I am Gerrett Stier, owner of GMS DISTRIBUTION and host of the GMS PODCAST. I am talking to different manufacturers, vendors, contractors, suppliers, educators and anyone else I have met in the restoration industry while building power distribution equipment for the last 10 years. These are non-scripted casual conversations I have with some of my friends.
Nate Newman with Crown Restoration and Jesse Mann with Showcase Restoration join me on this weeks podcast. I was really looking forward to talking to these two guys because they are young and new to the industry. I wanted to find out how they how they got started in the restoration industry and what they like about it. I talk with them about their previous work history, mentors, how the heard about the jobs, what they like about the companies they work for, what they like about their jobs and more. I am hoping that my conversation with these high producing team members will help answer some of the new hire questions we all have when trying to find the right person. I really enjoyed talking with Nate and Jesse, and can't wait to hear more about what they accomplish in the future.
This episode was recorded on May 31, 2021 and June 1, 2021
Scott Vogel is the Chief Operations Officer at Emergi-Clean, Inc. in Rahway, New Jersey. Scott is a Certified Bio Recovery Master with 15+ years researching and creating standards and protocols for the biohazard and infectious disease remediation fields. He also started The Bearing Hope Foundation which provides teddy bears to children devastated by disasters. I had the privilege of speaking to Scott about his background, how he takes care of his team, Covid-19 and The Bearing Hope Foundation. Scott is one of the nicest, empathetic, and compassionate people you will meet. It was an absolute pleasure talking with him! To find out more about The Bearing Hope Foundation you can visit the website https://www.bearinghope.org/.
This episode was recorded on May, 13 2021
Tim Kreczmer is a Partner at PuroClean Property Restoration in Naperville and Wheaton. Tim was featured back on episode 44 where we talked with him about starting his company. Today I talk with Tim about partnering with his neighboring PuroClean Territory outside Chicago. We have a great conversation about starting new business, mergers, football, hiring and the panty hose trick. Tim is so much fun to talk to and I really enjoyed having him on the podcast.
This episode was recorded April 13, 2021
Eric Sprague and Larry Wilberton are the owners of Blue Collar Consulting and MorningTechMeeting.com. Eric and Larry have been in the cleaning/restoration industry since 2008 when they started a cleaning company in California. They have since sold that company and are focusing on business consulting, virtual training through “MorningTechMeeting.com” and hosting a podcast called “The Blue Collar Nation”. Eric and Larry talked with me after The Experience convention ended in Charleston, SC. We talked about their backgrounds, starting a company in 2008, over coming business struggles, teaching soft skills, smart/dumb people, and a little red fireman’s hat. I had an absolute blast with these guys, they are both amazing!! I can’t wait to see them in Vegas for The Experience!
This episode was recorded on April 22, 2021
Joe Cerone is the Product Manager and Sales Representative for Sentinel Products located in Minneapolis. Joe started working in this industry during college when he worked for a cleaning company. He later started his own cleaning company before taking a job with Sentinel developing products and supporting the contractors. Joe is one of the most driven people I know and was so happy to have him on the podcast. We talk about Joe's background, his ambitious work ethic, Sentinel's products, volunteering, hockey and how the industry has progressed. I had a great time talking with Joe and always enjoy spending time with him.
This episode was recorded on April 22, 2021
This episode was recorded during the third day of "The Experience Conference & Exhibition" in Charleston, SC. I interview 6 vendors and talk to them about their company, products, the tradeshow and much more. I had such a great time talking to every one and hearing about how they each have a passion for and impact the restoration industry! The day 3 guests include:
Doug Quinn - The American Policy Holder Association
Corey and Lindsay Brandon - NDT
Rachel Adams - Aramsco
Frank Kinmonth and Jesse Fields - Serum
John McCubbin - International Ozone Technologies Group
Sonny Ahuja - Kill It Online
This episode was recorded on April 21, 2021
Kerry and Heather Mayuer are two really great friends I finally had the chance to see in Charleston at The Experience Convention. Kerry is a sales rep at Phoenix Restoration Equipment and Heather is the Regional Manager at Advantage Experts In CLean. We talk about tradeshows, changes in the industry, cars, realestate, equipment and shed hunting. I had such a good time talking and laughing with these two. I can't wait until we can do it again!!
