Posts Tagged ‘Restoration and cleaning’


Rainbow International® Vice President Appointed Position on Prestigious National Restoration Board of Directors

May 31st, 2013 by Rainbow International

Jack White, Vice President of Technical Services at Rainbow International, was recently nominated for and elected to the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) Board of Directors.

As the oldest and largest non-profit professional trade association in the restoration industry, the RIA is dedicated to providing leadership and promoting best practices through advocacy, standards & professional qualifications for the restoration industry. Representing over 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1,100 member organizations, the RIA strives to maximize industry exposure and advance knowledge in the cleaning and restoration industry.

“The RIA has a formal application and nomination process, regulated by the appointed nominating committee and voted on by the entire RIA membership,” states Timothy Shaw, RIA Executive Director.  “Jack graciously accepted a position on the certification committee, one that will be a great fit with his extensive experience of working on industry certification programs.”

White, a renowned professional in the restoration industry, will serve a three-year term on the RIA board.  Board duties include setting policy and program priorities as well as future planning for the restoration industry.  The majority of work is done in the RIA’s 18 committees, sub-committees and councils run by over 200 volunteer members.

“Being elected to the Restoration Industry Association board of directors is an honor,” stated White.  “I have dedicated my life to this industry and look forward to not only learning and growing with my fellow board members, but helping the restoration trade continue to evolve and thrive.”


Rainbow International of Houston Honors Love Lost to Cancer, Raises Community Awareness

November 5th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Roger Goertz, owner of Rainbow International® of Houston, honors the memory of his wife and business partner this year by raising awareness in the community and donating money to aid breast cancer research and purchase life-saving equipment for the local hospital.

One year ago, Stacey Goertz, co-owner of Rainbow International of Houston was honored at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s annual “In the Pink of Health” fundraiser. Three months later, Goertz sadly lost her battle with cancer, but not in vain. Rainbow International of Houston has carried on her mission, memory and vision of giving back to the community.

“Stacey was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer, went through therapy and had been stabilized for several years,” recalls Mr. Goertz. “Then, in 2011, she learned that the cancer had spread to her liver and brain. All I could think was ‘This cannot be happening.’”

Following the final diagnosis, Mrs. Goertz continued her highly active community service-filled life, volunteering as Chairperson for the Memorial Hermann Hospital’s “In the Pink of Health” fundraiser to purchase equipment for women’s health.  In addition, Mrs. Goertz was an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Food Bank, and as a member of the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Congress.

“I went to my technicians earlier this month and asked them if they would mind wearing pink shirts out on calls, in honor and memory of Stacey,” says Goertz.  “It’s an all male force, so I didn’t know how they would react to wearing pink, but everyone was overwhelmingly supportive of the idea.”

Every employee, to help raise awareness in the community and give homage to the work started by Mrs. Goertz, wears the shirt, in conjunction with pink shoe covers, each Friday.

“Roger’s employees are able to keep the memory of Stacey alive while also raising awareness of this life-taking disease,” states Fawn Barlow, Marketing Manager of Rainbow International® of Houston.

“Our company operates by the Code of Values set-forth by Rainbow International, and this allows our employees the ability to live and work in an environment which embraces this sort of compassion.”

“This month now holds more meaning for me and my team than ever before,” says Goertz.  “I know God has his newest angel, and she is looking down on us, proud that we are carrying on her legacy.”


When Lightning Strikes, Stay Safe

July 10th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Intense storms have already hit many parts of the country this summer, and while rain is always a good thing for parched land, there are many dangers that come along with bad weather. Next time you are out on the porch watching nature’s thrilling storms, remember how dangerous lightning can be.

Lightning is one of the top three storm killers in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, on average 58 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2012, to date, 12 people have already lost their lives to lightning strikes. People who survive lightning strikes suffer from a range of life-long problems such as: memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and more.

Whenever you hear thunder, lighting is not far behind. Even if you don’t see lightning, you are still within striking distance. Give yourself a head start and head in doors fast before it’s too late. Always remember this saying from the National Weather Service, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

Being aware of the following safety guidelines, will greatly reduce your risk of danger from lightning strikes:

  • Seek shelter immediately. Find a sturdy, solid building or a vehicle with a hard top. Do not go into sheds or open vehicles, they are not safe.

  • Can’t find shelter fast enough? Look for a deep ditch or low lying area and take cover, making sure to stay as far away as possible from water.

  • Remain Inside. Stay away from any source of water and electricity. Unplugging electronics is a good idea, but if it can’t be done safely, DON’T DO IT!

  • Stay away from windows. Lightning can strike though windows if there is something giving it a path. For example: wires, metal poles, etc.

  • Try not to use telephones and electrical equipment.

  • Think the storm is over? When you think the storm is over wait at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before moving back outdoors.

If someone has been struck by lightning it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Summer storms are beautiful sights, but they’re not worth risking your life! Stay safe and remember:  “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”


Summer Swimming Pool Safety

May 31st, 2012 by Rainbow International

This summer is going to be another warm one, and what better way is there to beat the heat than by splashing around in the pool?

Small children require extra care and attention around water, and by following these tips you can help ensure their safety.

  • Secure fencing and a locked entrance around the entire pool and deck to prevent unsupervised children from entering
  • Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use
  • Keep chemicals stored in safety containers away from the pool area
  • Place plenty of lifesaving equipment nearby, including life preservers and a rescue hook
  • Install a loud sounding pool alarm to alert you if someone were to suddenly fall in the pool
  • Consider an automatic pool cover to cover the entire pool so that a child can’t slip under them

*On average 390 children ages 0-14 die in pool and spa drownings each year. About 5,200 more are treated for injuries in emergency rooms.


Rainbow International Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

May 15th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International has been named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise® by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The company is ranked in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide for benefits to veterans.

It is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly Franchise again,” Rainbow International President Rob White said.

The cleaning and restoration company honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a discount of 25% off the franchise fee, allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

“The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs.  “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Rainbow International in this elite group, and is testimony to Rainbow International’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”.

Rainbow International is also a member of IFA’s VetFran strategic iniative, which includes more than 400 IFA franchisor member companies offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in small business ownership and/or a career path in franchising. VetFran was founded by the IFA in 1991 in an effort led by The Dwyer Group® founder Don Dwyer, Sr., to support veterans returning from the Gulf War transition to the civilian economy.