1-800-GOT-MOLD? training class panorama view
Jason Earle, left, founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-MOLD?, speaks to the group, from left to right: Allen Castleman, President of 1-800-GOT-MOLD?, Craig Keller( on camera duty), Bradley Turk, Richard Shaughessy, Harriet Ammann, Philip Morey, Bob Baker, Mike Chlders,  Jeremy Sparks and Leanne Sparks.

1-800-GOT-MOLD? Completes August Franchisee Training Program

The first training session for new 1-800-GOT-MOLD? franchisees, held August 9 -21 in Oldsmar FL, was by all accounts a resounding success. Attended not only by the company's first franchisees,  but also by most of the top people in the company, the two-week session was in many ways a first in the mold assessment industry.

Among the "first" qualifiers was the array of experts who came to impart their knowledge of technical and scientific subjects. This team was led by Dr. Richard Shaughnessy PhD, Program Director of IAQ Research at Tulsa University, and the three-day session provided a depth of information unprecedented in franchising and the mold assessment industry.

Every evening, the franchisees spent several hours walking, playing and bonding with their new Mold Dog partners, while the daily sessions after the 3-day technical intensive included detailed reviews of the 1-800-GOT-MOLD? Mold Assessment Protocol (MAP), in-home sales, software and reports, hands-on practice, dog training and handling, financial management and the final exam.

Dr. Richard Shaughnessy
Dr. Richard Shaughnessy talks about types of mold.

The team of experts, who developed the three-day intensive, represented "200 years of experience," according to Dr. Shaughnessy. These are the presenters, in alphabetical order:

  • Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., DABT, of Ammann Toxicology Consulting LLC, is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, served as senior toxicologist for Department of Health's Office of Environmental Health Assessment and as senior toxicologist for the Washington Department of Ecology Air Quality Program.
  • Robert G. Baker, of BBJ Environmental Solutions, which manufactures and distributes a range of products for indoor contamination control and maintenance of HVAC Systems. He sits on four American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standards and Technical Committees, and has written numerous papers and articles on contamination control in buildings.
  • Douglas A. Garrett, CEM, President, Building Performance & Comfort Inc., a full service building science based consulting and training firm offering diagnosis and testing of structures from a "buildings are systems" approach. He consults nationally on projects to achieve a building science based green system maximizing, health, efficiency, reduced liability, and comfort and conducts seminars to homebuilders, architects and building code officials.
  • Philip R. Morey, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University and is certified in the comprehensivepractice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Morey is Principal Consultant Microbiology at ENVIRON International Corporation. He is a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), AIHA's Environmental Microbiology and Biosafety Committee and a section editor for AIHA's "Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold."
  • Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and has served as Program Director of IAQ Research at the University of Tulsa since 1987. He has published extensively with respect to his studies on particulate research, air cleaner evaluation, indoor chemistry, school studies, flooring studies, asthma/housing research, ozone-initiated indoor reaction, and resolution and remediation of bioaerosol-related problems. Dr Shaughnessy was recently elected President of the International Society of Indoor Air and Climate.
  • Bradley Turk is a building scientist and President of Environmental Building Sciences, Inc. in New Mexico, with over 35 years of experience in indoor environmental quality and energy management. He has performed investigations in "problem" buildings, conducted basic research in building air quality and energy efficiency, and developed training materials and programs for building investigations for a variety of governmental, academic, and private clients. Brad has served as a staff scientist at the University of California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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