This episode was recorded April 20, 2021
This episode was recorded during the second day of "The Experience Conference & Exhibition" in Charleston, SC. I interview 6 vendors and talk to them about their company, products, the tradeshow and much more. I had such a great time talking to every one and hearing about how they each have a passion for and impact the restoration industry! The day 2 guests include:
Jenee Lloyd - RLMA Services
Klark Brown - Alliance of Independent Restorers
Jacob Brown - DualClean Services
Michael Dakduk and Kevin Pearson - IICRC
AC Lockyer - Softwash Systems
Eric Sprague - Morning Tech Meeting
Tom McGuire - Large Loss Mastery
Chuck Dewald - Dewald Drying Academy
This episode was recorded on April 20, 2021
Frank Gomez is my business banker and friend. Frank started his banking career as a teller and has been promoted quickly due to his dedication and hard work. I was able to sit down with Frank at his house and talk to him about his childhood, passion for small business, the chaos of the PPP loan, fatherhood and eating guts in Columbia. Frank is an exciting, driven, humble young professional and it has been a joy watching him succeed. I can't wait to talk to Frank again and hear the new things he has accomplished.
This episode was recorded March 7, 2021
This episode was recorded during the first day of "The Experience Conference & Exhibition" in Charleston, SC. I interview 5 vendors and talk to them about their company, products, the tradeshow and much more. I had such a great time talking to every one of these guys and hearing about how they each have a passion for and impact the restoration industry! The day 1 guests include:
Sammy Bridges - Efficient Drying Systems
Rocky Hensley - 1-TOM-PLUMBER
Jeff Cross - CleanFax Magazine
Andy Robinson - Jon-Don
Kerry Mayuer - Phoenix
This episode was recorded on April 19, 2021
Bill Coy is the Key Accounts Manager at ICP Environmental Restoration Group (Benefect). Bill has a passion for this industry and truly wants to help his customers succeed with the best possible products. Bill took some time with to talk about sales and marketing, the story of Benefect, how he started in the industry and more. Bill and I have known each other for over 10 years and shared some really great times. Bill is so much fun and always enjoy spending time with him!
This episode was recorded February 9, 2021
Larry Cooper is the man behind the "The Experience Conference and Exhibition". Larry started cleaning carpet during the early 70's and restoring properties in the early 80's. After selling his company, he wanted to provide the industry with a high level of professionalism and education, and so he started The Experience Conference and Exhibition. I talked with Larry about his background, how the show has changed over the last 20 years, the challenges of organizing a show during the pandemic, what you can expect at the show in Charleston this year, the importance of attending, and a climb to the top of Mount Everest!! I had a great time talking with Larry. He has so much knowledge and is always on the cutting edge of new standards and processes for the restoration and cleaning industry. The Experience will be in Charleston this year April 19-21 and Las Vegas September 8-10. Go to www.experiencetheevents.com for more information. I will be attending in booth 613. Hope to see you there!!
This episode was recorded on April 5, 2021
Barry Wilson is the VP of Aramsco Restoration Rentals. He is a Certified Restorer and an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist that started in the restoration industry in 1999. Barry was the Vice President of Midwest Rental Service and was key in growing that company until it was acquired by Aramsco in 2017. I was able to meet up with Barry at his office in Indianapolis and talk with him about his background, growing Midwest Rental, the acquisition, some large projects and saving squirrels. Barry has been a long time supporter of mine and it was great to catch up with him!
This episode was recorded on February 22, 2021
Corey and Lindsay Brandon are National Key Account Managers for NDT (National Drying Technologies). These are two of the busiest and sweetest people I know! We talk about their background, how they met, juggling family and work travel, the amazing NDT Team and share some stories from large projects. Their passion for this industry is off the charts. I had a great time talking to them and can not wait to see them soon!!
This episode was recorded January 28, 2021
I traveled to the Paul Davis of Vancouver Washington to provide power box training and sat down with 2 team members for this podcast. My guests on this episode are Kevin Troyer the Director of the Emergency Service Division and Jesus Salgado the Production Manager. We talk about growing teams, hiring, support, stability, education, and Nike shoes. This is a great episode filled with a ton of takeaways. I had such a good time hanging out with these guys, I can not wait to come back and see what else they have accomplished!
