Signs of the Times

Robust, vibrant, growing: All are words that aptly summarize the remodeling and home improvement market today as described by the presidents, CEOs and owners of 2005 Top 500 companies. In the following pages we provide an overview of the market as seen through the eyes of the elite in this industry.

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  • This year we asked Qualified Remodeler columnist Keith Rosen to spend time with CEOs of many of the top home improvement companies. The result was a compilation of a Top 10 List of corporate traits and practices that have carried their firms to the top of the industry as seen on pg. 34 .
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  • The list, which appears on our special Top 500 pull-out poster, includes many firms who lead various industry segments from whole-house remodeling to roofing, siding and window replacement. We highlight the achievements of these 16 Top Performers on pg. 42 .
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  • Our coverage of the Top 500 also examines the top challenges and opportunities based on the size of the companies involved. Our editors compiled the thoughts of presidents and CEOs in the Top 75, pg. 44 , those ranked Nos. 76 to 300, pg. 46 , and finally those ranked Nos. 301 to 500 on pg. 48.
  • The vibrancy of the industry is also reflected in the vibrancy of the list. This year, the No. 500 company reported 2004 revenues of slightly under $2 million. Last year, annualrevenue figure of approximately $1.4 million was enough to make the list. This year Top 500 companies had combined revenues of $4.52 billion on 456,437 jobs. This represents a huge increase over last year when the combined revenues were $3.55 billion on 389,919 jobs. This year the median Top 500 firm had revenue of $4,480,908. Last year the median Top 500 firm had revenue of $3,370,121.

    In short, the Top 500 is a microcosm of this vast, localized $233 billion industry. The growth of the industry is truly reflected in this list.

    Top 500 Article Index

    10 Principles of Great Sales Leaders
    By Keith Rosen

    The 2005 Top Performers
    By Patrick O'Toole

    Bigger & Better
    By Chaya Chang

    Keeping Things Fresh
    By Jon Minnick

    Watching the Costs
    By Jon Minnick

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