Welcome to “If Walls Could Talk” where Walls & Ceilings magazine is out to discover just that.
Listen as W&C talks with influencers in the industry who are making an impact. We are helping educate and entertain the wall and ceiling industry as only W&C can do. What brought these people to the industry? What’s in store for the contractor? And “If Walls Could Talk,” what stories would they tell? Find out all of this and more on each episode.
In this episode of “If Walls Could Talk,” John Wyatt speaks with Michael Kwart, executive director of the Insulation Contractors Association of America. The association will hold its Annual Trade Show in the fall in Chicago. In this talk, Kwart outlines some exciting plans coming up with the ICAA but first previews the magazine’s annual Top 25 Insulation Contractors.
In this episode of “If Walls Could Talk,” Jill Bloom, Walls & Ceilings Group Publisher, discusses the importance of a company's website health with Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited. Anderson emphasizes the need for businesses to conduct annual audits and adhere to best practices for maintaining a strong online presence. She underscores the significance of valid and relevant content, cautioning against non-relevant and duplicate content that can adversely impact website rankings.
In the latest episode of “If Walls Could Talk,” W&C Editor John Wyatt engages in a reflective conversation with Tom Harris, owner of Tom Harris PUR Consulting. Harris delves into crucial aspects such as the impact of shipping costs and global production on the insulation industry in 2023. Highlighting the resilience of the sector, he anticipates positive trends in 2024, emphasizing increased innovation and a healthy pipeline for contractors, especially in the realm of spray foam products.
Managing payments during the holiday season poses challenges for both businesses and customers, leading to delays that can impact cash flow. In a discussion between Roofing Contractor Group Publisher Jill Bloom and Thea Dudley, CEO of Pocket Protectors, strategies for handling late payments during this festive period are explored. Dudley highlights the importance of balancing empathy for clients' holiday schedules with the necessity of maintaining cash flow, offering practical methods like leveraging payment portals and reevaluating agreement terms to ensure smoother transactions.
In this episode of "If Walls Could Talk," Jill Bloom and Trent Cotney from Adams & Reese discuss year-end legal matters, risk reduction, and tax considerations for contractors. As the year closes, contractors should focus on assessing business records, managing expenses, and preparing for the upcoming year's risks and challenges. Cotney emphasizes the importance of reviewing contracts, employee documentation, safety protocols, and suggests staying updated with evolving laws to set HR policies in place for the new year, aiming to learn from past mistakes and plan for improvements.
In this episode of If Walls Could Talk, Jill Bloom from W&C Group interviews Trent Cotney from Adams & Reese about installation issues and warranty concerns for contractors. Cotney delves into handling claims during installation, emphasizing addressing them through contractual obligations rather than absorbed into insurance claims, aiming for upfront payments owed to contractors. Additionally, he touches on his insights shared at Roofing Contractor’s Best of Success event.
Trisco Construction Services, based in Ohio, clinched the prestigious title of Walls & Ceilings’ Contractor of the Year for 2023, selected by a panel comprising the magazine's publisher, editorial staff, and advisory board. Brian Walter, the COO and EVP, expressed gratitude for the honor while CEO Steve Walter highlighted the significance of being acknowledged after nearly 88 years, promising a significant celebration to mark the achievement.