Industry leaders Victoria Downing and Mark Harari of Remodelers Advantage host this weekly podcast to bring you, the professional remodeler, tips, tactics and techniques to build a strong, profitable remodeling company. Every week we'll bring you in-depth interviews with leading business experts, best-selling authors, and owners of multi-million dollar remodeling companies from across the US and Canada. Oh, and there's a British lady, too.
Ep.130: The Rise of the Controller with Jackie Shaw
What will accounting and administration departments look like in five years? With advancements in technology and the shift towards an outsourced “gig economy,” the change is coming and the decisions you make now are critical to preparing for that change.To look further into how the world of accounting and office administration is changing we welcome Jackie Shaw to the show.In addition to being a long-standing and extremely popular Roundtables facilitator, Jackie is founder and principal consultant of Get Organized! whose mission is to increase the happiness in the world by helping business owners deal with accounting & administrative challenges. She is a nationally recognized presenter, consultant and QuickBooks Wizard.Victoria, Mark and Jackie cover:* What accounting and administration departments will look like in 5 years.* What decisions you should be making (or not making) now to take advantage of technology advances and the gig economy.* Where owners are stumbling when making decisions about technology and staffing.* What a Controller position looks like currently and what it will be in 5 – 10 years.* What owners can do now to prepare for the change.* Pitfalls owners should watch out for in the next 5 years.* And more…
Check out Mark's New Book, Lobster on a Cheese Plate
As mentioned during this episode, make sure you check out Mark’s new book on marketing strategy, Lobster on a Cheese Plate. Plenty of great information for taking your company’s marketing to the next level. [Click here for more information & to order your copy!]
Ep.129: Are Your Employees Stealing From You? With Vicki Suiter
The latest statistics on fraud should be a wake-up call for every small business owner. According to a survey by HISCOX, a specialty insurance company, 80 percent of embezzlements occurred at small businesses and 30 percent involved a loss of more than $500,000.With more work is being done remotely, including paying vendors and processing payroll, you must have controls and processes in place to avoid this happening to you.In this episode, we welcome Vicki Suiter, who shares simple practices and processes to help you avoid accounting fraud and stealing in your business.Since starting Suiter Business Builders in 1990, Vicki has helped hundreds of contractors and designers build solid foundations for their businesses, run operations more efficiently, and achieve the kind of success they never dreamed possible.Vicki’s articles and opinions have been widely shared in print and across the web. She is also the author of book “The Profit Bleed” – How managing margin can save your contracting business.Victoria, Mark and Vicki talk more about:* Why small businesses are targets in 80% of all embezzlement cases.* The most common place where people “steal” money.* Other ways employees and contacts embezzle funds from a company that are less obvious.* Recommended controls and practices a contractor should have in place to avoid this happening to them.* “10 Ways to Spot Accounting Fraud”Here is the link to the resource mentioned, “How to Spot Accounting Fraud”https://suiterbusinessbuilders.com/how-to-spot-accounting-fraud/
Check out Vicki's Book; The Profit Bleed
This book is a doable, step-by-step guide that will put money in your pocket, and more time and fun in your day. Learn how to keep your finger on the critical pulse points that drive success, depend on your employees to take ownership, close more deals while charging more money, and more! [Click Here to check out Vicki’s book on Amazon]
Ep.128: Demography is Destiny with Kenneth Gronbach
As a remodeling business owner, you have likely heard of demographics and you have probably looked at it solely in the context of marketing and lead generation.But, the power of demographics lies much deeper than that, and in this episode, Ken Gronbach will share the subtle yet profound effect of shifting demography in the United States, the Americas and the world, and we will hear what that means to your business now and in the future.Ken is President/CEO of KGC Direct and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy.Victoria, Mark and Ken talk more about:* Ken’s transition from Marketing into Demography* The relationship between markets and demographic data* The effect Covid-19 will have on the demographic landscape in the United States* The generations in the US that will be the most influential in the next 20 years* The categories/sectors of commerce that will suffer and which will flourish demographically going forward
Here's Mark's New Book that was Mentioned!
