The Restoration Industry Association opened its 65th
Annual Convention & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga., March
23-27, with a full day of pre-conference courses Wednesday and a welcome
reception in the exhibition hall that evening.
Thursday morning’s “Early Bird” education sessions were
followed by keynote speaker Dan Coughlin, who discussed team leading and
accelerating roles and impacts on them.
“I want you to see the equity in value. When you create good
value for other people, the very first person they’re going to think of, the
first person they’re going to turn to for leadership, for influence, for
guidance, is you,” Coughlin said. “The most important leadership basis of all
is creating and delivering value to other people.”
The RIA’s annual Phoenix Awards were also presented Thursday
morning. The awards, for “Innovation in Restoration” and “Innovation in
Reconstruction” are awarded to RIA member firms for projects completed in 2009
that deal with damage to personal property or buildings, commercial or
residential, the demonstrate value, require creative problem solving and
illustrate the use of innovative procedures.
The Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration was
presented to Spotless Carpet Cleaners & Janitorial Services, Inc., for its
“Crantzdorf Castle” project. A turret of the $28-million Johnson City, Tenn.,
structure was damaged in a winter thunderstorm. The company contents- and
structure-drying processes saved the owners millions of dollars in restoration
The Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction went to
the Johns Lyng Group. The first-ever international presentation of the Phoenix
Award, the Australia-based Johns Lyng Group was charged with reconstructing the
Moama Bowling Club in inland Australia after a devastating fire. The company
completed the project in 24 weeks, at a total cost of $17 million ($AUD).
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