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August 2014


August 07, 2014
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The Experience announces ‘Speaking Contestants’ contest

LAS VEGAS —The Experience Convention and Trade Show is trying something new and, perhaps for five individuals, a little opportunity to suffer from stage fyifright.

The Las Vegas event, scheduled for September 3-5, has opened its speaking program on Wednesday afternoon for a special contest that includes five presenters — but unlike in the past, this is open only to those actively engaged in cleaning and restoration. No professional presenters, exhibitors, manufacturers or distributors are allowed in the contest.

While dozens of submission were sent in to be considered, The Experience is keeping the contest limited to just five presenters. Those recently chosen include Vincent Attardo, Adam Hale, Mary Bo, Craig Herrman and Tim Bauer.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to discuss a topic they selected in advance, and then three judges from the industry will decide on first, second and third place. The one chosen as the best presenter will receive a cash prize of $2,500. There will be second and third place awards as well.

For more information about The Experience and to register, visit

Cleanfax subscriber wins Dri-Eaz prize

LATHAM, NY — Scott Ross, owner of Absolute Clean in Belleville, IL, is the grand prize winner of the Dri-Eaz Revolution dehumidifier.

Ross was randomly selected from those who completed the 2014 Restoration Benchmarking Survey Report, which has been published in the July issue of Cleanfax magazine.  

Ross and his wife Stacy purchased an existing company in 2010 and renamed it Absolute Clean. The former owner of the company focused strictly on carpet and upholstery cleaning, but Ross decided to expand.

Now, Absolute Clean not only offers carpet and upholstery cleaning services, but also emergency water damage restoration, mold remediation and soon will add fire damage restoration.

Since purchasing the company, Ross has seen growth double each year and is on target to reach the $500,000 mark after four years in business, and $1 million in revenues after five years in business.

Legend Brands adds director of restoration products

BURLINGTON, WA — Legend Brands has hired John Otero to be director of restoration products for Dri-Eaz.

Otero brings his extensive experience in sales and training to this new position managing the Dri-Eaz restoration product line. He has worked in the cleaning and restoration industry for nearly 25 years, with 13 years in the field and 11 years in distribution sales.

“We’re pleased to have John join our team. With his extensive experience, he will greatly enhance our commitment to distributors and customers to provide the very best products and training and support their success,” said John Ormsby, president of Dri-Eaz and ProRestore.

Otero is IICRC certified in ASD, CPT, UPH and WRT, and has taught more than 150 educational seminars to approximately 3,000 restorers, insurance agents and adjusters in the United States and Canada in the past two years.

Abatement Technologies names VP of global sales and marketing

SUWANEE, GA — Abatement Technologies Inc. and Abatement Technologies Limited announces that Greg Parlee will take over as vice president of  global sales and marketing.

Parlee’s responsibilities will include directing the North American sales teams, developing and implementing effective growth strategies for the U.S., Canada and international markets and developing and implementing complementary sales support, training and marketing programs to support these objectives.

During the past 23 years, Parlee has held key national and international sales, marketing and management positions, primarily in the air filtration industry, culminating with his position as vice president and general manager of sales for AAF International.

IICRC News and Updates

It’s that time of year again!

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will hold its annual fall shareholders, certification council and board of directors meeting October 17-20, in Vancouver, WA.

Interested in learning more about what happens during the meetings? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see pictures from the event and hear about other Institute activity. Following the meetings, stay tuned to the IICRC website at for the 2013/2014 annual report. If you’re planning on attending, make sure to tag us in any updates.

The IICRC is currently looking for images to use along with some of our articles. Do you have any you would like to submit?  We are looking for pictures of jobs you have worked on, carpet stains, mold remediation, water damage, etc. for use on our website and social media accounts. If you have any that you would like to share, please send them to We’ll make sure to credit you by name or firm for all to see. This is also a great opportunity to help with your website’s search engine optimization (SEO)!

                                                            —  Submitted by Tony Wheelwright