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Joe Shimanski: 5 Steps to Excellence

By defining key processes in several easy steps and empowering employees, the future looks bright for Distinctive Drywall

July 13, 2015
Joe Shimanski, Owner/President of Distinctive Drywall, Blaine, Minn., 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardee


Distinctive Drywall, Blaine, Minn.

Age 38

Joe has a passion for continuous improvement and the changes and processes it takes to facilitate growth in all areas of business. Over the past five years, Joe’s innovations have helped grow company revenue from $480,000 to $1.98 million and office and warehouse space from 1,800 square feet to 8,700 square feet.

His 5-Step Estimating Process, 5-Step Quality Control Process, and 5-Step Hiring Process have significantly improved efficiency, consistency, and customer experience.

To aid everyone in the organization, Joe rolled out a new strategy called Distinctive 1-3-1 in which associates tackle a single problem, come up with three possible solutions, and choose the best one. This has helped team members think through problems and solve them effectively without going to managers for solutions. The concept also builds confidence and develops future leaders for the company.

Read more about the 2015 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardees.

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