About the Authors

Leslie Shiner—author, speaker, and trainer—has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a financial and management consultant. She is the owner of The ShinerGroup, a firm which provides top-level financial and management consulting for the construction industry as well as the smart home integration industry.  As a business coach, she has worked with both small and large businesses to help them better understand their business practices and maximize their profits.

Ms. Shiner firmly believes training and education is instrumental in the growth and success of any business. She is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Sage Certified Consultant. She has been recognized as a CEDIA Fellow. Ms. Shiner is an engaging speaker with a long history of rave reviews. She continues to receive high praise for her ability to make financial management interesting, understandable, and even entertaining. Ms. Shiner’s post-graduate education focused on Finance and Accounting, culminating in an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Leslie Shiner
The ShinerGroup
42 Eucalyptus Knoll Street, Suite 404
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