Pete Consigli, CR, WLS. IESF Conference Facilitator & Program Director
Pete Consigli is a Certified Restorer (CR) and Water Loss Specialist (WLS) and has been a member of the Restoration Industry
Association (RIA) since 1977. In 2008, Pete received RIA’s most prestigious honor for excellence in restoration and was awarded
the Martin L. King award. In 2012, Pete was made RIA's Industry Adviser and became an honorary member of the association
following in the footsteps of long time mentor Marty King, CR, ASA.
Pete is RIA's WLS program adviser and certification prep course facilitator and a member of Cleaning and Restoration magazine's (C&R)
editorial advisory committee. The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) inducted Pete into the IAQA Hall of Fame in March 2015.
Pete has a reoccurring role on the IAQ Radio show as the Restoration Industry Global Watchdog.
John Lapotaire, CIEC & Lydia Lapotaire, CIEC
John, together with his wife Lydia, have owned and operated Orlando Florida based Indoor Air Quality Solutions since 2001.
John is a Building Envelope & Indoor Environment Consultant specializing in building product failure investigations, forensic
water intrusion investigations, and building envelope failure investigations for both commercial and residential structures.
John and Lydia are Florida Licensed Mold Assessors, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultants CIEC’s, and John is a Certified
Environmental Thermography Consultant and together have performed investigations, and forensic diagnostic inspections
throughout the mid-West and Eastern United States as well as done numerous presentations on subjects that include Spray
Polyurethane Foam Insulation, Building Envelope Failures Investigations, Indoor Environmental Assessments, Mold Assessments,
Green Building and IAQ, LEED Buildings and IAQ, and Reducing VOC’s in New Construction.
John has also served as an expert witness in court cases involving many of the subjects listed above in several hundred
Dr. Ralph Moon, PhD, CHMM, CIAQP
Dr. Ralph Moon manages the Building Sciences Department at GHD Services Inc. in Tampa, Florida. His research
area is interpreting the duration of time wood and metal materials are exposed to moisture. He is a frequent speaker
at insurance-related conferences and participant in the ASCE Forensic Engineering Congress and has published over
100 technical and peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Moon was awarded a B.S in Biology from Western Michigan University,
and a MS.in Botany and PhD in Biology from the University of South Florida.
Harvey V. Cohen, Esq.
After graduating from Stetson School of Law, Mr. Cohen was employed by the State Attorney’s Office. As a state prosecutor,
Mr. Cohen handled thousands of criminal cases. He conducted over 40 jury trials. Later, Mr. Cohen branched out as
a solo practitioner.
During hurricane season in Florida in 2004 and 2005, Mr. Cohen represented homeowners who suffered hurricane damage
to their homes. Mr. Cohen has handled thousands of insurance claims. He is known throughout the state of Florida and
nationwide as the go to attorney for Assignment of Benefit (AOB) contract cases as they pertain to the restoration industry.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Cohen has been a presenter for the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and other
professional trade groups. The RIA is the oldest and largest nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to
providing leadership and promoting best practices through advocacy standards and professional qualifications for the
restoration industry. He was the author representing the homeowner’s viewpoint for RIA’s Closing the Gap presentations
in 2012. Mr. Cohen’s position paper was updated and published in Cleaning and Restoration (C&R) magazine in 2016.
Ken Larsen, CR, WLS, CSDS
Ken Larsen, CR, WLS, CSDS has been in the restoration industry since 1978. He holds RIA, ACAC and IICRC advanced
designations. His career includes 18 years as an independent property restoration contractor, consultant to restorative
drying during catastrophes and large loss drying coordination, expert witness, Director of Education for North America’s
largest disaster restoration contracting organization, and now the author of the industry’s leading technical resource
book on the subject of structural restorative drying – Leadership in Restorative Drying. He is currently an IICRC Approved
instructor of WRT, ASD and CDS certificate courses. He is also one of RIA’s instructors of the restoration professional’s
capstone credential: Certified Restorer (CR). Larsen presently serves as Senior Technical Director for the International
Dry Standard Organization (IDSO) and Director of Education for the Restoration Leadership Institute. Ken lives with his
wife Barbie (yes – really!) in Santa Rosa Beach in Northwest Florida.
Ed Cross, "Restoration Lawyer"
Peter Crosa, AIC, RPA; NAIIA President
Tim Miller, President and CEO of Business Development Associates Inc.
Jeff Stachowiak, National Safety Training Director for Sunbelt Rentals
Ed Jones, VP of Education at Code Blue
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