Management

Ep.150: Building a Team, Not a Family with Jef Forward

While having a family-like culture is a well intended premise, it is oftentimes impractical.

Companies may notice that one or two employees are intolerant of the family-like culture in place, and leave the “family” dysfunctional. 

Creating an environment where there is a structure that resembles a team, rather than a family, is a way to avoid intolerance, and grow as a company.  In this episode, guest Jef Forward describes how he was able to achieve a team-like culture in his business, and why it has been successful.

Jef has a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and started Forward Design Build in 1997, focusing on a design and build method to ensure successful projects. He defines a successful project as a happy homeowner with a beautiful, functional home completed with-in ‘stated’ expectations of cost, service and schedule from the beginning of design to the end of construction.

Tim, Steve and Jef talk more about:

  • The “locus of control” 
  • How to address and correct the path of someone who is trending sideways
  • How to efficiently communicate with different team members
  • And more…

Get on the Waitlist for the 2021 Remodelers Summit in Phoenix

We are very excited to announce that after more than a year of virtual conferences and canceled events, we are holding the Annual 2021 Remodelers Summit LIVE and In-person at the luxurious Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 22, 2021. We will launch registration on May 19, 2021, but if you’d like to join our waitlist, we will guarantee you a spot at this event and offer you the lowest pre-sale special pricing of $500 off the standard registration fee. So, sign up today!

Ep.149: The Power of Peers with Victoria Downing

Many business owners and certainly production managers feel alone in their business at times, and want and or need some kind of external input.  So, where do they turn?

Trade associations provide some input but are typically limited to whatever the “topic of the evening” is.  Remodelers Advantage President, Victoria Downing, saw this issue and took action through the creation of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables Programs. 

Through the roundtables, members share support and guidance to ultimately help business owners earn more, and work less.

In addition to being the president of Remodelers Advantage, Victoria is the co-host of PowerTips Unscripted, a podcast dedicated to helping remodelers build a strong, profitable company.  She is an award-winning author and speaker and brings over 30 years of expertise in the remodeling industry to share how crucial peer groups are in order to successfully grow your business.

Tim, Steve and Victoria talk more about:

  • What it really means to be in the remodeling industry
  • The importance of receiving feedback
  • How to actually utilize feedback
  • And more…

Peer-Power for your Production Team

Developed and led by Senior Consultant and “Production Guru”, Tim Faller, this special Roundtables™ Program for Production Managers focuses on all aspects of production management.

We are currently forming the sixth group of production management professionals from some of the best remodelers in the U.S. and Canada. If you are interested in learning more, contact Tim Faller or visit our website

Ep.148: How to Build Morale and Culture During a Transition with Jason Willet

Keeping your team engaged throughout the process of a transition is an opportunity to grow as a company.

Willet Construction did this through an event called “Vision Day” where the goal was to get everyone to understand the how, what, when, where, and why of the transition.  The event brought their team closer together, raised morale and reinforced the culture of their company.

Guest Jason Willet shares how providing an event such as Vision Day can truly help a company  have better success transitioning their business if the whole team knows what the goal is and can assist in getting there.  Jason became an official partner of Willet Construction in 2019 and is now the Vice President after his father transitioned the business to him.  He assists in estimating and design in addition to being an exterior consultant.

Tim, Steve and Jason talk more about:

  • How to create an agenda during a transition
  • Utilizing team opinions
  • Prioritizing goals
  • And more…

Three Production-focused Masterclasses Coming up

Project Manager Intensive:  June 10 – 11, 2021
Let us turn your Production Manager into a Super Hero!

The Art of Estimating:  August 18-19, 2021
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Production Team Training with Tim Faller: Starts September 13, 2021
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Ep.147: How to Engage Your Staff to Help Train Each Other with Ned Trimming

Training, training, training!  

Business owners, production managers and general managers often get caught in a position wondering how to do it all. 

So, we turned to a former guest and a member of our production manager roundtables, Ned Trimming, to share his efficient training process, which involves both current and new employees.

Ned Trimming is the Production Manager at Crescent Builds located in Seattle, WA.  Ned and his team at Crescent are dedicated to building high-quality spaces for people to live and work in, while also creating an employee review process that continues to morph into new areas of training.

Tim, Steve and Ned talk more about:

  • Active cross-training
  • Training opportunities within a company
  • Establishing lateral service goals
  • And more…

We Have a New Production Manager Roundtables Group Forming Now!

Do you want your Production Manager to learn from the best?

Remodelers Advantage is adding a new Production Managers Roundtables Group to our roster of 5 successful, thriving groups. If you are interested in learning more, click here to visit our website.

Ep.146: Diversity in Trades with David Jacobs

As the remodeling and custom building industries struggle to find young, talented, hard-working talent to hire, business owners often miss out by not looking toward opportunities for minority hiring.

Expanding the search for talent in otherwise overlooked groups of people can open up an entirely new group of prospects. Guest David Jacobs of Jobs for Delaware Graduates shares how he provides students with a post-secondary plan while encouraging students to enter fields of trades.

David has spent the past seven years as a classroom teacher with the mission to enable students to achieve academic, career, personal and social success.  With over 15 years of experience working with youth, David discusses the challenges that he sees in inner-city students who may lack motivation and a vision for their future. 

Through the Jobs for Delaware Graduates program, he is able to provide students with the knowledge and benefits of choosing a career in the field of trades.

