Professional Builder
Editorial Director and Publisher

Patrick L. O’Toole is editorial director and publisher of Professional Builder, a 77-year-old publication that is read by 112,000 builders each month. In this capacity, he is also responsible for the editorial direction of Professional Remodeler magazine and HousingZone.com. Previously, O’Toole served as editor and publisher of Qualified Remodeler magazine. He started his career as a reporter for the Associated Press in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Miami University and a masters degree in journalism from Columbia College.

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July 08, 2014

Baby boomers are builders’ best friends.

July 02, 2014

During a recent trip to Southern California, I was struck by the pervasiveness of far-forward planning by builders big and small.

May 12, 2014

Our ranking of the industry’s largest companies, Professional Builder’s annual Housing Giants report, reveals a lot about the home building market.

April 21, 2014

In home building, experience counts for a lot. It takes years and, in some cases, hard lessons learned to move forward in profitable new directions.

March 24, 2014

Late last month the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, more commonly known as builder confidence, fell by 10 points from 56 to 46.

February 26, 2014

The volume of technology news from the Consumer Electronics Show held last month in Las Vegas was enormous.

January 27, 2014

Business often is equated to card games like poker, where minimum bets are required so a player can keep a seat at the table.

December 20, 2013

New projections from Freddie Mac suggest a sea-change in housing in 2014. 

November 15, 2013

There is a veritable geyser of data tracking housing today. From existing-home sales, to house prices, to new-home permits, to starts—housing metrics abound.

Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, the SpaceX project, and the promising new Tesla Motor Company, is the kind of entrepreneur you want to have in your neighborhood. He is the Bill Gates of his generation, creating good, high-paying jobs that will likely last for years. 

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