Wednesday, March 29, 2017



Aspire Institute Presents Required CCB Class at 2017 BuildRight Conference

The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO Presents Advanced Business Class for Continuing Education Credits

The Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, will host a special presentation by The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO, Ken Brookings, as part of the 2017 BuildRight Conference in Portland Oregon. The advanced business class on profitability for remodelers and custom home builders will fulfill 5 hours of Series A education toward mandatory CCB license renewal for licensed Oregon contractors.

The class will address key areas in the professional builder’s business including how different business models affect profitability, differentiating from the competition, attracting the right customers in the digital age and finding, hiring and keeping top employees in a challenging hiring market. Attending contractors will also receive a confidential profit analysis of their business with specific advice on how to improve profits right away.

“I designed this class to explore how simple, small changes in a contractor’s business model can make a substantial difference in how easily profits flow,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings.

After attending the workshop, Andy Steinborn, co-owner of Tajo-One, said, “The program is eye opening if you have a building, remodeling or construction business. The presenters were excellent and on the money. The analysis was right on and the information was excellent and gets you to look at your operation from a different point of view.

The class is sponsored by the 2017 BuildRight Conference hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland and will take place at their location, 15555 SW Bangy Rd., First Floor, Lake Oswego, Oregon on Thursday, April 20th from 7am to 5pm. The cost is $150 per person and includes lunch and 8 total CCB credits.  For more information or to register: Click Here.

The 2017 BuildRight Conference is the region’s only residential construction industry conference focused on better building practices. There are events beginning Tuesday, April 18th and running through the CCB required classes on Thursday, April 20th. For more information or to register: Click Here.


MORE INFO:
2017 BuildRight Conference: http://www.buildrightpdx.com
HBA of Metro Portland: www.hbapdx.org

Friday, March 24, 2017


MBAKS Presents Generating Exceptional Profits at Lunch and Learn


A Special Presentation by the Aspire Institute Founder & CEO, Ken Brookings, April 19 in Bellevue WA

The Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), will host a special presentation by The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO, Ken Brookings, entitled, “Generating Exceptional Profits,” at their Lunch and Learn meeting on April 19th in Bellevue, Washington. The presentation is designed to help building professionals refocus their attention from just driving revenue to generating increased retained earnings or gross profit dollars. This presentation will reveal how Aspire has helped many contractors learn where profit really comes from.


“I hope to leave attendees with a better understanding of how their profit dollars are actually produced. Most builders often try to create profit the wrong way, believing that if they just take on more projects and work harder they will increase profits, but this is just not the case.  Real, life-changing profit levels will not come from growing revenues only, not from doing more jobs and never from cutting costs,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings.

 In 2016 Brookings authored an industry white paper on the subject entitled, “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” The accompanying white paper will be available free of charge to all attendees at the presentation, or it can be downloaded in advance from the Aspire Institute web site: Click Here to Download. 

The presentation is sponsored by The Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties and will take place at the MBA Housing Center, 335 116th Avenue SE, in Bellevue, WA on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Tickets for MBA-KS members are $10. Non-member tickets are $15. For more information or to register: Click Here.


MORE: Ken Brookings was born with a wrench in one hand and paint brush in the other; his father was at once a painting contractor and an auto shop owner. Ken became a Vice President with a Fortune 500 company by age 27, after which he founded and sold two successful businesses before beginning his consulting career. Focusing on high-level strategic and operational business consulting, Ken worked with the senior management teams at clients including Apple Computer and Goodyear Tire. He now puts his focus entirely on helping small businesses. According to Ken, “The heroes of the business world are the small business owners and managers. They do the real work and produce the most jobs in this country. Sadly, they seldom get the rewards that their honest work deserves. My focus became, and remains, to change that.”
The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO, Ken Brookings

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Aspire Institute hosts “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” a one-day advanced business training in Sacramento April 11


Remodelers and Custom Home Builders Learn Best Business Practices

Leading building-industry business coach and educator, The Aspire Institute, will present a one-day, advanced business practices workshop for professional remodelers and custom home builders on April 11 in Sacramento, California. “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” is the only workshop of its kind, helping professional builders shape their business models to maximize profits without raising prices or increasing revenue and without cutting expenses.

The workshop will address key areas in the professional builder’s business including how different business models affect profitability, differentiating from the competition, attracting the right customers in the digital age as well as finding, hiring and keeping top employees in a challenging hiring market.

