Gary Funari


Gary Funari is dedicated to the advancement of practical and technical knowledge for residential and commercial disaster restoration industries. Since 1990, I have served in a number of capacities on fire, water and odor control issues to restorers, building owners and insurance providers. 

Industry Roles
(2008-Present)
Restoration Sciences Academy: Currently create and present technical training literature and power point presentations for restoration and insurance professionals worldwide for the Restoration Sciences Academy. Restoration Sciences Academy is the education division for Legend Brands, an RPM company.

IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification): Approved as an IICRC technical trainer for fire and smoke damage restoration (FSRT), water damage restoration (WRT) and odor control (OCT).

Industry Roles
Unsmoke Systems, Pittsburgh, PA: 2002-2008 Vice President, technical director, writer, consultant, and product research and development specialist. Design, build and test proprietary equipment used for product and equipment manufacturing. Unsmoke Systems is a division of Unsmoke/Microban Systems, Inc. 

Unsmoke Systems/Restorx, Pittsburgh, PA: 1990-2002 Operations Manager.
Oversee and managed all phases of residential and commercial building estimating and restoration. Supervise and manage day to day office and restoration field personnel. Responsible for coordination and implementation for the following activities: insurance estimating, project budgeting and costing, schedule development, and critical path development and project tracking through completion, procurement of building materials and subcontractors, define and secure all payment terms with clients. Establish performance based training standards for the Restorx franchise network.

"An investment in KNOWLEDGE always pays the best INTEREST"

  ~  Ben Franklin

Richard "Dick" Driscoll

Dick is a Professor at Webster University where he provides graduate and under graduate level lectures on Marketing, International Business Management and Business Metrics. As the co-owner and General Manager of Mayhem & Mishaps Inc., Dick operated one of the largest restoration companies in South Carolina. Demand for his experience and expertise led Dick to become a full time instructor, consultant and witness in the field of business and restoration. Dick has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology, an MBA from the University of Dayton and is currently working on his Doctorate. He is an IICRC Certified Master Cleaner, Master Restorer and an active member of the Mid-South Professional Cleaning Assoc. Dick has published articles in major industry magazines and presented papers on the subjects of clean up and decontamination of sewer back flows and crime/trauma scenes. He has been consulted by state governments on legislation related to the cleaning and restoration industry. He is also an IICRC approved instructor for the 3-day Water Damage Restoration School. 
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Bill Weigand


Bill Weigand has been in the cleaning and restoration industry since 1980. Bill joined Unsmoke in 1988, when he was hired as General Manager of its service company. In 1992 Bill was promoted to General Manager of Training and Technical Support for Unsmoke Systems. Bill has had the opportunity to put his restoration knowledge to work on-site disaster restoration projects throughout North America and the Caribbean. He has help to develop many odor control products and techniques which have become industry standards.

​Bill is an instructor for the Restoration Industry Association’s Certified Restoration Course as well as several courses for the IICRC. He has trained several thousand students for the IICRC. Bill holds multiple designations with the IICRC as well as the Restoration Industry Association and Indoor Air Quality Association.

Meet the Instructors

 

Sean Burgess

Sean is an Xactimate Affiliate Trainer (XAT) with extensive experience in both the claims adjusting and restoration service provider fields. With more than a decade of adjusting experience from both the field and as a trainer, Sean understands the intricacies of the insurance market. Balance with real world experience as an estimator in the restoration industry, his perspective is highly unique and invaluable. He has been commended on several occasions for his command of the technical aspects of effective project estimating, however is also regarded as a highly effective trainer, with a gift for translating what he teaches into practical, real world application.

Craig Jasper

Craig Jasper is the Executive Director of the Cleaning and Restoration Institute and presents his “Double Your Profits” seminar to professional carpet cleaners in 120 cities each year all across the country.

Craig has been in the carpet cleaning industry for over 35 years as a cleaner and as an educator. During that time he has always tried to help any cleaner that has asked. It’s probably no exaggeration that he has spoken with and helped thousands of cleaners over the years.

Barry Costa

Barry Costa lives in Kingman, Arizona with his wife Carol. Barry holds a BS degree in education from Springfield College and was a public school teacher for 10 years and received the “Excellence in Education” Award by the State of NH and Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Barry began his career in the carpet installation, cleaning, restoration industry in the mid 1960’s with his fathers business and continued as the owner of Carpet & Cleaning Craftsman, Inc. in Peterborough, NH until December 1999.

