Insurance Restoration Contractor Summit
February 16-17, 2015 Fort Worth Convention Center
Daymond John, CEO Shark Branding
Entrepreneurship & The Power of Branding
From humble beginnings to a self-made multimillionaire with over $4 billion to date in global product sales and a starring role on ABC’s newest business reality TV show, Shark Tank, Daymond John is the personification of the American Dream. This industry leader, best-selling author, and ground breaking entrepreneurial expert has evolved into a highly sought after business and motivational speaker. Daymond will deliver this year’s keynote address.
Jacob Krahl, Founder of Elite Consulting Pro & The IRC Summit
Jacob is an experienced motivational speaker, sales trainer and business coach to the storm restoration contractor industry. His wealth of knowledge results from over fifteen years experience selling, managing and operating storm restoration businesses across the US. Jacob has professionally trained multi-million dollar producing sales teams spanning 35 states on the most effective and profitable strategies to achieve lasting success in the storm restoration industry.
William F. “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Esq. The Merlin Law Group
Resolving Claims via Legal Process – Litigation
William F. ‘Chip’ Merlin, Jr. is the president and founder of the Merlin Law Group. His firm represents and advocates for policyholders both in and outside of the courtroom. Since 1983, Chip Merlin has served as a plaintiff’s attorney with a focus on Commercial & Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance Litigation.
Chip is a noted national authority on Insurance Bad Faith, lecturing to national trade groups and publishing a number of papers and articles on the subject. He is routinely invited to be a featured speaker on insurance law at some of the nation’s most prestigious conferences and seminars. Because of the breadth and depth of his knowledge and expertise, Chip is frequently sought to provide comment and insight into current legal issues on the stage of the national media. He has appeared on Fox News, ABC News, CNN, and MSNBC on topics as diverse as freedom of speech, employees and property owners’ rights to privacy, and slander and emotional distress.
Michael Klem, MBA Independent Consultant
Receiving GC Overhead & Profit
Mike is the former President of CIMA Contractors. He is an independent O&P Specialist. He will be discussing his protocol for billing and collecting Contractor’s Overhead and Profit (regardless of number of trades). His documented success rate? It’s 95%.
Kevin Burpee, Managing Partner Pride Public Adjusters, Inc.
Utilizing Public Adjusters on Storm Claims
Kevin began his professional career as an independent claims adjuster. Original assignments included leading a team of adjusters within the highly specialized, complex claims unit at Farmers Insurance. During this time he worked extensively with public adjusters and attorneys. This chapter in Kevin’s career provided him with a very unique insight into the claims process. This led to his discovery of a missing component in the claim settlement process, the need for higher quality policyholder advocates. It was at this time Kevin committed fully to assisting policyholders. He became a licensed public adjuster, giving him the opportunity to directly assist policyholders in the fair and equitable settlement of their property claims.
Ceasar Sanchez, Owner Patriot Roofing Co.
Attracting the Best Talent – Hiring
Through trial and error, successes and temporary defeats, Cesar has gained tremendous knowledge of the recruiting, hiring and training processes required to ensure the acquisition of our industry’s most talented salespeople and employees.
Lindsey Douglass, President of the Disaster Advocates
Maximizing Storm Claims – Fair Claim Settlements
Lindsey’s areas of specialization lie in professionally defining storm damage including analysis and investigation. She is the foremost expert in our industry on roof systems effected by storm related loss, thermography, insurance claims appraisal, litigation support, and content inventory including business income loss claims.
Mark Lenzer, National Accounts Manager at CertainTeed
Marketing Techniques w/Extreme ROI
Mark Lenzer is a seasoned veteran of the storm restoration industry. Mr. Lenzer’s lengthy career has resulted in the accumulation of highly specialized knowledge gained through years of “hands on” experience working in our industry. Mark has held several upper management positions focusing on contractor sales and marketing.
Jim Johnson, Roof Coach Pro
Optimizing Business Operations – Controlling The Chaos
Jim Johnson’s “claim to fame” lies in the creation of Silver Lining, a digital measuring tool purchased by Acculynx in 2009. He is proud to have played a major role in the Acculynx revolution, and also his time as a founding board member of the UASRC.
Neil Hall, Neil B. Hall & Associates, LLC
Identifying Direct Physical Loss – Functional vs. Cosmetic Damage
Neil B. Hall is the industry’s foremost expert on identifying storm related direct physical loss. He is known across the country for his vast skillset in forensic storm damage assessment. Neil has professionally assisted in the fair claim settlement of numerous multi-million dollar property claims throughout his career.
Jon Blumenthal, Managing Director at United Capital
The Psychology of Financial Decisions – Cash Flow & The Power of Liquidity
Jon Blumenthal is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner for United Capital Private Wealth Advisers. Jon guides management-level financial portfolios for executives at Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Shell, and a list of telecommunications companies including Qwest, Verizon and AT&T. He specializes in helping people at all income levels plan for financial transitions, ultimately retiring in comfort and confidence.
Bill Combes , CEO at No Time for Social
Utilizing Social Media for Explosive Growth
Bill Combes is one of the most energetic, experienced professionals you will ever meet in our industry. Most people know Bill as the founder of AnythingWeather, recognized by most in the industry as HailWatch. One of Bill’s “claims to fame” was in creating the first commercially available Google Maps enhanced HailSWATH map. This cutting edge technology gave end users the capability to zoom in and out of the hail affected search area.