Innovation, technology and engagement were the buzz words of the 2016 Jena Dyco’s Mould and Restoration Conference held 2 and 3 June at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne. Bigger and better than previous years, Jena Dyco’s director, Jenny Boymal, and her hardworking team of angels kept delegates busy and entertained with more of everything – exhibitor stands, local and international expert speakers, hands-on demonstrations, conference prizes, social events and networking opportunities. Ending with an Oscars-style black tie gala dinner, this year’s conference was labelled a remarkable success.
Jenny greeted a room full of more than 250 delegates made up of restoration professionals, mould experts, insurance professionals, building biologists, loss adjusters, occupational hygienists and environmental specialists with her vision for where the industry is headed. “Jena Dyco is and has always been a family business and we use the term ‘family’ in a broad sense that includes everyone we worth with,” said Jenny.
“We consider our staff and our customers a part of the Jena Dyco family and for me it’s about everyone coming together for a shared purpose and it underpins everything we do and the way we operate. Everyone plays a critical part in us being able to deliver a service. And we genuinely welcome everyone into the Jena Dyco family, and into our world,” she shared.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in the development of the IICRC technical journal, which is based on science – an aspect of our industry that needs to be more widely embraced. I am very passionate about helping people engage in real scientific research and innovative thinking, which is the missing link between what this industry does in real life and the science behind it,” Jenny explained.
“Many times when an insurance company or an assessor puts on the breaks regarding a certain remediation method or restorative process that is required for a job, it’s because we don’t have the science to back up or justify the knowledge and expertise,” she continued. “And this makes your job even harder. But with real science proving your methodologies and industry standards by which to work, you and your business can thrive.”
Jenny’s final comment was to encourage all attending delegates to embrace the technology, advice, wisdom and knowledge on offer at the conference. “Learn how to work smarter, not harder. Everyone here has a different expertise and passion so feed off that. Because if you can find your passion in business, you’ll find success,” stated Jenny. “We are offering you an entire experience at this conference so I encourage you to network and make the most out of this opportunity.”
Master MC, Warwick Merry, who was asked back for the third year kept the schedule running like clockwork introducing a busy line up of speakers and giving away prizes, which, along with morning and afternoon tea and special events on both days, were donated by the conference sponsors – gold sponsors Next Gear Solutions and Restoration Manager; silver sponsors DBK Drymatic, Flood/Fire Emergency Network, The Experience, and Viridis; merchandise sponsors Disaster Equipment Rental and Hibbs & Associates; and event sponsors Employsure, Regional, SCRIA, and SV Equipment.
For full article and all event photos see the July/August issue of INCLEAN magazine due out 7 July….
Restoration Industry Award Winners
Now in its third year the Restoration Industry Awards were chosen from a total of 15 entries across three categories: residential project, commercial project and the newly added mould project. “The calibre of this year’s entries was extremely high, which made the task of judging even more difficult as there was some very impressive and innovative processes and techniques demonstrated,” commented Scott McFadzen,
Residential Project winner: Flood Restoration Australia accepted by Joe Bonfa and Craig Muller
Commercial Project winner: Restore Tech accepted by Misty and Andrew Govett
Mould Project winner: Quantum Restoration accepted by Mehmet Ucar