Business Management

Ep. 189: The 9 Components of Extraordinary Leadership with Wayne Ottum

Wayne Ottum joins us to talk about the 9 components of extraordinary leadership and outlines some basic steps to help businesses owners become more effective leaders. Wayne discusses the importance of creating a company vision, building the right culture, and the difference between leadership and management.

Wayne is a senior consultant at Remodelers Advantage and is the president of his own consulting firm Ottum Enterprises LLC. Wayne has over 30+ years of consulting experience and has over 15 years of experience working with Remodelers Advantage.

Victoria, Mark, and Wayne talk more about:

  • Creating a vision 
  • Leadership in the Remodeling Industry 
  • And more…..

Best of PowerTips: Creating your Business Exit Roadmap with Ashley Micciche

Did you know that 81% of business owners want to stop working in their business in the next 10 years?

Yet, most business owners are paralyzed and doing nothing about their exit, because the process seems overwhelming to the point that they don’t know where to begin.  So, how does one focus on their business while planning an exit?  Guest Ashley Micciche has the answer.

Ashley Micciche is the co-owner and CEO of True North Retirement Advisors in Clackamas, Oregon. She specializes in designing, building, and implementing custom-designed exit plans to help her business owner clients secure their final and most important business decision – the exit from their business.  

Victoria and Ashley talk more about:

  • Understanding how to pick an ideal successor
  • Determining post-exit financial needs
  • Establishing a target departure date
  • And more…
 
Finish Big, by Bo Burlingham, is the book Victoria referenced during the show.

This highly celebrated event is the remodeling industry’s premier educational conference, and it sells out EVERY YEAR!

Join over 700 high performing remodeling professionals and experience the Power of Summit, including:

  • 3 Distinguished Keynotes
  • 40 Visionary Speakers
  • 36 High-octane Workshops
  • 28 Industry Leading Success Partners
  • A Legendary Welcome Party. This Year it Will Have an 80s Theme!
  • And Much, Much More…

Ep.188: Deep Thoughts with Victoria Downing, Mark Harari, and Jack Handey

Mark and Victoria, with the help of the very funny Jack Handey, discuss a few of the deep thoughts they have recently had, and how the insights they gleaned from them correlate to running a successful business. 

Mark talks about how cognitive bias can lock you into dangerous patterns, thereby making it hard to simplify and innovate.  Victoria discusses how some remodeler’s think it is unacceptable to make strong profits and how to overcome those limiting beliefs.  Jack, well Jack is Jack, and there is nothing more to say about him other than listen. 

Mark and Victoria talk more about….

  • Words matter and have consequences, so think before you speak.
  • Constantly look to break patterns.  Check your assumptions and be careful of “expertise”.
  • Know your worth and expertise and charge appropriately for it.
  • And more……

Ep.187: Building Freedom as a Construction Professional with David Gerstel

Guest David Gerstel joins the show to talk about his new book Building Freedom: A Construction Pro’s Path to Financial Independence. David also discusses topics including being lean and frugal, and having an employee centered company.

David Gerstel has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry, and is the author of many books including Nail Your Numbers and his new book Building Freedom: A Construction Pro’s Path to Financial Independence.

Victoria, Mark, and David talk more about:

  • Financial Freedom and Independence
  • Having an employee centered company
  • Thought remodeling
  • And more…….

Ep.186: How To Bet On Talent With Dee Ann Turner

Guest Dee Ann Turner discusses her experiences at Chick-fil-A human resources to owning her own company and becoming a bestselling author. Dee Ann gives an excellent outline for any business to interview and find extraordinary talent. She also talks about the current day workforce and how to be disciplined in the hiring process.

Dee Ann is the author of Bet on Talent, a successful public speaker, and has over 32 years of experience in recruiting some of the best employees in the restaurant industry.

Victoria, Mark and Dee Ann talk more about:

  • How to evaluate talent
  • How to interview potential employees
  • The formula to create a great company culture
  • And more…….

