About the Authors

Leslie ShinerLeslie Shiner—author, speaker, and trainer—has more than twenty years of experience working as a financial and management consultant for the construction industry.  As the owner and principal of The ShinerGroup, she has helped both small and large construction companies better understand their business practices and maximize their profits.

Ms Shiner firmly believes training and education is instrumental in the growth and success of those in the contracting field.  She is also the author of numerous publications that focus on the construction industry including the Profit Press Profit Guides: “Choosing ‘Best Fit’ Construction Management Software,”  “Implementing New Business Management Software” and “Health Checkup for Your Construction Business” among others.

Ms. Shiner’s post-graduate education focused on Finance and Accounting culminating in an MBA from UC Berkeley.  Ms. Shiner has combined her knowledge of construction management with her passion for education.  She teaches Construction Accounting and Project Management seminars around the country and frequently speaks at industry conferences, both locally and nationally.  She has received the CEDIA Top 10 Instructor Award multiple times.  Ms. Shiner has taught as Adjunct Faculty both at the California State University System and Dominican University.

Leslie Shiner
The ShinerGroup
33 Plaza Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-6255


Melanie HodgdonMelanie Hodgdon is President of Business Systems Management, Inc. of Bristol, Maine. She works with clients to identify financial and procedural challenges and to generate realistic solutions that reflect the resources and style of their companies. With a background in teaching, construction, CAD, and computerized accounting, she has made the construction industry her specialty area.  Melanie writes for Journal of Light Construction and Remodeling magazines, speaks on business and QuickBooks topics at construction shows, and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. For the past thirteen years she has worked with builders and remodelers across the country.

Melanie Hodgdon
Business Systems Management, Inc.
352 Rock Schoolhouse Road
Bristol, ME 04539
Tel/Fax (207) 529-5849