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PRO Files Podcast
The jobsite can be a lonely place for the contractor or remodeler. There’s no e-mail or company water cooler to sit around and bounce ideas about projects or the business off of others in the industry that are doing the same thing.
We think there’s value in our building industry in celebrating what’s working out there, and sharing ideas for how to get past the obstacles that we’ve all encountered as a Pro gets into a project. If you’ve been in this business for 2 months or 20 years, this is a place where Pros like you are telling the stories that won’t just entertain, but help your business to grow.
You’ll meet Pros who came to this business down different roads and each of them is blazing their path a little bit differently. We invite you to follow us week to week to maybe pick up something you’d like to try along the way.
Before launching The Money Pit, the nation’s largest home improvement radio show and podcast, Tom spent decades working as a tradesman, builder and professional home inspector. He’s a trusted voice to millions of homeowners and legions of contractors who appreciate his authority and expertise in construction, remodeling, design and related building trades.
PRO Files Podcast: Official Trailer
Show Notes: Launching September 16th! Listen, learn and grow your building, remodeling or contractor business with the ProFiles Podcast, presented by LL Flooring Pro. Host Tom Kraeutler profiles veteran contractors willing to share tips, tricks and ideas that are specific and actionable -- and that will result in helping make you more successful in your business.
Ryan Otte: The Disney Effect: How One Contractor Thrives with Lessons Learned from a Mouse (Ep #1)
Show Notes: Ryan Otte built his first home while in high school and has since grown his company to be one of the most successful builders and remodelers in his region. He attributes his rapid growth to something he describes as "The Disney Effect", a design build approach that provides an experience of a lifetime. In this interview with host Tom Kraeutler, Ryan shares how this simple concept has impacted virtually every area of his business and continues to deliver results years after the job is done.
Lance O'Dell: From Pastor to Pro: Third-Generation Contractor Takes Leap of Faith and Builds Successful Business (Ep #2)
Show Notes: Lance O'Dell is a third-generation remodeling contractor who found his way to a successful remodeling business after spending a decade as a pastor and producer of religious programming for a Houston-based mega church. Listen as Lance tells host Tom Kraeutler how he applied lessons from the religious life and a three-generation family of remodeling pros to build a successful business.
Gina and Vincent Centauro: Rescue Heroes: Husband and Wife Team Throw Reno Lifelines to Families (Ep# 3)
Show Notes: Gina and Vincent Centauro are a husband-and-wife team who ran a successful construction business and discovered people in their own backyard who were struggling with disabilities, financial hardships, and everyday tasks that most people take for granted. They believe that by transforming someone's home, you can transform their lives. But they don't just say it - they live it! Host Tom Kraeutler interviews the founders of Rescuing Families, an organization dedicated to transforming people's homes into happy, safe, & comfortable spaces.
Carlos Mongala: Trade Education Innovator: Former Medical Student Helps Fill the Skills Gap. (Ep #4)
Show Notes: In the home building and remodeling industry, there are many multigenerational families that have grown their businesses from humble beginnings -- sometimes far from our shores -- to become very successful business leaders and innovators in our country. Host Tom Kraeutler interviews Carlos Mongalo is a 2nd generation Nicaraguan immigrant who went from being a medical student - to running his father's flooring business - to becoming a flooring innovator after inventing a new type of flooring together with his father.
However, his drive did not end there. Understanding that the flooring industry had a huge need for new installers and no organized trade program to help train them, Carlos launched the National Flooring Contractors Apprenticeship Program, a nationwide program to train and connect students with qualified contractors, thus lifting the entire industry.
Patrice Davis: Childhood Passion Drives Successful Interior Design Career (Ep #5)
Show Notes: Patrice Davis says she started designing homes when she was 6 years old. But like many childhood dreams, life took her in another direction – leading to a very successful career in the Oil and Gas industry. But when the pandemic struck, she saw an opportunity to reconnect with her roots and reinvigorate her passion by focusing full time on design where she works with builders, architects and directly with clients to help them find their happy place.
John Gallina: Helping America’s Heroes: War Injuries Lead Custom Home Builders to Launch Purple Heart Homes (Ep #6)
Show Notes: By any measure, John Galena is one extraordinary individual. John was a successful new home builder who - served in the North Carolina National Guard and when duty called - was deployed to Iraq. While clearing a route to Fallujah, his unit struck two anti-tank mines leaving John with traumatic brain injuries and back injuries -- and his friend and fellow soldier Dale Beatty - a double-amputee.
John and Dale returned to the United States as disabled veterans and became acutely aware of the lack of badly needed services vets needed to live normal, productive lives. So, they did something about it and started Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit organization that provides housing assistance for service-connected vets and have thus far completed over 750 projects across the nation.
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