Ep.185: Getting To An 8-Figure Remodeling Business With Ben Juncker

Special guest Ben Juncker discusses the lessons he learned and actions he took to go from a roofing employee to the owner of a multimillion dollar business and a best-selling author.  After being in business for a while and buying out his partner, he realized that profits are more important than revenue and that he needed to start looking at his business at the macro level.  He started focusing proper staffing and creating processes, which led to meaningful growth.

Ben started his company, Craftsman’s Choice, in 1998 and became a James Hardie siding contractor in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has grown continuously to become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers, completing over 175 jobs per year. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since its inception in 2015.

Ben, Victoria, and Mark discuss the importance of:

  • Knowing what is happening on job sites
  • Building accountability into all processes and systems
  • Leveraging technology, specifically Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools
  • And more…

Ep.184: Using Tech to Create a First Class Customer Experience with Jimmy McKinney

Guest Jimmy McKinney is here to teach listeners about using technology in unique ways to create a first-class customer experience from CRMs, CoConstruct, Youtube, google suite, and more.  He also talks about how technology has evolved over the years, how it can be utilized in business today and its benefits to clients.

Jimmy is the President of J&R Construction a residential design/build remodeling company, and loves being on the cutting edge of technology, marketing and trends.

Victoria, Mark and Jimmy talk more about:

  • Current trends in technology
  • Technology and its relation to increased productivity
  • How to qualify a potential client
  • And more…

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Ep.183: Reviewing the Lowe’s State of the Pro Report with Gerardo Soto

To help you get ahead, Lowes listens to the pros and their customers to learn what’s next for the industry and how it impacts your business.  Enter: Lowes State of the Pro, an industry leading report full of insights that will help pros grow their business thanks to real homeowners and pro intel.  Guest Gerardo Soto, Lowes Vice President of brand marketing for Lowes Pro, is here to share what the report has to say.

Victoria, Mark and Gerardo answer these questions:

  • As a key retailer, how is Lowe’s showing up for Pros to alleviate these challenges?
  • What are customers looking for in their relationships with Pros?
  • Will the State of the Pro report become an annual survey? Where can Pros read it?
  • And more…

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Ep.182: Knowing How, When, and Why to Hire an Estimator with Clark Harris

Estimating is a big deal for remodelers. But, for most, this is just another hat on someone’s head.  So, when is it time to give this critical role a dedicated position?  Guest Clark Harris recently hired an estimator and he’s here to share the what, why and how to hire an estimator.

Clark Harris is the owner of Innovative Construction in Atlanta Georgia. Innovative Construction is a high-end design-build firm whose mission is to improve lives through design, craftsmanship, and teamwork. Clark has been a member of Remodelers Advantage since 2015 and is a member of the IZAR roundtable group.

Victoria, Mark and Clark talk more about:

  • Looking for the right attributes in an estimator
  • Surprises throughout this process
  • And more…

This episode is brought to you by RenoFi.  Learn how you can maximize homeowner buying power and receive 100% of loan funds up front, here.

Ep.178: How to Make Huge Profits Without Clients with Andrew Schroeder

Join us in looking back on Episode 22 with guest Andrew Schroeder!

In this episode, Victoria and Mark talk to guest Andrew Schroeder about how to use your remodeling experience to grow your business by profitably flipping houses, minimizing the risks and maximizing the benefits, and the challenges of acting as your own client.

As CEO of Schroeder Design Build, Andrew focuses on all aspects of a project, ranging from the big picture to the smallest details. He joined the Schroeder Design/Build team in 1999 and became owner in 2011. In addition to running SDB, Andrew volunteers time with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Victoria, Mark and Andrew talk more about:

  • Where to invest your time and money to get your best returns
  • How to fill your production pipeline without getting new clients
  • Determining your profit margins in real estate
  • And more…
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