Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC
5130 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC

Passed away on Monday February 18, 2013 in Ocean Grove, NJ. Mr. Stoeppelwerth was the President of HomeTech Inc in Bethesda, MD for over thirty years. He is survived by his son, Walter W. Stoeppelwerth, III, of Westfield, NJ, and his daughter, Ali M. Stoeppelwerth, of Washington, DC. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday February 21, 2013 at Joseph Gawler's Sons located at 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.  

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Walt was a mentor to me, and a friend. This man influenced (and to a large degree - changed) the remodeling industry in the same way Lee Evans influenced production homebuilding. Walt advocated profit margins that allow a business to add value to their customers as well as their owners and employees, and he taught remodelrs how to sell projects at those margins. Walt pioneered he "Lead Carpenter" approach ( a crew of 1 who also has budget responsibility for the job) that is so prevalent now int he industry. Walt and his business partners developed fixed-price rapid estimating designed to sell jobs quickly while protecting remodelers' margins, and Walt and HomeTech also developed the "Pro Handyman" (small job) business model. The fact is Walt saved 1000s of honest and well-intentioned (but business ignorant) tradespeople from certain financial disaster. Walt provided a framework they could work inside immediately- while learning the ins/outs of the business details later. His contribution to the remodeling industry cannot be under-estimated. R.I.P.
Joe Stoddard
January 8, 2019
I attended a couple of Walt's seminars. He transformed how I ran my remodeling business. He simply and quietly listened as contractors grumbled that you can't succeed by charging what is needed to stay in business.
Thank you Walt!
Craig Thompson
March 15, 2013
In 1987 I was interviewed by Walt Stoeppelwerth and Henry Reynolds and I was hired to run their seminar department. I settled into my office there and was informed that I was going on the road with Walt the next day!

He was doing his famous How to Make Money in Remodeling seminar in Philadelphia and Cranston New Jersey. I had no idea what to expect.

The next morning came and he was ready to go. I got in the car and he started driving away while my door was still open! That was Walt - all energy. We drove 80 miles an hour to Philly and seldom stopped for stop signs - we just slowed down a little. We stopped at a gas station and he tossed me a credit and told me to fill it up, and he jumped from the car in search of iced tea. Luckily I reached over and put the car in park.

At the seminar there were over 80 remodelers listening to his every word. You could see light bulbs going off over everybody's heads. Many of the attendees has been to multiples of his seminars and had brought their staffs.

During the breaks there was a line of people waiting to ask him questions. He talked with each one and never made them feel hurried. Whether they were a $250,000 a year remodeler or a multi-million dollar franchise he treated them all the same.

That was my introduction to Walt.

For the next 18 years I spent many hours in his office listening and learning about his newest ideas. He read multiple business and motivational books each week. He secret was he applied tried and true methods from other industries to the remodeling industry.

In his office, no matter who he was talking to, he would stop the conversation and take phone calls from anyone. He was always driven to help every individual remodeler he ever met or even just called him.

Walt believed that every 'real' remodeler was honest to the bone. They were craftsman and not businessmen. His mission was to help them make the transition.
Bill O'Donnell
March 5, 2013
When Walt and Henry Reynolds hired me, HomeTech was just the two of them plus me. When I retired 25 years later, the company had maybe a dozen folks, not counting some out of town associates. It is a particular pleasure to see Jenny Gregg's note on this site, as well as the praise of remodeling professionals. I've lost touch with most HomeTech folks, but I remember them, and particularly Walt, with fondness and appreciation.
Ruth Bruns
March 3, 2013
I didn't know Mr. Stoeppelwerth Jr. However, I did read his book, How to Buy and Fix up an Old House. I had no idea that he had such a great influence on the remodeling industry. I just read all 43 posts in the guest book. I wish I knew him. My condolences to his dear family and friends.
David Allen
February 28, 2013
Bought his books. Heard him speak. He set me on the road to success in this difficult business that I love.
Brad Cruickshank
February 27, 2013
The first time I attended one of Walt's seminars I was impressed with his confidence and knowledge of our remodeling industry. His suggestions and truths have helped me tremendously to improve our business success and profitability. His is a legacy that I hope will not be soon forgotten. My sincere condolences to his family.
James Land
February 26, 2013
Walt changed how we do business, which changed my life. A truly wonderful person that this industry will miss. God bless his soul and his family.
John Kiernan
February 26, 2013
As a young remodeler in the 80's I would hear Walt speak at trade shows and events,...50% mark up!! was his battle cry to all that believed. And we did,...I still use his systems today and keep his "Professional Remodeling Management" book close and refer to it often.Some of the pages are folded over, paragraphs highlighted,but will always be the bible for the "Professional Remodeler". Thank you Walt.
Dett Otterbeck
February 26, 2013
I remember attending one of Walt's seminars in the 90's at a west coast building show and hearing him discuss charging enough. That was a new concept to me and led me to being willing to charge enough to earn a profit and a living. From there I began my practice as a remodel coach and it's just as much of a challenge to remodelers now as it was then. May I continue to bring Walt's words to life. He was a true pioneer and made a difference in this industry.
Reva Kussmaul
February 25, 2013
I first met Walt in the mid-70's and sat through a life-changing seminar shortly afterward. During that seminar he painted a new definition of success for my contracting business. For many years afterward I would seek out Walt at Conventions and Trade Shows to learn what I should be looking out for next.

