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Submitted by Marie Marinello
The Midwest Cleaning and Restoration Association (MCRA) is beginning to plan its 2013 Spring Seminar Series. Classes are approved by the IICRC and offer continuing education credit.
Please visit the MCRA website in the upcoming months for more information: www.MCRAOnline.org.
Submitted by Jillian Olson
The Professional Association of Cleaning and Restoration (PACR) is excited for 2013 and the new opportunities available for PACR and ICRA members!
New ICRA education programs will be kicking off this spring… look for it to come to Denver and other surrounding areas, bringing advanced exclusive education to ICRA members only.
And, have you checked out the great consumer website just released by ICRA? Go to www.AboutRestoration.com. This is a great resource for you, consumers and insurance agents to find out more information on restoration and to find a professional ICRA member in their area.
PACR is very excited for the new hands-on opportunities at the Experience Events Convention in Clearwater Beach, FL, on April 18-20, 2013. PACR/ICRA members will receive $100 their registration fees. To register or find out more information, go to www.ExperienceTheEvents.com.
Also, look forward to the largest tradeshow and convention in the cleaning and restoration industry coming to Las Vegas this fall, September 4-6, 2013, with the Experience Events!
Other great opportunities will be coming to the Denver, Salt Lake City and Omaha this year and if you are in the Denver, Salt Lake City or Omaha area and are looking for a class to come to you, please contact the PACR office. Look for more details on these and other upcoming events at www.ProfessionalAssociationOfCleaningAndRestoration.org, www.ICRAssociation.org or by contacting Jillian Olson in the PACR office at JOlson@MeetingsAndEvents.com.
Submitted by Richard Davies
The Low Moisture Carpet Cleaners Association (LMCCA), having celebrated its 10-year anniversary, is working to provide additional member benefits.
Currently, benefits include WFCA scholarship money and discounts at specific IICRC-approved schools, but we want to offer more. The goal is to not only to continue to grow membership (strength in numbers) but to provide more reasons to join.
As the largest international cleaning association in the world, our goal is to provide world-class benefits. The LMCCA wants to hear your ideas. What as members would you like to see offered in the future? Please send ideas and suggestions to LMCCA111@AOL.com and help us make the LMCCA even better.
Submitted by Amy Cluck
Newly elected Cleaning and Restoration Association (CRA) board members have started their new three-year term. Positions are as follows:
- President: O.P. Almaraz
- Vice President: Mike Morris
- Secretary: Bruce White
- Treasurer: Gabe Whitney
- Member: Bill Weber
- Member: Barry Costa
- Member: Steve Marsh
- Member: Lynsey Camara
- Member: Don Banister
- Member: Gabe Matthews
- Member: Nick DeLuca
- Executive Director: Jim Holland
You can read more about CRA’s board members and their qualifications online at CRAssociation.org/about-cra/board-members. The next BOD elections will be held in September 2013 and will take place at the CRA annual membership meeting.
Coming soon: The CRA Southern California Golf Tournament, Spring 2013. Please contact us to play or to learn of sponsorship opportunities available.
CRA’s 2013 training schedule is now online at CRAssociation.org/training-a-events. Please check the schedule for upcoming courses, including: Water Damage Restoration, Applied Microbial Remediation, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Trauma Scene, Contents, Carpet Cleaning and more.
- January 8-11: Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Santa Fe Springs, CA
- January 16-18: Water Damage Remediation Technician, Santa Fe Springs, CA
- January 16-18: Water Damage Remediation Technician, Jacksonville, FL
- February 21-22: Carpet Cleaning Technician, Santa Fe Springs, CA
- February 27-March 1: Trauma Scene Clean-up, Santa Fe Springs, CA
Submitted by Matt Cole
The Carpet & FabriCare Institute (CFI) has the following announcements.
Inland Empire/Orange County Chapter Director Terry Jones needs your help on January 12-13, for the CFI Annual Give Back Event at the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda.
This annual event is when CFI members and non-members clean all the upholstery and area rugs in the Ronald McDonald House. We would like to thank Chemspec for providing their DFC line of cleaning products to clean the House. If you would like to help, you can call Terry at (714) 319-1358 or the CFI office at (800) 227-7389.
On February 11, there will be a Color Repair Class at Proline in Sacramento. The instructor will be Melody David of the Dyers Guild. Melody is a second-generation color repair expert that has many years of in the field experience. If you do not do color repair, you are leaving money on the floor. She has done two hour classes before for the CFI and all the people who came learned a lot. This will be an all-day class with a lot of hands-on training. Lunch will be provided. Cost for the class: CFI members $125, non-members $149. Space is limited so call or e-mail today.
Admin@Carpet9.org, or call (800) 227-7389
Submitted by Meredith Silliman
The Mid-South Professional Cleaners Association (MSPCA) is proud to announce our 2013 Board of Directors: President, Robert Pulliam of First Response (SC); Past-President, Scott Finney of Five Step Carpet Care (NC); Treasurer, Dan Taylor of Kidd’s Services (VA); Secretary, Josh Moore of First Call (NC); First Vice President, William McDaniel of Textile Restorations (SC); Second Vice President, Doug Watkins of 1st Aide (NC); Director, Phillip Galvan of Emergency Reconstruction (NC); Director, Ben Umberger of Carolina Conservation (SC); Director, Jonathan West of First Atlantic (VA).
Our 2013 Board of Directors represents VA, NC and SC; the MSPCA also serves TN and GA.
If interested in membership, contact us at (800) 827-2278 or via e-mail at the new e-address: MyMSPCA@Gmail.com.
Submitted by Debbie Glenn
In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (SCRT) board of directors sent $500 to the American Red Cross for the relief efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go to the families affected by the hurricane.
SCRT is pleased to announce a new Florida Chapter. Terrance Schabilion with Triad Restoration Services has volunteered to be the Chapter president and will be hosting an event soon. If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail him at Terrance@TriadRestore.com or call him at (407) 442-2794.
The SCRT board of directors met on Saturday, November 17, 2012, in Memphis for the board of directors meeting. Thanks to ServiceMaster Clean and Pete Duncanson for providing a place for us to meet.
We are excited about the new consumer website, www.AboutRestoration.com, which the ICRA is hosting. The ICRA continues to provide more benefits for services for our members, and is currently working on completion of a new general liability and pollution insurance program for the industry — to be announced soon.