Should Women Sell Doors and Windows?

Oct 7th, 2013

“Breaking the Door and Window Glass Ceiling” caused controversy all across North America. My article about door and window executives hiring more women for sales and marketing may not be as important as the latest Washington crisis, but it blew up my phone, filled my inbox with mail and even prompted people to visit me [...]

Breaking the Door and Window Glass Ceiling

Aug 20th, 2013

Is it possible women hold less than one percent of the sales positions in the door and window industry? This is bound to change and women will become more involved in the sale and marketing of doors and windows, if only because it is good for business. After 30 years of dealing with hundreds of [...]

Funeral for a Door and Window Man

Jul 31st, 2013

I buried my oldest brother, Gabe Milanese Jr., this week. In the door and window and business, we measure width and height along with dollars and cents every day. We can also measure a man by his size and worth, but that is not how we will be remembered most … Our dad started his [...]

Being Valiant

Jul 22nd, 2013

“Valiant” is defined by the dictionary as an adjective meaning “to possess or show courage and determination.” When a person is “being valiant” they are being lionhearted, fearless, heroic, brave and bold. The Valiant Family who own and operate Valiant Home Remodeling truly knows what it means to “Be Valiant.” Sixty years ago, Genare Valiant [...]

Nice Touch!

May 20th, 2013

Every dollar of profit I ever put in my pocket came out of the wallet of a past customer. The same people who gave me income yesterday can give me revenue today and tomorrow if I keep in touch with them. If you’ve read my past blogs, you know I believe in staying in touch [...]

When Opportunity Knocks… Open the Door Factory

Apr 1st, 2013

Are you leaving opportunity waiting on the doorstep? Over the last few years Noubar Yeremian, founder of HMI Doors, has grown his door business because he had the audacity to believe the “Great Recession” was not financial ruin knocking at the door of his business, but opportunity. He recognizes opportunity at his threshold, even when [...]

Smart Glass vs. Stupid Birds

Mar 18th, 2013

Are we creating a big problem if smart glass makes stupid birds angry? Here is some bird food for thought. This February a client called to tell me about a little birdie in his backyard. It had a gray pompadour, big black eyes, a black forehead and orange sides. This homeowner was not a birdwatcher. [...]

Work Hard, But Have Fun

Mar 11th, 2013

Johnny is my dentist and I just got out of his chair. Most people might find it hard to hold a conversation while having their teeth cleaned. Those, like me, of Italian ancestry know it is far from impossible to communicate with grunts and hand gestures, but while I am in Johnny’s chair it is [...]

Play Ball!

Mar 4th, 2013

It is easy to find comparisons between baseball and exterior remodeling in the Northeast. First of all, the door and window replacement season and the baseball season have similar schedules. The 162 regular game baseball season is similar to the amount of best-selling days in a year and players, managers and owners who want to [...]

Hibernate or Hunt?

Feb 8th, 2013

Although the natural human instinct may be to hibernate in winter and eat what we preserved during warmer weather, the door and window dealer who needs to eat with the money they squirreled away to get through winter risks starving to death before spring thaws and wallets open again. Our survival can depend on how [...]