Rose Grabowski named Chair of the Certification Board for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

Rose Grabowski, CRA of Remodelers Advantage Inc has been named Chair of the Certification Board for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI’s Core Purpose is to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.

The Certification Board governs all NARI Certifications, which were developed to recognize highly experienced remodeling professionals, capable of planning and managing complex remodeling projects to client satisfaction.

Certified professionals represent an elite group of industry experts who possess an extensive technical and management skill set that sets them apart as capable
remodeling professionals.

NARI Certification Standards and exam questions were developed by the Certification Board which is made up of leading remodeling experts, well versed in technical and management best practices for the remodeling industry.

Rose Grabowski also sits on NARI’s Accreditation Board. NARI Accreditation is founded on universally accepted management principles and focuses on management, operations, performance systems, and processes proven to be characteristic of successful remodeling organizations.

“It is an honor to be part of NARI”. Grabowski said. “I look forward to working with the other members of the board and supporting NARI as they promote professionalism within the industry.”

Remodelers Advantage Re-brands and Re-launches Annual Event to be Hosted in Baltimore Area

Extreme Makeover: Business Edition Will Help Growing Remodeling Companies Prepare for 2019

Linthicum, MD – November 6, 2018 – Remodelers Advantage, a business consulting firm working with remodelers and renovators in the US and Canada, announced the re-launch of an annual event they have been hosting for the past 10 years in the Baltimore / Washington area.

The Extreme Makeover; Business Edition event will provide a 2-day conference with sessions focused on sales, production, operations and finance; specifically for the remodeling industry.

Formerly known as the Master Your Remodeling Business workshop, this year’s event has been re-tooled in order to meet the changing business environment currently faced by remodelers in the US and Canada. “The remodeling industry is booming right now,” said Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage, “Many remodelers out there are suddenly flooded with business and are now struggling with how to hire effectively, keep track of everything and build processes that will scale.”

The Extreme Makeover: Business Edition event will be held at the BWI Westin in Linthicum on January 29-30, 2019 and feature industry veterans such as Downing, Tim Faller, Judith Miller and Mark Harari, as well new faces like Doug Howard and recent 2018 Fred Case Award Winner, Michael Sauri from TriVistaUSA in Northern Virginia.

For more information about the event, visit https://extrememakeoverevent.com

Remodelers Advantage Hires Doug Howard As Director of Consulting

Will Lead New Consulting/Coaching Division for Remodelers Advantage

NOVEMBER 2017 — LINTHICUM, MD – Remodelers Advantage, the remodeling industry’s most comprehensive support and training organization for remodeling business owners, has hired Doug Howard as Director of Consulting.

Howard is an entrepreneur, government official and small business consultant with more than 25 years of experience in leading organizations and assisting his client
companies.

“We are so excited to have Doug on board with us,” said Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage. “Doug’s experience in working with small and medium-sized businesses is going to be a huge benefit for our new and existing members,” said Downing.

While Howard will continue to work with members as a Roundtables Group Facilitator, his main role with Remodelers Advantage will be to launch and oversee the firm’s new Consulting and Coaching Division.

“In our Roundtables meetings, our members get great advice and make commitments to change their businesses, but many then come to us and ask where to go for consulting and coaching,” said Downing. “Doug will be awesome at working with these businesses on improving their operational and financial performance and then helping them execute strategies to implement those plans.” She continued.

In addition to his business endeavors, Howard has extensive experience as a local government leader. Howard is in his second term as County Commissioner in District 5 of Carroll County, MD where he has also served on the boards of the Department of Social Services, the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Education, and many others.

Howard owned and served as President of BDG Entrepreneurial Services from 1998 through 2015, providing accounting, tax and consulting services to small businesses with offices in four states. Most recently Howard founded Growth Team Strategies in 2012 and continued to serve as the President of this organization until October, 2017 when he joined Remodelers Advantage.

Remodelers Advantage Launches Website to Feature Remodeling Excellence Week

As key remodeling industry leaders prepare to meet in Minneapolis in September, Remodelers Advantage has launched a website to help promote and build awareness for the various events occurring that week.

RemodelingExcellenceWeek.com features information about the Annual Remodeling Summit, the Roundtables Meetings scheduled before and after the Summit, and the new Production Conference being held at a nearby venue.

“We’ve been holding these week-long events for more than 15 years and they have always been well-attended and exciting for those active in our growing industry,” said Mark Harari, VP & CMO for Remodelers Advantage. “We wanted to launch this site to help tie everything together as we start to build more events, ultimately getting more professionals in the industry involved,” he continued.

