Seminar Gathers Leading Builders, Remodelers, and Designers

Six free, one-hour sessions offer insights from the best in the construction industry.

Builder magazine's third-annual Presidential Online Seminar, six live one-hour webinar sessions presented by industry experts in finance, design, research, and construction, is an opportunity for building and remodeling pros to learn from innovative peers. The seminars, which will be held on April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28 at 11 a.m. EDT, will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A forum. The seminars are free but require advance registration.

The topics are:

  • Session I: Marketing & Sales Techniques That Work (April 12)
  • Session II: What's Cooking in Kitchen Design (April 14)
  • Session III: Navigating the New Social Media Landscape (April 19)
  • Session IV: Non-Extreme Makeover: How to Alter Home Designs to Compete with Resales (April 21)
  • Session V: Lessons from the Healthiest Markets and Best-Selling Projects (April 26)
  • Session VI: Finding Capital for Tomorrow's Growth (April 28)

Of particular interest to those who work with propane are likely to be the seminars that feature Charles (Chuck) Petersheim, owner of The Catskills Farm, an Eldred, N.Y., construction firm that specializes in cottages and farmhouses (Session III); and MaryJo Camp, a 30-year-veteran of the kitchen and bath industry and principal of Design Camp in Court Denver, N.C. (Session II).

Petersheim's company made the switch from building homes that required fuel oil to those that use only propane back in 2007, "and we've never looked back," says the owner. "We consider that a real milestone in our business."

The Catskills Farm in Eldred, N.Y.

Photo courtesy of The Catskills Farm

Because The Catskills Farm specializes in second homes, many of which have floor plans of less than 1,000 square feet, extra space is always a bonus. "With propane, we were able to get the oil tank out of the basement, which freed up a lot of space," says Petersheim. "We could bury the propane tank outside. We found that our boilers operated more efficiently and propane was typically less expensive. Plus, we had just one fuel that could power the stove, a barbecue grill, and tankless water heaters, which are perfect for people who only visit on the weekends."

Kitchens are always a place where propane performs well, says MaryJo Camp of Design Camp. And while the newest thing on the market is the induction (electric) cooktop, "people are very reluctant to switch over," says Camp. "People are still very comfortable with gas so even though induction is the newest thing, most manufacturers only have a few induction cooktops in their lineup. There are still many more features and stylings available for gas."

To learn how to incorporate propane products into your next project, be sure to check out our free online CEU courses, available at the Propane Training Academy. The product categories mentioned in this article are discussed in the following training courses:

Condensing Tankless Water Heaters: Using Propane for the Most Efficient Water Heaters on the Market 

Retrofitting Homes from Heating Oil to Propane: Efficiency, Economic and Environmental Benefits  

Need for Upscale Appliances Drives the Decision to Use Propane
Seminar Gathers Leading Builders and Remodelers
Propane by the Numbers


Propane Incentives
Learn about propane incentives in the fiscal cliff legislation and see if you qualify.
Read more
Video: Whole-Home Efficiency
Find out how propane-fueled heating can help you achieve affordable energy efficiency.
Watch now