Gary Stokes

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Strategies to keep cash flowing

Few remodelers take the trouble to align client payments with their own need to pay suppliers and subs within a week to 10 days. Payments are updated on a schedule of values that includes an early-pay line item for general conditions. More

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'Tis the Season

Gary Stokes of ADR Builders, a remodeling company in Timonium, Md., is a great gift giver. Take each individual employee to lunch during 2003 for the express purpose of learning more about that person.Create a safe psychological environment where each worker feels welcome to suggest solutions and to work toward streamlining how matters are handled at your company.Make your company an "intentional learning community" where learning how to be a better person and a better worker is encouraged, funded, and rewarded. More

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