An infusion of fresh thinking and younger leadership at the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has led to the conclusion that to give members a good return on their investment of dues, the RIA must advocate for the legal and financial interests of restorers. Accordingly, I am excited to report that the RIA has formed the industry’s first unified advocacy team, called the Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) Committee. Its sole purpose is to advocate for the property restoration industry. What’s more, the RIA and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have executed a “Mutual Benefit Agreement” whereby the two industry giants will work together to establish areas of mutual interest that will include advocacy for restorers. The RIA is the grandfather of the restoration industry, and the IICRC is the preeminent source of publications on restoration industry standards of care. They are in full agreement about the dire need for a unified voice of advocacy on behalf of the restoration industry and are ready to level the playing field. This will be a shining example of strength in numbers. The powerful alliance will lead to several transformative changes in the industry that we will report on in months to come.
With sufficient support from you, the AGA will provide advocacy for restoration professionals across the country and seek to influence legislation and/or reform as needed, on a priority basis. I was honored to be chosen as chairman of this important group, and I extend my sincere thanks to the RIA Board of Directors for this challenging but rewarding opportunity.