Posts Tagged ‘ Mark Milanese ’

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 […]

Fiscal Cliff Rescue Saves Energy Tax Credits

Jan 17th, 2013

Did you know the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” also reinstated energy efficiency tax credits for both business and private property owners? Unless you have been living under a rock you know Congress saved the US economy from falling off the fiscal cliff by passing legislation known as the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of […]

Was that a Red Light?

Jan 4th, 2013

On New Year’s Day we celebrated a fresh start at the crossroads where the past and present meet the future. It is a major intersection we can plan to go through about 70 times while we travel on the road of life. Did you come to a complete stop and look both ways before proceeding? […]

How to Compete with Santa

Dec 4th, 2012

The end of the year empties homeowners’ wallets and fills up their calendars. Your potential clients are busy with shopping, travel and party plans. How can door and window dealers compete for consumers’ time and money now? One “Old School” way to generate sales during the holiday season is to rehash old leads. Even very […]

Is Andersen a Dinosaur or an Elephant?

Aug 24th, 2012

There can be no question that Andersen Windows and Doors is very big. Andersen Corp. is one of America’s largest privately held companies with annual revenues estimated at more than $100 billion and more than 10,000 employees. The longevity, size and marketing efforts of Andersen made the company the Kleenex™ of the window business. It […]

A is for AAMA … A Door and Window Word Puzzle

Jul 31st, 2012

Initials are more commonly used than words for many important terms in our industry. I can list several examples for most letters in the alphabet. Do you know the real words that correspond with the initials on this list? A is for AAMA, ABC, AIA, ASCE & ASTM B is for BBB C is for […]

The Legend of the Grey Couch

Jul 17th, 2012

Since 1950 the Miami Somers Company has been the premiere exterior remodeling company offering energy-efficient doors and windows to property owners along the Jersey Shore from its showroom on Route 9 in Somers Point, N.J. I was down the shore last week and briefly caught up with Charles Zuschnitt, the owner of the Miami Somers […]

You’re Fired

Jul 2nd, 2012

I fired a man today. Officially, his employment ended following a “terminable infraction” according to our employee handbook. Unofficially, I was personally betrayed. Previous small infractions made by this employee over several years had been documented, addressed and resolved amicably. Each time, I felt this young man was gaining better understanding of his employer’s expectations […]

Cutting Costs to Survive

Apr 23rd, 2012

The only way to survive as a manufacturer in today’s stalled economy is to reduce expenses, right? Manufacturers are looking for a better bottom line and reducing expenses to make up for lost revenue. They are slashing customer service expenses, laying-off marketing department staff, delaying the introduction of new products and reducing sales staff. Durasol […]