Tim, Steve and David talk more about:

  • The current lack of diversity in the trades
  • Expanding the search for trades
  • Possible ways to increase awareness and diversity in the field of trades
  • And more…

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Ep.144: Moving From Tract Building to Custom Renovations with Scott Fridrych

Bridging the gap between new home construction and remodeling can seem pretty intense. There can be a lot of bias from each side about which is better or quite frankly, which is easier. 

Hearing the perspective of someone who has had experience from both sides can help both new home builders and remodelers understand the benefits of each, and in this episode, guest Scott Fridrych does just that.

Scott has spent two years as the project manager at Liv Companies, and was brought on to lighten the workload between the owner and supervisor, allowing them to focus on building the company. 

Scott has a BA in construction management from Ferris State University and brings over 20 years of experience in residential construction to this episode to talk about the transition from new home building to remodeling.

Tim, Steve and Scott talk more about:

  • What it’s like going from a production builder to custom remodeling
  • Why a production builder might make that transition
  • More about Liv Companies
  • And more…

Are you and your team struggling with estimating?

Unable to Win Contracts? Or, Getting the work, but not making a profit?

Whether you are an owner that handles the estimates or the estimator for a company, you will find a gold mine of information in the Art of Estimating Masterclass, led by Tim Faller, on April 13th & 14th. 

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Ep.143: From Client to Employee with Meghan Haines

The transition from client to employee, does it work?  

Meghan Haines joins Tim and Steve in this episode to talk about the dynamic from being a client to now an employee and why it may or may not work. 

Having the knowledge and experience of a client in the remodeling industry is helpful in the transition to becoming an employee and brings a point of view that some employees may not have.  Meghan talks about the surprises and potential roadblocks in the transition and how she has made it work.

Meghan Haines is the Production Coordinator for Hercules Design Build, a remodeling company in the St. Louis area. Meghan has been with Hercules for a little over a year and a half; However, before joining the company, she was a client for three remodeling projects in her own home.

Tim, Steve and Meghan talk more about:

  • Customer relations
  • The benefits of bringing experience into remodeling from different fields 
  • Advice for contractors interested in hiring
  • And more…

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Ep.141: Breaking the Gender Barriers with Isabella Battig

Being a woman in a field that is dominated by men presents its challenges.  So, how do they do it?

Isabella Battig joins Tim and Steve in this episode and talks about what it is like being a female trade contractor and some of the experiences she has had working in construction and remodeling. 

Isabella discusses the things that she looks for in a general contractor from her point of view and ultimately, how she has become successful in a career that lacks a strong female presence.

Isabella is the owner of Kinetic Lighting and Electric LLC and began her career as an apprentice in 1999 with no prior experience working in trades, but an interest and a goal to someday be her own boss.

Isabella had to jump through a lot of hoops to learn how to get to where she is now, but with the help of fellow trade contractors and researching the ins and out of her field, she has become the successful businesswoman that she knew she could be.

Tim, Steve and Isabella talk more about:

  • What it is like being a woman in a male dominated field
  • What a trade contractor looks for in a general contractor
  • The importance of being realistic when starting a company
  • The benefits of having trusted employees and staff
  • And more… 

Ep.140: Hitting Budgets as a Project Manager with Raul Lopez

Raul Lopez is a Project Manager at Innovative Construction Inc. and manages all aspects of construction on multiple jobs from start to finish.  Raul believes that only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

After 8 years working in the food industry as a General Manager, he decided it was time for a change and gave construction a try. He started as a laborer on a framing company, and quickly learned the skills and how to deal with inspections and codes.  Three years later, he got the opportunity to work at Innovative construction, starting as a carpenter and working his way up to Project Manager.

In addition to managing projects, he does drafting and design, providing 3D renderings and Construction plans.  He has also won MVP of the company for two consecutive years.  Raul is also currently enrolled to become a NARI CRPM (Certified Remodeling Project Manager.)

Tim, Steve and Raul talk more about:

  • The importance of building teams in construction
  • The transition from a laborer to a manager
  • And more…

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Presented by Tim Faller, this course will be an interactive experience for you and for your estimator, covering the purpose of estimating, the challenges we face, and why accurate estimating can be so difficult.
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Ep.138: A Trade Contractors Point of View with Nick Kozar

We have addressed the remodeler/trade contractor relationship in past episode; one from a Production Manager and the other from an on-site Project Manager, but both from the remodeler’s perspective.

Learning a different point of view of who you’re working with is crucial to running a smooth business and a lot of remodelers could benefit from hearing the perspective of a trade contractor.

In this episode, Nick Kozar, owner of Chelsea Plumbing, does just that.

Located in Chelsea, Michigan, Nick began his career with Chelsea Plumbing as an apprentice with no knowledge of the plumbing trade. After 13 years as an employee and receiving Journeyman, Master, and Mechanical Contractor licenses, he purchased the business from its founder who started the company in 1979.

Tim, Steve and Nick talk more about:

  • Top three “things” that are important to the trade contractor.
  • Effective ways to address scheduling between remodelers and trade contractors.
  • Dealing with higher costs of trade labor.
  • Strengthening trade and contractor relationships.
  • The perspective of a trade contractor.
  • And more…

FREE Webinar: The Slippage Blame Game

How to Look at Slippage from All Perspectives
Perhaps more devastating than lost profit, the slippage blame game, typically between estimating and production, can wreak havoc on company morale and affect the entire culture of the business.

This FREE webinar, on Tuesday, February 23rd, will focus on the challenge of getting the numbers right and how to look at the problem from all perspectives.
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