About A-1 Remodeling
Meet the A-1 Team
In 1986, he sold all of his previous businesses to begin a new vocation – as a remodeling contractor. Under a friend’s supervision, Smith had the opportunity to learn all aspects of the contracting trade.
In 1988, Smith started a Classic Home Remodeling business in Lexington, KY. He later took a partner who shared similar interests and skills. The partnership moved to Florida and lasted until 1993, where the two went to different areas of Florida – Miami and Tampa. The Florida business was highly successful until the 2008 recession. Upon recovery, Smith took his business to Chattanooga in 2009. Over time, the business grew and he realized that he needed to hire subcontractors. The business has continued to blossom through the years and is now an LLC and will be managed by himself alongside a team of project managers. They look forward to future expansions and acquisitions.
Smith now has 4 adult children ranging from 39 to 47, a stepson, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 German shepherds and a barn cat. He and his wife of 28 years, Kay, enjoy family gatherings, salt-water fishing, and road trips. Smith truly enjoys his work that he gets to grow and invest in daily.
His family moved to Cleveland in 2012, and he began his journey with A-1 Remodeling as a contractor. He became a project manager in 2014. Most recently, he proudly claims the title of grandfather to Bently James born in April 2019. He finds joy and continued entertainment in tinkering with electronics and autos.
Josh Elliott is one of the up-and-coming project managers that joined the team this 2020. He is an energetic, aspiring individual ready to go above and beyond to ensure the company meets the needs of all its clients.
After high school he joined the military. First the Air Force as a cabinetmaker, then the Navy as a nurse, with combined service time of just over 11 years. Harold holds degrees in both Architectural drafting and design as well as health and human sciences.
After leaving the military, he returned back to his hometown in Indiana to start a small mom and pop cabinet shop with his wife. The shop thrived for almost 30 years until the untimely passing of his wife. You may be interested to know that the shop still exists today by the same name, but is now owned by his very first employee.
He moved to Chattanooga in 2016 and has since remarried. Though a transplant, he is very proud to call this area his home.
He is a hot air balloon pilot, dog lover, a former 4-H woodworking instructor who is currently remodeling his own home.
JT Van Hassent
Van Hassent joined the A-1 team because he wanted to work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere where personal attention is paid to the clients. He is excited to bring his construction and facilities management experience to local customers with A-1 Remodeling.
Waters enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family, and he has one son. He loves riding his motorcycle and watching baseball and football.