This episode was recorded January 26, 2021
Chris Phelps is the owner of Phelps Restoration in Pe Ell Washington. Chris has a background in construction and has recently found a passion for restoration work. Chris and I sat down to talk about restoration work, marketing, education, basketball, a little bit of tee-ball and shared some hunting stories. I had a great time talking with Chris and even talked with him for another hour and a half after we stopped recording. Hopefully Chris and I can plan a hunting trip together and record another podcast to share our adventures!
This episode was recorded on January 25, 2021
Elan Pasmanick is the owner of Born To Repair. Elan has a background in appliance repair and has started a business specializing in onsite repair of restoration equipment. He is also working on an online seminar to teach others how to repair their own equipment. I was able to talk with Elan about starting a new business, common repairs, marketing on social media, growing up in Israel, and his new seminar. Elan has a very cool business model to save contractors money. I have been following Elan for over a year and am excited to have him on the podcast!
This episode was recorded on January 7, 2021
Rick McGuigan is the President of Pine Ridge Cleaning and Restoration located just outside of Cleveland Ohio. Rick started as a carpet cleaner working for Pine Ridge, eventually bought the company and then added restoration services. We talk about his growth, his passion for helping people, team members, building relationships and some Christmas stories. I have known Rick for about 10 years, he was one of the first contractors to start using our power boxes. It was really good to catch up with him.
This episode was recorded on December 16, 2020.
Chris Laney and Chuck Dewald were the very first guests of the GMS Podcast one year ago and they are back to kick off year number 2!! I have been really looking forward to this anniversary podcast. These guys are not only my good friends but also true experts in the restoration industry. We recorded after a class at the Dewald Academy and talk about their busy storm season, benefits of E3 and the Dewald Academy, the new E3 App, recap my hunting season, a future alligator hunt and Chuck redeems himself. I always have so much fun with these two and this podcast was no exception...We Had A Lot Of FUN!
This episode was recorded on December 11, 2020
Jon Isaacson is the host of the DYOJO Podcast, Author of Be Intentional: Estimating and the Vice President of Operations at All American Restoration Services. Jon was a guest of the GMS Podcast on episode 5 and now he is back! We talk about his new book, his podcast, business relationships, culture, and market value. Jon is one of the most creative and energetic people I know. I am always interested in what he is doing and who he is talking to. I really enjoyed the time I had to talk with The Jon Isaacson!
This episode was recorded November 27, 2020
Tom McGuire is back! Tom is the instructor for The Large Loss Mastery courses and invited me to Cape Canaveral, FL to participate in his “Super Course”. We had a chance to sit down when the class was over and talk about Large Loss Mastery, Kennedy Space Center, writing proposals, Surfing Santa’s, hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Tom has so much knowledge and experience in large loss restoration. He is always a pleasure to talk to and I hope I am invited back to his class next year so we can do it again!! Also, if you haven't listened to Tom's first podcast, check out Ep. 16 "We Clean Rockets".
This episode was recorded on December 4, 2020.
Mark Springer owner of Dayspring Restoration is back! I had a great conversation with Mark on Ep. 42 but time ran out before we could talk about our hunting seasons. In this conversation we start by talking about the book “Scaling Up” by Verne Harnish that Mark recommended in the first podcast, then transition to our passion for hunting. Mark is a very skillful and accomplished hunter. He has hunted his home state of Montana his whole life, even venturing into wilderness areas and has also taken multiple trips to completely remote areas of Alaska. I absolutely love talking to Mark and hearing about his experiences. I cannot wait to talk to him again…who knows, the next time might be both of us on top of a mountain!
This episode was recorded on November 16, 2020
Clint Junell is a partner at Mr. Restore and Job-Dox based outside of Dallas. Clint started Mr. Restore in 2009. He created software to solve some pain points in Mr. Restore while managing and communicating on restoration projects. Today that software has grown into its own company called Job-Dox and is now available to all service companies. Clint and I talk about how he started both of his companies, marketing, all about Job-Dox, some mountain biking and hockey tournaments. Clint is a great guy focused on providing value first. I really enjoyed talking with him .
