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January 03, 2012
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The Clean Trust/IICRC continues with ITA plans

VANCOUVER, WA — The Clean Trust (formally the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification – IICRC) continues to move forward with plans to create an independent international trade association, according to a press release.

The plan was initially approved at The Clean Trust executive committee and board of directors meetings in 2010, the release stated.

According to the release, The Clean Trust is in the process of finalizing the structure of the organization, which aims to provide education, programs, services and products to individuals, companies and supporting organizations involved in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.

The association is expected to launch sometime in 2012, the release noted.

"The Clean Trust is deeply committed to providing the cleaning, restoration and inspection industry with the tools and resources necessary to grow their businesses and better serve their customers," said Darrell Paulson, The Clean Trust chairman of the board.

"This trade association will internationally unify the industry and support collaboration to pursue common goals and interests," Paulson added.

Click here to read the complete release.

Settlement reached in Chinese drywall case

WASHINGTON — Thousands of homeowners affected by defective Chinese drywall have agreed to a settlement up to $1 billion, according to a press release.

The settlement is to be paid by German manufacturer Knauf International, whose Chinese subsidiary was responsible for the tainted product that has been blamed for producing fumes that damaged air conditioning, wiring and fixtures, the release stated.

According to the release, the settlement would allow about 4,500 properties containing drywall made by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin to be repaired.

The settlement value is about $800 million to $1 billion, but the final cost will depend on the number of homeowners who provide evidence of tainted drywall and the size of the homes, the article noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Bridgepoint University releases 2012 class and seminar schedule

SALT LAKE CITY — Bridgepoint University, the educational division of Bridgepoint Systems, has released its 2012 education schedule, according to a press release.

So far, Bridgepoint University has scheduled over 300 events in 2012 throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, the release stated.

According to the release, Bridgepoint University teaches certification classes for The Clean Trust (the former Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)) in carpet cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, deodorization and odor control, water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, carpet repair and reinstallation and color repair.

For more information about upcoming dates and classes, click here or here — or call (800) 658-5314, extension 2255, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

Totally Booked University to present special disaster restoration event

TAMPA — The disaster restoration market is virtually recession proof, which means huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to capitalize on.

But they still need to implement methods and techniques to work with adjusters and insurance companies, and to obtain new clients. In addition, they need to have effective methods to collect money owed for the work they do.

To do all this and more, Totally Booked University is putting together a one-day "restoration only" marketing event at the Tampa Jon-Don store on Friday, February 10, 2012.

Click here for more information, or to register.

This event is for disaster restoration professionals only. If disaster restoration is not one of your top service segments, please do not sign up for this workshop.

If you want to know your legal rights as a restoration contractor and learn how you can earn more money and collect what''s owed to you from insurance companies, this is the event for you. Plus, you''ll get live Q&A time with Harvey Cohen, an attorney who specializes in insurance claims.

If you want to know how insurance adjusters think and how they differentiate the restoration contractors they prefer to do business with, this event is for you. Plus, you''ll get live Q&A time with Peter Crosa, a nationally-known insurance claims marketing expert.

If you want to know how to use social media (Facebook, Twitter) and optimize your website to come up on top of the search engines, and maximize your online exposure, avoiding expensive Yellow Page and pay-per-click fees, this event is for you.

In addition to the information presented during the seminar, each attendee receives, as part of registration, a 2 GB flash drive full of marketing tools, videos, books, forms and much more information to help them with their businesses.

Click here for more information, or to register. Class size is limited, so sign up soon and reserve your seat.

Click here for the Totally Booked University homepage.

Steve Poulos rejoins HydraMaster and U.S. Products

MUKILTEO, WA — Steve Poulos has rejoined both HydraMaster and U.S. Products in the newly created position of regional manager, according to a press release.

In this new position, Poulos will be responsible for key distributor accounts within the mountain region, along with several focused national and international accounts, the release stated.

According to the release, Steve returns to HydraMaster and U.S. Products from a key management position with a cleaning and restoration industry equipment, chemical and tool manufacturer.

"We believe that the addition of Steve''s talents, industry knowledge and relationships further bolsters our ability to expand our markets going into 2012," said Mickey McKee, vice president of sales and marketing for HydraMaster and U.S. Products.

"His long established relationship with industry distributors, professional cleaners and restorers and industry trade associations helps him successfully establish productive and profitable solutions for all involved. Steve will be an important part of meeting the demands of sales, service and support for our growing businesses," McKee added.

Click here to read the complete release.

Dayspring Restoration president named chairperson of RIA Contents Council

WOOD DALE, IL — Disaster Kleenup International LLC (DKI) has announced that Mark Springer has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Restoration Industry Association''s (RIA) Contents Council and was also added to its Board of Directors, according to a press release.

Springer is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Dayspring Restoration, based out of Missoula, Montana, the release stated.