In addition to the RemodelingExcellenceWeek.com website, Remodelers Advantage has also released a few online “toys” to make the experience fun and engaging. Playing off the “Tuesday Night Fever” 70’s theme of the Summit Welcome Party, two small micro-sites have been set up; a Spotify Playlist featuring songs from that era and also a fun tool that allows you to drop a picture of your face into a 70’s character cut-out and then share with your friends via social media.

“We’re really excited about Remodeling Excellence Week and we wanted to come up with a few fun ways that our members, attendees and guests could have fun as well,” said Harari.

The REXWeek website can be found here: http://REXWeek.com
The Spotify Playlist can be found here: http://TNfplaylist.com
The Character Photo Cut-Out Page can be found here: https://remodelersadvantage.com/look-at-me/

Remodelers Advantage Announces Production Conference for September 2017

Event added to Remodeling Excellence Week Line-up in Minneapolis

June 16, 2017 – Linthicum, MD — To meet the needs of their new and existing members, Remodeling Advantage has launched an event tailored specifically for production managers, project managers and lead carpenters. Production Conference ’17 will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 and will be led by Tim Faller, Senior Consultant with Remodelers Advantage.

“The event will feature a great mix of large group presentations, small breakout sessions, and networking opportunities to speak with presenters and your peers in the industry,” said Tim Faller. “There really aren’t events like this one, specifically for the production side of the remodeling business,” he continued.

The Production Conference will be held while many industry leaders will be in Minneapolis for the Annual Remodelers Summit, an industry event put on by Remodelers Advantage and Hanley Wood.

“We’ve been holding the Summit since the 90’s and this event will be a perfect way to get more industry professionals involved,” said Mark Harari, VP and CMO for Remodelers Advantage. “Our goal is to host around a hundred production personnel and walk them through the inner workings of some of the industry’s most successful production departments,” said Harari.

In addition to the two events, Remodelers Advantage members will be in town for their respective Roundtables Meetings prior to, and immediately following the Summit. “ ‘Remodeling Excellence Week’ has always been 5 days of extraordinary educational content and mind-blowing networking opportunities. The addition of a Production focused event just adds even more opportunities for this industry to get stronger,” said Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage. “We look forward to building more events around the Summit next year and going forward,” she continued.

If you would like to register for the Production Conference ’17 or need more information, visit https://www.remodelersadvantage.com/production-conference.

Remodelers Advantage Marketing Director Embraces New Responsibilities as Vice President

Linthicum, MD – April 18, 2017 – Mark Harari, formerly the Marketing Director of Remodelers Advantage Inc., has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the national consulting firm.

Since joining the company in 2012, Harari has been the driving force behind the strategic branding, digital marketing, and event marketing at Remodelers Advantage. Recently, Harari has become involved in other areas of the business such as member retention, business development, as well as establishing himself as a successful facilitator of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables Peer groups for Marketing Professionals.

Due to this increased level of responsibility and contribution, President Victoria Downing, made the decision to promote him to the newly created position of Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

“Mark has been a valuable member of the team since the day he started, continually using his creativity and analytical skills to address an array of challenges and opportunities,” Downing states. “Specifically in the last year, Mark has been called on to participate in product development, retention programs, and the development of internal systems and processes. In addition, he now facilitates two Roundtables Groups for Marketing Professionals to rave reviews. All of this while hustling to maintain our marketing and promotional efforts. We expect great things from him as we continue to add value, services and products to our mix.”

Harari adds, ““I am thrilled to take on this new position with Remodelers Advantage. I have always been extremely passionate about the power of our peer group program. The Roundtables Experience is one that excites and ignites. I am committed to amplifying that experience for all our members.”

“In my expanded role, I intend to focus on the continual improvement of our existing offerings, and on developing new products, services, and events that will further enhance the benefits of membership. After all, our members are our lifeblood.”

About Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Founded in 1982, Remodelers Advantage has grown into an international resource for remodelers and renovators across the United States and Canada. The company is guided by nationally recognized remodeling industry authority Victoria Downing, along with a team of dedicated professionals including some of the most notable professionals in the field including Paul Winans, Judith Miller, Mark Harari and Tim Faller.

Remodelers Advantage Announces Strategic Acquisition of Field Training Services

Strengthening the Core Business of Remodelers Advantage, Inc.

MAY 2017 — LINTHICUM, MD – Remodelers Advantage, the remodeling industry’s most comprehensive support and training organization for remodeling business owners, is expanding operations through the acquisition of Field Training Services (FTS), a company dedicated to Improving the Bottom Line Through Production Training™.

As part of the acquisition agreement, FTS founder Tim Faller will join the Remodelers Advantage staff as a full-time senior consultant.

Tim has long been considered the production guru for the remodeling industry. His educational programs at national industry conventions are standing-room only events as he uses his self-effacing style to connect with all levels of production staff and remodeling company owners.