In the carpet installation industry, Barry’s certifications include: C.F.I. certified Master Carpet Installer (only the second to score 100% on the master’s examination.) Barry is also an F.I.T.C. certified carpet installation instructor. Barry was involved on the committee re-writing CRI 104 and 105 (Carpet Installation Standards for commercial and residential) and acted as the Vice-chair of the ANSI/IICRC S600 Carpet Installation Standards Committee.

Barry’s certifications within the cleaning and restoration industries include: IICRC certified Master Cleaner; Master Restorer; Senior Carpet Inspector. Barry was also an approved OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer. An IICRC approved instructor in the areas of Carpet Repair and Reinstallation; Water Damage Restoration, Barry has instructed across the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. The recipient of the “John Mauciere Excellence in Education”, “George Cervenka Volunteerism Award”, “2003 CleanFax Person of the Year”, “The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award”, as well as other honors bestowed in this industry including “Instructor of the Year”, twice voted by his peers in the IICRC.

Barry is a contributing author to the national water damage standard’s S500-94 and S500 2nd edition and the newly revised ANSI/IICRC S500 3rd edition as well as S100, S300, S520 and the newly approved ANSI/IICRC approved S520 2nd edition. Barry was also the vice chair of the new S600 Carpet Installation Standard. Barry has been a key speaker at many restorative symposiums, conventions, and special events, and has written many articles in I.C.S. and CleanFax magazines.

He served and chaired many national committees’ within the cleaning and restoration industry including the Examinations and Standards Chairman for the IICRC, responsible bringing in its current grading and test analysis process (Scantron). Barry also chaired the Standards Committee for the IICRC and was responsible in leading the organization with a great team to bring ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accreditation of the IICRC Standards Writing Process. This committee successfully brought two standards to this level of third party accreditation (S500 and S520). Barry was a member of the Board of Directors of the IICRC and is currently the past Certification Council chair, past Education Committee Vice-Chair and past Executive Committee member of the IICRC with terms ending October 2011. Barry is currently on the board of CRA and has been asked to lead the Education Committee of ICRA.

Barry has been asked to be the motivational speaker at six Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program Pasta Parties (Disney, San Diego (twice), Honolulu (twice) and Arizona). To date Barry has raised over $166,000.00 to help find a cure of Leukemia, Lymphoma and other Blood related Cancers.

Doug Heiferman


As owner of DH Seminars, Doug Heiferman has trained and motivated thousands of individuals in the field of textile cleaning and restoration services throughout the United States for the past 14 years.


He is a Clean Trust Approved Instructor and Certified Master Textile Cleaner and additionally holds certification in upholstery cleaning, odor control, water damage, repair and reinstallation, health and safety, and color repair.  As a Clean Trust Approved Instructor he teaches a wide array of classes including Clean Trust certified carpet, upholstery and odor control technician.  He also offers specialized training classes in leather, oriental rugs, tile and grout, wood as well as marketing and management seminars.


In addition to his passion for teaching, Doug provides consulting, business development and technical support services through his company DH Seminars.  Doug's belief in hands-on training, lead him to develop the Power-Up Hands-On training classes in textile maintenance offered through Bridgepoint.  Visit www.dhseminars.net for additional information.

Dennis Klager


In 1973, Dennis graduated from Northeastern University, in Boston, with a BA in Business Administration & Marketing.  He has lived in Boston, Long Island and Houston.


While in Long Island, Dennis managed several businesses and then built his own vending machine company.  In 1982 he sold his business and moved, with his wife and children, to Houston, Texas.


He's been involved in the cleaning and restoration industry, since 1984.  In the 1980's he went from single truck operator to 2 trucks and became a senior carpet inspector. Dennis eventually specialized in flood restoration doing hundreds of projects, of every size.


In 1997 Dennis became a partner with Howard Partridge at Clean as a Whistle, becoming Vice President of Operations.  He trained 35 employees and oversaw the plant and equipment.  He has authored the manual "Operations Manual for Carpet Cleaners."


Dennis is a master cleaner and master flood restorer and is a board member of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (SCRT).

As a Clean Trust approved instructor he teaches classes in Water Damage Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Commercial Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, and Odor Control.


Dennis' students love his sense of humor and how he makes everything easy to understand.  He will keep your interest through the entire class while you learn about professionalism and making money. Visit www.dennisklager.com for additional information.