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Special Events

Official Welcome Party

After the show ends on Thursday, join your fellow attendees and exhibitors at the official party of the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo for some drinks, food, fun and games!  The welcome party will be at the Tavern on Fourth, equipped with indoor bocce ball and cornhole courts, foosball tables, darts, ping pong, shuffleboard, classic arcade games and a billiard lounge, Tavern has something for everyone!

Tavern on Fourth

427 B South 4th Street 

Louisville, KY 40202

Thursday, November 7, 5:15 – 7:00pm | Must be 21 years or older to attend.

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Other Events

After a full day of education sessions, join us for beer and banter to wind down the day at Guy Fieri's Smokehouse. Connect with your presenters and fellow attendees over a cold drink and selected menu.

Guy Fieri's Smokehouse

434 South 4th Street

Louisville, KY 40202

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Open to conference attendees only. Attendees must wear their conference badge to attend.

 

Thursday, November 7

Five Best Practices No Successful Remodeler Would Be Without

Presented by: Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

In all industries, the most successful business owners follow certain best practices. These are a foundational element in delivering consistent, high-level results. In remodeling, these practices are found in the planning process, in efficient job production, in sales systems and in their hiring practices. In this session, Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development for Remodelers Advantage Inc., will share the best practices that a group of proven high performers identify as those they “can’t live without.”

Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Identifying Problems Clients...Before the Contract is Signed!

Presented by: David Lupberger, Remodelers Force

Problem clients let us know who they are if we pay attention. In this session participants will learnhow to identify the early warning signs of problem clients when prospecting, how to take action toavert lawsuits and other serious problems, and ways to protect yourself on every job – including howto “fire a client”.

Thursday, November 7, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Digital Content That Sells

Presented by: Jennifer Smiga and Julia Zapcic, ultraviolet agency

Unless you are getting all the new clients you can handle through word-of-mouth referrals, you know your business needs to look fresh and active on social media to attract that next job. Join us for this talk and learn how companies are using social media to build interest and trust in their local markets. Social media is one of the most cost-efficient tools to build an audience and showcase your work.

Thursday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Growing Your Business - Smashing the Barriers to Increased Profits

Presented by: Victoria Downing, President, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

Join Victoria Downing, president of Remodelers Advantage, as she shares three dynamite strategies to send your results soaring. As founder of the industry’s largest peer group for professional remodelers, Victoria interacts with hundreds of successful business owners each year, providing her with in-depth knowledge
of the business’ most critical best practices. At this session, you’ll learn what strategies other top remodelers are using to maximize company growth in revenue and, more importantly, profits!

Thursday, November 7, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


No More White Space: How to Get the Most Out of Your Calendar

Presented by: Shawn Van Dyke, Shawn Van Dyke Consulting. 

Time is your most valuable asset. Designing your ideal week through a method called “Block Scheduling” will enable you to lead your team more effectively and train those around you to bemore productive as well. In this rapid-fire session, you will learn how consolidate all the tasks you perform in any given week into blocks of focused time and finally master your schedule.

Thursday, November 7, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Friday, November 8

Five Best Practices No Successful Remodeler Would Be Without

Presented by: Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

In all industries, the most successful business owners follow certain best practices. These are a foundational element in delivering consistent, high-level results. In remodeling, these practices are found in the planning process, in efficient job production, in sales systems and in their hiring practices. In this session, Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development for Remodelers Advantage Inc., will share the best practices that a group of proven high performers identify as those they “can’t live without.”

Friday, November 8, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Creating Clients for Life Through Process Building

Presented by: Ryan Biehl, Biehl Brothers Contracting LLC

Homeowners always have work that needs to be done on their home. Even in a down economy. The Home Asset Management Plan shows professionals how to build and optimize relationships with clients by offering an annual home evaluation. This annual evaluation identifies potential problem areas providing homeowners with findings, recommendations, and estimates to assist themin managing their largest asset. Work is identified and “booked” as much as 12 to 24 months inadvance.

