SOURCE: Hanley Wood

January 29, 2008 10:00 ET

BUILDER Magazine Names America's Best Builders

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - BUILDER magazine will honor two home builders with the prestigious America's Best Builder award at The Presidential Seminar in April in Aspen, Colorado.

The 2008 America's Best Builder winners are: Drees Homes, based in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, a company that, despite the downturn, continued a push to modernize its operations through technology and business process reinvention; and Naples, Florida-based London Bay Homes, a design leader and customer service-oriented company that, against all odds, posted its most successful year in Southwest Florida.

"Most builders excel in just one discipline, be it customer service, great design, construction expertise, or financial acumen," said Denise Dersin, editor in chief of BUILDER magazine, the leading magazine of the home building industry. "But these companies manage to do it all. That is an amazing achievement."

A panel of industry leaders selected the America's Best Builder honorees this past September during the National Association of Homebuilders Fall Board meeting in Seattle, Washington. The two winners showed outstanding performance in five important areas of running a home building business: finance/operations; customer service/quality; community/industry service; design/construction; and marketing.

To learn more about these outstanding companies, please visit BUILDER Online ( or check out the March 2008 issue of BUILDER magazine.

For more information about the America's Best Builder Awards competition, please contact Sola Ayeni-Biu at BUILDER magazine, 202-729-3506.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company is also North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, DIGITAL HOME, ARCHITECT, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.