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givewhatfiretakesSince March is Red Cross month, the American Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign with the tagline #GiveWhatFireTakes. It was created in conjunction with its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and it’s meant to put emphasis on supporting the survivors of home fires. 

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On the weekend of March 7-8, the 1-800-BOARDUP home office volunteered alongRedCrossVolunteers3 - editedside the Eastern Missouri Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross and St. Louis firefighters to install smoke detectors in “at risk” residences in the St. Louis area.

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Although I am the founder and President of 1-800-BOARDUP, I prefer to use the title Director of Culture and Leadership to remind myself daily of my true focus. I am committed to cultivating a great culture – a culture of excellence and unity, enthusiasm and leadership. The emphasis I put on culture is what helps to make my organization so successful. I have realized a number of things in my quest to create such a culture for my company, but I wanted to share a few key reasons why I believe culture is so essential to an organization’s overall success. Continue reading

Fire Chief Partners will be introduced at DKI’s Annual Insights Conference in New Orleans

ST. LOUIS, MO, (FEBRUARY 20, 2015) — The 1-800-BOARDUP team will

be attendinInsights Conferenceg DKI’s 2015 Insights Conference held in New Orleans, LA the week of March 2-4.

Insights is a conference and trade show run by DKI, the property restoration industry’s largest contracting organization. It is a nationwide show open to the entire restoration industry and features valuable training opportunities, world-class speakers, networking opportunities and boasts the most extensive trade show and exhibition floor in the property restoration industry.       Continue reading

President of Disaster Recovery Relief Organization Ramps up his Leadership Team

michaelST. LOUIS, MO, (FEBRUARY 6, 2015) –  Michael Hosto, President of 1-800-BOARDUP, has enhanced his Leadership Team this year by using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) and putting more emphasis on culture and leadership.

“My single biggest goal for 2015 is to enhance the culture of the organization,” Hosto said. “To do this I have to start at the top with the leadership team.” Continue reading

A Position Paper Advocating Progressive Growth Strategies Over Price Driven Growth Strategies as a Pathway to Profits and Independence.

Since it’s Thursday, I figured I would “throw it back” to a position paper I wrote in 2008 for RIA’s Fall Conference. I almost forgot I had written this until a contact over at RIA asked me to write a new position paper to weigh in on how the restoration industry has evolved since 2008. In honor of that request, I thought I would post my last position paper to inspire myself and others. I hope you enjoy!


First of all, I would like to state very clearly for the record that I appreciate and respect the many honorable professionals in the insurance claims community, and the opposition expressed in this position paper does not reflect any conflicting principles with the insurance claims industry or the professionals who work within it. Continue reading

Local Non-Profit Seeks Help in Raising Therapy Dogs for Jacksonville Area Rape Victims

Guardian Therapy Dogs, Inc., a Jacksonville area charity focused on helping rape victims in their recovery process announces its new drive to gain volunteers to assist us by becoming a foster parent and helping raise purebred German Shepherd puppies to provide to rape victims on the First Coast.  Breeders across the region are also needed to donate female puppies to be fostered from the age of 2-8 months old.  The puppy will be fostered until it is ready to serve the needs of rape victims in our community. Continue reading


Jacksonville Beach, FL, June 27, 2014:  On every first Friday night of the month, beginning at 7 pm, the Jacksonville Beach Drum Circle is an amazing experience to witness, let alone play in. Some drummers are regulars, and others show up sporadically. The styles of the drum circle rhythms they play range from Latin, African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, to some plain old funky Freestyles. Continue reading

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