This episode was recorded on November 11, 2020
I'm really excited about this podcast!!! I have 4 restoration business owners who are in there second or third year of business talking to me about there experiences so far. The 4 owners are Mike McFadden at Hero Remediation (first interview), Tim Kreczmer at Puro-Clean (interview starts 21:00). Cory Martin at C&C Restoration (interview starts 45:00) and Trey Raines at Raines Restoration (interview starts 1:03:30). All of these guys have different backgrounds, different approaches, different markets, different focuses, different goals, etc. There is such a variety here it is just AWESOME!! The value isn't just for restoration but even new business in general. "The New Guys" may just be a new recurring segment, that's how good I think it is! Enjoy!!
This episode was recorded November 10-12, 2020
Sam and Brad Bridges own Efficient Drying Systems. They are brothers from Texas with 30+ years experience as restoration contractors. A few years ago they sold their restoration business and started developing "products to make the technicians more efficient in the field." We talk about their products, new product development, bringing a product to market, branding, and future products. Sam first called me about 2 years ago and had some questions in regards to distribution. We have kept in contact since then and it has been exciting for me to see them develop and produce products for the industry. They have accomplished so much in 2 years and it was great to hear about all of it! You can find their products at efficientdrying.com.
This episode was recorded on October 29, 2020
Mark Springer is the owner of Dayspring Restoration and the President of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). In this episode Mark and I talk about his background, growing his company from $75,000 to almost $20M and what the RIA is doing to better the working lives and relationships of the restoration contractor. Mark and his team at the RIA are working hard to execute a plan and cause real change in the restoration industry. Mark discusses the progress that has been made with XACTIMATE, Third Party Consultants (TPC), Third Party Administrators (TPA) and virtual education. Mark also shares the future initiatives of the RIA and how anyone in the restoration industry can get involved. I had a great time talking with Mark, he has so much experience, a vision for a better future, and the drive to get it done!
This episode was recorded on October 23, 2019.
On this episode I will talk to 4 guest speakers who are presenting at the virtual conference "FRAGMENTED NO MORE" hosted by the RIA (Restoration Industry Association). I talk to John Monroe with Violand Management Associates, Ed Cross "The Restoration Lawyer", Tom McGuire with Large Loss Mastery and Ben Justesen with JRCC Restoration. We talk about the topics that they are presenting on, being a part of a virtual conference, the progress the RIA is making in the industry and much more. You can see more about the conference and the list of 20+ guest speakers that will be presenting this year (including me) at restorationindustry.org. Mark your calendars for October 6th and 7th. You will not want to miss this event!
This episode was recorded on September 20, 2020
Rocky Hensley is the owner of ICON Property Restoration based in Cincinnati. Rocky is a serial entrepreneur and I am always excited to talk to him and find out what he is working on...He is always working on something! In this conversation we talk about the sale of a mortgage business, getting started in water restoration, the 550 pound bear he shot and some other hunting stories, but mainly we talk about his new project. Rocky shares the development of a "snap-on" service/company he added to his restoration company that originally was just supposed to generate water leads. After 2 years the company is generating leads but also making money...A lot of money! I was happy to have Rocky on the podcast. He is always building, growing or innovating something. I can't wait to talk to him again.
This episode was recorded on September 9, 2020
This week I have 4 previous guests on the podcast, Dan Vaughn, Huey Miller, Kory Kappes, and Michael Albert. All 4 of these guys have boots on the ground in Louisiana. I was able to get 10-15 min with each of them to talk about what they are seeing and doing the week after Hurricane Laura touched ground. We cover pre-planning, logistics, accomodations, providing for team members and a lot more. This is one of my favorite podcasts so far, so much information and perspective with 4 really great people!
This episode was recorded on Friday, September 4, 2020
Kanna Sunkara is the CEO at Re-U-Zip. Kanna and Re-U-Zip are responsible for making "the world's first reusable containment zipper", magnetic closures and ultra-clear fire-rated barrier panels. His products are used in multiple industries including construction, restoration, and healthcare. He has such a passion to make great and innovative products. One of my favorite parts of our conversation is when Kanna explains how Re-U-Zip is being used in hospitals and doctor offices to create a safer environment for healthcare professionals. We also talk about the features of his products, innovation, opportunities during Covid-19, deep sea diving and driving impact. Kanna has so much energy and was an absolute blast to have on the podcast.
