Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2013

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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PROFITS: NAHB Remodeler of the Month Steven Heiteen FOUNDER AND OWNER OF PORTLAND REMODEL, PORTLAND, ORE. YEAR FOUNDED: 1992 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 4 TYPE OF COMPANY: FULL SERVICE/DESIGN-BUILD Who started your company? I did When and how did you choose this career? highly advanced and quick. I started in this world prior to cell phones and pagers; back then people really did have to plan everything, not wing it. This kitchen project was completed by Portland Remodel. What did you do before becoming a remodeler? World traveler. While in college, I started working for my uncle's remodeling/home building company. After college, I found a career path at that company and transferred from being a carpenter to foreman to estimator to project manager. What have you done to grow your business during the current economy? Joined a national peer group and added two to three home shows per year to increase my number of leads. Olympic pole vaulter or photographer. What does being part of NAHB mean to you? What is the most unusual project your company has completed? A photo of Stonehenge. It is great to know we have top-notch folks supporting us and watching our backs in Washington, D.C. Creating a beautiful performance space for recitals in the home of two music teachers. How has the remodeling profession changed since you've been involved? What is the best advice you've received? A large increase in professionalism industrywide, and the communication stream is now From a prospective employer, start your own business. 52 October 2013 QR ForResidentialPros.com As you were growing up, what did you want to be? What is your favorite item in your office? What motivates you every day? Coffee. If a movie was made about your life, who would be cast as you? My son, Jacob — he has the acting bug. QR

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