Southwest Exteriors

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The Good and the Ugly: Smart Companies Check Online Reviews Daily

More and more consumers are reading online reviews of local businesses. It's wise to know what they're seeing. Read more

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Do the Right Thing: How to Ensure Customer Satisfaction Do the Right Thing: How to Ensure Customer Satisfaction

To help you keep your clients as happy as possible, REMODELING spoke to the industry leaders in customer satisfaction to find out how they impress their clients. Read more

Scott Barr profile
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Scott Barr profile

After Scott Barr took over Southwest Remodelers in 1992, he quickly grew the... Read more

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A good consultant can be a life raft

Most remodelers are not skilled in every aspect of the business world ó and they don't need to be. Part of learning how to thrive and grow in a competitive market means seeking outside help, and there are consultants who can help you become more effective in just about every business area. Many times, these consultants can help identify solutions to problems you didn't even know you had. Read more

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How to Choose a Consultant

Scott Barr advises remodelers to first see if hiring a management consultant would be a good return on investment. “Quantify how many new jobs you have to sell to pay for it and if it's reasonable for your company,” he says. Then find a company that fits your needs. Read more

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Management Consultants Take Businesses to Next Level

When Scott Barr of Southwest Exteriors wanted to make some changes and accomplish certain goals at his San Antonio remodeling company, he turned to a management consultant. He knew what he was getting into: He had first worked with George Black of The Creative Financial Option in 1996 to restructure his company and coordinate cash flow. This time, Barr asked Black to develop a new sales compensation program and improve his job cost process. Read more

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Profile: Scott Barr

The most painful part of downsizing is deciding to do it," says Scott Barr, of Southwest Exteriors, San Antonio.And Barr should know. That was three years after Barr, production manager at the then-named Southwest Remodelers, purchased the business. The business got away from me," Barr says of his early years selling vinyl siding, metal roofing, and just about any remodeling work.The company just wasn't profitable at high volumes. Read more

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Fit for Trim

The lack of practical and affordable accessory options for fiber-cement siding may be holding that market back. Read more

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Siding Companies Try New Tacks

Southwest Exteriors, a company in San Antonio, Texas, that specializes in installing fiber-cement siding, is taking a new tack in its effort to add business this year. By expanding the number and type of events -- this year, for instance, the company will market at a golf expo and a boat show -- Southwest Exteriors hopes to increase that to 25%. Read more

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