In late June, restoration contractors from all around the country gathered together for the Contractor Connection Conference. Jim Black Construction envoys Jimmy Black, COO, Justin Zarecki, Project Manager, and Donelle Smith, Program Coordinator, convened for this year’s event from June 21st through 24th at Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for several days’ worth of information, education, and fun.
This year’s conference theme was “Find a Way” and their Keynote Speaker, Merrill Hoge, exemplified this beautifully. Mr. Hoge published his first book in 2010, titled Find a Way, based on the philosophy for life he developed at twelve years old. This philosophy has helped him to attain his goals, such as playing in the NFL, as well as overcoming challenges and setbacks, including the death of his mother at a young age, ending his football career due to head trauma, and being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2003. Mr. Hoge is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Highmark Caring Foundation, which provides both financial and emotional support for children who have lost a loved one.
For the restoration industry, finding a way tends to be more about handling things when they get overwhelming. As the saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.” In Colorado during late Spring and early Summer, this should probably be changed to “When it rains, it brings giant hail that damages your house and ruins your garden,” but that isn’t nearly as catchy so it hasn’t caught on yet. Colorado had some monster hail storms this year resulting in major damage to entire communities. From one storm, Jim Black Construction did initial damage assessments and estimates for more than fifty homes… for USAA claims. This doesn’t include any other insurance carriers.
Jim Black Construction’s dedication to finding a way during even the most harrowing of losses led us to, once again, be honored with Crawford’s Golden Hammer Award and listed as a Top Performer for our region. We were thrilled to be a part of such an illustrious and dedicated nationwide assembly at the conference and are dedicated to continuing our devotion to exceptional service.
Check below for more photos of the conference and JBC employees out enjoying Las Vegas!