San Diego, California may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of the restoration industry. A dry desert climate, surfing and the Pacific Ocean typically come to mind first. In the small East San Diego County town of Lakeside, best known for its rodeo and small town charm, the first meeting for The Restoration Association was held on March 21st, 2018.
Our first meeting was held at Christian Brothers Cleaning and Restoration. Company president, Gabe Matthews, once held quarterly meetings here affectionately dubbed “The Restoration Club.” It was a casual group of restoration professionals meeting to discuss best practices and share ideas. It was the June prior to The Restoration Association’s first meeting, that my business partner Richie and I were invited to attend a Club meeting. As the new owners of MI-BOX, we were looking for any opportunity to connect with restoration pros.