The 13th Annual Conference and Trade Show at The Hotel Contessa Riverwalk Suites in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 15-18 is just about upon us.

We anticipate a huge turnout, as our industry is growing very rapidly. All vendors have been invited to join us at the Network Dinner the evening of Aug. 17, giving them the opportunity to introduce their products and services to you.

You will see the newest technology, equipment and supplies available for this fast-growing industry, as well as gain valuable knowledge and techniques from some of the other professionals in the industry. This year there will also be a meet-and-greet with ABRA members and our vendors on Sunday, Aug. 15.

The following are some of the sessions that are planned:

Safety During Automobile Restoration
Mike Torres with ICAR will be presenting on safety issues such as air bag dangers to the remediator, safety considerations when cleaning and replacing life-safety devices such as seat belts and seat assemblies.

Rich Ross with Trauma Scene Services will be discussing the methods, techniques, and the science of odor removal. Our industry is often faced with unique odor issues. Having the knowledge and equipment to properly remove these odors will set you apart from your competition.

Government Regulators and Regulation
Representatives of the EPA will be there to answer questions about the new “Lead Standard” and how it affects your company. We will have Texas Health Department talking about Infectious Animal/Human Diseases.

The Victim, Your Company, and Crisis Intervention
Will Marlin with NOVA will be partnering up with ABRA to provide a training session on Victim Assistance. Companies in attendance will be provided a certificate and become apart of the NOVA “Seal of Approval” program.

Cory Chalmers of Steri-Clean, moderator for the Yahoo talk group “Crime Scene Clean-Up” and owner of, will be speaking about hoarding. With an ever-aging population and TV shows about hoarding, there has been an increase in clean-up relating to hoarders. Cory will take us through the psychological part of the business, from dealing with the customer to the job itself.