Las Vegas' best and worst contractors of 2008
by Conor Lee
In addition to our nationwide list, here are the Las Vegas contractors who have earned the distinction of being the best or worst in the Las Vegas area.
D & B Electric
Sharon Kohlndorfer of Las Vegas plugged into a good thing when she hired D & B Electric to install a new light. “David [Berrett, the owner], also repaired a wall switch and didn’t charge,” Kohlndorfer says. “I wish everybody was this good.”
The unbroken string of overall “A” reports in 2008 failed to shock Berrett. “I’ve been in the electrical business 32 years,” Berrett says. “I have a knack for it.”
Members, like Morgan St. James of Las Vegas, aren’t shocked either. “I highly recommend him,” St. James says. “He’s in my permanent who-to-call list.” Kohlndorfer says you can tell he has a lot invested in his work. “It’s his company and his reputation,” she says.
Best Window Cleaning
Despite dirty windows, Mary Alice Wiens of Las Vegas had bigger problems: a chirping smoke detector. “It was in a high location,” Wiens says. “It was driving me nuts.”
Lucky for her, Martin Cross, the owner of Best Window Cleaning, was cleaning her windows at the time. “He had to get a bigger ladder out, [but] he changed the battery,” Wiens says. “He wouldn’t take anything extra.”
Cross repeatedly shines for members like Dean Herrington of Las Vegas. “[He] delivers great value,” Herrington says. “He’s totally reliable.”
In business for 15 years, Cross says success means climbing the unexpected ladder. “I really care about my clients,” Cross says. “I find myself changing a lot of light bulbs and batteries.”
Three times Salvador Aguilar has been caught and found guilty of contracting without a license, mostly on home remodeling jobs.
In February, he pleaded guilty to a felony count of contracting without a license, his third such offense, says Clark County prosecutor Bart Pace. Aguilar was given four years’ probation and ordered to pay $18,545 in restitution.
The case originated in late 2007, when Aguilar diverted more than $17,000 from a home project for his own use. “If they’ve got at least two prior convictions for contracting without a license, the third time they’re caught it’s a felony, which happened in Aguilar’s case,” Pace says. “If he violates his probation, he’ll serve between 19 months and 48 months before he’s eligible for parole.”
Aguilar couldn’t be reached for comment.
Advanced Glazing & Design (aka West Coast Sunrooms)
Ron Hill wanted a sunroom, his attorney Noah Allison says of his client’s initial dealings with Advanced Glazing. “Now Mr. Hill is out more than $21,200.”
Unfortunately for Hill, Allison says, Advanced Glazing was run by Kendall Cole and Marisa McIntosh Aitken (aka Marisa Cole), both of Las Vegas. “It was a swindle,” Allison says. “He never received his sunroom.”
Authorities have issued felony arrest warrants for Cole and Aitken for diversion of funds and contracting without a license. The duo spent 2008 on the Nevada State Contractors Board’s Ten Most Wanted List for Southern Nevada. “They normally take a large deposit for the installation of a sunroom and are never heard from again,” says Ken Peppley public information officer with the NSCB. He and Allison believe the couple may have fled the state to avoid civil suits like Hill’s. “They’ve dropped off the face of the earth,” Allison says. “We’re seeking a default judgment.”