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What is the Vision of The Restoration Nation Podcast?

06 Dec
December 6, 2014

The Restoration Nation Podcast was conceived by two forces: A desire for learning and a passion for the cleaning and restoration industry. These two factors lead me to start a podcast designed specifically for leaders in the industry. Entrepreneurs in the cleaning and restoration industry share a lot in common. We have similar challenges, struggles, and opportunities. This podcast can be used as a conduit to help each other navigate these issues. Mutual success can be achieved faster if we commit to serving each other. This can be done by sharing best practices, experiences, and inspirational stories. That is the vision of The Restoration Nation podcast.

Why a desire for learning?

Like many of you reading this, I am a competitor. First and foremost, I like to challenge myself. Outward competition is important, but I believe pushing yourself is the first step to improving. Entrepreneurs can often challenge themselves more than any outside force. The further you can drive yourself, the more prepared you will be for external competition. Part of the self-challenging process is learning new things. Continuous education is so important when it comes to preparing for competition. In coming full-circle with this discussion, my desire for learning comes from my need to compete at a high level. As an entrepreneur in the cleaning and restoration industry, you already understand this.

Why a passion for the cleaning and restoration industry?

This is a very personal question for me. To put it simply, I grew up in the industry. My father, Jack Solloway, founded Soil-Away Cleaning & Restoration Services in 1990. I have seen the victories and defeats that an entrepreneurial journey delivers. I am second generation in the business. I believe in the value that our services offer. It is a great industry with a lot of tremendously collaborative members. One of the most valuable things I have learned through my experience in the cleaning and restoration industry is that it is not about what you take, but what you give back. It is about how you serve others.

What is next for The Restoration Nation podcast?

This podcast is not about me. It is about our industry. It is about connecting with other leaders and entrepreneurs in our field. If you are reading this, I am talking about you! The podcast and website is a tool for education, collaboration, and motivation amongst industry peers. I will facilitate the growth of this resource to the best of my abilities, but ultimately the value that this program delivers is up to you. I encourage your participation. That could be by being a guest on the show, submitting a blog post, or sharing the podcast with an industry peer. I am thankful for your participation and look forward to building the relationship.

A Personal Touch For Your Sales and Marketing Effort

19 Nov
November 19, 2014

Episode 6

Featured Guest: Victoria Ronan- Marketing Director with Clothes Call (Crofton, MD)

Summary: Listen to Victoria as she guides us through the “life of a salesperson” in the cleaning and restoration industry. Her philosophy focuses on building relationships that last. A key to her success is creativity, consistency, and most importantly- adding a personal touch. Victoria shares some of her best practices to sales and marketing that she has learned through working with previous employer Servpro and current employer Clothes Call (textile restoration).

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Does your sales effort do anything out-of-the-box? When was the last time you tried something new when it comes to sales and marketing? How are you going above-and-beyond the competition?

Motivational Quote: Life does not need to be perfect to be wonderful

Favorite Business Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Guest Contact Info: www.clothescall.us.com

The Soft-Contents Restoration Revolution Goes Worldwide. Are You In?

31 Oct
October 31, 2014

Episode 2

Featured Guest: Howard Sures, Jamie Sands and Daryl Nestibo of Esporta Wash Systems (Kelowna, BC, Canada)
Summary: We are always looking to create new sources of revenue and set our company apart in the market place. This interview with the team from Esporta Wash Systems addresses how their technology is revolutionizing the soft-contents restoration industry. Hear specific stories about how restoration contractors around the world are succeeding with Esporta Wash Systems.
The Restoration Nation Challenge: You cannot afford to stop investing in your company. This could mean education for your technicians; updating your fleet; putting together a marketing campaign; etc… When was the last time you added a new product or service to differentiate yourself in the market place?
Motivational Quote: “The rising tide lifts all boats.”
Favorite Business Book: Feel the Fear…And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Guest Contact Info: www.esporta.ca

Introduction to The Restoration Nation Podcast

31 Oct
October 31, 2014

Episode 1
Featured Guest: Joshua Solloway- Host
Summary: This is the who, what, where, when, why, and how of The Restoration Nation podcast show. It is a brief introduction of the host along with the show.
The Restoration Nation Challenge: Take a snap shot of your day. Are you working “in” your business or “on” your business? Take the time to learn something new so you can apply it today!
Motivational Quote: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best.”
Favorite Business Books:
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Garry Keller
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Guest Contact Info: josh@therestorationnation.com

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