Forty Under 40

forty under 40 professional remodeler

We surveyed our Forty Under 40 winners and found that while totally different, they’re a lot alike.

"... it’s sometimes harder to build a relationship with customers now because of the information available online."

jacob e smith is a designer and salesman with starline kitchen and bath

"Besides experience, you need to build your reputation through community involvement and networking."

"Something we’re seeing a lot of ... is a moving away from upper cabinets in the kitchen."

Sometimes the best advice is the simplest

professional remodelers forty under 40

Meet the generation taking on the labor shortage (for starters) 

kristin whalen is a kitchen and bath designer with boilard lumber

"I give longer lead times to leave myself a buffer."

"The best advice I ever received came from my grandmother."

Elle H-millard is the industry relations manager for the national kitchen and bath association NKBA

"I think that there is massive power behind influencer marketing."

"I hope we will be in a number of new markets by the time I turn 40." 

"College is pushed so hard, kids don’t even realize the trades are an option."

"We’ve built a system of checks and balances so that we can deliver consistent quality..."

"Even the best people’s productivity can fall if the person standing beside them isn’t half as productive as they are."

"(My father) advised me to treat every project as if it were my own."

When you have standards, write them down

"I see the industry becoming more concerned with silica dust..."

The old way of recruiting labor is dead

"There is a great pressure on high school graduates that says the only way to be successful is to attend college..."

seth nardo is the general manager of reborn cabinets

"We look for employees that want to learn..."

paul lukowski is the general manager of tundraland

"Those who are willing to adapt will flourish."

chris gayler is the general manager of gayler design build

Explaining the remodeling process in steps helps ease client's minds

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