Workforce development programs help steer students toward future remodeling careers

Each spring multiple businesses in downtown Birmingham, Mich., open their doors to sixth-grade students from the Birmingham School District for a two-day period. During that time, the 12-year-olds visit an array of businesses to gain insight into potential future careers.

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NARI Leadership Summit: How to manage your online reputation, part 2

In the first half of “Lessons from the Trenches: How to Thrive in a Reputation Economy, during NARI’s Fall Leadership Summit 2013, Mark Miles, chief operating officer of GuildQuality, talked about the importance of developing and maintaining a stellar reputation online.

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NARI Leadership Summit: How to manage your online reputation, part 1

At the NARI Fall Leadership Summit 2013, Mark Miles, chief operating officer of GuildQuality, talked about the importance of developing and maintaining a stellar reputation online, during “Lessons from the Trenches: How to Thrive in a Reputation Economy.”

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NARI Leadership Summit: Make sure your hiring process is legal, part 2

At the NARI Fall Leadership Summit 2013, Barnes & Thornburg attorney John F. Kuenstler of Chicago offered detailed insights into what makes a legally sound hiring process.

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Job swap programs improve teamwork, improve customer satisfaction

When All American Window and Door Company was not selected for a National Remodeling Quality Award in 2001, the home improvement company asked why. Part of the reason, according to President Terri Lodwick, was that the company didn’t manage and measure processes by enough statistics.

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NARI Leadership Summit: Protect your business via NARI’s advocacy efforts

At the NARI Fall Leadership Summit 2013, NARI lobbyist Chris Spear and Bill Malkasian, vice president of strategic political planning for the National Association of Realtors, joined forces to shine a light on the ins and outs of an effective government affairs program.

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NARI Leadership Summit: Make sure your hiring process is legal, part 1

At the NARI Fall Leadership Summit 2013, Barnes & Thornburg attorney John F. Kuenstler of Chicago offered detailed insights into what makes a legally sound hiring process. Given the number of questions he fielded from attendees during “Hiring on my Mind,”, this topic resonated with NARI members—who know they need the best possible employees to do top-caliber work, but also want to avoid the pitfalls of hiring the wrong candidates for the job.

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NARI Leadership Summit: Hanley Wood projects growth in remodeling market

At the NARI Fall Leadership Summit 2013, Jonathan Smoke, Hanley Wood chief economist, offered a look at the year ahead, including some of his company’s latest data, in his presentation, “Big Data and the Future of Remodeling.” Many NARI members were visibly relieved when Smoke offered a positive outlook for 2014 and beyond.

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