To celebrate this monumental event, Remodelers Advantage is sending Tim on a six month, seven-city tour across the U.S.

Each stop of “Tim Tour 2017” is an exclusive two-day, on-site visit at your company’s office and focuses on the production personnel and systems of your company.

Because this is a one-on-one, personalized training opportunity, there is only one slot available per date.
For a complete schedule of cities & dates, visit remodelersadvantage.com/timtour2017.

Remodelers Advantage Marketing Director, Mark Harari, Receives Two 2016 Gold MarCom Awards

Mark Harari - 2016 marcom gold award winnerDECEMBER 2016 — LINTHICUM, MD – Remodelers Advantage announced today that its Marketing Director, Mark Harari, has won Gold in the 2016 MarCom Awards.

The MarCom Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, production companies and freelancers from across the globe.

Mr. Harari was honored for Excellence in Copywriting for his “Let’s Have Lunch” E-Blast, as well as Excellence in Video Advertising for his commercial, “RemodelersUniversity.com Coming Soon Trailer,” with both entries taking home the Gold in their respective categories.

Winning the MarCom is tremendous achievement symbolized by the intricately detailed MarCom statuette, which graces the trophy cases of some of the top business and communication firms in the world.

“What an honor. My mind is blown,” said award winner Mark Harari. “It’s amazing to stand with companies like Fox Home Entertainment, Nationwide Insurance and John Hancock Financial Services.”  Harari continued, “I owe a great deal to our amazing [Remodelers Advantage Roundtables] members. Not only are they the inspiration behind my work, but it was because of them that I entered the competition. I had never considered submitting my work to marketing competitions; much less the prestigious MarCom Awards. But many of our members urged me to do just that. I’m truly glad they did.”

 

ABOUT THE WINNER

Mark Harari is an 18-year marketing veteran focusing almost exclusively on the home improvement and construction industry for all 18 years. During that time, he has worked in both the B2B and B2C arenas. He joined the Remodelers Advantage team in January of 2013.

ABOUT REMODELERS ADVANTAGE

As the remodeling industry’s most comprehensive consulting and training organization for remodeling business owners, Remodelers Advantage has helped thousands of remodelers, from start-ups to $30 million firms improve company performance and quality of life.

ABOUT MARCOM AWARDS

Hailed as one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious creative competitions in the world, the MarCom is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), a 22-year-old international organization consisting of several thousand creative professionals.

Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

There were over 6500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 34 other countries.

As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and community organizations. Over the past few years, AMCP has given over $200,000 in charitable contributions.

The MarCom statuette was created by Society Awards, a high-end design and manufacturing firm that recently updated the Golden Globe, Clio, MTV and Academy of Country Music Awards. Each award is a highly-customized, exclusively-crafted piece of art. It takes 30 days to produce each individual statuette.

A list of Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at www.marcomawards.com.

The Remodelers Advantage Team is Growing!

Remodelers Advantage is proud to announce a new member of the R.A. family. Digital Marketing Manager and “Data Ambassador” Benjamin Utterback will be focused on improving the Remodelers Advantage online experience.

Ben UtterbackBen was chosen from dozens of top marketing professionals because of his experience with online strategies and his proven track record of executing digital growth initiatives.

“I’m excited to have someone with Ben’s strong background join the team,” says Mark Harari, Director of Marketing. “He has good experience with traffic analytics, social networking and community strategy. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

Ben was Lead Community Marketing Manager for PrestaShop, an international eCommerce SaaS platform. He worked with and between 650,000 fans and partners to develop creative digital campaigns while directing a three person team focused on community management.

Welcome aboard, Ben!

2015 Master Your Remodeling Business Workshop – Sold Out!

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the remodeling industry’s premier education workshop, all available seats sold out a full two weeks ahead of the event.

The Master Your Remodeling Business Workshop is a business education event designed for remodelers who want to improve their company’s performance. Attendees represent companies that range from $500k to $8 million in annual revenue.

“Our goal has always been to make this an industry-wide event, attracting remodeling company owners and staff who want a hard-hitting, how-to workshop focused on best practices for a successful remodeling company,” says Victoria Downing, President of Remodelers Advantage.

With seating limited to less than 150 and attendees flying in from across the United States and Canada, it’s no surprise that tickets didn’t last. Still, this year’s sellout marks the earliest the company has ever had to close ticket sales.

“Although [a sellout] is exciting, there’s always a part of me that hates the thought of having even one remodeler wait another year,” says Downing.

If you would like to guarantee yourself a seat to the 2016 Workshop, visit MasterYourRemodelingBusiness.com and click “register” to join the waiting list.

Ticket sales open to those on the waiting list three days before they are made available to the public at large.