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ULTRA Pro™ Challenge Tour



Broan-NuTone®, the leading manufacturer of residential ventilation products, announced the grand prize winner of its second annual ULTRA Pro™ Challenge at the 2015 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

Joseph Lareau set a new record, installing the ULTRA Pro™ Ventilation Fan in just 2 minutes and 21 seconds. After sailing through the semifinal round Wednesday morning, Lareau went head-to-head with his brother, Mark Lareau, that afternoon, beating him by just 1 second. 

“I think everyone’s heart was racing,” said home improvement expert Danny Lipford, who introduced the competitors Wednesday. “You look around and the Broan-NuTone booth is just packed. It was a complete adrenaline rush to see two seasoned pros, family members nonetheless, battle it out.”

Last April, Broan-NuTone launched the 2014 ULTRA Pro Challenge, a 112-stop nationwide tour to identify the contractor with the fastest ULTRA Pro installation time. The challenge kicked off in Texas and concluded in Miami in November. The fastest installer from each location received a $500 Cabela’s gift card, and the fastest installer from each of the eight regions won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas to compete for the grand prize, a 2015 Ford F150.

The remaining seven finalists who competed in the Challenge were Michael Harder, Dallas TX; Mark Lareau, Salt Lake City, UT; Nick Rossing, Madison, WI; Scott Kelly, Willoughby, OH; Dave Zielke, Folsom, PA; Josh Tower, Springfield, MA and Dagnar Espinosa, Clearwater, FL.

“The ULTRA Pro Challenge gets more competitive every year,” said Chris Kroeninger, vice president, wholesale sales, Broan-NuTone. “Time is money. It’s rewarding to see so much passion for the product and in turn, to know we’re getting these pros to the next job even faster.”

Grinning from ear to ear, Lareau accepted his award in the company of his brother and several other family members. 

“This was amazing a rush…I had a few problems with the bracket due to nerves at the beginning and knew I’d have to step it up in order to beat Mark,” Joseph Lareau said. “This is a product we both install all the time, one we recommend every chance we get. Competing with him definitely added a new level of pressure.”

The company’s ULTRA Pro Ventilation Fan is designed for the fastest, easiest, most universal installation in the market. It is ENERGY STAR® qualified and recognized for its remarkably efficient and quiet motor.

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Event Gallery
  • Semi-Final action in the ULTRA PRO Challenge Event at the 2015 International Builder's Show
  • Semi-Final action in the ULTRA PRO Challenge Event at the 2015 International Builder's Show
  • Home Improvement TV host Danny Lipford interviews the two ULTRA PRO Challenge finalists Joseph Lareau and Mark Lareau prior to the final competition to determine the Champion of the ULTRA PRO Challenge
  • ULTRA PRO Challenge finals competition between brothers Joseph and Mark Lareau
  • And the winner, by only ONE SECOND, is Joseph Lareau of Olympus Technologies!
  • The victorious Joseph Lareau celebrates with the enthusiastic audience
  • Champion Joseph Lareau receives his Winners Trophy from Chris Kroeninger, VP Wholesale Sales, Broan-NuTone
  • ULTRA PRO Challenge winner Joseph Lareau accepting the keys for the Ford F-150 Pickup Truck from Chris Kroeninger, VP Wholesale Sales, Broan-NuTone and TV Home Improvement guru Danny Lipford
  • ULTRA PRO Challenge winner Joseph Lareau of Olympus Technologies being interviewed. Joe won his qualifying event at NEDCO Supply, Las Vegas, NV on May 29
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Results


Southwest Region
Michael Harder
Caddell Electric
Dallas, TX - 3:15

Northwest Region
Mark Lareau
Omega Handyman
Salt Lake City, UT - 3:29

Western Region
Joseph Lareau
Olympus Technologies
Las Vegas, NV - 2:43

Midwest Region
Nick Rossing
Nick Electric
Madison, WI - 3:34

Mid-Atlantic Region
Scott Kelly
OHM Electric
Willoughby, OH - 3:12

Northeast Region
Dave Zielke
Mitch Electric
Folsom, PA - 3:15

New England Region
Josh Tower
Tower Electric
Springfield, MA - 3:01

Southeast Region
Dagnar Espinosa
Blair Air Conditioning & Heating
Clearwater, FL - 3:35