All around the community hardworking people are helping make our community better in many different ways. They are our neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers. As a way to say thank you to these amazing people, we have created the Hometown Hero Award. Each month we choose someone who has gone above and beyond. This month’s Hometown Hero Award goes to Joe Rainey!
Joe grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming and like most small town youth he learned the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. He eventually made his way to Utah and started a framing business. His values played a key role in his success as a contractor.
In 1994, Joe built his first home for the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Parade of Homes. This first of many parade homes generated sales and was the beginning of Rainey Homes. Since that time Rainey Homes has grown to be one of the industry’s leading home-building companies along the Wasatch Front.
Joe built this business with a goal to provide the quality and options of a custom home at a price lower than the competition, hence, “Custom Quality without the Custom Price.” At a time when the word ‘quality’ has lost much of its meaning, Rainey Homes strives to maintain and exceed standards of energy efficiency and green building practices. This not only provides greater comfort to our homeowners, they will also enjoy lower living costs and expenses.
Joe’s vision for home-building has provided him with the opportunity to serve the industry in many capacities. Joe was the President of the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association in 2006 and President of the Utah Home Builders Association in 2009.
Outside of Rainey Homes Joe is a very accomplished pilot. In September 2007, Joe received the Angel Flight West Distinguished Pilot award. Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. With a network of 1,400+ pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations. (Learn more at angelflightwest.org)
When speaking of Joe Rainey, AFW Utah Wing Leader Phil Titus said, “Joe is a dynamic and remarkable individual who graciously uses his skills as an accomplished pilot to provide flights for people who would otherwise not be able to afford the travel to get the health care they need. Joe is responsible for nearly a quarter of the Angel Flight West missions in Utah.”
Another notable philanthropic endeavor was the building of a home for a Veteran who was injured in Iraq. With Homes for our Troops and partner trade-contractors Joe was able to build a home for Specialist Bryant Jacobs. On September 11, 2009 Bryant received the keys to his 2,000 square-foot Rambler. In 2011, Joe built a second home for another Veteran who was injured in Iraq.
Joe, thank you for your example, and all you are doing to make our community a better place. You truly are a Hometown Hero.