If you would like more information on Re-U-Zip products or other opportunities email email@example.com or visit their website www.reuzip.com.
This episode was recorded on August 26, 2020
Mike Fritsch is a business coach and the Director of Revenue Development at Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Mike is an entrepreneur and has successfully grown multiple businesses and now helps people turn their ideas into businesses. Mike is my business coach and has played a key role in my success and the success of GMS Distribution. We talk about the Innovation Center, business execution, staying focused and a gold medal at the world championship pickleball tournament in Germany. I was so happy to meet up with Mike for this podcast. He is a great friend that I know I can depend on.
This episode was recorded August 11, 2020
Colin Miller joins me on the podcast to talk about my trip back to Idaho to hunt spring bears. Colin is a backcountry hunter, photographer and videographer. Colin and I hunted spring bears in Idaho and recorded previous podcasts talking about our experiences. In this podcast we talk about my solo hunting trip back to Idaho. This podcast was recorded on June 14, 2020.
Jenee Johnson is the Program Director for Junior Achievement (JA) in Northeast Indiana. She is a great asset to the youth in our community and is responsible for reaching over 142,000 kids K-12 in 2019! Jenee contacted me a few years ago to volunteer and talk to high school classes and now I get to have her on the podcast to talk about the benefits and opportunities at JA. We talk about Biztown, Financial Park, JA going virtual, volunteer opportunities, and some part time jobs including dancing at hockey games. Jenee was so much fun to have on the podcast! She has great energy, is always smiling and gives so much to her community. I highly recommend volunteering for JA...Do it!!
If you have any questions, you can reach out to Jenee at Jenee.Johnson@JA.org or call her 260-484-2543.
This episode was recorded on 8/7/2020
Frank Kinmonth is the Director at Serum Products. Frank is a very successful business person with expertise in leadership, management, and growth. We talk about his background, getting in shape, Serum Products, Emergency Mitigation Technician Academy, and eliminating bad influences. Frank is a very good friend of mine, an inspiration, and a mentor. It was an absolute pleasure to have him on the podcast.
This episode was recorded on 7/28/2020
Darren Foote is the President of Remediation Training & Consulting. Darren has owned and operated a restoration company, is an IICRC Instructor, and was the former Head of Technical Training at Belfor. He has over 25 years of experience in the restoration industry. It was a pleasure to have Darren on the podcast, he has a true passion for serving others. We talk about the construction company he started with his brothers, his desire to teach and educate, memorable jobs, some incredible mission trips and www.justserve.org. Darren is genuine caring person, and I am better for knowing him.
This episode was recorded on 7/20/2020
David Olson is the General Manager of 1-800 Water Damage Seattle. David has over 40 years of experience starting at "the bottom of the totem pole" in a green truck at ServPro of Gig Harbor. He went on to own that Franchise, become the Washington State Director for ServPro, moved on to be the VP of Operations Training at Puroclean and is now General Manager of 1-800 Water Damage Seattle. We talk about all of his past experiences, developing a positive culture, communication and having fun at work. David has a passion for educating restorers on the true "art of restoration."
This episode was recorded on 7/10/2020
Jakob Hibbard is the Business Development Manager at DBK-USA. Jakob has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Materials Science Engineering. Jakob has a passion for the science of drying and helping restoration contractors maximize their efforts. I was so happy Jakob had some time to chat on the podcast. We talk about DBK heat drying equipment, grilling/BBQ, elk season, marketing struggles, golfing, and getting older. It was so much fun to catch up with Jakob and I can't wait to find a hole in the wall BBQ joint with him soon!!
This episode was recorded on 7/6/2020
Stuart Stier is the owner of Ultimate Electric and is my Dad. He joined me on the podcast for a special Father's Day episode. My Dad is one of the greatest people I know! We talk about how he started his business, tons of stories, his memories of being a dad, the grandkids and leading by example. I have such great memories of growing up and working with my Dad. If it wasn't for him, I would not be where I am today.
