The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) recently announced the return of its popular contents restoration conference after a three year hiatus. The conference occurs this fall, Nov. 7-9 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. RIA has a strong history of providing content focused education; it produced content restoration-centric conferences earlier this decade.

“Feedback from our member satisfaction survey, our annual conference evaluations and our Content Science and Theory course clearly indicated restorers were seeking contents-focused education,” stated RIA executive director Marc Selvitelli. “RIA has a successful history providing contents restoration education and we are pleased to bring back this popular program.”

Conference attendees will hear from leading experts in contents restoration. A diverse set of general sessions and specialized breakout sessions are scheduled to occur throughout the event. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet with suppliers focused on serving contents restoration firms. Registration is open to all restoration firms, including those not currently RIA members. Selvitelli mentioned that individuals interested in learning more about the conference, including registration rates and housing information, can learn more at 

The conference announcement also included the revelation of a new association award – the Contents Excellence Award. Association leaders felt that the technical knowledge and skill involved in contents restoration frequently goes unrecognized. The award seeks to fill that void and the recipient will be honored during the conference. The award presentation will be unlike others in the industry as the award recipient will be given an opportunity to provide a 15 – 20 minute presentation on the winning project so that conference attendees can learn more about what is involved in an award winning project. 

The Contents Excellence Award is open to any RIA member or non-member firm that provides content restoration services. Projects submitted may include mitigation, recovery and restoration of personal property and they should have been completed between January 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. Projects may be residential or commercial and there is no minimum project size. All applications and supporting documents are due to RIA by Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

Full details concerning the award, application process and supporting documents needed are available on RIA’s website,