President of Anthony Wilder Design/Build Inc., Cabin John, Md.
Year Founded: 1990
Number of Team Members: 32
Company Industry Involvement: NARI
What would be your ideal project to complete?
It would be spectacular to have a client with an unlimited budget who wanted us to design and build a 20,000-square-foot new house and would allow us to use all of our disciplines — architecture, interior design, construction and landscaping — to create an award-winning and profitable project. We have learned that the most ideal project is not about the project type or size; rather, it is about developing a good relationship with our client. A good client is what is ideal for AWDB.
When and why did you join Remodelers Advantage?
In 1994 I attended a seminar conducted by Linda Case. My expertise was in the information technology world, and I definitely needed Linda’s wisdom and insight to get our company on track. After the seminar, I talked to Linda about consulting with us, and she agreed. We consulted with her for a year before we joined a Remodelers Advantage Roundtable, which has been invaluable. Not only do we get honest and caring feedback, we also have been introduced to best practices we continue to use today.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve taken away from your peers at Remodelers Advantage?
There are so many lessons we’ve learned over the years. However, I must say the most important is being fiscally responsible because without good financials the rest is irrelevant. There have been so many lessons for which we are grateful and many of those have come from our mentors and peers who had the courage to tell us the truth about what we needed to do to improve our performance.
If you could change one thing about the remodeling industry, what would it be?
If I had a magic wand, I would like there to be only boom times and white picket fences for the remodeling industry. I prefer the problems associated with growth as compared to the problems associated with a recession.
What does your gut tell you about our current economic situation and when it will improve?
I think what we’ve all learned throughout this very difficult recession has been that we need to be flexible and able to adapt to different market conditions. There will be good times and tough times. We will continue to see improvement over the next few years. Tough times give you an opportunity to look at efficiencies and whether or not you need to make some changes. Tough times don’t happen just in bad markets. Being fiscally responsible and flexible to changing times is how we will succeed.
What is your most treasured possession?
I love my family and friends. Not just my immediate family, but also extending to work family and friends. We spend so much time at work, and we are in many ways like a big family.
What motivates you every day?
Our tagline is Architecture with Whimsy and our definition of whimsy comes from the book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: “Whimsy is that nagging feeling that life could be magical if only we were willing to take a few (calculated) risks.” That is powerful and motivates us to do our best every day. Our vision is to inspire everyone to build their dreams, and our mission is to deliver the ultimate design/build experience.
If a movie was made about your company, what would the theme be?
When I think about what movie would best reflect our company, I think of “Miracle” where the power of the team makes a difference. It would be heartwarming, inspirational, fun and whimsical.