This year's Remodeling Show promises some new features to really give you the chance to tailor the show to your needs. For a start, in lieu of the keynote speaker, this year's general session provides a new forum: the Remodeling Show Town Hall Meeting. If you have ever wished you had a team of advisors to coach you on remodeling industry best practices — whether it's growing your business, increasing profitability, or gaining personal freedom — you'll find them at the Town Hall Meeting. The event will be structured to allow the audience to drive the discussion, so you get the answers you need.

Assembled for this event will be a group of remodelers who have achieved financial and personal success through their remodeling businesses and who are willing to share their experience and hard-learned lessons. Moderator Tom Swartz, CGR, the third-generation owner of J.J. Swartz Co., in Decatur, Ill., will moderate the meeting, which will feature three seasoned remodeling industry panelists: Fred Case, founder of Case Design/Remodeling; Rosie Romero of the Rosie on the House radio show, founder of Legacy Custom Builders in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Patty McDaniel, founder of Boardwalk Builders in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Solutions Also new to the Remodeling Show this year is the Solution Center, a remodeling information and networking hub featuring:

  • 5-minute speed consulting. Hiring consultants for your business can be prohibitively expensive. The Remodeling Show's all-new 5-minute speed-consulting sessions — based on the speed-dating concept — put you face to face with the brightest minds and leading experts in the remodeling industry to help you find solutions to your toughest business challenges.
  • Roundtable discussions. Gather with fellow remodelers in an informal setting that features Remodeling Show presenters and experts to answer questions and guide the peer-to-peer discussions. Topics will not be assigned to the roundtables, so the flow of conversation at each table can take its own course based on where the participants want to take the discussion.
  • Job board. If you're searching for a specialty contractor for a remodeling job you just landed or if you want to expand your business by collaborating with a particular remodeling industry segment, the Solution Center will also feature a job board where you can post descriptions of what you're looking for. Standard forms will be available online ( beginning in August 2005.
  • Meet the editors lounge. If you're looking for industry insight, want to let the editors know about specific issues you'd like to see covered in the magazine, or think other remodelers may have something to learn from your business practices, take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with the folks who create REMODELING magazine.