This episode was recorded on 6/20/2020
Michelle Blevins is the Editor in Chief at R&R Magazine and an award winning journalist. Her passion is to provide the restoration industry with quality education, stories, and information. Michelle and I talked about how she got started with R&R, the Women In Restoration Award, the Ladder Award, R&R's new digital platform, paddle boarding and new technology. I had a great time talking to Michelle! She brings so much value to the industry and I am very grateful that she shared her time with me.
This episode was recorded on 6/18/2020
Dan Vaughn is a Strategic Account Specialist at Jon-Don. Dan started his career with a local restoration contractor outside of Chicago which allows him to better understand the needs of his customers. He has multiple IICRC certifications, over 15 years of experience, and a goal to get his customers the materials they need as fast as possible. I talked to Dan about how he got started, what he likes about restoration, tattoos, beards, gardening, and cookies. I had a great conversation with Dan, it was awesome to catch up with him!
This episode was recorded on 6/13/2020
Ben Justesen is the President of Just Right Cleaning & Construction in Moses Lake, Washington. Ben is a second generation restorer who started working with his dad at a very young age. Ben has grown the company to 3 locations, he is an Xactimate Certified Trainer, and is the Chair of the Pricing Subcommittee for the AGA. Ben is a major ally for restoration contractors and is constantly affecting positive change in the industry. We talk about estimating, NET Profit, job costing, pricing changes and snowmobiles! I had a very educational conversation with Ben. He is a great friend who truly wants to help people be better. This episode was recorded on 6/6/2020
Colin Miller joins me on the podcast to talk about our recent adventure, a spring bear hunting trip to Idaho. Colin is a backcountry hunter, photographer and videographer. This is part 2 of a 2 part series. In this podcast we talk about what happened on each day of our hunting trip, the lessons we learned, and the experience we have gained. Our hunt started on May 15th and ended on May 20th, this podcast was recorded on May 21st.
Colin Miller joins me on the podcast to talk about our recent adventure, a spring bear hunting trip to Idaho. Colin is a backcountry hunter, photographer and videographer. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. In this podcast we talk about the "Turkey Tour", hunting turkeys and our preparation to go bear hunting in Idaho. Our hunt started on May 15th and ended on May 20th, this podcast was recorded on May 21st.
Rachel Adams is a Corporate Accounts Manager. Starting her career as a chemist, she eventually found her passion teaching the science behind restoration work. She has over 30 years of restoration experience! During this time she has started a restoration company, founded Indoor Environmental Management, helped develop the AMRT, helped write the S520, IICRC Instructor for almost years, and is now a Corporate Accounts Manager. We talked about how she got started, the "OGs" of the industry, her passion for cooking and your "Daily Dose Of Cuteness!" I had so much fun talking with Rachel, she has so much experience, knowledge and great stories to share. I can't wait to talk with her again! This episode was recorded on 5/7/2020
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Jeff Cross is the Editorial Director of ISSA Media and the host of Straight Talk. Jeff hosted me on an episode of Straight Talk and now I had the pleasure of hosting him on the podcast. We talked about changes in the restoration industry, digital vs. print media, www.gbac.com a disinfectant accreditation, belt buckles and vacations. Jeff is a long time friend and I was happy to have him as a guest! He has so much knowledge and inspires me to try new things. I can't wait to catch up with Jeff again!
This episode was recorded 5/6/2020
Tamra Stier is my Mom and is my guest for our Mother's Day Episode. My Mom is AMAZING!! She has raised 7 children while growing her real estate company, Rockfield Realty Group. I talked to my Mom about some of her favorite family memories, balancing work and family, her passion for TV production and more. My Mom is one of the most caring and thoughtful people I have ever met and I'm happy she is my Mom! Happy Mother's Day!!
This episode was recorded 5/9/2020.
Leanne Welsh is a National Sales Rep at Phoenix Restoration Equipment. I met Leanne years ago when she worked for her family's business Viking Equipment. Leanne has a ton of experience in the restoration industry. She helped build Viking, she was instrumental in its acquisition and has now moved on to be the National Sales Rep at Phoenix Restoration Equipment. We talk about Viking, the acquisition, her role at Phoenix, new equipment, Joanne and Chip and get a movie recommendation form 1999! I have been friends with Leanne for almost 10 years. She has always been so positive and helpful, I am always happy to see her. I can't wait to talk with her again! This episode was recorded on April 30, 2020.
