Tim Gregorski is the former editor-in-chief of Professional Remodeler. He joined PR in 2012 and was editor until late 2014. He has more than 15 years of B2B editorial experience in the highway and bridge, transportation management, water and wastewater, concrete construction, and AEC industries.

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Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and countless other destructive weather events cost billions of dollars in damage in North America every year. Specifically, storm damage accounted for more than $110 billion in 2012 alone. These storms leave devastating footprints that take communities years to recover.

As we continue to distance ourselves from an economic downturn that had a deep impact on the remodeling industry, one key variable is still evolving at a brisk pace and that is the introduction of new products to the remodeling industry.

Rarely a day goes by without a new product announcement landing in an email in box of the Professional Remodeler editorial staff. Of course, the pace picks up in the days and weeks prior to the industry’s major trade shows when dozens of new products are unveiled.

Where else can a former Marine, college football player, sheepherder, alligator hunter, and professional chef come together and share a commonality?

The answer, of course, is Professional Remodeler’s 40 Under 40 program. 

It’s been seven months since Hurricane Sandy slammed the Mid-Atlantic and New England shorelines. Sadly, for most Americans, the storm has become a distant memory. As for the victims, many are fighting insurance companies for fair compensation for the damage sustained, which has curtailed rebuilding efforts.

What if I told you there was a simple way to increase the production of your sales reps to provide a competitive advantage for your remodeling company and ultimately improved profitability and customer retention?

I recently had a discussion with Professional Remodeler columnist Mark Richardson, CR, about the concept of team selling. Richardson has been discussing team selling strategies for a number of years, and he believes it’s more important now than ever before.

Remodelers, are you ready for more work? The Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University recently unveiled the report, “The U.S. Housing Stock: Ready for Renewal,” which maps out the key areas and demographics that will fuel your remodeling business for the next decade.

Professional Remodeler’s 40 Under 40 program is open to remodeling professionals in North America.

Professional Remodeler is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 40 Under 40 program that recognizes the top under-40 professionals in the remodeling industry. Applications are now due April 15, 2013.

Professional Remodeler’s 40 Under 40 is open to remodeling professionals that are currently under 40 years old.

Professional Remodeler wants to hear about remodeling companies who thrived in 2012.

In the May issue of Professional Remodeler, we will be listing the Market Leaders, the top remodelers across the country. Click here for a Market Leaders entry form or you can receive an entry form by e-mailing Heidi Riedl at hriedl@sgcmail.com

The past few years have been excruciating for the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show. However, the falling attendance and exhibitor space that has plagued recent shows has stabilized, and the overall mood of the trade show has improved dramatically as remodelers and builders have garnered more business recently.

As we closed the books on 2012, many readers reported to Professional Remodeler that business has been picking up steam, according to a survey conducted in late 2012. Forty-six percent of remodelers reported their 2012 revenue increased compared with 2011; 20 percent reported no change in their revenue 2012 versus 2011, according to “Forecast Looking a Little Brighter,” which appeared in the December 2012 issue of Professional Remodeler. As for 2013, nearly 80 percent of respondents expect 2013 to be the same or better than 2012.

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Two of the largest, most significant buyer groups are in different stages of life, yet are often drawn to similar features in a home. Here’s a look at those intersecting tastes—and how to maximize them.

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