BERKLEY, MI, May 13, 2010 - Insurance industry executives and a special guest were highlights of CRDN’s international convention, attended by more than 330 CRDN partners and guests from across the United States, Canada and the U.K. at La Costa Resort & Spa.
The event, part of CRDN’s commitment to ongoing education
for its members, was highlighted by poignant presentations from high profile
and respected industry guests Chris Zelley, Vendor Manager at Farmers
Insurance, and Larry Thomas, Senior Vice President of Crawford Contractor
Connection. Both guests shared their perspectives on the insurance
industry and the growing role of textile restoration within the claims process.
The general assembly presentations were supplemented by educational breakout
sessions and networking among members.
The conference concluded with a black
tie awards gala, to honor the achievements of CRDN’s local businesses over the
past year. On hand was special guest John Littlefield, designer on
ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who presented awards to the CRDN
businesses that participated in 26 episodes of the show in 2009, bringing
CRDN’s involvement to 87 episodes over four seasons.
“CRDN is dedicated to providing
unparalleled service through our local partners who are among the most
innovative and prestigious textile restorers across the U.S.,” said Wayne
Wudyka, CRDN’s CEO. “Textile restoration requires a separate set of operating
procedures specific to the insurance industry, and our convention speakers were
instrumental in emphasizing our theme of ‘Speed of Change,’ focusing on rapid
advancement within our category and the need to provide consistent, highly
professional and standardized services from coast to coast.”