Paul Donald (Encircle) and Shane Bailey (BSA) made special technology and creative solutions presentations for our Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery workshop.
Shane Bailey presented creative ideas for helping property owners and managers get ahead of disasters by mapping out their structure as well as their response plan. Shane reminded the audience that the building does not have a contingency plan.
Paul Donald shared data they gathered from members of the Encircle network who responded to Hurricane Ian. He made the comment that contractors should consider the third-party reviewer or the adjuster as their accountant.
Thank you Encircle and Building Science Authority for sponsoring this event.
Bob Blochinger (Boca Raton, FL) and Casey Clark, Capital Restoration (Atlanta, GA) teamed up to share their Lessons Learned from Storm Response as our workshop Restoration Panel.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, presenters, and participants of the first workshop collaboration between Pete Consigil and The DYOJO.
Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery
Naples, Florida and online
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Listen to IAQ Radio for a recap of this event with Joe Hughes and Cliff Zlotnik.
On a daily basis, intentional restorers are flooded (pun intended) with tidal waves of information. If a restoration contractor wants to learn and perform their duties in a manner that is instep with the best practices in their industry, they have to filter through a lot of misinformation (dare we say, BS). Founding Father, Cliff Zlotnik, shares his perspective on how modern restorers can get a clearer grasp on solid information so they can form and train stellar habits for serving their clients in need.
Mr. Zlotnik says, “In our industry, people look for the highest-tech solution rather than the lowest-tech solution. We should look for the lowest-tech solution that'll work first before we go to any higher-tech solution.”
Cliff Zlotnik, or the Z-Man as he is known by his peers and those who listen to his weekly IAQ Radio show, is one of four key people that industry historian Pete Consigli chisled into Mount Restoration with his March 2007 C&R Magazine article. Of his friend and fellow watchdog, Pete says, “Perhaps Cliff’s greatest lasting legacy is as the pioneer who introduced and popularized the concept of hands-on restoration training. In 1985, he converted a vacant church rectory into a hands-on training site for fire and water damage restoration, a place which became known as the Unhouse training facility.”
Restorers who enjoy history and want to develop their knowledge of the industry will be happy to see Cliff share training slides from his time at Unhouse in Episode 96 of The DYOJO Podcast. In the clip included with this article, host Jon Isaacson asks: “Say that the new guy coming in really wants to try to learn to do things the right way. Do you have anything that might help that person to decipher when they're being fed a line of bull?” In his storylike fashion, Cliff opens with, “I want to talk about two animals to answer your question.”
Albert Einstein's Business Advice
Mr. Zlotnik goes on to share:
If you take a baby elephant and you put a rope around his leg and you tie that rope to a tree. The elephant is going to learn to stay in a tight radius. You can actually remove the tree and still leave the rope on the elephant's leg and he will still stay there. He is kind of lost and helpless.
If you take a honeybee and you put it in a jar, the honeybee will fly around for a while. It will try to get out. When it realizes it can't get out, it's going to feel helpless and will not try to get out anymore.
In a video clip from The DYOJO Podcast, Cliff says, “I think a lot about complication. People can be made to feel helpless. I think that's what happens with a lot of these products. They give you this really sophisticated sales pitch. There are all kinds of numbers with equations and math, and none of us are good at math. People figure that they don't understand it. Therefore, the person who invented it is smarter than them. But it’s not necessarily true.”
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.”
Simple Solutions Are Often The Best Ones
When it comes to sales pitches for new innovations, techniques, and strategies for success, Cliff remarks, “I think there's a tremendous amount of complicated solutions, and the simpler the better oftentimes. I think in our industry, people look for the highest-tech solution, rather than the lowest-tech solution. We should look for the lowest-tech solution first before we go to any higher tech solution.”
Whenever there is an opportunity to hear Cliff speak about the history of the industry in is interesting to hear how first, the issues of today are not that different from 30 years ago and, secondly that history has a way of repeating itself. For those who are interested in diving into the technical details of the property restoration industry from people who have “been there and done that,” Cliff co-hosts IAQ Radio every Friday with Joe Hughes. This is the cleaning and restoration industry’s longest running podcast. IAQ Radio was podcasting before that was even a term, using internet radio for their weekly broadcasts.
