By Danelle DeGroodt, Johns Manville Sr. National Accounts Manager
On Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Exdo Events Center in Denver, Colo., Jose Hernandez, an insulation professional from Elkridge, Md., was awarded the title of “America’s Best Insulation Installer” for the third time, becoming the first installer in the competition’s history to achieve this honor.
Hernandez competed against 35 other professionals from across the country for the title and $10,000 first-place prize in the fast-paced competition which is judged on quality and speed. Hernandez won the competition back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first competitor to win the competition more than once. He is employed with Cameron Group LCC.
The competition was created in 2003 by Johns Manville and Insulate America, the nation’s largest independent insulation contractor organization. The competition recognizes local competitors and highlights the positive impact that properly-installed insulation can have on a home.
The competition consists of three stages structured to test the installer’s workmanship and the final outcome of their installation. Competitors were assigned with the task of installing Johns Manville batts into the mock home structure and were then judged upon quality, speed and the amount of product used versus recycled. Hernandez outperformed the other competitors during the final stage, which involved two identical wooden mock home structures, with construction challenges including electrical outlets, pipes and a vaulted ceiling.
“We’re pleased to honor Hernandez for the third time for his superior performance this year and we applaud our talented group of competitors for another solid year of competition,” said Bob Wamboldt, president of Insulation Systems at Johns Manville. “We’re proud of our continued partnership with Insulate America, and we look forward to celebrating and recognizing insulation installers for their dedication to the industry for years to come.”
The competition also awarded the first-, second-, third- and fourth-runners up. Pete Middleton of Turner Insulation in Sterling Heights, Minn. was awarded a $5,000 prize as first runner-up, Stan Tatara of Henges Interiors in Earth City, Mo. was recognized as second-runner up and won a $3,500 prize, Jesus Cruz of Millers Insulation in Albuquerque, N.M. won a $2,500 prize as fourth runner-up and fifth runner-up Luiz Perez of Arkansas Insulation (A G5 Company) in Nixa, Mo. was awarded a $2,500 prize.
This was one of the best years the competition has seen and we are looking forward to an even more successful event in 2019. The 2019 Best Installer Competition will take place in Denver, Colo. next October.