According to the release, the RIA has member firms worldwide and provides industry leadership, supports science and promotes best practices for cleaning and restoration.

"It is an honor to be appointed to the Board of Directors and as chairperson of the Contents Council. I look forward to serving this terrific organization," said Springer.

Click here to read the complete release.

ServiceMaster appoints president

MEMPHIS, TN — The ServiceMaster Company has announced that Thomas Coba has joined the company as president of ServiceMaster Clean and Merry Maids, according to a press release.

Coba is responsible for 6,375 franchises and international licenses in 33 countries, 82 branches and 31,000 team members operating under the ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, AmeriSpec and Furniture Medic brands, the release stated.

According to the release, these brands hold category-leading positions in residential and commercial cleaning, disaster restoration, home inspections and furniture repair, respectively.

Coba joins ServiceMaster from Milford, Connecticut-based Subway Restaurants, where he served as chief operating officer, the release noted.

"I''m very excited to have someone with Tom Coba''s proven leadership in global franchising join ServiceMaster," said ServiceMaster Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hank Mullany.

"Tom has an outstanding track record of increasing revenues and franchise profitability, as well as transforming customer experiences. By attracting talented leaders like Tom, we will turn ServiceMaster into a rapidly growing, best-in-class service provider," Mullany added.

Click here to read the complete release.

DKI named a fastest growing franchise

WOOD DALE, IL — Disaster Kleenup International Inc. (DKI) has announced that it has ranked number 83 on Entrepreneur magazine''s Fastest Growing Franchises for 2011, according to a press release.

These franchises are ranked based on their scores in Entrepreneur''s Franchise 500, the release stated.

According to the release, the Fastest Growing Franchises ranking is based on the number of new franchise units added in the U.S. and Canada from 2009 to 2010, as verified by Entrepreneur''s Franchise 500.

The 2011 rankings are based on financial and statistical data from July 2010 through July 2011 and thousands of companies'' submissions are reviewed before the final list is determined, the release noted.

"I am very pleased that DKI is being recognized as a fastest growing franchise. We have worked hard to create a franchise opportunity that provides value while supporting the company''s overall vision, mission and values," said DKI President Dale Sailer.

"It is rewarding that when compared to other franchises in the marketplace, others see the value in our offering," Sailer added.

Click here to read the complete release.

AFTERDISASTER awarded federal emergency services contract through GSA

GREENSBORO, NC — The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a five year contract to AFTERDISASTER, according to a press release.

This contract engages AFTERDISASTER to provide all types of emergency services, including the provision of emergency electricity through generators, water damage mitigation, fire and smoke damage cleanup, mold remediation services and related product sales to all branches of the Federal Government, the release stated.

According to the release, AFTERDISASTER specializes in the provision of emergency and restoration services, as well as general contracting, for water, fire, smoke and mold damage victims in residential, commercial, institutional and governmental buildings.

"Being awarded this contract is the result of two years of deliberate, focused efforts by our Large Loss Division and administrative staff," said Chairman Joseph B. King, Jr.

"We look forward to serving the needs of the federal government and the General Services Administration," King added.

Click here to read the complete release.

More Floods training class of December 2011

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 December 2011.

Back row from left to right:
Christopher Ricarddi, Fast Pro; Nick Renner, FWR General Contractors; James Eaton, FWR General Contractors; Eric Misselwitz, Apollo Pro Cleaning; Anthony Mouginis, Apollo Pro Cleaning; Bob Eriks, Americlean Inc.; Mark Buckingham, Floor Restore; Marco Vazmendes, Crown Restoration; Mark Ryan, Able Restoration.

Front row from left to right:
Jennifer McMullan, Fast Pro; Robert Wishnia, Timeless Restoration; Nicole Mouginis, Apollo Pro Cleaning; Lisa Scovronski, Apollo Pro Cleaning; Gwen Eriks, Americlean Inc.; Chris Elliot, Apollo Pro Cleaning; Joe Wishina, Timeless Restoration; Ron Graham, North Shore Home Works; Karen McGrath, Able Restoration; Katie Hurstak, Able Restoration.

Each of these organizations completed a two-day training class on December 12 and 13 at the modern More Floods training facility in Lenexa, KS.

Nine new companies attend training in December, making it the largest training group of all new members to More Floods.

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

New online store for cleaning and restoration business forms

PALM DESERT, CA — Ed Cross, the "Restoration Lawyer," has launched an online store where his Standardized Cleaning & Restoration Contract Forms are available, some at no cost.

The forms include:

• Authorizations
• Service agreements
• Limits of liability
• Releases
• Change orders.

Along with the forms are detailed instructions on how to use them, scripts for presentations, form letters and more.

All contract forms are one page, in Microsoft Word format, ready for immediate download. The store will also offer webinars, video and articles.

See or call (760) 773-4002.