“I designed this class to explore how simple, small changes in a contractor’s business model can make a substantial difference in how easily profits flow,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings.

After attending the workshop, Andy Steinborn, co-owner of Tajo-One, said, “The program is eye opening if you have a building, remodeling or construction business. The presenters were excellent and on the money. The analysis was right on and the information was excellent and gets you to look at your operation from a different point of view.

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento on April 11th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The normal price is $295 per company, covering all owners, spouses and senior managers. On behalf of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. NARI of Greater Sacramento members receive special $195 pricing. To learn more or reserve seats visit www.AspireWorkshop.com or call The Aspire Institute at 888-252-8998.


MORE: For over 20 years the Aspire Institute has been helping the owners and leaders of small businesses achieve new levels of success. We focus on helping those who are expert in their craft become equally powerful as professional business operators.

MORE INFO:
narisacto.org



The Aspire Institute hosts one-day advanced business training for building professionals in Fresno CA April 4


Remodelers and Custom Home Builders Learn Best Business Practices

Leading building-industry business coach and educator, The Aspire Institute, will present a one-day, advanced business practices workshop for professional remodelers and custom home builders on April 4 in Fresno California. “Where Does Profit Really Come From?” is the only workshop of its kind, helping professional builders shape their business models to maximize profits without raising prices or revenue and without cutting expenses.

The workshop will address key areas in the professional builder’s business including how different business models affect profitability, differentiating from the competition, attracting the right customers in the digital age as well as finding, hiring and keeping top employees in a challenging hiring market.

“I designed this class to explore how simple, small changes in a contractor’s business model can make a substantial difference in how easily profits flow,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings.

After attending the workshop, Shawn Anderson, co-owner of Monarch Custom Homes and First Vice President of the North Idaho Building Contractors Association, said, “They gave us a lot of information that helped solve questions that my husband and I have been asking ourselves for years. It helped us step back and pay attention to the important part of the business that none of us take the time to pay attention to. It was invaluable.”

The workshop will be held at the Wyndham Garden Fresno Airport on April 4th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The normal price is $295 per company, covering all owners, spouses and senior managers. On behalf of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Local NARI and NAHB members receive special $195 pricing. To learn more or reserve seats visit www.AspireWorkshop.com or call The Aspire Institute at 888-252-8998.


MORE: For over 20 years the Aspire Institute has been helping the owners and leaders of small businesses achieve new levels of success. We focus on helping those who are expert in their craft become equally powerful as professional business operators.

 MORE INFO:
www.nari.org

To hear what other builders thought of the workshop, Click here


Wednesday, March 1, 2017



Remodelers Learn to Beat the Boom & Bust Cycle

The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO Ken Brookings Addresses the Oregon Remodelers Association March 8 in Portland, OR

The Oregon Remodelers Association (ORA), an affiliate of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), will host a special presentation by The Aspire Institute Founder & CEO, Ken Brookings, entitled “Beating the Boom & Bust Cycle in the Construction Industry” at their monthly evening membership meeting on March 8th in Portland Oregon.

The presentation will address key areas in the professional builder’s business that can help insulate them from the normal up and down economic cycles. Builders will learn key principles that can minimize the negative impact of these cycles to maintain a healthy balance in income and workload throughout each part of the Boom and Bust cycles.

“The primary purpose of this presentation is to explore the patterns and indicators that create these cycles and to help contractors understand how the inevitable up and down cycles work. I hope to leave them with knowledge they can use to chart a better course through them,” said Aspire Institute founder and CEO, Ken Brookings.

The study and understanding of underlying economic cycles in business has been a topic of deep interest to Ken for many years. In 2016 he authored an industry white paper on the subject to share the findings he’s collected over more than twenty years of study and analysis. The accompanying white paper, “Beating the Boom & Bust Cycle in the Construction Industry,” will be available free of charge to all attendees at the presentation, or it can be downloaded in advance from the Aspire Institute web site: Click Here to Download.

The presentation is sponsored by Sustainable Northwest Wood and will take place at their location, 2701 SE 14th Ave. in Portland Oregon on Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7 pm, during the Oregon Remodelers Association monthly evening membership meeting. Tickets for ORA members are $20. Non-members are $30. For more information or to register: Click Here.


MORE: For over 20 years the Aspire Institute has been helping the owners and leaders of small businesses achieve new levels of success. We focus on helping those who are expert in their craft become equally powerful as professional business operators. 

MORE INFO:
Sustainable Northwest Wood: http://www.snwwood.com/