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Feb 2018


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RIA International Restoration Convention & Industry Expo - Restoration Industry Association






$570 - $970


Event Overview:

The RIA International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo is the industry’s premier event designed to bring together restoration and reconstruction professionals and vendors for networking, education, and to discuss the latest industry trends.  Leave this event with key industry knowledge and connections, and implement it within your company to take your business to the next level. 

Attendee Information:

Why attend?

We asked past attendees to tell us why this is the can’t-miss event of the year.  You will:

    Learn about the cutting-edge trends in the industry.
    Network with the world’s foremost restoration contractors and other industry professionals.
    Experience the industry’s original exposition dedicated to restoration technology.
    Renew relationships with your peers and suppliers, and develop new contacts to grow your business.
    Share ideas, challenges, and solutions with like-minded professionals.
    Gain new ways to hone your craft and improve your bottom line.
    Connect with major suppliers and get the first look at the newest product innovation.

Exhibitor Information:

The Expo showcases the best products and services in the industry. Join the ranks of more than 100 leading vendors and connect with key decision-makers in the industry.

Attendance at RIA’s annual event has increased by 158% since 2010, giving you an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the people who can help take your business to the next level. In fact, 90% of exhibitors surveyed felt like they accomplished or will accomplish their trade show marketing goals at RIA’s annual event.

About RIA:

The Restoration Industry Association is the oldest and largest non-profit, professional trade association dedicated to providing leadership and promoting best practices through advocacy, standards & professional qualifications for the restoration industry.

Representing over 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1,100 member firms specializing in textiles, environmental issues, and restoration, RIA provides credibility, education and business improvement events to maximize industry exposure and to advance knowledge in the cleaning and restoration industry. With an extensive network of professionals working towards similar goals, RIA has become a trusted resource of knowledge for those involved in cleaning and restoration.


Feb 14   
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Contents Science and Theory
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Project and Risk Management
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Mold Refresher Workshop
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm First-time Attendee and New Member Reception
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception in Expo Hall
Feb 15   
7:00 am – 7:45 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening Remarks
8:30 am - 9:30 am Day One Keynote Session: Chris Voss, Black Swan Group
9:30 am – 10:30 am General Session
10:30 am – 1:30 pm Expo Hall Open and Lunch
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Refreshment Break
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Young Professional Restorers' Committee Networking Reception
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Awards Banquet and Celebration
Feb 16   
8:00 am – 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am Day Two Keynote Session: Larry Janesky, The School of Enterpreneurship
10:00 am – 1:30 pm Expo Hall Open and Lunch
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm RIA Annual Business Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm General Session: Carrie Hurt, Better Business Bureau
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Town Hall Session
5:00 PM Conclusion

Keynote Speakers

Chris Voss

Chief Executive Officer

The Black Swan Group

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group, a former lead kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, and author of the national best-seller Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the "Black Swans," small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.

Larry Janesky


Larry Janesky is a contractor who learned first-hand how to make changes that lead to business results. His latest book, The Highest Calling: An Inspirational Novel about Business and Life, Struggle and Success, is an inspirational story about helping others and doing the right thing to succeed. Called the “millionaire maker” by contractors he’s taught, he will get you thinking differently and on the path to success.

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