2013 RIA Convention Speakers and Session Topics, Restoration Industry Association

2013 RIA Convention Speakers and Session Topics, Restoration Industry Association.

Rockville, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will be holding its 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 23-25, 2013. The convention will include presentations from many key leaders in the industry.

Dina Dwyer, CEO of Dwyer International, will deliver the keynote address at the opening session on Wednesday, April 24th.  Emma Cardini, senior associate with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, and Jeffrey Gross, CR, and Howard White, CR, of Maxons Restorations, Inc., will give keynotes on Thursday, April 25th.

Education sessions will cover a wide range of topics ranging from emerging restoration technologies and legal issues in today’s work environment to creating successful sales teams. Among the sessions offered will be:
• Mobile Technology to Improve Profits by Shawn Silliman, CR, WLS. Silliman will discuss how mobile technology is reshaping the way restoration contractors are conducting business. From apps to photo inventories on iPads, Silliman will cover a variety of issues and different ways restorers can take their technology use to the next level.
• Restoration Estimating: Tips & Tricks for Success by Tim Hull, CR. Hull will discuss how to surpass operational and sales goals by starting with a systematic scope and relying on good habits of damage documentation and assessment.
• Restoration Hot Topics Open Form moderated by Les Cunningham: Cunningham will facilitate an open discussion on topics affecting restorers today. Topics will be generated from breakout sessions and surveys conducted prior to the convention.
• Infectious Disease Control by Patricia Harman: Harman will lead a discussion on the differences between disinfecting, sterilization, and sanitizing in a wide variety of environments. Michael Pinto, CSP, CMP; Halden Shane, M.D.; and Tom Peter, CIH, will discuss the emerging market of infection control cleaning and the science behind effective cleaning.

Other events during the convention include networking events and the RIA Dinner and Awards Banquet, which recognizes the achievements of industry professionals and those who have attained their RIA certifications. Additional registration is required for the banquet.

For more information on the Leadership Summit and Industry Expo or to register, visit http://www.riaconvention.org.  The cut-off date for hotel reservations in March 28th.

Making the most of our equipment!

Recently we had a job that we used a desiccant dehumidifier on, the problem was there was no where to vent the exhaust.  Jeff dug into his bag of tricks and we used another dehumidifier to take off moisture produced by the desiccant dehumidifier.  It worked great!

They call this “piggy-backing a refrigerant to a desiccant.”  The desiccant exhausts damp air which usually goes out a window.  In a case where you do not have a window you flex duct the exhaust of the desiccant into the top of a refrigerant dehumidifier and it takes care of the moisture that way.  You need to plan your water management because that refrigerant will be producing the max amount of water that it possibly can, and monitor power usage with extra equipment on site.

We delight in learning something knew, and using the resources we have available to make the world a better place!
~Submitted by Bob Held, Field Operations Manager

500 State Route 17

Maxons is currently working in Hasbrook Heights, NJ, on a job with extensive damage to an office building.  Our Senior Project Manager, Daniel Fitzharris, and his team have been on site daily working with everyone involved to speed the remediation process along.

~Submitted by Lou, Micchelli, Senior Director of Client Services

Capturing NYC from every Angle

 On May 3rd Alyssa Matlosz, Executive Assistant with Maxons, took some photos down at the World Trade Center Memorial and Building site.  She was in the area with Jeffrey Gross, Executive Vice President from Maxons, and Cindi Hereth, Director of Training & Certifications from RIA.  Cindi and Jeff were walking the sites and doing some preparation work for walking tours they are planning with industry specialists for this fall’s RIA Conference.

The RIA fall conference: Strictly Contents: Building Your Contents Engine, Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19, 2012. For more details, visit www.restorationindustry.org.

Great Comments from one of Our Happy Customers!

We are lucky that we often receive great comments at the end of jobs from our customers.  We recently got the following comment after a repair job and I found it worth sharing:

“Jack Shelley and the crew who did the supervising and work,  all did excellent work with careful attention to detail and demonstrated pride in their workmanship and quality work. Thanks!”

~ Contributed by Holly Moser Ross, Senior Project Coordinator