Category Industry News

Interview with C Michael Exteriors, Part Two

C Michael Exteriors is a family-owned home improvement contracting business run by Bill and Cyndy Bergmann in Missouri. They have a long history in the industry and are dedicated to running their business the right way. Sarah (Marketing) and Tim (Sales) from Medallion Bank sat down with them to discuss their business history, their experience […]

Interview with C Michael Exteriors, Part One

C Michael Exteriors is a family-owned home improvement contracting business run by Bill and Cyndy Bergmann in Missouri. They have a long history in the industry and are dedicated to running their business the right way. Sarah (Marketing) and Tim (Sales) from Medallion Bank sat down with them to discuss their business history, their experience […]

The big thing AFTER the next big thing?

Covered at Web Urbanist (links original): Developed by CoeLux in Italy, this new form of artificial light is able to dupe humans, cameras and computers alike using a thin coating of nanoparticules to simulate Rayleigh scattering, a natural process that takes place in Earth’s atmosphere causing diffuse sky radiation. Far beyond simply making lights brighter or bluer, […]

Something new and different: NASCAR!

One of the determiners of a bank’s structure and focus is its charter. Medallion Bank has what is called an industrial bank charter and that charter allows us to be owned by a non-bank (in our case Medallion Financial, a specialty finance company). Non-bank specialty finance companies, to nobody’s surprise, own lots of non-bank businesses. […]

Lady Redundant Woman

If you have younger kids, you may have seen the TV show Word Girl. One of the villainous characters is called Lady Redundant Woman. Lady Redundant Woman obtained the powers of duplication when she was fused with a copy machine. As you might expect, she often speaks in redundancies. Why this education in unusual children’s […]

History lessons

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Washington, I encountered a phenomenal teacher in one of the undergrad history surveys. That experience prompted me to take more history courses and, eventually, I earned a degree in history. While I wouldn’t call myself a history buff, I’m quite aware of the many benefits of history awareness, particularly […]

Headed down the rabbit hole (again)

Where were you in 2008? There are several narratives for what happened leading up to the Great Recession. On the left you’ll hear that the banks forced innocent and unsuspecting borrowers to take out mortgages they couldn’t afford. On the right you’ll hear that the Community Reinvestment Act became the driving force for loan growth at banks, […]

Will we all have boomerangs someday?

A few days ago, Adam Davidson penned an article for the New York Times called It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave.  The article is worth reading as it covers in detail something I’m seeing with family and friends; kids don’t leave home at 18 anymore (or 25, or sometimes even 30).  If widespread, this […]

Interview with Todd Miller, President of Isaiah Industries

Recently, we sat down with Todd Miller, President of Isaiah Industries/Classic Metal Roofing, to discuss the manufacturing side of the Home Improvement industry. Isaiah Industries manufacturers metal roofing products and works with contractors nationwide. They stand as an example of an honest, successful business built on American-made products. MB:     Todd, can you tell us […]

Home Improvement Industry Forecasts for 2014

Now that we’re past the first quarter of 2014, numbers and predictions for the rest of the year are aplenty. I’m sure you’ve heard general optimism for 2014 as a whole. In early May, Metrostudy released their latest Residential Remodeling Index (“RRI”) for the first quarter of 2014. The RRI is used to “provide the […]