MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 21, 2009) – Sub-Zero, Inc., the industry leader in premium refrigeration, celebrates the New Year with accolades from leading industry publication Builder Magazine. During an event last evening at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, the publication named Jim Bakke, president and CEO of Sub-Zero Inc. and Wolf Inc., as one of “30 Top Innovators of the Past 30 Years.”
Sub-Zero/Wolf President and CEO Honored at 2009 International Builders’ Show
The award was presented by The Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Awards program, which joined with Builder Magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebration to honor leading innovators in the home building industry from the past 30 years. In addition to Mr. Bakke, other prominent award recipients included Alan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Donald R. Horton (D.R. Horton), Herbert Kohler (Kohler Company), and Robert I. Toll (Toll Brothers).
“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award and to be recognized along with so many prominent leaders and visionaries in the home building industry,” said Bakke, who’s grandfather Westye F. Bakke founded Sub-Zero in 1945. “I’m proud to accept this recognition on behalf of everyone at Sub-Zero and Wolf who skillfully manufacture the most innovative, quality-made kitchen appliances in the industry.”
The Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Awards were created when Hearthstone, the largest institutional investor in residential development in the U.S., and Hanley Wood’s BUILDER Magazine joined together to create an award to honor building industry leaders who have shown a lifetime commitment to helping people in the communities in which they live.
“During the 30 years that BUILDER has been covering the housing industry, these 30 visionaries took risks and developed new rules to shape the future of this industry,” commented Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood, LLC, the publisher of BUILDER Magazine.
“Builders have come to understand that the kitchen is truly the heart and center of the home, and so at Sub-Zero and Wolf we’re increasingly working together with homebuilders and designers to find innovative ways to redefine and transform this living space from a cramped corner of the house into the focal point of the home,” added Bakke. “We look forward to the next 30 years, and the exciting trends in home building to come.”
The award includes a sizeable charitable donation to The Home Depot Foundation and Global Green USA.