I have been involved in the cleaning and restoration industry since 1977. I am a Northwest native and after high school had the pleasure of serving four years in the U.S. Army as a “Green Beret” in the 5th Special Forces unit at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Upon exiting the Army, I attended Portland State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. While attending college, I started a small janitorial service with a budget of less than $400.00, which quickly transformed itself into a professional carpet cleaning company. I developed the specialty skill of carpet color correction early in my carpet cleaning career, and also became certified as a “Senior Carpet Inspector” Our professional carpet cleaning company eventually grew into a three-truck operation that catered to repeat and referral customers exclusively. In 1993, I handed over the operation of the carpet cleaning operation to my nephew Darin, who still runs the company to this day. I was then free in October of 1993 to begin a new business venture in the wholesale distribution trade. Since 1993, Cleaning and Restoration Supply was acquired by Aramsco in October of 2019. I am now teaching IICRC classes full time for various distributors.