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June 28, 2014
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Xactimate trainer joins RSA

BURLINGTON, WA — Sean M. Burgess has joined the Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) training team as the lead estimating class instructor.

As an Xactimate Affiliate Trainer (XAT), experienced field adjuster and estimator, Burgess has extensive knowledge of Xactimate’s estimating software, including advanced Sketch features.

He brings more than 10 years of experience using Xactimate from both the insurer and contractor perspectives.

“When learning Xactimate, it's not unusual for someone to learn from a friend or coworker, and others may be self-taught,” notes Burgess. “There can be gaps in understanding features or workflows.”

Burgess’ Xactimate classes for RSA are designed to fill those gaps by focusing on core Xactimate estimating skills and increasing knowledge and proficiency in writing more thorough and detailed estimates.

He is based in Tulsa, but will be teaching the estimating courses at locations throughout the U.S.

CRI launches Green Label Plus for Cushion

DALTON, GA — The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), in conjunction with the Carpet Cushion Council, has launched the Green Label Plus program for carpet cushion products.

Currently, the Council participates in Green Label, CRI’s original indoor air quality testing program, but not in the more recent and more comprehensive Green Label Plus.

Both programs measure compounds, including volatile organic compounds, but Green Label Plus is the more comprehensive of the two programs.

“Green Label Plus is the recognized leader for indoor air quality,” according to CRI’s Director of Regulatory Systems Jeff Carrier.

“This offers cushion manufacturers the opportunity to qualify their products according to these more stringent standards and provide additional assurance for consumers concerned about indoor air quality or potential VOC emissions.”

Preparations are underway to have the Green Label Plus program for cushion products accredited by the American National Standards Institute. That process is expected to take several months to complete, CRI officials say.

RIA appoints executive director

WASHINGTON — The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) board of directors announced that Marc Selvitelli, CAE, has joined the association as executive director.

Selvitelli will work directly with RIA leaders and volunteers to help guide and execute on the organization's strategic initiatives, programs and policies.

Selvitelli comes to RIA from NAIOP: The Commercial Real Estate Association, where he has spent the last eight years as vice president of membership and chapter relations.

“The board of directors is excited to begin working with Marc. His proven abilities in terms of both membership growth and advocacy development will be incredible assets to RIA. We're thrilled to have a leader of this caliber helping to define the future of the restoration industry,” said RIA President Scott Stamper, CR, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Regency DKI in Clinton Township, MI.


For those of you who have recently stopped by the IICRC’s Global Resource Center in Las Vegas, you may have noticed a little more dust in the air. That’s because we are on the brink of completing major renovations both inside and outside the building.

This includes expanding the main meeting room more than 3,000 square feet to accommodate future Instructor Symposiums and Certification Council meetings. Additionally, the building changes will allow for a separate space for training classes with restroom facilities, a kitchen and eating area. The large warehouse will provide ample storage for trade shows and other events.

For further information on the renovations or how you can use this space, please contact us at

If you haven’t seen the latest issue of the IICRC’s technical journal, you’re missing out! The third installment of The Journal features peer-reviewed articles from industry experts on the following topics:

  • The Impact of Cleaning and Maintenance on Commercial Flooring Lifecycle Costs
  • Studies Document Impact of Carpet on Indoor Air Quality Before and After Cleaning
  • Hard-Surface Flooring Maintenance and Inspection
  • MoUs: What They Are and Why They Are Important

To view an electronic copy, visit