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Building on a Tradition

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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.

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									 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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