On February 1, 2011 the SCRT Georgia Chapter held a Restoration Technology and Diversification Symposium hosted by The Cleaner’s Coach at TCS in Norcross, Georgia . There were 52 in attendance.
One SCRT Member said it best when he commented, “This feels like a family reunion, but without the arguing!” Five new Regular Members joined SCRT during the event. The presenters were all SCRT Members or Associate Members, and we really appreciate the time and effort they put forth to make this event a success.
Jeremy Reets from Reets Drying Academy led a discussion on how to use directed heat and calculate evaporation potential in restorative drying with a live demonstration in the on-site flood house.
Bill Coy from Sensible Life Products, makers of Benefect Botanical Disinfectant explained how to read EPA-registered product labels and use environmentally-safe products made for cleaning and restoration contractors.
Slade Smith with Bio-Reveal discussed the future of real-time microbial testing, citing examples of how sampling and documentation can increase revenue, save time and reduce liability.
SCRT Board Member and Georgia Chapter President Cara Agerbeck from Abatement Technologies
presented information to members on Portable Air Scrubber technology and the importance of using air filtration devices on restoration projects.
Rachel Adams with Indoor Environmental Management was scheduled to do a presentation about monitoring and documentation to reduce liability, but after sitting at the airport and on a plane for hours, due to snow, sleet and freezing rain, her flight to Atlanta was cancelled.
SCRT Technical Advisor, Jeff Bishop of Clean Care Seminars gave a stirring presentation on successful diversification into the restoration industry. He shared with members many of the possibilities available to grow with or without insurance company PSP programs.
Gordy Powell from A1 Bio-Clean in Georgia provided insight into the challenges of trauma cleanup and bio-recovery services, complete with case studies and photographs of actual remediation projects. We especially appreciate Gordy for stepping in when SCRT Board Member Don McNulty of Aftermath was unable to make it to the event.
The success of the Georgia event makes it apparent that SCRT Members are seeking the latest in information when it comes to remaining competitive in these challenging economic conditions.
Recent innovations such as green chemistry, smart equipment, remote monitoring, heat-assisted drying, surface and air sampling and air filtration advancements are just a few of the hot topics that will be discussed during the planned series of cleaning and restoration symposiums that are coming to each of the SCRT Chapters in coming months. In addition, industry experts will help cleaning and restoration professionals with important issues such as diversification, marketing, sales, profitability and employee relations.
Keep an eye on The Monitor and www.scrt.org for announcements about future dates and locations.