Opportunities to Meet with Cliff
In January 2023, Cliff will be with us for the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium (Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24-25, 2023) and then for the one-day workshop, Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery (Thursday, January 26, 2023). The workshop is being produced by Pete Consigli and The DYOJO, it is available for in-person attendance as well as remote participation via Zoom.
Storm Workshop Remediation Panel:
Hurricane Workshop Sponsor:
The Remediation Panel for this one-day workshop will include hurricane case studies and presentations by Michael Symula, IEP & Josh Winton (IAQ JOSH), CIE. Their presentations will be part of the first round of morning sessions.
Thank you to event sponsor AEML, Inc - State of the art environmental laboratory services.
Storm Response Lessons Learned Workshop
WHAT: Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery, one-day workshop presented by G. Pete Consigli, CR, WLS and The DYOJO
WHERE: TWO OPTIONS
1. In-person at the Hilton in Naples, Florida
2. Remote via Zoom
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2023 730am - 530pm EST
REGISTRATION: In-person and online tickets available until 1/25/23 at 5pm EST, early bird discounts until 1/19/23 at 5pm EST - Workshop Eventbrite, READ MORE & PURCHASE HERE
REGISTER NOW for EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS
Storm Response Presentation
The one-day workshop, Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery, presented by The DYOJO and Pete Consigli will include a unique roster of speakers and presenters.
The agenda will include panel presentations for the following areas of expertise:
Kris Rzesnoski will be making the first presentation of data Encircle collected from disaster response for Hurricane Ian. This is a first of its kind discussion titled "What Went Wrong, What Went Right" which will be delivered in the Ted Talk styling.
Hurricane Recovery Sponsor
Thank you to event sponsor Encircle - The leading field documentation solution
Lessons Learned Workshop
WHAT: Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery, one-day workshop
WHERE: In-person, Hilton Naples, Florida; Remote, Zoom
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2023 730am - 530pm EST
REGISTRATION: In-person and online tickets available until 1/25/23 at 5pm EST, early bird discounts until 1/19/23 at 5pm EST - Workshop Eventbrite
The registration site is active for the Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery workshop. In addition to the panel discussions, there will be unique presentations including An Independent Insurance Adjuster’s Perspective on the State of the Industry from Peter Crosa as well as unique tools for Marketing to Property Owners and Managers from Building Science Authority. You can view the full agenda for the workshop via The DYOJO webpage and blog. Registration is available through The DYOJO Eventbrite which includes details for the early bird discounts.
This one-day workshop is a worthwhile add-on to the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium, aka Winter Break 2023. The Andrew Ask event runs Tuesday, January 24, 2023, through Wednesday, January 25th, and will include a once-in-a-lifetime Pioneers of Building Science four-person panel. This panel includes industry legends Joseph Lstiburek, Gary Nelson, Neil Moyer, and John Tooley. Early bird and block rates for rooms at the Hilton Naples are limited so interested parties are encouraged not to delay. Combined with the Lessons Learned workshop, attendees will benefit from deep wells of educational content and a broad range of networking opportunities to kick off the new year.
Pete Consigli, the Global Restoration Watchdog, and Jon Isaacson, The DYOJO, are joining forces to produce a one-day workshop offering education and networking on the topic of Lesson Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery.
Tickets are available for in-person attendees as well as online via Zoom for remote participation.
Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery
Winter Break 2023 Post-Conference Hurricane Workshop
Hilton Naples Florida: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
5111 Tamiami Trail North - Naples, Florida
Workshop Host: Jon Isaacson - thedyojo.com
Program Facilitator: G. Pete Consigli - Industry Adviser & Historian
Storm Response Workshop Speaker List
Hurricane Recovery Workshop Agenda
7:30-8:30am: Registration, Sponsor Set-up, Continental Breakfast
8:30am: Welcome, Opening Comments, Introductions
Pete Consigli, CR, Jon Isaacson, Cliff Zlotnik, CR, and Ashley Easterby
First Round Morning Sessions:
The Legal and Risk Management Panel: On Zoom from Orlando!
