It is important to note that we compiled this list of kitchen and bath remodelers not simply by ranking those firms that had designated themselves kitchen and bath remodelers. We added the percentages of their business attributed to kitchen remodeling and the percentage attributed to bathroom remodeling. If more than 50 percent of their business was one or the other, or both, we put those firms into the mix for ranking.
EDITOR’S NOT E Navigating Editor & Publisher Patrick L. O’Toole, ext. 2712 email@example.com the Top 500 Managing Editor Jon Minnick, ext. 1651 firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Editor Kenneth W. Betz, ext. 2724 email@example.com Group Publisher Tim Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org By Pa t r i c k O ’ To o l e Contributing Writers Rob Fanjoy Harry Spaulding Columnists Nancy Chillag, Legal hirty-one years ago, when the remodeling industry was still struggling for an indepen- T Gary Katz dent identity, one completely distinct from builders and trade contractors, the founder David Lupberger of Qualified Remodeler, Dave Sauer, thought it would be a good idea to profile the Michael Menn, AIA, CGR, CAPS industry’s leaders and innovators. Then as now, the challenge for the best remodelers — those John D. Wagner, Green who created satisfied customers and earned enough profit to create a growing business — was Mike Weiss, CGR, CAPS, GMB how to separate their work and reputations from the hurly burly of what can be a rough-and- Art Director Tracy Hegg tumble, no-barriers-to-entry business. Production Director Steve Swick The first Leaders issue was published in the fall of 1978 and grew to become the Top 500 Audience Develop. Mgr Dawn Gundlach by 1983. Today, the industry stands clearly apart from the pack, and the Top 500 has never Production Services Rep Kathleen Weaver represented a better group of industry leaders in all 50 states. Despite the credit crisis and the Admin. Assistant Heidi Riedl slower business conditions generally, remodelers seem to be standing taller this year. To the degree there is any growth in residential construction activity, much of it is being driven by 1233 Janesville Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0803 remodelers like those we present on the following pages. (800) 547-7377 This year’s Top 500 list is truly better than ever. We dedicated 90 percent of the editorial pages in this issue to presenting not only which companies are on this year’s list, but also pre- Chief Financial Officer James Ogle senting the data in new ways so we can all learn more about these industry leaders. V.P., Human Beyond our insightful overview of
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