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As we closed the books on 2012, many readers reported to Professional Remodeler that business has been picking up steam, according to a survey conducted in late 2012. Forty-six percent of remodelers reported their 2012 revenue increased compared with 2011; 20 percent reported no change in their revenue 2012 versus 2011, according to “Forecast Looking a Little Brighter,” which appeared in the December 2012 issue of Professional Remodeler. As for 2013, nearly 80 percent of respondents expect 2013 to be the same or better than 2012.

In late October, Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the Eastern Seaboard. In the days following the superstorm, Professional Remodeler was on the phone with remodelers located in the devastated aftermath asking them what, if anything, they could do to help residents impacted by this natural disaster.

Many remodelers reached out to their customer base in an effort to assess damage, which primarily consisted of roof damage to residential and commercial properties caused by high wind and uprooted or fallen trees.

A good friend of mine who is also a 40-year veteran of the construction industry has taught me a lot about relationships over the past few years. He has been a tireless advocate of relationships his entire life, spending countless hours working, molding, and shaping both his personal and professional contacts.

I have to admit, I admire the amount of time and effort he puts into his relationships, and it’s paid off tremendously.

Often times I’ve walked with him on a jobsite, a tradeshow floor, or visiting a contractor’s office, and everyone knows him.

This past summer, staff members of Professional Remodeler convened in a conference room on the outskirts of Chicago to review this year’s Design Awards.

Sorting through a few hundred entries over the course of a day and a half is a Herculean effort to say the least. So we enlisted the help of our remodeling friends: Gino Benvenuti, owner, Benvenuti & Stein; Craig Durosko, founder and chairman, Sun Design; Tom Kelly, owner, the Neill Kelly Co.; and Michael Klement, principal, Architectural Resource Inc.

Many of you are looking at this editorial page and probably wondering: Where’s Jonathan? And who is this new guy?

Recently, long-time Professional Remodeler Editor in Chief Jonathan Sweet decided to take on another position in publishing outside of the construction industry, one that would allow him to return to his roots in Minnesota.

To a remodeling contractor, saying “no” to a potential client could possibly be the best decision you make for your company.

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