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July 10, 2012
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National Flood Insurance Program extension bill approved

WASHINGTON — Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have approved legislation that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, according to a press release.

The extension was contained in a transportation funding bill given final approval by both chambers on Friday, the release stated.

According to the release, the bill extends the NFIP — which was slated to expire next month — until September 30, 2017.

The measure also reforms the program through such actions as phasing out subsidies for many properties, raising the cap on annual premium increases to 20 percent from 10 percent, imposing minimum deductibles for flood claims, and requiring the NFIP administrator to develop a plan for repaying the debt incurred from Hurricane Katrina, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Registration open for Las Vegas Connections

LAS VEGAS — It''s time to make plans to attend the Las Vegas Connections Convention and Trade Show.

Scheduled for September 4-7, Connections will return to the same physical location, but under a new name: The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

The live demonstrations area has been expanded to over 25,000 square feet, and has been moved outside of the exhibit hall. Features will include a large flood house, live shrink wrapping of the flood house, two full live rug cleaning plants, contents restoration, hard surface floor cleaning and maintenance, upholstery and carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, infrared camera techniques, proper use of disinfection, carpet repairs, drying and more.

The trade show hours are as follows: 4:15- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5; 1:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 6; and 12-4 p.m. on Friday, September 7. There will be two live demonstration stages in the trade show hall.

Keynote speakers include Greg Habstritt and Mike Koenigs. They are expanding their presentations as both were featured at the Clearwater Beach, FL Connections Conference and Exhibition.

Visit for more information, and to register.

Explosion causes hundreds of thousands in damage

NASHVILLE — Damage to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center from a gas explosion has been estimated to exceed $700,000 dollars, according to the Mercury News.

While no injuries were reported, 5,000 guests were evacuated from the hotel for nearly seven hours, the article stated.

According to the article, there was major damage to an escalator, walls and ceiling, and the blast was so strong it damaged ceiling tiles on the third floor.

The explosion also caused the distruption of the 2012 Crawford Connection Expo, cancelling all opening day events.

By Wednesday, the hotel was focused on "returning to business as usual and repairing the impacted areas of the property with minimal disruption to our guests," said Colin V. Reed, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Gaylord Entertainment.

In 2010, flooding from the nearby Cumberland River caused about $200,000 million in damage, which forced the hotel to close for six months, the article noted.

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Totally Booked University launches ''Internet Strategies''

COLUMBUS, OH — Totally Booked University (TBU) is planning a special two-day comprehensive "Internet Strategies" event for carpet cleaning and restoration business owners who want to handle their Internet marketing in-house.

This is a boot camp for the do-it-yourself marketer wanting to minimize service charges from outside marketing professionals over the years, yet aggressively build their own online visibility.

Unlike typical seminars, "Internet Strategies" not only focuses on learning about Internet marketing but actually creating your Internet marketing tools right in class.

CleanServ/Interlink Supply of Columbus, OH, is hosting the event, scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, July 25-26.

"This is not a normal Internet marketing workshop," said Jeff Cross, the TBU administrator. "I''m bringing in Gary Arndts, a recognized Internet and search engine optimization (SEO) marketing expert, who specializes in carpet cleaning and restoration marketing strategies. He''s going to walk everyone through all they need to do to dominate their local market."

The class is limited to 12 companies, and each attendee company must bring a laptop computer they can use to build their online strategy. Each company will need to purchase online tools for their own use during the seminar as well.

At the end of the two-day seminar, each attendee will have a working online strategy with a response-oriented website consisting of geo-targeted landing pages, search engine optimization, powerful URLs, local directory listings, backlink building, e-mail marketing and much more.

Most importantly, each attendee will leave with the ability to continue improving their Internet marketing themselves without costly outside consultation.

Visit for more information.

IICRC seeking 2012 board nominations

VANCOUVER, WA — The nominating committee is seeking input toward the nomination of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) board members and IICRC officers.

The nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: After clicking on the above link, some browsers, FireFox specifically, may not show you the downloaded form but rather place a copy in the downloads folder. If you get a blank browser screen after clicking on the above link, please check your appropriate download folders, or highlight the link above and paste it into your browser''s address bar.

Fill out the nomination form and print it, then fax to (360) 693-4858, or scan and e-mail to

The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2012.

Legislation could suspend lead paint rule

WASHINGTON — The Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule could be suspended by legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot approve a commercially available lead test kit that meets the rule''s "false negative" and "false positive" criteria, according to a press release.

The bill, H.R. 5911, introduced by Representative John Sullivan, R-Oklahoma, is designed to hold the EPA "accountable for their failure to produce viable test kits to meet their own regulatory mandates," the release stated.