Bryan Brainerd is the President at Restoration Academy. He is an IICRC approved instructor and industry consultant. Bryan and I have been friends for a longtime and he has always been a big supporter of GMS power boxes. I had a great time catching up with Bryan. We talked about how he got started, his training facility, changes in the industry and online education. Oh...and it was his Birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRYAN!!
This episode was recorded 4/26/2020.
Eddie Green is the host of the podcast called "Selling People, Not a Process." He is a sales and marketing specialist with over 25 years of experience. Eddie invited me on his podcast to talk about my background, where the idea for a power box came from, and how GMS Distribution was started. It was a pleasure to talk with Eddie and I encourage everyone to check out his podcast. This episode was recorded March 23, 2020.
Josh Winton owns Discreet Restoration. Josh is a mold expert who promotes "healthy homes" through remediation. He talks with me about his company, all about mold, remediation procedures, his YouTube channel and much more. Josh has so much passion and an equal amount of energy; I had so much fun talking with him! Follow him on YouTube "IAQ Josh", https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2jSPEf5w8d7KOgx1GAmwRg. This episode was recorded on March 17, 2020.
Jackie Haydock is a Digital Healthcare Attorney at Microsoft (and my lovely wife). Her expertise include navigating the FDA regulations, negotiating complex technology transactions, advising on data privacy and cyber-security, and counseling on ethical considerations for AI. For the last 3 weeks, Jackie and I have been using our resources to get disposable face masks to medical professionals. We discuss how this started, the complications and successes, FDA Clearances, the spread of Covid-19, social isolation and keeping communication with our loved ones. This episode was recorded April 12, 2020.
Cole Stanton, Director Of Education at ICP Building Solutions Group (parent company of Fiberlock and Benefecrt), is on the podcast. Cole has been in the restoration industry almost 40 years and is an expert in environmental abatement, mold, lead, restoration, fire damage and education. Cole talked with me for over an hour and provided some great information. We talk about the "novel" corona virus, disinfecting, EPA regs, killing corona virus/covid 19, the right tool for the job, corona waves/vaccination, 5-steps to getting started, transferable skills, use of our resources, 10 min wet contact, the Titan airless sprayer, and DO NOT SANITIZE AIR DUCTS. Cole has so much knowledge to share and is willing to help anyone who will listen. I learned a lot from this conversation, and can not thank him enough for his time! This episode was recorded April 5, 2020.
Keith and Paige Sproles are on the podcast. Keith is a construction contractor and Paige has a passion for working with underprivileged children. I sat down with Keith and Paige after the AIR Summit 2020 in Charleston, SC. We had a great time talking about construction, theater, working with children and BBQ. Keith and Paige have so many stories and were so much fun to talk to! These are two awesome people who want to help people. This episode was recorded March 16, 2020.
Thomas McGuire is the founder of Large Loss Mastery which is a class offering hands-on training in restoration and recovery of commercial properties. I met up with Tom after the AIR Summit 2020 to talk about his 30+ years in the industry, the Large Loss Mastery Class, The Edge tool, and putting out quality products. Tom has so much experience, he was absolutely great to talk with and I can't wait to meet up with him again soon! This episode was recorded March 16, 2020.
Ron Colling is the Product Manager at Aramsco, Nashville TN. There are very few people in this industry that I have known longer than Ron Colling. He is/was a deprived child, sales rep, manager, regional manager, instructor, restoration product manager, and IICRC Master. Ron "airs his grievances and feats of strength" with the GMS Podcast. I met up with Ron in Las Vegas after the NEXUS show. We talk about breaking products, Bridgewater, Interlink Supply, Aramsco, the merger and "are carrots vegetables." Ron is one of my absolute favorite people! He has helped my business and is one of the funniest people I have ever met. I always enjoy anytime I get to spend with Ron, he is amazing! This episode was recorded March 9, 2020.
