NHBA Wall of Fame

The Niagara Home Builders’ Association is pleased to introduce the WALL OF FAME Award to recognize distinguished NHBA members, who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to enhance the success of the Association, strengthened relationships for the home building industry and supported the community.

It was an honour to announce the following members inducted with the unveiled  of the new Wall of Fame Plaque at the Presidents’ Dinner last evening.

Daniel Trabucco, Artcraft Kitchens

Danny grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario working in a family woodworking and retail hardware business.

This experience proved invaluable as he founded The Niagara Artcraft Woodwork co. Ltd., known as “Artcraft Kitchens” in 1961.

He saw the need and forged ahead selling and supplying cabinetry throughout the Golden Horseshoe and with visionary thinking and perseverance, Danny helped pioneer a new industry of factory-built, modular cabinetry for the booming housing industry in Canada.

A supplier member since 1963, Danny served on the Board in the early 1970’s and was involved with the National Convention in February 1970 hosted by the Association at the Brock & Foxhead Hotels in Niagara Falls.

In 1999, Danny and his son Daniel received the Niagara Entrepreneur Award for “Family Enterprise”, and in 2011 the National Kitchen Bath Association “Hall of Fame” Innovator’s Award was presented to Danny for his leadership in implementing cabinet design and manufacturing automation in Canada.

Danny passed away in 2014.  With his drive and determination as its inspiration, “Artcraft Kitchens” proudly celebrates 56 years in business this year.

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James Kaufman Sr, Kenmore Homes

After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, Jim worked as a tool and die maker in Kitchener.

In 1955, Jim set his sights on becoming a home builder and founded Kenmore Construction.

Joining the Niagara Peninsula Home Builders’ Association in 1959, Jim served as a director on the Board and then President in 1985.

He received an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree from Brock University in 1997 in recognition of his dedication to the University, to Concordia Lutheran Seminary and to the Niagara community.

Jim passed away in 2012.  His leadership has made Kenmore Homes a successful family business spanning – so far – three generations, in three busy communities – Niagara, London and Kitchener-Waterloo.

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George Schneider Sr., George Schneider Construction.

George Jr. shared these memories with us…

“My father began as a home builder and incorporated the business in 1951.

It was important for him to be accepted by the industry, so he became a member of the Association in 1957. In the early years, he was a board member and served as President in 1963.  The wives of the members were also active in the Association and they also met as a group.

I recall my parents attending many Provincial and National Conventions. The annual Christmas draw and Golf Tournament were always highlights of the year.

My father retired in 1973, after building for 22 years.”  He passed away in 2007.

I am sure that my father would be honoured by the recognition.”

George Jr. and his wife Dianne continued the business and just last year retired after 40 years in the industry.
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John Boldt, John Bolt Builders Ltd

John started his building business in 1966 and became a member of the Association in 1967. His dedication to being a true custom homebuilder has spanned over 51 years.

His son-in-law Dan Duerrstein takes great pride in continuing with the traditions of superior quality craftsmanship and personal attention on which the company was founded.

John and his wife reside in St. Catharines.