I owe a great deal to Walt and the folks at HomeTech who contracted me years later to present seminars on Estimating as Walt moved on to greater things. Having traveled with Walt, I knew him as a tireless hero who never missed the opportunity to give a contractor a nudge in the right direction. More than once I was surprised to call the HomeTech office on Saturday and find him answering the phone.

Walt leaves many friends and admirers following his unique role as a legend in the industry. I count myself as lucky to be among them.
Mike Gorman
February 24, 2013
I too met Walt early in the start of my business (1990). It's amazing the impact that one person can have on you! Thanks for all you did for our will be missed.
Craig Knott
February 23, 2013
I met Walt twice at two Home-Tech seminars over 20 years ago. He was an industry giant. To give you an idea of how far reaching his affect was on my businesses and me, I just wrapped up yet another estimate on Home-Tech software shortly before seeing this blog post. RIP Walt. Your legacy is a great one.
Jack Whealan
February 23, 2013
It was an honor to meet such an industry thinker and pioneer so early in my career in this industry. Thank you for touching our lives and businesses and making the industry professionals in it better.
Joaquin Erazo
February 22, 2013
To Walt's family please accept our condolences at this time of your loss.
Walt was and still is instrumental to our success. May you find comfort and joy in knowing how his life and teachings touched our own.
Tom & Wilma Barber
February 22, 2013
Here is one of the best educators there ever was in this industry. He will be missed by all. We are one of the successful companies that were fortunate to be mentored by Walt. May he be measured for all the good he has done for this industry over the years. Chuck and Deb Fannin
Chuck and Deb Fannin
February 22, 2013
Walt had a profound impact on my business, and hence, my life. He helped direct my young practice in 1990 into becoming a real business, through his travels, his lectures, and his books. My condolensces go out to his his family.
Gary Rochman
February 22, 2013
RIP Walt thanks for all that you did for the Remodeling industry. you will truly be missed and touched many people's lives.
Thank you
David Bird
February 22, 2013
A single seminar with Walt changed forever how I have done business. I am still enjoying remodeling after 40 years and much of the credit for that belongs to him.
Lew Blinn
February 22, 2013
You had a way of getting to business owners to realize fair profit is needed to stay in business. I will never forget meeting you the first time 25 + years ago and that message.
It helped me stay in business. It was truely a pleasure to know and visit over years. We will miss you.
Mark Sass
February 22, 2013
I attended many of Walt's seminars in Chicago from home inspections to estimating, way before the internet was thought of. Everyone in the room knew how to build or remodel, but few in the room knew the business side. Thank you Walt for your passion for the industry. You will be missed.
Nathan Beer
February 21, 2013
Walt was a huge influence on my life's work, a visionary and a tireless force driving for professionalism in our industry before most of us understood the concept. My condolences to his family for their loss.
Len McAdams
February 21, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kevin Benson
February 21, 2013
carl zucchini
February 21, 2013
Once Struggling Remodelers learned about Walt Stoeppelwerth their world changed. He shared his understanding of success in the remodeling business and taught many of us how important sharing is to your own profitability.The greatest gift to give a new remodeler is a book by Walt.
Riley Shirey
February 21, 2013
Walt was a great guy who made a difference in the lives and businesses of many remodelers. I for one owe a lot of where I am today due to his help, but mostly his inspiration. His legacy will forever be remembered by those he helped.

