Remodelers Advantage

Ep.05: Building a Successful, Profitable Remodeling Company with Brandon Bailey

So many of our Roundtables members have discovered that in order to grow your remodeling business and get to “the next level” it takes focus, hard work, determination and the willingness to look for outside resources when you realize you need help.

Brandon Bailey is a fantastic example of a successful remodeler who took the necessary steps and made the tough decisions to significantly grow his business over the past 9 years. In Episode 5, Victoria and Mark spend time with Brandon, Owner of Bailey Remodeling and Construction, a design & build firm in Louisville, Kentucky.

After starting his business in 2005 Brandon was where many of our members were when they were starting out… producing good, reputable work but “spinning their wheels” with long hours, no systems in place, no predictable revenue model, etc. Sound familiar?

In 2009 Brandon and his business partner, Jon Steimel, began making decisions to significantly change and grow their business and they have done a fantastic job, recently being named the 2017 Remodeler of the Year by the Building Industry Association in Louisville. Brandon’s business started out as many do with just 2 partners, and they have grown their team to 9 and ready to bring on employee number 10!

In this episode Victoria and Mark explore the changes Brandon and Jon made to their business back in 2009 and looked further into:

  • Finding outside resources to help his business
  • What it was like working with a business coach and peer group
  • Which KPIs to keep an eye on
  • Growing his team beyond the 2 partners
  • Building a Sales System
  • Establishing a consistent and predictable revenue model
  • Increasing Net Profit!
  • What his business and day-to-day life is like now vs. back in 2009

As always, we included the Lightning round and 5 words of wisdom and Brandon knocked it out of the park.

If you would like to learn more about Brandon, Jon and their firm, Bailey Remodeling and Construction, click here to visit their website.

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Ep.04: OSHA Regulations You Need to Be Aware of as a Remodeling Business Owner with Ben Johnson

There are few organizations that can impact a US based remodeling business like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)… Maybe the IRS, but that’s another episode.

In Episode 4 of PowerTips Unscripted, Victoria and Mark speak with Ben Johnson about OSHA regulations, enforcement and how they can have a huge impact if not handled correctly.

Ben Johnson is an attorney at the Nilan Johnson Lewis law firm in Minneapolis and is well-versed in matters concerning OSHA. He represents companies involved in business litigation, including issues that commonly arise in the construction industry, like contract disputes, defect claims, and warranty disputes. He also specializes in defending companies in matters involving personal injuries, product liability, and workplace safety.

Victoria, Mark and Ben discuss matters such as:

  • Clarification of the 10-employee Rule
  • Building OSHA compliance planning & training into your employment documentation
  • Preparing you and your team if an OSHA Inspector arrives on one of your job sites
  • Which issues are the most commonly cited by OSHA Inspectors
  • How to be proactive by utilizing OSHA resources such as training & free consultations
  • New regulations concerning exposure to airborne Silica on the job site
  • The impact the new administration will have on OSHA regulations & enforcement

If you need to reach Ben, his contact information is:
Ben Johnson
Shareholder at Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
bcjohnson@nilanjohnson.com
(612) 305-7693

OSHA Online Resources mentioned in this episode:

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Ep.03: Top Financial Challenges Faced by Today’s Remodeling Business Owner with Doug Howard

Episode 3 takes a deep dive into the financial challenges that remodeling business owners face on a daily basis. Victoria and Mark welcome Doug Howard, Remodelers Advantage Director of Consulting to the PowerTips Unscripted studio.

Doug Howard is an entrepreneur, government official and small business consultant with more than 25 years of experience in leading organizations and assisting clients in many different industries.

After working with remodelers from across the US and Canada, Doug shares his thoughts on challenges such as:

  • Cash flow issues
  • Planning and budgeting for growth
  • Recognizing success patterns in your business
  • Stair-stepping growth (adding personnel & resources)
  • LEAN Process improvement and how it relates to production & cash flow
  • Identifying signs that you are growing too fast
  • Ownership structure: Partnerships, relatives, married couples, etc.
  • What to do when things start “going south”

Doug’s alternate job title at R/A is “The Fixer” and that becomes apparent as he shares his experiences in working with remodelers and providing his Five Words of Wisdom. Doug survives the Lightning Round with some key insights as well as a great book recommendation… Enjoy!

Thanks for Listening…

Please share your comments about Doug’s thoughts and advice below and if you have any questions for Doug, or you are interested in learning more about how Doug can help you with your business, contact him at doug@remodelersadvantage.com

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Ep.02: Building an Effective Emergency Succession Plan with Philip Anderson

In our second episode of PowerTips Unscripted, Victoria and Mark spend some time with Philip Anderson, a long-time Remodelers Advantage member and well-respected industry leader. 

Philip Anderson is the President of HDR Remodeling, a successful Design + Build firm that he founded over 30 years ago in the Berkeley / Oakland / East Bay Area in California. 

The topic of this episode is Emergency Succession Planning, or how to plan ahead in the instance of a short or long-term absence of the business owner or key personnel. Philip discusses how his firm was able to build an effective succession plan, not only for the long-term once he retires, but in the case of a sudden departure from the business. 

Unfortunately, Philip’s plan was put to the test when he suffered a stroke a few months later and his business was able to continue during his extended leave. 

Some great advice shared by Philip: 

  • Don’t limit the plans to just the owner, include key personnel in sales, production, finance, etc.
  • Develop separate plans for short-term, intermediate and long-term or permanent absences.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for each position so those stepping up have some direction and documentation to follow.

Philip does a great job with the “Lightning Round” and “Five Words of Wisdom” segments. Some great advice shared by one of our industry’s finest. Enjoy!

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As you heard, Philip was kind enough to share his Emergency Success Plan with our community! If you’re a Remodelers Advantage member, click here to login to the Download Library.

Not a member? No worries, access Philip’s ESP right here!

And if you’re reading this in the show notes of a podcasting app that doesn’t include active hyperlinks, visit our website at powertipspodcast.com and find episode 02. 

Thanks for listening!

Ep. 01: How to Create a Valuable, Sellable Company with John Warrillow

For our first episode, we’re thrilled to have John Warrillow as our inaugural guest. John is the author of Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, and in this episode he shares tips on how you can build a high-value company. Even if you’re not thinking about selling today, you can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the process.

Topics covered include:

  • Action steps to developing a sellable company
  • The hub-and-spoke manager vs. the apple picker
  • The Switzerland structure
  • How to sell “air”

Plus, John helped us kick-off our “Lightning Round” and “Five Words of Wisdom” segments. All that and more for our first episode. Enjoy! 

Ep. 00: Beginnings – Welcome to PowerTips Unscripted

Surely you can’t be serious. Remodelers Advantage is launching a podcast?

Yeah, you betcha. And as a prelude to our first episode, we’ve recorded “Episode Zero – Beginnings” to not only introduce you to your hosts — Victoria Downing and Mark Harari — but also to give you a taste of what you can expect when you put the two of them in front of a mic without a script. We’ve also thrown in a big-time giveaway, some movie quotes, and a British lady. All that in just under 6 minutes.

Why? Because we want learning to be fun.

So strap in and get ready, because starting January 24th, 2018, we’re launching PowerTips Unscripted. We’ll be bringing you interviews with leading industry experts, best-selling authors, and owners of multi-million dollar remodeling companies from across the US and Canada. Oh, and a British lady, too.