Best and Worst Things of 2020 – Rauscher, Sloan, Lapotaire, Springer, Downey, Shaughnessy, Pearson, Grillo, Krell, Morrison, Brueggemann

Air Date: 12-18-2020|Episode 610

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Phillip Rauscher – MPH, CIH, CSP ACGIH
Mr. Rauscher is the ACGIH Sensior Director of Science, Education and Publications. He worked previously as an Industrial Safety Hygienist at the State of Ohio-Division of Safety and Hygiene. He worked primarily in the field performing comprehensive industrial hygiene and engineering surveys to anticipate, identify, evaluate and control airborne contaminants, noise levels and heat/cold stress. He also assisted employers of various industries with development of safety programs and implementation of best practice guidelines. He also worked with stakeholders to educate employers on common hazards in the workplace and compliance with federal and state law through development and implementation of both classroom and online training as well as publicly available educational materials.

Mr. Rauscher earned his BS degree in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry from Youngstown State University. He went on to earn his MPH in Environmental/Occupational Health from the University of Toledo. He since has earned a graduate certificate in Quality Management Systems from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. In addition to his MPH Mr. Rauscher is a Certified Industrial Hygienist CIH and Certified Safety Professional CSP.

Larry Sloan – CEO AIHA
This week we welcome Larry Sloan CEO of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Mr. Sloan stepped into the role of CEO at the AIHA in October 2016. Prior to this, he served as President/CEO for seven years at the Society of Chemical Manufactures and Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association representing the US specialty chemical industry. Larry entered the non-profit sector in 2001 by serving first as a director with a subsequent promotion to president at the Adhesive and Sealant Council.

Larry began his career as a chemical engineer at Air Products and later worked for Nalco Chemical Company in marketing, manufacturing and sales capacities. Mr. Sloan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Later he returned to Northwestern University where he earned his MBA. In 2006, Larry received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives. Larry is a rare combination of CAE with extensive field experience in industry.

John Lapotaire – CIEC IAQA
John, together with his wife Lydia, has 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 commercial and residential structures. John and Lydia also provide indoor environmental assessments and mold & odor investigations. John is the current President of the Indoor Air Quality Association, a Florida Licensed Mold Assessor and ACAC Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant. John has served as an expert witness in over 100 court cases involving indoor air quality, mold, building envelope failure, building product failure and spray polyurethane foam insulation.

Mark Springer – President RIA
Mark Springer is the President of Dayspring Restoration, a company that performs restoration services in properties that are damaged by disasters such as water, fire, wind, or environmental damage. Dayspring performs these services across the great state of Montana where Mark has lived his entire life. The Dayspring family has grown to over 125 team members who work hard to delight their customers who have experienced property damage in their homes or businesses. Mark is the current President of the Restoration Industry Association.

John Downey – CIRI
John Downey is Executive Dir. CIRI. He is also the fourth generation President and Owner of Downey’s Carpet Care of Granville, OH. John was also the Founder of Cleanfax magazine a long time industry trade publication he sold in 1999. John has been a long time industry association leader, volunteer and member of numerous committees and boards of directors. His industry connections are second to none and he is respected as a man of his word that listens to both sides of an issue prior to making his own decisions on the proper direction to take.

Richard J. Shaughnessy Ph.D. HB-America 2021

Richard J. Shaughnessy, has served as Director of the University of Tulsa’s Indoor Air Quality Research Program (TUIAP) in the Chemical Engineering Department since 1987. His studies have focused on particulate research, air cleaner evaluation, indoor chemistry, school studies, asthma/housing research, and resolution and remediation of bioaerosol-related problems. He is experienced in field research in homes and schools, and associated measurements/tools related to characterization of IAQ and moisture. He is currently furthering research studying associations between IAQ parameters in classrooms and student health/performance, and is actively working toward defining a basis for “clean” in schools which applies to both performance and health of students. In addition, he currently is overseeing a HUD grant to define what constitutes “normal” background fungal ecology in homes. He was a primary member of the ACGIH Bioaerosols Committee and contributing author to the 1999 ACGIH book on Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control, and contributing author and section editor to the AIHA document on Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. Dr. Shaughnessy was a contributor and member of technical review work group for the 2014 Healthy Housing Standard (American Public Health Association 2014). Through 2009 – 2012, he also served as President of The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), and continues to work with the Society to translate science into practice.

Kevin Pearson – IICRC
Kevin Pearson is an industry consultant who has been in the industry since 1992. Kevin started as a technician in the field and worked his way up to managing a cleaning and restoration company. Then in 2001 Kevin opened Pearson Carpet Care and grew it into a multi-truck operation and was able to sell it in January 2018. Since then Kevin has been an industry consultant and performs inspections for the flooring manufacturers.

Kevin has also spent many years working to raise the level of the cleaning, restoration, and inspection industries through the IICRC. Over the years, Kevin has served on standards committees, chaired the Certified Firm Committee, Chaired the Nominating Committee, Chaired the Education Committee and served many different officer positions on the Board. Kevin currently serves as the IICRC Chairman of the Board for (2019 -2021).

Tom Grillo – Particle Plus
Tom Grillo is Sales Manager at Particles Plus of Stoughton, MA. He started his career in the IAQ test and measurement industry as National Sales, Marketing, and Technical Service Manager at Airflow Technical Products, Inc. in 1991. He was instrumental in commercializing aspects of ASHRAE110 testing related devices that are still sold to this day. Tom was with the environmental engineering group at Hatch Mott McDonald, working with large remediation projects where he was directly involved with outdoor air quality projects and emissions monitoring.

He was also a project manager with BT Western Corp, in the automotive industry managing the validation processes and vendor audits for new product development for various car makers. Tom continues his work with various test service organizations, universities and commercial partners to help improve IAQ related testing equipment and provide more access to information for the consultants, contractors, and end users of these types of testing instrumentation.

Bob Krell – Healthy Indoors
Bob is the founder and publisher of Healthy Indoors Magazine, which debuted in 2013, and the online information site The publication is a free, digital and print magazine for healthier, sustainable indoor environments that’s aimed at both consumers and industry professionals. serves as the portal for the online magazine and offers a host of additional free information. He is the CEO of IAQnet, LLC, which provides video production services, Training Director for and President of IAQ Technologies, Inc., a Syracuse, NY-based indoor environmental and building performance firm offering consulting, mitigation and training services to a variety of clients throughout the country, founded in 1990. He has been an internationally recognized indoor environmental consultant and trainer in the IAQ industry for over 29 years. Bob has designed and managed successful indoor environmental projects for commercial, educational and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S., and conducted hundreds of IAQ investigations.

Ron Morrison – Instascope
Ron Morrison is a leader in the restoration industry with over 20 years’ experience owning and operating a construction business, leading a large disaster restoration company, and serving as a Regional Field Manager for Alacrity Services. Ron holds multiple IICRC certifications and brings his wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to his current role as Director of Business Development at DetectionTek Holdings, LLC.

Kristy Brueggemann – AEML
My name is Kristy Brueggemann. I have been with AEML, Inc. for just over 9 years and currently oversee our Quality Control department. I attended the University of Florida and joined Ron’s team at AEML, Inc. only two days after graduating! When not at the lab I enjoy running, cooking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.