Custom Home Interiors entered a team in the 2017 GOHBA Curling Bonspiel presented by Enbridge. The four-member squad included Craig Steeves, David Skinner, Tyler Dren, and Carlie Harnish (pictured here l to r). Of the four, only Tyler had curled before, and his experience was limited to this tournament in previous years.
The event consists of two guaranteed matches in a round robin style tournament, lunch, knock out rounds, and a dinner at the Nepean Sportsplex. With approximately 15-20 teams taking part, it is a jam-packed day.
Our novice curlers discovered hidden talents or benefited from beginner’s luck and pulled off a tie game, which they lost in sudden death and a win in their second match. It was not a bad showing at all, and they are feeling inspired to return next year and better this result.
More importantly, they had a lot of fun. Whereas most industry events we attend are more about networking and making new contacts, this event is an opportunity to do some team building. It is nice to get out of the office and have some fun doing something different; especially when we have been so busy and everybody has been working so hard.
Custom Home Interiors works with industry professional to provide leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation, fireplaces, window treatments and fittings for commercial and residential projects.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans was the first to receive his award from the judging panel for Best Industry Partner Representative.
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.”
Timothy Das, CHI Sales & Marketing Co-Ordinator
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.”
By Suzy Kendrick
Commercial Sales Representative
Custom Commercial Interiors