Second-generation business owner Ike Daughenbaugh (right) credits his father for founding a remodeling company that wasn’t afraid to make a profit. “When nobody knew about good markups, my dad was getting them,” he says.

Father and son ran a partnership until Daughenbaugh’s father retired six years ago. In that time, Heritage Builders, which has always been a remodeling company, moved from an “all things to all people” company to one that typically takes on three large projects a year. “Extremely expensive high-end remodeling,” is how Daughenbaugh describes the jobs the company he runs with his wife, JoAnn (seated), takes on.

Today the “absolutely laid back” company remains highly profitable, in large part because of systems that Daughenbaugh, a self-described technology junkie, has put in place. He considers the longevity of his technicians a prime asset. Though headhunters call his employees in the middle of the night, they nonetheless choose to stay put.