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Advocacy and Government Affairs
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RIA Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA)

The Advocacy and Government Affairs (AGA) committee is the restoration industry’s first unified advocacy team. It seeks to unite the restoration industry and advocate for the best interests of restoration contractors nationwide, and develop and implement strategies to help create and maintain equity between restorers and insurers and their partners. The AGA committee will advocate for the financial and legal interests of restoration contractors, while working collaboratively and fairly with insurers and the other stakeholders involved in the restoration process.

Access the RIA Town Hall Q&A featuring Mark Springer, CR. Learn more.

 

Mission: A Proactive Approach to Advocacy

“If restoration companies are unwilling to unite, advocate for sustainable claims practices and take a proactive approach with insurance carrier claims policies, then the restoration industry as we know it will cease to exist within a decade.”
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 Mark Springer, CR

RIA is an association with an impressive history and pedigree. For 74 years, we have been the voice of the restoration industry, but for too long have taken a passive role in advocacy. Trade associations typically advocate for their trade and their members. This is what we should be doing now and what we should have been doing for the past 74 years. As we look towards the future, the AGA committee will be dedicated to a proactive approach to advocacy by identifying the issues and their root causes, building a strategy to address the issues, and then uniting as an industry to speak to the issues and drive positive change.

Invest in the Movement

Through the AGA committee, RIA is helping transform our industry and how we advocate on behalf of restoration companies. Click here to invest in this movement. You can also download our commitment form to leverage additional opportunities to participate in the movement. 

Every person who makes an investment of at least $150 will receive a free pass to Ben Justensen of JRCC and Enlightened Restoration Solutions' Pricing Feedback Webinar, where he covers determining your own labor rates and making your own price lists, and how to submit pricing feedback to Xactware.

The webinar will take place on July 16 at 2 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. ET. To gain access, you will need to submit your commitment form and process payment on your investment by July 12.

Advocacy Resources: 

Restoration Advocacy Report #1
June 1, 2019
 Ed Cross, Esq. President of Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & Associates and Chairman of the RIA AGA Committee 

This advocacy report outlines the AGA mission and the major steps taken by RIA to advocate for the legal and financial interests of restorers. 

 

Restoration Advocacy Report #2
July 15, 2019
Ed Cross, Esq. President of Law Offices of Edward H. Cross & Associates and Chairman of the RIA AGA Committee 

This advocacy report outlines the AGA mission and the major steps taken by RIA to advocate for the legal and financial interests of restorers.

 

Our Greatest Need
First Quarter 2019
 Mark Springer, CR, CEO Dayspring Restoration and RIA board member

Mark outlines his case for a proactive approach to advocacy and how that will strengthen and sustain the restoration industry, including his seven step plan to accomplish this.


AGA Committee

Chairman: Ed Cross, Esq.
Will Akin, FSRT, OCT, WRT, ASD
Steven Anderson, ASD, WRT, AMRT, FSRT, CDS
Todd Benson, Esq. 
Charles Cassani, CR
Jeffrey Gross, CR
Tom Peter, CIH
Dave Robbins, CR, CMP, WLS
Katie Smith, CR


For questions, please contact RIA AGA Committee Chair Ed Cross, Esq. at edcross@edcross.com or 760-773-4002.