Thank you Walt
Shawn McCadden
February 21, 2013
I used Walt's method of estimating since I began my business and I still use it today.
Timothy Hickey
February 21, 2013
Your insight, vision and unwavering devotion to this industry changed the way I do business, and altered the path of my life. Thank you for your gift to us all
Peter Fernand
February 21, 2013
God bless you Walt. I first met you in the 80's in Chicago and thanks to you I'm still in business today. You raised the bar in our industry and turned many of us into professionals.
You will be missed.
Jim Brielmaier
February 21, 2013
Walt and I were hallway neighbors for a bunch of years. I'll miss those impromptu philosophical on the meaning of remodeling. Walt always had a interesting take of what was currently going on in the industry.
We miss you, Walt
Mark Scott
February 21, 2013
Fred Siewers
February 21, 2013
I first attended one of Walt's seminars in the 80's. It was a game changer for me and my busines and I will always remember him as a man who devoted his life to making this industry more professional, and God only knows what a profound impact his life's work has had on remodeling.
Gary Demos
February 21, 2013
Walt was a true icon and friend of the remodeling industry. He had a personal touch with everyone he mentored. Walt taught me how to be a business man and not a laborer. My deepest sympathies to his family. He will be greatly missed but forever remembered.
Jim Quinly
February 21, 2013
Walt taught me that remodeling was a business not a trade.
February 21, 2013
Walt Stoeppelwerth did a remarkably good job of charting a path for success for remodeling company owners. Walt's insistence on remodeling companies adopting a professional markup which revolutionary. His genuine desire to help people like me be more successful than we would have been otherwise is much appreciated and admired. Walt will be missed.
Paul Winans
February 21, 2013
I owe a great deal of my success in the remodeling industry to Walt. He taught me so much at a time when it was very hard to get real information. He was always friendly and generous with his time and information. Over the years he became and friend whom I always looked forward to seeing at the next Remodeling Show. The Remodeling industry owes a big Thank You for Walt's Influences, one that will be felt for generations. My condolence to the Stoeppelwerth family.
Robert Criner
February 21, 2013
As with others, Walt was an inspiration to me in the remodeling business. I heard him speak many times and used Hometech in the early years. Walt, you will be missed!
Nick Ritota
February 21, 2013
If not for Walt's guidance and coaching; I would have been another failed statistic in the remodeling business. He was my friend and mentor since 1983. Walt was never too busy help anyone in need. I will miss him. His family and the Remodeling Industry lost a Hero and Legend. God bless his family!
Thank you Walt you made a difference;
Michael Turner
February 21, 2013
My condolences to the family for your loss. Like so many others, Walt had a major impact on my life by sharing his knowledge and vision of the remodeling industry. I was honored to know him as a mentor and a friend.
Jim Magnotta
February 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Walt hired me with little to no experience, when I was 24 years old. He taught me a lot at HomeTech. He was very intelligent and full of energy and life! You truly were one of a kind, I thank you Walt and I will never forget you. Jenny Gregg Ramey
Jennifer Gregg Ramey
February 20, 2013
So long Walt, Thanks for being a guiding light, and Rock.
Rich Booher
February 20, 2013
I will picture you pedaling your bike in heaven.
With love,
Kim Cuthbert
February 20, 2013
I owe much of the success I enjoyed in the remodeling industry to Walt. I was very fortunate to meet him early in my career. Many young start-ups can say the same. Walt was an expert in his profession and was generous with his knowledge. My condolences to you.
Phil Rea
February 20, 2013
Thank You Walt, You changed and improved my business. God be with you, your family, and friends.
Gil Paben
February 20, 2013
I had the pleasure of working as Walt's editor at Remodeling magazine, where he was a columnist from volume 1 issue 1. Walt was one of the most generous people I have ever known. He gave freely of his time and expertise, and it earned him the respect of an entire industry. A lot what we take for granted today about the remodeling business began with something Walt said or wrote or thought about our industry. We will miss him.
Sal Alfano
February 20, 2013
Dear Walter and Ali,

I am very sorry to hear about Walt's passing, please accept my condolences; my heart and thoughts are with you.

All the best,
Brunio Bueno
February 20, 2013
Querido Walter
A pesar de la distancia estamos contigo en éste momento tan doloroso.
Los acompañams desde Argentina con todo nuestro cariño
Quito, Mile y los chicos.
Francisco Viegener
February 20, 2013
Sorry to hear of Walt's passing. I have not seen him for years but I went to Northwestern with him then served in the Navy back in 1957-58 at NAS Alameda. Walt was also a pretty good basketball player at Northwestern. He was always a very serious thoughtful guy and I know his family will miss him very much.
Bud Hoff
February 20, 2013
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