RIA Announces Speakers, Session Topics for 2013 convention.

Press Release Summary:

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold its 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo from April 23–25, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to several keynote addresses and presentations from key industry leaders, there will be education sessions covering topics – from emerging restoration technologies and legal issues in today's work environment to creating successful sales teams; networking events; and RIA Dinner and Awards Banquet.

Original Press Release:

2013 RIA Convention Speakers and Session Topics

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 www.riaconvention.org.  The cut-off date for hotel reservations in March 28th.

About the Restoration Industry Association

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has member firms worldwide. RIA provides industry leadership, supports science, and promotes best practices for cleaning and restoration through certification, training and standards development. More information is available on the RIA website: www.restorationindustry.org.

Patricia  L. Harman

Director of Standards & Communications

Restoration Industry Association

12339 Carroll Avenue

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 301-231-6505 ext. 28

Fax: 301-231-6569

E-mail: pharman@restorationindustry.org


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