The Cutting Edge: 2014

Remodeling Education Expo


       May 14, 2014 7am-6pm

        Cobb Galleria Centre

Knowledge is Power.


Join NARI Atlanta as we launch this partnership of educators and vendors on May 14. NARI Atlanta, a professional remodeling organization, will present cutting-edge information, products, services and innovations in the construction industry.

Attend 20 classes led by industry experts. Session Tracks include: Design, Field Management, Green and Business Management / Sales. Receive 6 credit hours of Continuing Education Units that meet Georgia Residential Contractor Licensing Requirements. A variety of top industry organizations, including AIA, NKBA, ASID, USGBC-GA and others will join presenting - Ph.D Sponsor The Home Depot and other vendors for a buffet lunch with attendees. See up-to-date products and techniques for Energy Efficiency, Home Technologies, Building Systems, Interior Design, Marketing & Social Media, Moisture Management, Health Safety & Welfare, Water & Sustainability. Sign up, exhibit or attend!





2014 Speakers & Sessions Announced!


Jobsite Safety
Gary Wheeler, The Virtual HR Director

Jobsite safety—keeping your employees and trade contractors safe on your jobsites (and staying out of trouble in the process). Learn job safety tips and hear suggestions for establishing accident prevention processes.

Managing Changes
Jesse Morado, Mosaic Group

Change orders can be the bane of your existence, or you can manage them so they are profitable and don’t disrupt your project. In this session, we will discuss effective techniques for incorporating change orders into your project.

The Design Solution for Risk Management
Dawn Pogue, SMG Insurance

Learn the blueprint for a comprehensive & coordinated solution that incorporates contractor best practices, contract coordination and liability insurance contracts. We will discuss the structure needed to control environmental hazards to your business and personal assets.

Jesse Morado, Mosaic Group

Learn how to schedule projects so they run more smoothly and finish on time—making more money and your clients happier.

Employees & Subcontractors—Keeping it Legal
Kevin Veler, Construction & Business Attorney

Understand how to properly manage your company and your workers to avoid problems down the road.


Managing the Affordable Care Act
Dawn Pogue, SMG Insurance

Understand the impact of this legislation on you, your family and your business. We will review the key factors you need to identify before making any decisions

Setting, Managing, and Understanding Client Expectations
Mark Buelow, Distinctive Remodeling Solutions

Learn what the key drivers are for exceeding client expectations and ultimately your overall client satisfaction ratings, and how delivering a great client experience, from their perspective, will drive more consistent and profitable business to your company.

Design Build as a Company Model
William Fadul & Rick Goldstein, Mosaic GroupPeter Michelson, Renewal Design Build; Caren Danneman, Danneman Designs

This session will begin with an overview of the three fundamental business models of design-build as typically practiced in residential remodeling. Each model presented will include the pros and cons of that model. Following this short presentation, the session will convert to a panel of experts: four residential design-build business experts. These veterans and leaders of the industry will field audience questions on how and why they conduct their design-build firms, as well as any other issues of interest to the participants concerning design-build.

Social Media Strategies to Bring More Business
Donna Lang, Smart Tools Coaching

Social media is one of the major ways to communicate with potential clients. This session will explore how to effectively use Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Instagram, Houzz, Pinterest, and other outlets to help expand your market and bring you more opportunities.

Generating & Qualifying Leads
Dan Weidmann, Weidmann & Assoc.

It’s important to generate leads to make sales. But you also should qualify leads to pursue the best ones and avoid wasting time on those that won’t turn into jobs. This session will focus on how to promote new leads and identify those worth pursuing.

Getting Paid for Your Estimates
Lissa Versteegh, Sandler Sales

Open up your business to an income stream that is too often missed—through a combination of evaluation tools and sales methodology. 


Forget Green—Go for Good Remodeling
Carl Seville, SK Collaborative

Many people are experiencing Green Fatigue—they are tired of hearing about it. They know “green washing” occurs frequently—the making of exaggerated and/or false claims. Learn how to renovate better as a “green” contractor without all the “talk,” if desired.

Energy Codes & Remodeling
Abe Kruger, SK Collaborative

The Georgia Energy Code includes some very specific requirements that affect remodeling differently from new construction. Learn about the details and how these requirements affect your projects so that you pass all of your inspections without problems.

HVAC Design—Getting it Right
Chris Laumer Giddens, LG Squared

Too many HVAC systems are improperly sized and poorly installed, increasing costs to operate and decreasing efficiency. Learn how doing it right can save money and make clients happier.

Doing Tankless Water Heaters Right
Neil Lynn, Rheem

As more and more of your customers ask for tankless, it becomes critical to be able to guide them tankless through the industry standards in selection and sizing, venting, and general installation. This session will review the proper steps in helping customers make the transition to tankless water heaters.


Today’s Trends in Bath Design
Jim Meloy, CKD, Kitchen and Bath Concepts

Award winning designer, Jim Meloy will share the exciting new products and space planning in the second most important room of the house. Learn how to create the “Spa” experience for your clients.

Current Design for Aging in Place
Pam Goldstein, CMKBD, CAPS, Allied ASID of Pamela Goldstein Designs, Inc.

Presenting creative ideas and beautiful spaces that illustrate undetectable ergonomic space planning, using updated products that protect all generations and enhance lives.

Designing Interiors of Remodeled Spaces
Tish Mills, Harmonious Living by Tish Mills, LLC

Learn the latest trends in interior finishes and how to upgrade adjoining areas. See fresh and innovative design ideas and products to inspire you.

Designing with Appliances
Lisa Connor, Appliance Expert

Learn about lifestyle products that genuinely suit the needs of clients and are not just “an appliance to fill a cabinet hole.” See new products using advanced technology and design trends for the whole house.

New Trends in Cabinetry
Natalia Makarov, Karpaty Cabinets

Set your projects apart by learning how to think “outside the box” with your cabinetry. Experience a refreshing look at cabinet finishes, construction and design.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Old Castle Surfaces
Stock Building Supply

PMC Building Materials
Sherwin Williams
Viking Distributing East