Friday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


How to Identify and Qualify Your Best Customers

Presented by: David Lupberger, Remodel Force 

You can’t spend time with unqualified customers, your time is too valuable! David will leadparticipants in discovering the 8-qualifying questions to as when interviewing potential customers and how to implement this sales process before every onsite visit. It is important to spend yourprofessional time with those customers who can afford your services – your business depends on it!

Friday, November 8, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Remodeling’s Most Common Problems and What to Do About Them

Presented by: Victoria Downing, President, Remodelers Advantage Inc. 

Join Remodelers Advantage’s Victoria Downing, president and Doug Howard, Director of Consulting, as they share their insights on the industry’s most common issues. Then, we’ll dive into solutions, drawing on the experiences of the audience as well as sharing the best from over 30 years of experience working with
Remodelers. 

Friday, November 8, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

There are so many mine fields in the production process from the time it is handed off to the final check. Sometimes a seminar just doesn't hit your particular issues. This lunch will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get some of these issues answered. Come prepared to ask your burning question, whether it is about the contents of the handoff package or the way that some companies actually have a completion meeting and are truly finished. It may even be about how to set and/or meet client expectations.       

Friday, November 8, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Should your remodeling business offer transparency about its pricing when selling to consumers and providing project information?  Industry experts and remodeling business owners definitely have diverse and often strong options one way or the other on this hot topic.  Recognized industry experts Michael Anschel and Shawn McCadden, moderated by Clayton DeKorne, Chief Editor of the JLC Group, will help attendees explore the merits of both sides of this timely and important topic.  It’s not that one way is right or wrong, but rather an informed decision remodeling business owners need to make depending on the customers you intend to serve, the brand you want to create and the systems your business will need to support your desired path forward.  Come hear both sides of the discussion so you can make your own best decisions.       

1. Find out what transparency really is and why you need to make an informed decision      

2. Gain confidence in deciding what to do by experiencing opposing views and asking your own clarifying questions     

3. Learn marketing and sales considerations related to both options   

4. Be able to mine the knowledge of industry experts who have years of experience on both sides of this topic 

Meet-Up Sessions

Thursday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

A homeowner in your area need a new deck? A panel of DECK SPECIALIST contributors discusses the best ways to make sure your business is the first they call.

Thursday, November 7, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

Meet industry influencer Mark King of @infinitedecks as he shares his experiences and tips in the deck building industry followed by a Q&A session!  

Thursday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

Creating your own career path in an industry dominated by males can be difficult, but collaborating with other women will help you overcome obstacles. Join Kristy Wolfe, Jean Martin, and other women in the residential construction industry for thoughtful discussions about professional development and the unique challenges, and opportunities, you share. 

Thursday, November 7, 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

Meet industry influencer Aaron Butt of @aaronthomasaquinas as he shares his experiences and tips in the residential remodeling industry followed by a Q&A session!  

Friday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

Making new connections is one great way to overcome the challenges of establishing
yourself in this ever-evolving industry. Forge new and lasting connections to help you succeed in your trade. Attend this meetup to join Aaron Butt, Mark King, and other emerging professionals for industry-related discussions.

Friday, November 8, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

The 2021 IRC code development hearings are over, and this means a view into the future is now available.  Changes were made that affect nearly every part of a deck. Guard loading and connections, decking spans, snow loads, post and footing sizing have all been tweaked and expanded.

Are you the best deck builder around? Then get up to speed with the latest codes. 

Do you like to plan for your future? Same answer. 

Attend this session and hear the news from the closest source possible, Glenn Mathewson, who assisted in the development of these new codes and attended the hearings on behalf of the decking and railing industry.

Friday, November 8, 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Booth 733

Open to all attendees

DECK SPECIALIST columnist and outdoor living expert David Elenbaum shares how to deliver a quote prospects love in a quick, easy-flowing presentation that allows you to close a deck sale without going back to the office.

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