Interiors have been on their radar.

Entrepreneurs are the engineers of Canada’s economy. Their hard work and commitment, despite the natural pitfalls on the road to success, are not only admirable, they’re somewhat rare. These are the men and women who have the energy and enthusiasm to change our economy for the better. They are the trailblazers who lead the way in challenging times.” – Ernst & Young

THEN & NOW

The Beginning – 2006

  • 1 Builder
  • 2 Model Homes
  • 3 Catalogues (Suppliers)
  • 3 Staff (Andrew, Tyler & Dylan)
  • E-commerce website

Present Day – 2010

  • Servicing a number of builders in Ottawa
  • Model homes all over the city
  • 350 Suppliers
  • 150 Services
  • 8000 sq. ft. Showroom & Design Resource Centre
  • Small fleet of delivery and service vehicles
  • 10 Staff (Andrew, Tyler, Dylan, Dawn, Tim, Michaela, Peter, Amy, Kiersten &  Suzy)

Director of Sales and Marketing Andrew Emmans says the key to CHI’s success so far has been commitment to always taking something away from every business experience, whether positive or negative.  “When faced with adversity, it is important to maintain a positive frame of mind.  Failure is not a word often used in my vocabulary.  I feel a better alternative to failure is LEARN,” he says.  Emmans expresses this opinion to all of the CHI team members and strives to motivate them on a daily basis.

Full Speed Ahead

CHI currently owns 7 other businesses under the Custom Home Interiors and Obvious Advantage Inc. umbrella; Custom Commercial, Bar, Restaurant, Office, Condo and Cottage Interiors.  All are separate businesses and have their individual URLs.  The company plans on developing the other brands over the next few years starting with Custom Commercial Interiors which will be launching in the Fall.

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Good Luck Gentlemen!

– Suzy Kendrick

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