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April 20, 2008

OH NO! Where's the check?

We all have "lost the deposit check" stories. A very low, gut wrenching feeling after the euphoria of the sale.

Here is Brian's from yesterday:

Here's a good one. I was on a lead today that I sold in union. It was a roof sale for 9k. As I was putting my stuff away in my truck I casually placed the folder containing the measurements, signed contract and check for 2k..... On my bumper. -- Of course my phone rings at that point and I drive off leaving the folder on my bumper. I proceed to Springfield feeling proud of myself for selling another job. I arrive for my lunch that I was so looking forward to and I realize. "OH SHIT!, WHERE'S MY DEAL?? DAM IT!!". So I backtracked back to Union from Springfield..... Then I started the route I traveled from the customer's house to Springfield. When I got all the way back to Springfield, at the intersection of Springfield Ave and Morris was when I found evidence of the folder. First I found the measuring sheet., then eventually the yellow copy of the contract which was great. But still no $2k check. I continued to search and search for my lost check. And finally, there it was in the middle of Morris Avenue at Meisel.... But oh nooooo! The light was turning green..... I wasn't going to let my check get run over by anymore cars so I dashed out and rescued it. I definitely earned my commission on that one. I endangered myself in traffic today to save a deal. Literally.

As long as I didn't have to explain the missing check to the customer I'm happy.


April 5, 2008


Hard work sometimes gets recognized and pays off...

The following is the press release I just prepared. It speaks for itself.

Mark of Excellence Remodeling, Inc. of West Long Branch, New Jersey is proud to announce that it has won four “Innovation in Construction Awards” from Remodeling News magazine. The exclusive winners for each category are selected amongst hundreds of annual award entries from architects, designers, builders and remodelers representing various states. Mark of Excellence Remodeling won the following categories: “Best Design and Room Addition under $100,000” for a project in Oceanport, “Best Design and Room Addition over $100,000” for a project in Sea Bright, “Best Bathroom under $30,000” for a project in Tinton Falls and “Best Marketing Program”.

Danielle Prescia, the company’s Marketing and Project Coordinator, oversees the marketing efforts and is most proud of the fact that over 50% of Mark of Excellence Remodeling business is generated through previous clients and their referrals. Certified Lead Carpenter Neal Robinson and Paul Williams were the project leaders for the winning renovations. Design Consultant Jason Parsons and Neil Parsons, VP of Sales and Marketing, created the award-winning designs for the projects.

Company President and owner Mark T. Elia, a local resident who was raised in Oceanport and currently resides in Long Branch, is excited about the national recognition that Mark of Excellence Remodeling receives for its work throughout Monmouth County over the past 20 years. Mark, a Certified Graduate Remodeler, attests, “It is quite rewarding to help a homeowner from the initial planning stages through the final details of their home’s transformation. I am honored to be a part of the process and I especially enjoy exceeding the expectations of the clients in my own community. That is important to me since my name is on all of our signage.”

Renee Rewiski is the Editor and Publisher of Remodeling News magazine as well as the President of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Renee commented, “The Mark of Excellence Remodeling entries were extraordinary, professional and well deserving of the honors.”

Mark of Excellence Remodeling with its award-winning projects and marketing program will be featured in the May 2008 issue of Remodeling News magazine. Contact Danielle at 800-734-3737 to receive reprints as and when available.