Jordan Peters, of Albion Park Rail based business Hotondo Shellharbour, has won two awards at the 2021 Hotondo Homes National Awards .
Mr Peters was presented the Most Improved New Franchise Award for the second year in a row and took out the Make-A-Wish Australia Overall Achievement Award for Hotondo Shellharbour's work with Hotondo South Coast to help bushfire victims with a $75,000 donation from a helping hands initiative
"Considering the challenges everyone has faced during this last year, knowing that we have still been lucky enough to perform well and be recognised by these awards is a very rewarding feeling both for myself as a boss and for my team," Mr Peters said.
"Every win that our team has is a collective win and we celebrate as a team because we know that we all play a part in the entire process."
The Most Improved New Franchise Award recognises the builder who has demonstrated a commitment to continuously growing their business, providing excellent customer service and increasing engagement with their local community.
Meanwhile the MakeAWish Australia Overall Achievement Award celebrated an initiative founded by Mr Peters and Hotondo South Coast director Adam Sturt after the Shoalhaven bushfires.
Their response to those devastating fires resulted in them donating $75,000 to Make-A-Wish in May this year.
The Hotondo Helping Hands initiative involved them building three new houses, auctioning them off and donating $450,000 to six local charities to aid in bushfire recovery.
"Over the past year one of our biggest achievements would be supporting our local community along the Illawarra and South Coast with our Hotondo Helping Hands initiative," Mr Peters said.
"This initiative was important to us as this affected our local community directly.
"This was happening to our neighbours and people we knew so it was close to our hearts and important for us to be able to do something to help out and give back in any way that we could.
"We also wanted to support Make-A-Wish Australia who has been a valued partner of Hotondo Homes since 2014."
Mr Peters said there was a good reason to support Make-A-Wish which did so much for so many children.
He said since 1985 the charity has granted over 10,000 inspirational, life-changing wishes for children facing critical illnesses.
"Make-A-Wish do such amazing work for sick children and their families. They bring so much joy to them during such a difficult time in their life and it means a lot that we can support them," he said.
The latest recognition for Hotondo Shellharbour comes after the business, and construction industry as a whole, faced unprecedented challenges, with widespread shortages of materials and trades during the building boom and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But during the last two years Mr Peters and his team have continued to build affordable, quality family homes throughout the Illawarra including Shellharbour, Jamberoo and Port Kembla.
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