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RIA Announces 2007 Leaders

Columbia, MD – At its 62nd Annual Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., the Restoration Industry Association (RIA - formerly ASCR) announced its slate of officers for 2007.

Gary Dooner, CR, of Du All Service Contractors, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.), will serve as RIA president, succeeding Brian Spiegel, CR, of Spiegel Certified Restoration (Montclair, Calif.), who will serve as immediate past president.

Du All Service Contractors has been involved in the restoration industry for 40 years, providing 24-hour response to fire, smoke and water damaged residential, commercial and industrial structures and their contents. Active in the industry for 25 years, Dooner holds the unique distinction of being one of the first 100 Certified Restorer designees certified by RIA. He was a recipient of the Martin L. King award in 2003, which recognizes outstanding service to the restoration industry. Dooner is also actively involved in his local community, and served as a former director of the Viet Nam Veterans Leadership Committee. He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Marine Corps Association.

Ben Yanker, CR, WLS, CMH, of Buffalo Restoration, Inc. (Bozeman, Mont.) will be the association vice president, Graham Dick, CMP, of Genesis Restorations Ltd. (Surrey, BC) will serve as the secretary, and Ron Reese, CR, WLS, of Mr. Steam/Ree Construction (Hailey, Idaho), will serve as Treasurer. Also serving on the board of directors are Michael Griggs, CR, WLS, of Disaster Restoration, Inc. (Denver, Colo.), Bill Lakin, CR, of Chem-Dry in the U.K., and Jeff Jones, CRS, of Sani-Sheen System, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK).

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