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IICRC re-elects slate of executive officers

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) re-elected its executive board, returning Lee Zimmerman as its president.

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) re-elected its executive board, returning Lee Zimmerman as president; Carey Vermeulen, first vice president; Paul Pearce, second vice president; Darrell Paulson, treasurer; Eileen Barkstedt, secretary; and Jeff Bishop, Certification Board chairman.

Lee Zimmerman, president, has been in the cleaning and restoration industry for over 23 years. He has been active in the IICRC since 1992, is certified in all IICRC categories, and holds the designations of IICRC Master Cleaning Technician, Master Restoration Technician and Senior Carpet Inspector.

Carey Vermeulen, first vice president, is a 19-year veteran of the cleaning and restoration industry. He is president of Glenncarey Carpet Cleaning, vice president of Glenncarey Contractors Ltd., vice president of Glenncarey Custom Upholstery and is an IICRC Master Cleaner and Master Restorer.

Paul Pearce, second vice president, has been active in the cleaning and restoration industry since 1973. He is director of training for NCCA, director of British Cleaning Council, director of National Training Organization (British government department) and an IICRC-approved instructor.

Eileen Barkstedt, secretary, participates actively with the IICRC as a member of the budget committee, senior carpet inspector committee and upholstery committee. She is an IICRC Master Cleaner and Senior Carpet Inspector.

Darrell Paulson, treasurer, serves as a consultant to companies in the cleaning and restoration industry and is an expert on water damage. Paulson is an IICRC Master Cleaner and Inspector and previously served on the board of directors.

Jeff Bishop, Certification Board chairman, is a 30-year veteran of the cleaning and restoration industry. He is the author of several books on cleaning, disaster restoration and related subjects, and a member of the editing committee of the S100, S300 and S500 Standards. Bishop teaches courses and lectures at over 60 schools, workshops and conventions annually. He provides consulting services for the fabric cleaning and insurance industries.

Established in 1972, the IICRC serves as an independent, non-profit certification body. It sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry. The organization approves instructors and schools through which service professionals can receive training and certification.

For more information about the IICRC, call (360) 693-5675 or visit the Web site at

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