Kory Kappes is the Commercial Account Manager at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in Atlanta, GA. I met up with Kory in Las Vegas and talked to him about helping people, fires in Malibu, problem solving and Cher's house. Kory is one of the most genuine guys I have ever met. His passion, vulnerability, honesty and empathy allow him to earn the trust of anyone he comes in contact with. I didn't want this podcast to end...KORY IS THE REAL DEAL!!...Enjoy! This episode was recorded February 25, 2020.
Huey Miller of ServiceMaster out of Scott Louisiana is on the podcast. Huey is a second generation restorer that works at a ServiceMaster that is 60 years old!! We talk about yellow vehicles, sitting on floor strippers, duck hunting and the "Texas Heart Shot". I had a great time talking with Huey and can't wait to have him back on the podcast. This episode was recorded February 13, 2020.
Blaine Parry owns Parry Property Services just outside Seattle. Blaine has 2 masters and is an expert in many areas of the water restoration industry. We talk about how he got started and his new business focusing on air quality testing using InstaScope. Blaine was able to teach me so much during this podcast. He has a ton of knowledge, a big heart and truly wants to help people! This episode was recorded February 8, 2020.
Blaine Parry Contact Info:
Cell: (509) 216-2285
Michael Albert owns ServiceMaster of Wichita Falls in Texas. I was able to talk with Michael about how he started his business, the importance of training, retaining a great team and his role in the fire department. I really enjoyed this conversation. I learned a lot about certifications and Michael's passion for helping people! This episode was recorded February 3, 2020.
Bob Frazee and his son Justin Frazee. Bob Frazee owns ServiceMaster by Texas Best in San Angelo, TX. I flew to Texas to train Bob and his team on the generator power distribution system GMS built for them. I stayed with Bob and Justin in the hunt barn the night before and we had the chance to talk about hunting, how Bob got started, his team and "The Place". This episode was recorded January 30, 2020.
Luke Draeger is a sales rep at Aramsco. I met up with him at the Seattle location to talk about his job, the people at Aramsco, 14 hour days, swimming and lots of shout outs. Luke is so much fun to talk with, he is a very hard worker and does everything he can to make his customers successful! This episode was recorded January 29, 2020.
Klark Brown, owner of Restoration Advisers and Chris Jeter, owner of ServiceMaster are on a retreat with me in Kalispell, Montana. We talk about our visit to Glacier National Park, The Titans, traveling, diving and just hang out for an hour. We recorded this episode outside on the deck with the mountains in the background. I had an amazing weekend with these two guys. This episode was recorded on January, 19, 2020.
Klark Brown, owner of Restoration Advisers and Chris Jeter, owner of ServiceMaster are on a retreat with me in Kalispell, Montana. We talk about education, company ownership, FB communities, leadership and elevating the restoration industry. I had a really great time talking with these two guys. This episode was recorded on January, 18, 2020.
Derec Stevens is the warehouse manager at GMS Distribution. We reflect on 2019, discuss new things for 2020, talk ice fishing, dogs and company improvement. This podcast was recorded on January 14, 2020.
Jon Isaacson is a Project Manager at 3 Kings Environmental in Seattle, WA. I talk with Jon about asbestos removal, trusting your team, TheDYOJO.com and his article in Restoration Remediation Magazine the "Intentional Restorer". This episode was recorded January 4, 2020.
Tim Farmer is on the episode. Tim is a Restoration Consultant out of North Carolina. We talk about business growth, personal growth, education and helping others. This episode was recorded on December 31, 2019.
Matt Hice is on the episode. Matt Hice is the manager at AllPhase Electrical Supply in Fort Wayne, IN. We talk to Matt about upgrades in his warehouse, long range shooting, LED lighting and home automation. This episode was recorded December 26, 2019.
Spencer Warren is on the episode. Spencer is the Logistics Manager for Woodard in St. Louis, MO. We talk about the history of Woodard, what makes a team successful, and giving back to your community. This episode was recorded December 13, 2019.
Chris Laney and Chuck Dewald are on the episode. Chris Laney is the owner of WaterOut in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Chuck Dewald is an instructor and owner of the Dewald Drying Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. We talk about how our companies started and what we are excited for in 2020. This episode was recorded December 12, 2019.