James T. (Tim) Thompson

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Tips for hiring a controller

There's no mandatory size past which you must have a controller, but a good time to consider hiring one is when you hit about $1.5 million in sales, suggests Steve Ramaekers, of Mainstreet Restorations & Remodeling. More

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Considering a full-time controller

Like most remodelers, Steve Ramaekers wears a lot of hats. The president of Mainstreet Restorations & Remodeling in Birmingham, Mich., not only runs the company and handles sales, he makes coffee and runs to the store when necessary. More

Coaching the team to better performance
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Coaching the team to better performance

Managers who provide fair compensation and involve their field staff in the... More

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Weekly Schedules For Field Crews

What weekly schedule have you set for your crew and why? More

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1930s town square showroom

Disney's Main Street USA concept has always intrigued remodeler Tim Thompson. While clients who visit the new Thompson Building Associates showroom in Columbus, Ohio, stand agape at the facades, Thompson says it's the employees who get the real kick out of the $45,000 extra he spent to make his $180,000 office remodel truly unique. Or, they can examine the windows and other products built into "buildings" that frame the town square, where Thompson presides in the "Mayor's Office." More

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Solutions to Labor shortages

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for construction workers will grow 13.3% by 2010. "The employee can't work for you unless he or she has valid work authorization," she says. More

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