NorthStar Restoration Services of Wausau, Wisc., has taken a nationally recognized step toward training and developing its work force by adding Ivan Turner as operations training manager. Turner, a certified Ziglar Legacy Trainer, has more than 30 years of experience in disaster recovery and restoration.

Turner, of Jefferson City, Mo., will be part of NorthStar’s core management team, responsible for developing, facilitating, and overseeing all aspects of employee training.

A naval veteran, Turner founded Disaster Brigade, a disaster-recovery business covering 14 counties within a 60-mile radius of Jefferson City, Mo., including areas impacted by Hurricane Laura in August. In addition to writing multiple marketing and training programs including ShowMe Marketing Solutions, Turner has had several works published in industry media and in 2013 authored the book, “I Broke the Code, So Can You!” about his rise through the industry.

“With Ivan’s experience in marketing, consulting, and coaching, he’s going to bring great value to our team now and as our business evolves in the next five to 10 years,” said Jay Cricks, who owns NorthStar Restoration along with Shawn Millikin. “We’ve been able to accomplish a lot, and Ivan is only going to add to that.”

NorthStar Restoration Services has earned accolades at several levels in recent years. Honors include Best of Marathon County (Wis.) 2018 through 2020, Top Rated Local Business in Wisconsin 2019 and 2020, and has been recognized twice on the Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.