A Note from Editor-in-Chief Michelle Blevins

Restoration & Remediation magazine was created in 2007 to be a voice and educational platform for restoration contractors. Today, we are a full-blown media brand dedicated solely to the restoration industry. R&R’s growth is largely thanks to the willingness of hundreds of industry experts to share their knowledge and insights within the pages of R&R. It is thanks to all these contributors and sources that you, our readers, have trust in us.

The first issue of R&R covered how to get paid more quickly, especially on large losses, bioterrorism cleanup, and The Pittsburgh Protocol for Microbial Remediation (just to name a few). Since then, there have certainly been new microbial remediation techniques discussed, a multitude of new products released, and a number of changes in IICRC and other standards guiding the industry toward effective best practices. However, the core of what R&R covers each month has really not changed much at all. Today, biohazard cleanup and forensic restoration are, unfortunately, bigger than ever. Training in those areas has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade, and remediators are more prepared now than ever for dealing with the worst. Then, there are topics like getting paid. Hmm, has that changed much for your company in the last decade?

While we don’t know all the stats from the early days of R&R, it was initially a bimonthly publication. For the past several years, it has been a monthly magazine, and it now reaches the mailboxes and inboxes of nearly 20,000 restoration professionals every month. In addition, www.randrmagonline.com now has upwards of 20,000 visits a month, up from just 4,000 a month two years ago, and has an ever-growing following across our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

But again, this isn’t all about us. We are celebrating this anniversary thanks to you – our readers, our contributors, and our advertisers.

This special anniversary issue is broken down into several sections, as well as a timeline of major events that impacted the industry over the last decade.

Section 1: Letters from Industry Thought Leaders

Peruse letters from some of the thought leaders in the restoration industry on where things are today – and where they believe the industry is growing.

Section 2: A Look at Industry Trends

Leaders, owners, and experts in the restoration industry lend their thoughts on where the industry has come in the last decade, and where it is heading.

Section 3: Restorers to Watch

We are in the midst of a major transition in the restoration industry – with some owners and leaders preparing to retire or sell their companies, and a new generation of leaders stepping into those roles in companies and industry associations alike. These six are already well on their way to being major forces and voices in the industry; the sky is the limit.

Section 4: 6 Changes Happening Now

Wrapping up this special anniversary section, we are take a deep dive into six changes happening in our industry today.