LAS VEGAS – Sept. 12 – The Dri-Eaz 2007 Restorative Drying Symposium wrapped up Wednesday after two days of with high spirits, some blunt talk and a keynote address from a member of one of college football’s most famous families.
Designed for professionals with “a commitment to continuous learning,” the Restorative Drying Symposium is a gathering of restoration professionals who are always looking for ways to improve their businesses and themselves, who understand that change is an inevitable and, in many cases, a welcome part of their chosen industry.
Following a brief introduction by Dri-Eaz Technical Education Manager Brandon Burton, Dri-Eaz President Bill Bruders addressed the audience.
“As we look at Dri-Eaz today, I can easily tell you that, you know, there are 200 people working there today, in multiple states, in multiple countries, we’ve grown a lot. And we’ve grown like the industry has,” Bruders said. “ But I would say today that we’re kind of at a crossroads in time…it’s probably a good time for us to reflect on our industry; where we are today and where we want to go.”
Bruders challenged the industry as a whole to shed it’s “bickering ways,” and instead focus its efforts on strengthening itself, re-energizing trade associations and finding ways to operate, utilizing the latest technology and equipment available, to the benefit of everyone involved.
Keynote speaker Terry Bowden then took the stage. The former Auburn coach and 1993 College Football National Coach of the Year prowled the platform like a sideline, engaging the audience with a speaking style that left no doubt as to how he was able to rise to the ranks of college football’s coaching elite.
“What’s it going to take for you to build a successful program, a successful business? It’s about you. It’s about what you bring to the table,” Bowden said. “Let’s make it clear: we can’t solve all the problems, we can’t have all the answers, we can’t hire all the best people, we can’t buy all the best equipment, we can’t have everything.
“But we can affect how we present ourselves, how we lead our company and how we motivate those around us. And that’s the most important thing,” he said.
The Dri-Eaz Restorative Drying Symposium will take a year off in 2008, returning in the spring of 2009.