Columbia, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will hold its 65th Annual Convention & Exhibition from March 23-27, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Ga. With so much in the media today about H1N1, indoor air quality issues, and going green, the primary focus of the convention will be on health and safety and how those topics apply to cleaning and restoration professionals.

Dan Coughlin of The Coughlin Group will give the first keynote address on how to lead a team and accelerate its impact in today’s environment. He’ll tackle leadership styles, giving honest feedback while maintaining strong relationships, raising your “personal” bar, leveraging technology and how to create sustainable results.

Barbara Manis, M.D., of National Medical Advisory/Building Health Sciences, will give a keynote address on health issues affecting the restoration industry by delving into the subjects of health awareness and safety, training, how to recognize the dangers for workers, and incident response.

Several exceptional education options will be offered before and after the Convention event. These include: Survival Spanish for the Restoration Professional; Creating Working Relationships with Adjusters that Last; Certified Renovator’s: EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulation; The “Disney World” of Rugs Tour; Creating Great Strategies to Make More Money; and Translating Today’s Technology into Business Dollars.

The main convention registration includes two-and-a-half days of education and networking events, food for all included events, access to the Exhibition, two general sessions and the welcome reception. Separate registrations are required for the pre- and post-convention events. Early-bird registration deadline is February 26. For more details or to register, visit