International Recognition for Local Builder
Calgary, Alberta – October 2, 2020 – Two wins for Rockwood and its powerhouse female leadership! Rockwood Custom Homes has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Women-Run Workplace of the Year category; and Allison Grafton, president and founder of Rockwood, takes home a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run, worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards and are a prestigious international distinction.
On September 10th, 2020, the Building Industry Land Development Alberta Association (BILD Alberta) announced the winners of their annual BILD Alberta Awards. Over 100 judges participated in selecting this year’s winners, which were celebrated during a special online ceremony. A total of 29 awards were handed out to honour Alberta’s top home builders, professional renovators and community developers.
Rockwood Custom Homes took home a BILD Alberta Award in the Category: Multi-family Unit Over $500,000. The award was received for our Residences of King Edward project – Unit 301.
Renovated Square Footage: 10,763 square feet
Concept to Finish: Two years
Completed: June 2020
Maclean’s Magazine features Best Managed Winners in Special Report
This March, Rockwood Custom Homes was honoured with a Canada’s Best Managed Companies distinction by Deloitte. This prestigious award is not given out lightly, and Rockwood stands together with some of the best privately-held companies in Canada.
In its April 1st issue (currently on the stands), Maclean’s magazine selected a handful of Best Managed 2020 inners to share their success stories. Rockwood’s Allison Grafton was interviewed and shared her own trajectory from investment banker to luxury construction maven. Want to find out how did she do it? How Rockwood stands out from the pack? And why a team that plays together stays together?
Find out by reading the Best Managed feature in Maclean’s Special Report.
We made it! The Rockwood Custom Homes team is very excited to announce that we have been officially recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2020 by Deloitte. As a winner, we were successful in demonstrating investment in talent and technology, innovation in a competitive environment, and an increased focus on global competition.
Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies remains one of the country’s leading business awards programs, recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. The highly competitive program honours excellence in privately held, Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process, but only the best are awarded with this prestigious designation (and only after a thorough review of the caliber of their management abilities and practices). Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges.
Ranks No. 375 on Canada’s 2019 Growth 500
– Rockwood once again makes Canadian Business annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –
Calgary, Alberta (September 18, 2019) Canadian Business and Maclean’s, two pinnacles of Canadian publishing, have ranked Rockwood Custom Homes No. 375 on this year’s Growth 500 listing—the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, ranked by five-year revenue growth.
“In many ways, the companies on the 2019 Growth 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies are diverse: they represent a vast array of industries, regions and size. But in one variable they are firmly united: each has demonstrated aggressive—often, exponential—revenue growth,” says David Thomas, editor of Canadian Business, where Growth 500 winners are profiled. The special print issue of Canadian Business is published with Maclean’s magazine in October; it also appears online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.
KELOWNA | OCTOBER 21ST, 2019 – Following Your Passion: How to Turn a Personal Dream Into a Multi-Million Dollar Business
Allison Grafton, President and Founder, Rockwood Custom Homes
Jennifer Hamilton, CEO, Oxygen Yoga and Fitness
Moderator: Nikki Csek, CEO, Csek Creative
One of the key ingredients of success for any entrepreneur is to be truly passionate about what you do. But what does it really take to leave a secure corporate career and turn your hobby or interest into a profitable business? On October 21st we are tapping into the trade secrets and compelling journeys of three award-winning entrepreneurs who did exactly that.
Meet the panellists:
In 2006, Jennifer Hamilton left the security of the school board to follow her passion for fitness. Fast forward to today and Oxygen Yoga & Fitness has grown into a national empire generating over $50M in revenue each year with over 68 locations across the country.
Allison Grafton was at the top of her career as an investment banker when she gave it all up to pursue her passion for interior design. Today she has built Rockwood Custom Homes into the top luxury residential construction company in Alberta, employing over 35 employees and 500+ contractors.
Join us, along with presenting sponsor BDC and moderator Nikki Csek, for one night only in Kelowna and discover exactly what it takes to grow your passion into a multi-million dollar business and tap into key insights including:
- How to make the leap from corporate to entrepreneurship
- How to identify and evaluate opportunities & markets
- How to effectively scale your business for success
- How to expand your company into new markets or locations while maintaining the integrity of your brand
Whether you are already a budding entrepreneur or currently in a corporate role and looking for the motivation to transition out, this is an opportunity to get inspired to take your next step.
For more information: https://www.womenofinfluence.ca/event/following-your-passion/#.XUzeM5MzbUI
“The days of real estate being a boys’ club are over – forever and for the better. Real Estate Wealth salutes 50 of the most influential and successful women working in the industry today.” – REP Elite Women 2019 Issue
This past week, Allison Grafton was recognized by Real Estate Wealth Magazine in their Elite Women Issue. The issue profiles leading women in real estate, construction and real estate financing that have achieved excellence in their respective fields. On behalf of all of us at Rockwood, congratulations to our fearless president, Allison, and to all those profiled!
We are thrilled to announce that on November 21st, 2018, at Calgary’s Studio Bell, Rockwood was recognized as one of this year’s Canada’s Best Managed Companies Regional Finalists by Deloitte.
Canada’s Best Managed Companies is Canada’s leading business awards program, honouring excellence in private Canadian-owned companies. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process, but only the best are awarded with this prestigious designation. Two phases of winners are announced – first the regional finalists, and then a select group of national finalists later in December.
Said president of Rockwood, Allison Grafton, “A huge thanks to Deloitte for putting on this program, which is not only inspiring, but a huge learning opportunity, as it required a deep dive into our business, operations and financials.”
To learn more about the Deloitte Best Managed program, please visit: https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/canadas-best-managed-companies/topics/best-managed.html
Big nods to Rockwood and its leader, Allison Grafton, by Career Addict, a US-based online career and employment website. Career Addict lists Allison Grafton along the likes of Shannon Rogers (Global Relay) and Mike Lazaridis (Blackberry) as top of the heap for Canadian entrepreneurial talent.