David Bryan

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Weekly Meetings Are a Useful Tool, Provided You Have a Clear Agenda

Using real-world examples, Victoria Downing offers pointers for running productive meetings. More

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Show Off: Opening a Second Showroom During the Downturn

Remodeler opens a new location with a tight budget and minimal staffing and waits to see if the investment will pay off. More

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A strong bonus plan can make your production staff more efficient

Ed Lane had run a successful remodeling company for 20 years before he hammered out an effective bonus plan for his project managers. The breakthrough idea, suggested by his production manager and finessed over a period of months, was to focus on actual job costs, rewarding project managers for each job they completed on budget. More

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Training is essential to growth

Training yourself, your managers, and your field crews will turn your chaotic circus into a well-orchestrated troop. More

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Exhaust fans and FlexWrap

Remodeler: Jess Arroyo Company: JFCI Design & Remodel, Boise, Idaho Product:... More

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Shared Bonus Pool with different percentages

Stephen Howell, owner of Howell Design & Build, North Andover, Mass., remembers what it was like when he founded his company six years ago. "I don't know a bonus system that exists that doesn't have the potential to be interpreted as unfair," says David Bryan, owner of Blackdog Builders, Salem, N.H., whose four-year-old bonus system based on gross profit distributes rewards to field crews for productivity. More

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