LOBSTER ON A CHEESE PLATE: Learn How to Stand Out, Attract the Best Clients, and Win Every Sale that Comes Your Way.Learn more and watch the trailer here!
Check Out Our Speakers for the 2020 Remodelers Summit
These industry veterans, authors and business owners will give you the information, advice and tools you need to prepare for the largest economic recovery in the history of North America, heading into 2021.Visit our website and learn more about our speakers and the sessions that they will be presenting on November 11th and 12th
Check Out Our Speakers for the 2020 Remodelers Summit
Ep.127: Engaging Employees in the New Normal with Rick Bowers
Working remotely, working on-site with clients and adhering to CDC restrictions, an upcoming election, social unrest and an economy that is slowly starting to recover.Everyone is adjusting to the new world of work, and it sounds as though making those adjustments will continue into 2021.How can you help your team connect and engage with their work?Our guest today, Rick Bowers, President of TTI Success Insights, shares tips and tools to help business owners and leaders make the changes they need to master the ‘re-boarding’ process.Rick is the President of TTI Success Insights and keynote speaker at TTI Success Insights International Conference. Rick has over 30 years of experience with talent management tools and has trained people on effective talent management techniques in over 30 countries on six continents.Victoria, Mark and Rick talk more about:* Background and overview of TTI Success Insights* The concept of “re-boarding”* What the new normal looks like for businesses and organizations* How business owners and leaders can use the tools available through TTI Success Insights
Don't Miss the 2020 Annual Remodelers Summit
Join Us for Two Days of Successful Remodelers, Bestselling Authors and Industry Leaders Sharing Ideas, Inspiration and Business Solutions as We Look Forward to Better Days Ahead. [More Information + Registration]
Ep.126: Off-site Planning for the Coming Year with Robert & Evelyn Lenton
As remodeling business owners, many of us do long-term planning, but is there a detailed strategic plan for the coming year?In this episode, we talk about the benefits of an off-site planning retreat to chart your course for the coming year with Robert & Evelyn Lenton, co-owners of Lenton Company, Inc. in Palmdale, CA.Robert has built Lenton Company into the premier Design/Build firm in his market over the past 35 years. Evelyn joined the business in 2018 after retiring from a career in education.Victoria, Mark and the Lentons talk more about:* The initial inspiration for the long-term planning retreat* What the primary goals of the weekend were* Who participated in the retreat and what the outcome was* Lessons learned; what will you do differently next year?
Ep.125: Building Meaningful Customer Personas with Aimee Pagano
The concept behind developing a customer persona is pretty simple – get to know your audience better so that you can build a more meaningful relationship with them, both as a client and a prospect.The output of that analysis is inevitable company growth and client retention. So how do firms, of all sizes, build meaningful personas to shape the way they go to market?In this episode, Aimee Pagano talks with Victoria and Mark about the process of building these vital tools and what a remodeling firm can do with them.Aimee is the Senior Digital Advisor at HighRoad Solutions, a smartech data integration company for associations. She has 20 years of marketing and communications experience and her specialties include persona development, content strategy and generation, lead gen, and website development / optimization.Victoria, Mark and Aimee talk more about:* What a customer persona is and how remodeling firms would use it.* What the building blocks are for customer persona development.* Working without data.* What you do with the customer personas once you’ve developed them.* Who should be involved when going through a customer persona exercise.* And more…
Customer ReviewsSee All
I love Powertips Unscripted! Victoria and Mark deliver huge value to their listeners. Had a great time as a guest and the show and we uncovered some value bombs- Scott Reib
Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌
Whether you’re well established as a remodeler, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Mark and Victoria do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving business - and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Direct and to the point!
I love this show because it is concise, and delivers a powerful punch in powerful package. On point, laser focused, and easy to listen to. Highly recommend