Navigating the Top 500

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        Navigating                                                                                                    Editor & Publisher      Patrick L. O’Toole, ext. 2712
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        the Top 500
                                                                                                                       Managing Editor        Jon Minnick, ext. 1651
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                                                                                                                           Senior Editor      Kenneth W. Betz, ext. 2724
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                                                                                                                        Group Publisher       Tim Campbell
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        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-

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                                                                                                                                              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.
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        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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Description: 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.
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