According to the release, there are currently two products available nationally that can "reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present on wood," but neither complies with both the RRP rule''s negative and positive response criteria of no more than five percent false negatives and no more than 10 percent false positives, each with 95 percent confidence.

The bill would reduce paperwork-related fines, eliminate the requirement for hands-on recertification and prohibit the agency from expanding the rule to cover commercial and public buildings until the EPA conducts a study for it, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Paul Davis National hires new staff

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Paul Davis National has named Kristen Schultz as account manager and Winston Bean as project manager, according to a press release.

Schultz will be responsible for ensuring that exceptional customer service is provided to customers along with project coordination, quality control and internal and external job communications, the release stated.

According to the release, Bean will be responsible for estimating and overseeing large loss projects in flooding, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, wind damage and other catastrophic events and will oversee the company''s emergency services staff, which provides commercial property owners with 24-hour assistance.

Shultz has more than six years of experience with Paul Davis, most recently serving as business development manager for the Paul Davis franchise in Northern Illinois, the release noted.

Bean has more than 28 years of experience in the general contracting, construction and homebuilding industry, disaster recovery field and as an insurance adjustor, the release added.

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More Floods training class of June 2012

LENEXA, KS — More Floods is proud to have the following new companies join their membership along with existing member companies who sent employees through training in June 2012.

Back row from left to right:
Mike McNatt, Resto Pros; Bentley Mooney, Kim Fitch, Matt Mooney and Mike Sobieski, Damage Control Services; Ryan Weitzman and Scott Weitzman, RGC

Front row from left to right:
MaryAnn Simmons, Resto Pros; George Mares, Resto Pros; Joe Reichel, Damage Control Services; and Dave Bruemmer, Dave’s Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage.

Each of these organizations completed a two-day training class on June 21 and 22 at the modern More Floods training facility in Lenexa, KS.

Five new companies attend training in June.

More Floods wishes our newest members and all our existing members great success.

RSA member earns WRT instructor certification from IICRC

BURLINGTON, WA — Mitchell Byrom of Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) has been promoted to Technical Training Instructor, according to a press release.

Byrom has received approval from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as an instructor for WRT (Water Restoration Technician) certification courses, the release stated.

According to the release, Byrom joined RSA as Technical Training Assistant in July 2011.

"My goal is to teach and promote best practices in the restoration industry," said Byrom.

"I want to be part of RSA''s efforts to improve technical knowledge and raise professional standards across the board," Byrom added.

In addition to supporting RSA as an instructor, he also provides technical and project support for RSA''s Burlington campus operations, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Tropical Storm Debby boosts business

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Tropical Storm Debby is proving to be a business boom for Paul Davis Restoration as torrential rain and winds continue to wreak havoc throughout the state, according to a press release.

Paul Davis Restoration, which provides emergency cleanup services for fire, water, mold, biohazard and trauma issues, has already responded to hundreds of emergency services calls in the past few days for such claims as downed trees, flooded homes and leaking roofs, the release stated.

"There were more losses taken in Monday than any single day since 1999 when we bought the franchise," said Marguerite Mumford, the Paul Davis franchise owner for North and North Central Florida.

Tropical Storm Debby is expected to continue producing excessive rainfall leading to significant flooding across Florida in the next few days, according to the latest update from the National Weather Service, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

CRDN operator receives service leadership award

LOS ANGELES — Rotary International has announced that Ray Rangwala, owner of CRDN of Los Angeles and Esteem Cleaners, has received the Vocational Service Leadership Award, according to a press release.

Rotary International and the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club recognized Rangwala for his outstanding volunteer efforts to provide donated clothing to thousands of individuals annually across Southern California, the release stated.

According to the release, this is the first year the Award has been given — and each year, it will recognize one individual for their promotion and advancement of vocational service to their community as well as their commitment to the highest, ethical business standards.

"As the inaugural recipient of this award, I am both humbled and honored to accept this acknowledgement and to share it with all of the project volunteers. The combined efforts of my fellow CRDN of Southern California Partners, Bobby Patel, Dave Suber and Shah Hiten, the participating members of the Southern California Cleaners Association and all of the dedicated Rotary volunteers have granted thousands the ability fulfill one of life’s most basic needs: Clothing for their backs," said Rangwala.

"Ray''s service to the community over these past 11 years speaks volumes about his dedication. And, his efforts to maintain the highest ethical standards for his employees, associates, customers and the public-at-large proves an unwavering dedication to his craft. He''s both an ambassador for Rotarians around the globe and a role model for all California business owners," stated Tom Hardy, governor for Rotary District 5260.

Click here to read the complete release.