“The Legal Eagles: David Popper & Justin Petersen:
“The Risks and Legal Requirements to Contracting in Florida”: DPBR Licensing &
Regulations for “Storm Chasers”!
The Remediation Panel; In Person
Michael Symula, IEP (Assessment) & IAQ Josh Winton, CIE (Remediation)
“Hurricane Ian Case Studies an IEP Perspective: “What we had, what we did, what
happened and what we learned?”
“Working with IEP’s & 3rd Party Consultants: Best Practices for Secure Containment &
Clearance on PRV the FIRST Time!”
10:15-10:30am: Mid-Morning Break
Second Round Morning Sessions:
The Restoration Panel: In Person
Bob Blochinger (Flooring Consultant) & Casey Clark (Full-Service Contractor)
“Effectively Working with a 3rd Party, Roles & Goals, A Road Map to Win-Win!”
“A Restoration Contractor’s Insider Secrets: Mobilizing, Responding, Mitigating,
Recovery...AND getting Paid; after a Catastrophic Storm!”
“A Special Preview and Industry First by Kris Rzesnoski, CR: In Person”
A Ted Talk, Encircle Research Data on: “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ian”
“Shane Bailey on Marketing to Property Owners & Managers”: In Person
“Using a Before the Storm Strategy to get a Foot in the Door: A Mechanical
Contractor’s Perspective to Documentation of the Building Envelope and Systems”
Noon to 1:00pm: Intermission: Buffett Lunch, Networking & Sponsor Demos On-site
1:05pm: Welcome Back!
First Round Afternoon Sessions:
“The Restoration Lawyer, Zooms in from Southern California!”
RIA’s Advocate Ed Cross: A National Perspective to Chasing Storms, Risks vs.
Rewards, A Do and Do Not Do Checklist to Avoid Pitfalls & Get Paid On Time!”
Moderated Interactive Q&A: The Restoration Lawyer: In person and On-line chat Log
The Science Panel: In Person
Ralph Moon, PhD, and Jeremy Beagle, CIH,” Just the Facts on Research, Being
Deposed and Dealing with Experts and Plaintiff’s Sharks!
“You Finished the Remediation Project with a Happy Client...Until you get the Call,
Houston We Have a Problem!”: A presentation of a peer reviewed IICRC Journal
article on, Mold Growth After Effective Remediation!
“A Certified Industrial Hygienist’s Perspective on: Qualifying IEP’s, Complying with
Industry Standards & Strategies for Sampling, PVR, and Project Oversight & Clearance”
Moderated Interactive Q&A: The Science Guys: In person and On-line chat log
3:15-3:35pm: Mid Afternoon Break
3:40pm: Welcome Back!
Second Round Afternoon Sessions:
The Insurance Perspective:
Peter Crosa, AIC, RPA: On Zoom from Ft Lauderdale!
” An Independent Insurance Adjuster’s Perspective: The State of the Property
Restoration Industry, Middlemen, Hitmen & Widow Brown, What is a Restorer to Do?”
Moderated Interactive Q&A: “Addressing “Hard Questions!”: live & on-line chat log
The Round-up: IAQradio+ & The DYOJO Collaborate with the In-person and On-line
attendees for an Open Forum with the In-Person Speakers.
Round-up Facilitator: Pete “Restoration Global Watchdog” Consigli
Special Guest Moderator Panel: “Radio Joe” Hughes, Cliff, “Z-man” Zlotnik, Jon
‘Intentional Restorer” Isaacson and Ashley Easterby, The Aussie from Down Under!
5:20-5:30pm: Wrap-up, Closing Comments and Adjournment; Consigli and Isaacson
Winter Break 2023 Events & Specials
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS:
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:
PLEASE NOTE this workshop follows the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium (AABSS2023), aka Winter Break 2023.
If you are planning to attend Andrew Ask, you will want to book your room at the Hilton Naples with the AABSS2023 Room Rates ASAP - After Dec 31st, the Andrew Ask conference registration fee goes up $100 and the room block rate will go up per market price and availability
Disaster Response Workshop Sponsors
Thank you to our SPONSORS, reach out to The DYOJO if you are interested in sponsorship:
Lessons Learned Workshop Media Partners
The DYOJO - helping contractors shorten