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President's Report - Fall Board of Directors Meeting - Las Vegas, NV

By Craig Kersemeier, SCRT President

Things are changing in the restoration industry.  Not new techniques or revolutionary equipment, but advocacy. 

For years it has been talked about the industry lacks a voice, but in the recent few years, restoration contractors are beginning to take a stand.

It started with a few social media groups but has elevated to international association levels.

These groups have begun getting funding to try to take a unified stand on issues that affect the restoration industry.

Mark Springer, RIA incoming President, summarized – “Our voice is not heard or appreciated because we do not speak with collective unity and focus”.

Initial items these committee are looking at:

  1. Pricing/scoping platforms
  2. Consultant involvement for claim resolution
  3. TPA involvement and their expanding influence
  4. Government regulations and rules (EPA Lead Paint)

I attended three different industry shows this year.  These topics made center stage and restoration contractors are getting more frustrated.

With the recent “Call to Action”, I think there will be some changes or, at least I hope, the lines of communication will be more open.

I am not suggesting we copy or duplicate what other groups or associations are doing, but we need to take notice of the changing environment and, being one of the larger industry trade associations, be willing to align ourselves or take a stand for our members whether it be restoration or cleaning.

SCRT has an opportunity to watch these things develop or find a way to be part of these industry initiatives.

IICRC Standards Director Elected as President of The Society for Standards Professionals

IICRC Standards Director Elected as President of The Society for Standards Professionals

Vancouver, Wash. – July 18, 2019— The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) today announced that its Standards Director, Mili Washington, was selected to serve as President of the Society for Standards Professionals (SES) Board of Directors.

“For the past eight years, Mili has helped secure the Institute’s position as a standards leader in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry,” said Pete Duncanson, IICRC Chairman. “We’re proud to see her knowledge, hard work and ability to lead recognized beyond our organization.”

The SES is a not-for-profit professional organization for those in the standards industry, whose mission is to provide opportunities for professional development through programs and services and to promote awareness, use and value of standards and conformity assessment.

“I am looking forward to taking on this new role, and working with a great group of standards industry leaders, and truly giving back to the standardization profession.” said Washington.

For the past fifteen years, Washington has focused her work in the area of standards development and management. In her previous role as manager of standards and guidelines for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), she oversaw three ANSI accredited standards committees that developed 20 ANSI standards for the occupational health and safety profession.

Washington is the Committee Chair for the SES Financial Audit Committee, and in her role as Vice President oversaw the work of the SES Leadership Development Committee and the SES Awards Committee. Washington is certified by SES as a Certified Standards Professional (CStD). She graduated with a master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Policy from George Washington University in Washington DC, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University in New Delhi, India.

For more information about the IICRC’s Standards program and a list of current Standards available, visit www.iicrc.org/Standards.


The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit www.iicrc.org.

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