Robert Mader

Editor in Chief, Penton Media

Bob Mader is the editor of CONTRACTOR magazine, Green Mechanical Contractor magazine, and Radiant Living magazine. He has been writing about plumbing, mechanical, green building and HVACR topics for more than 25 years.

Posts by Robert Mader

May 07, 2015

Lagging economy is troubling

I’m troubled by the lackluster performance of the economy this year. On this page last year, I repeated all of the forecasts that I had heard about....More
Mar 31, 2015

Bringing Emerson’s dictum to your life

What can I say about Weldon Long that hasn’t already been said by Candace Roulo? That said, I’m turning into a big Weldon Long fan and I hope that....More
Feb 09, 2015

Stop calling yourself a ‘plumbette’

When Lillian Ann Baumbach of Arlington, Va., became the first woman in the U.S. to hold a Master Plumbers license in 1951, all of the newspaper....More
Housing starts, 2003 - 2015.
Jan 08, 2015

All signs point to a robust 2015

This is going to be a good year. The general economic indicators point to a much better economy, and our interviews with leaders in the plumbing and....More
Dec 04, 2014

Every time you open a faucet, a pump starts somewhere

Every time you turn on a faucet, a pump starts somewhere. I still remember where I heard that first, at a Plumbing Manufacturers International....More
Nov 14, 2014

Are you our Contractor of the Year?

We’re looking for nominations for our annual Contractor of the Year award. You can find the nomination form on Each year we search....More
Oct 06, 2014

A bartender saves the world

That’s not a facetious headline. Yes, Doc Hendley is (or was) a bartender and he’s done more good in the world bringing clean drinking water to the....More
Sep 30, 2014

The Comfortech Show builds on its successes

I thought our Comfortech Show in 2013 in Philadelphia was really good, but the one I recently returned from in Nashville was even better. Attendance....More
Sep 03, 2014

Is water a public trust or private property?

I like water. The way I look at it, the readers of CONTRACTOR move fluids — it could be medical gasses, liquid soap or beer, but my favorite is water....More
Aug 05, 2014

Over 60 years the form changes, not the intent

In January 1954, our founder Herb Walther published the first edition of his news tabloid, THE CONTRACTOR. All of the principals in the new magazine....More

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