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His father was Ed McGowan, CGR, the sole National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) Remodeling Hall of Fame inductee in 2003. The elder McGowan, who died in 2005, was a senior life director and former Area II vice president. He played an important role in the development of the Remodelors Council's Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR) program. He was also past chair of the board of trustees of NAHB's Remodelors Council.
NA HB R EMODELER OF THE MONTH Building on a Tradition Mike McGowan follows in his father’s footsteps but marches to his own drummer as well By K e n ne t h W. B e t z ike McGowan, CGR, any successful remodeling firm, areas as well. Clients used to be M CGP, CAPS, president of the McGowan Corp. Mike McGowan reports. At one time the firm had interested in the final product, McGowan says. They wanted a in Binghamton, N.Y., doesn’t three divisions: remodeling, family room, and they wanted Mike McGowan, CGR, CGP, CAPS remember waking up one day roofing and siding, and new to know when it would be ready. with the knowledge that his des- housing. But the market in Now, it’s about the experi- tiny was to become a remodeler, Binghamton changed dramati- ence, too. “We spend a lot more of the NAHB meetings. I met but it’s not surprising that he did. cally some years ago with the time keeping in touch with remodelers from around the His father was Ed McGowan, end of the cold war. The city, people about what’s going on country,” he says. CGR, the sole National Assoc- McGowan relates, had a sig- and on cleanup,” McGowan Indeed, McGowan’s advice iation of Home Builder’s (NAHB) nificant number of high-tech, says. “It used to be customers to a remodeler just starting out Remodeling Hall of Fame defense-related employers, and didn’t really care about the pro- in the business is to get involved. inductee in 2003. The elder many of those jobs were lost. cess. They understood there was “Take the CGR classes and learn McGowan, who died in 2005, Strange as it may sound, going to be a mess.” all that you can. If you’re going was a senior life director and those events may have lessened Green remodeling is another to make it a profession, treat it former Area II vice president. the impact of the current eco- area where McGowan is actively like a profession,” he says. He played an important role nomic downturn and the burst- involved. “I’m a big proponent Community involvement, in the development of the ing of the real estate bubble of what I call ‘practical green’ for remodelers like McGowan, Remodelors Council’s Certified experienced in other parts of the — green that makes dollars and often goes hand in hand with Graduate Remodelor (CGR) pro- country. The good news/bad sense. We analyze almost every- participation in industry groups. gram. He was also past chair of news scenario is that property thing we do for a payback and try He’s currently serving as presi- the board of trustees of NAHB’s values never a
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