PRESS RELEASE: Residential Design Magazine Nets Editorial Honors at Jesse H. Neal Awards

Residential Design Vol. 5, 2019


April 27, 2020

Residential Design Magazine Nets Editorial Honors at Jesse H. Neal Awards

SOLA Group Inc.’s Residential Design Magazine Awarded a Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Issue.

NEW YORK, April 24, 2020Residential Design magazine was recently honored with a prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/Newspaper/Magazine in the 66th Jesse H. Neal Awards competition, the premier editorial excellence program for business-to-business journalism. The awards luncheon was held virtually on April 17 amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

The judges selected RD Volume 5, 2019, an issue focused on architecturally-designed urban dwellings, for the award. The Best Single Issue category bestows awards in three revenue classes; RD won in the Brand Revenue of Less Than $3 million division, besting three other outstanding magazine finalists. The creative team at RD is led by chief editor S. Claire Conroy and art director Erika Nygaard.

 This is the second big Neal Award win for the magazine. Last year, the program recognized Conroy with the G.D. Crain Award for a Distinguished Editorial Career. Conroy has long served the residential design and building communities with first-rate professional content, and previously has won a Neal Award for Best Editorials.

 “Of all the national journalism competitions, the Jesse H. Neal Awards is the one business journalists savor the most,” said Conroy. “The judging process is rigorous and the judges themselves represent the best in the business. This kind of peer recognition is deeply meaningful to us. We love what we do at RD. We are passionate about our audience of residential architects and custom builders, and we feel like winners every day we’re able to serve their needs for information and inspiration.”

 Residential Design is about the business of design excellence,” said Paul DeGrandis, president and co-owner of SOLA Group Inc. “We are thrilled at Claire’s success in launching this media brand three years ago. We look forward to her stewardship of it for many more years. The award is certainly fitting for all that she has accomplished so far.”

 “Our editorial and graphics teams have won several major awards in our short history as a company. It is gratifying,” said Patrick O’Toole, co-owner of SOLA Group Inc. and editorial director of the company. “SOLA is committed to cultivating deep and meaningful engagement with our audiences.”

 In addition to Qualified Remodeler and Residential Design, SOLA Group owns the No. 1 kitchen and bath industry trade magazine Kitchen & Bath Design News. To learn more about SOLA Group Inc. go to, or email Paul DeGrandis at

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About SOLA Group, Inc.

SOLA Group, Inc. is business media company covering the $700 billion business of residential design and construction. With daily content and deep industry expertise, we’ve built a community of architects, custom builders, remodelers and kitchen and bath designers for our clients to connect with.


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