Pete Consigli makes Downey Guest of Honor at the Winter Break Banquet & Networking Dinner on February 2nd, 2024.
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Industry Icon John Downey announced his retirement at Restoration Winter Break held at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Bonita Springs Florida from February 1 to 3, 2024.
Winter Break Host and Conference Facilitator Pete Consigli made John Downey the guest of honor at the Winter Break Banquet and Networking Dinner on February 2nd, held at DeRomos La Fontana Banquet Room in the Bonita Bay Promenade in Bonita Springs.
Downey addressed the Winter Break Banquet delegates during the dessert and coffee service giving a heartfelt retirement message to his many friends and colleagues in attendance. John submitted his career biography (include below) which was printed in the Winter Break 2024 digital program in his final industry role as the lead moderator for the
Winter Break 2024 Conference.
The John Downey Story - IAQ Radio
John Downey is a fourth-generation carpet cleaner who began his cleaning industry odyssey in 1973. He recently stepped down as chairman of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), a nonprofit cleaning science research organization.
Downey has decided to make Winter Break 2024 his swan song. Briefly, over the course of his career Downey:
Downey’s decision to end his public career at this event is not an accident. It is an opportunity to step offstage at an event hosted by his good friend, colleague and fellow industry watchdog, Pete Consigli. Pete has been an advocate and a warrior on behalf of restorers since before there was a restoration industry. As a watchdog, he has ferociously policed the integrity of the restoration industry for decades, matched only by his friend and colleague, Cliff Zlotnik.
Oh, and one more thing: Like Downey, when Consigli is cut he bleeds scarlet and gray!
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Restoration History Panel
This week on The DYOJO Podcast we share some more property restoration history. If you listen to IAQ Radio on Fridays, you know that Cliff Zlotnik always opens the show with a question. Joe Hughes and the Z Man are the OG's of property restoration podcasting. They were podcasting before that was even an option, broadcasting live in the 2000's over internet radio.
We speak to this restoration founding father's sons and several others about these historic contributions that birthed the water damage mitigation industry. Cliff Zlotnik shared, "His invention of the air mover was probably the most significant invention for our industry. It was a brilliant idea. It was simple. And do you know what's even crazier? His idea to put it underneath the carpet and float the carpet."
How important is moisture documentation? It is the key to getting paid for disaster response and property restoration projects large or small. As we continue our discussion regarding Robert Jordan Construction (RJC) versus the Arlington Independent School District (AISD), it would appear a lack of documentation cost this contractor upwards of $1.2 million dollars.
For Episode 96 of The DYOJO Podcast, we will review elements of water damage documentation, including
Hear more on Cliff Zlotnik's recommendations to contractors who want to learn to do things the right way but feel like they have to filter through industry BS in order to do so. Cliff, who has heard it all in his decades of working in this industry, says that filtering through industry information begins with a simple question. He says, “Ask them to explain to you simply. How does it work? Imagine that I'm a six-year-old and explain it to me.” Mr. Zlotnik says if this test was good enough for Albert Einstein it should be good enough for our industry. He continues, “If these people cannot explain it to a six-year-old, they don't understand it themselves.”
If the RJC vs. AISD case intrigues you, please refer to past episodes, including
Episode 92 the DYOJO team and guests introduced the preceding events and the outline of the case currently being litigated in the court of appeals for the second district of Texas. Episode 93 explores the backstory of Robert Jordan and his award-winning construction company. Episode 95 contrasts this case with one out of Puyallup, Washington where a contractor successfully defending their work under contract against a local city that terminated their services.
IN THE DYOJO PODCAST EPISODE 96:
0:00 Moisture documentation for storm response
0:47 Property restoration litigation
4:54 Shorten, not shortcut, your learning curve with Whitney Wiseman
7:08 Moisture mapping with Josh Winton
12:26 RJC vs AISD agreement and documentation with Bebo Crain
23:57 Drying science and training with Cliff Zlotnik
33:49 Cliff on what Lloyd Weaver would say to the modern restorer
36:15 Setting yourself up for success with Cliff Zlotnik
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Property restoration historian and watchdog, Pete Consigli, writes, "Lloyd [Weaver] introduced the first specialty designed Porta Dryer for on-location wet carpet drying. While that might not seem like much in today's sophisticated world, 35 years ago (written in 2007) Lloyd's methodology challenged the rug cleaning establishment and its in-plant wet carpet service." Lloyd Weaver is an icon of the water damage restoration industry, he is the man behind many of the core inventions of the modern age of property restoration as well as an early educator who trained many other industry contributors; as well as butted heads with a few others.
This is an extended clip, with new content, from a prior conversation (Episode 87) with another industry Founding Father, Cliff Zlotnik. Writing for Cleaning and Restoration (C&R) Magazine in March 2007, Pete Consigli identified Martin "Marty" L. King, Lloyd Weaver, Cliff Zlotnik, and Claude Blackburn as the Four Faces on Mount Restoration. This video includes some additional footage with Cliff, Jim Thompson as well as part of our conversation with Lloyd Weaver's two sons and grandson, all of whom are still active in the industry.
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In this video:
0:00 Lloyd Weaver
1:00 Lloyd invents the Porta Dryer
2:50 A discussion with Lloyd's two sons
6:45 Cliff learns water damage from professor Weaver
9:10 Cliff & Lloyd as business partners
11:00 Mr. Weaver learned through trial and error
12:30 Lloyd's restoration industry friends
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Industry icon and property restoration founding father Cliff Zlotnik can be heard weekly on the O.G.'s of industry podcasting, IAQ Radio. Among his many contributions to the professional practice of water and fire damage remediation, Cliff developed an anti-microbial product that was ubiquitous in the industry. There was a time when you would be hard pressed to find a carpet cleaning extraction van or water damage emergency response vehicle that didn't have at least one gallon of Microban on the shelf (or rattling around in the cabin).
For this week's episodes of The DYOJO Podcast (#87) Cliff shares a few stories about this product, some historical figures, and a few other nuggets of wisdom that will be of great benefit to intentional restorers.
In this episode
0:00 The DYOJO Podcast Episode 87
5:30 I put that *Microban* on everything
13:00 Cleaning vs. disinfecting vs. sanitizing
24:00 Lloyd Weaver - Restoration Founding Father
28:30 Martin "Marty" L. King - Restoration Founding Father
35:30 Ed York - Founder of IICRC
40:30 Thoughts from Cliff for the modern restorer
The podcast includes clips from The DYOJO Podcast Episode 60 and Episode 81.
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The DYOJO Podcast released a clip titled, "Igniter of an Industry - Remembering Martin "Marty" L. King." This phrase was penned by an industry Founding Father recognizing another property restoration historical icon, Cliff Zlotnik. Unfortunately Marty passed away in 2015, but as our good friend Pete Consigli, who is also the technical advisor for PropertyRestorationHistory.com, says,
“Marty had a vision for a new and emerging industry he called “damage repair.” Marty’s life’s work was to see the business of damage repair evolve into a profession. Fifty years after Marty had that dream, the legacy of the restoration industry is in the hands of those he influenced and many of those people are preparing to pass on the stewardship of the industry to the next generation. It is the hope of many that the next generation will take the industry to a place never imagined by the industry’s founders.”
In this video, which originally aired as part of The DYOJO Podcast Episode 85, we talk to John Pletcher. Mr. Pletcher was awarded the 2022 MLK Award at the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) Annual Convention. John shares his fond memories of being mentored by and working with Marty.
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