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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.