NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Tim Hull, whose mastery of large-scale restoration operations belies his young professional career, has been appointed Business Development Specialist at Violand Management Associates (VMA), a business-management teaching, training, and consulting company serving the restoration industry.

            “We’re especially fortunate to attract to our team such a talented and dedicated man as Tim Hull,” explained VMA owner Chuck Violand. “He’s a major league player in an intensely competitive part of our industry where operational know-how is critical. Equally important, Tim has reached the point in his career where he wants to give back to our industry,” Violand said.

            Formerly, Hull was national disaster-response manager at FlagshipPDG, a leading disaster restorer, environmental remediator, and reconstruction company with approximately $100 million in annual revenues. As emergency operations chief, he built its infrastructure to manage the company’s national network of 100 strategic partners, developed and put into place its emergency response procedures, and instituted its training practices. Under his watch FlagshipPDG expanded its operations dramatically, including partnership with a 200-office national cleaning and restoration franchise.

            Hull joined FlagshipPDG in 2005 as general manager to supervise the daily restoration operations of its $3M Pittsburgh division. This followed his experience as branch manager of FireDex of Pittsburgh, a disaster restoration company with over 50 employees and $6M in annual revenues.

            Hull partly credits his operational savvy to a BS in business from Montana State University. “I was attracted by the entrepreneurial spirit of the restoration industry, but I backgrounded myself in business before I tackled the technology.” Hull described his introduction to the industry through the building trades. “In high school I worked for a custom home builder. During college and afterwards I moved into the supply side of the business where I found my niche managing high-volume accounts,” he said. “What I hope to bring to others who face operational challenges in this industry is my firsthand insight into their problems and the systems and procedures used to solve them,” he continued.