The Violand Executive Summit

Unleash Peak Performance

Personal and Professional Development – The Key To Developing The Competitive Advantage.


Since 2005, Violand Management Associates has partnered with Kent State University to develop the only accredited, college-level curriculum specifically for leadership and management of small businesses in the restoration and cleaning industries. The Violand Executive Summit is modeled after business retreats used by Fortune 500 companies for developing the leadership characteristics and the skills required for innovative management in the 21st century.

SummitPhoto3By attending The Violand Executive Summit, owners and managers of cleaning and restoration companies will be able to expand their abilities relevant to leading their small businesses. These include high-level training in sales and marketing, profitability, leadership in today’s work climate, hiring top-level employees, increasing and understanding the value of emotional intelligence, and innovative ways to overcome challenges specific to our industries.

Our faculty of professors from Kent State University, well respected leaders within the restoration and cleaning industries, and nationally recognized experts from business disciplines provide you with practical and immediately implementable concepts and skills to ensure a learning experience that will positively impact the bottom line of your business.

If you’re ready to develop and train yourself and the key leaders within your organization and are willing to invest in understanding the importance of change because you truly want to achieve the competitive advantage necessary to sustain and cultivate your organization to the next level of excellence, then make the decision to pursue the extraordinary. The choice is The Violand Executive Summit, and it is where you need to be!

Activities and Education

This event includes:

  • Industry experts, Violand business advisors, and university professors discussing relatable topics that are easy to implement and impactful on restoration and cleaning small businesses.
  • Two intensive sessions (one session each day) designed to provide you with tools you can use immediately to improve your business and professional skills
  • A networking forum with all attendees—informal get-togethers to share best practices and interact with other industry owners who play to win
  • Real-world, hard-hitting discussions and lessons about topics specific to management and ownership of restoration and cleaning companies
  • An inviting environment, as the event is held at one of the most technologically advanced and prestigious business resource centers in North America
  • The opportunity to spend one-on-one time with leading Business Development Advisors in the restoration and cleaning industries, talking specifically about your individual company
  • The ability to choose from a variety of courses so the material covered is specific to your current business needs
Courses and Diploma

One of the things attendees of The Violand Executive Summit like most about this leadership event is the ability to choose which courses to take each year. This allows someone with a specific role in the business to focus on courses pertaining to them and venturing into new subjects when they are ready to grow in different areas. Courses are divided into four categories: leadership, human resources, sales and marketing, and finance. After completing one course from each of the categories (with one being finance for small businesses course or an approved high-level equivalent finance course) and any four electives, participants are eligible to graduate with a Diploma in Small Business Management from Kent State University and Violand Management Associates. Since the program is offered two days a year and each course is a full day, you can earn your diploma in four years and go through the graduation ceremony. To understand more about the courses, earning a diploma, and the setting of the program, click here.

Women in Leadership – Breaking Barriers; A Violand Executive Summit Special Event

Open to women only, this year’s Women in Leadership program is taking place Wednesday, June 17th from 12:30-5:00 at The Kent State University – Stark Corporate Center. It is facilitated by R&R Magazine Editor-In-Chief Michelle Blevins and features four prominent women in the industry discussing important subjects including building relationships, improving culture and engagement, creative new hiring strategies, and marketing in the modern digital age. Meet and network with successful women in the restoration and cleaning industries from across the country. There is an additional cost of $199 per participant for anyone interested in attending this part of the program.

Keynote Speaker – Jim Ryerson
Execute: Getting Things Done in a Distracted World

As a busy business professional, what chance do you have? Customer expectations are rising, everyone wants something from you, the marketplace is as consistent as a blind sharpshooter, an overabundance of innovative technology means yesterday’s is obsolete, and there are so many new shiny things to buy! All in all, you are a distracted cocktail of chaos, and chaos is the enemy of thought. To succeed, you need to execute effectively, which means overcoming all the noise and cumbersome technology to manage your time efficiently. This means understanding how your personality style affects your ability to stay organized. This means knowing what parts of your disorganization are your fault and implementing processes that will help. This means it’s time to buckle down and focus. This means YOU!

Dates and More Information

The 2021 Violand Executive Summit will be June 17th and 18th in Canton, Ohio. Click here to download the brochure  or call Jeff Jones at + 1 800 360 3513 for more details. The Violand Executive Summit participants earn 13.5 credit hours from RIA and 14 CECs from IICRC. Register for The Violand Executive Summit and/or Women In Leadership here.

  • Eye opening and fun! Hands down it is an obvious value.

    – Rusty Zeller, Restore Pro

    • Great networking and great classes. I learned a ton.

      – Dean Stamper, Regency DKI

      • Every year I feel more equipped to deal with the issues facing me as a business owner after attending The Violand Executive Summit. The energy received from the other attendees is amazing and some real friendships are made!

        – Lu Ann Seyler, The Hitchcock Group

        • My entire family will return and I will continue to recommend The Violand Executive Summit.

          – Lou Savoni, Alpine Construction

          • VMA is incredibly passionate about helping us grow and you can feel that throughout the entire event!

            – Sam Andrews, ZEROREZ of North Carolina

            • I believe The Violand Executive Summit is an important tool for our industry.

              – Garry Gonneau, Complete Restoration Services

              • I got a lot of energy and inspiration from being in the company of people at The Violand Executive Summit. The classes are geared to what I do. You guys are great!

                – Kim Thorpe, New Life Services Company DKI

                • My people were very excited for the training they received and want to come back next year!

                  – Kent Pollard, First Choice Cleaning

                  • A good collection of solid information presented by great instructors. It will allow me to get more done and help both my business and the association.

                    – Bryan O’Haleck, D.A. Burns and President of IICRCA

                    • All involved represent an engaged and interested approach to us as individuals and the industry as a whole.

                      – Peter Kanavas, Champion Cleaning Services

                      • I appreciated the opportunity to engage business with VMA. Keep up the great work!

                        – Mitch Caron, WINMAR Durham

                        • I truly enjoyed The Violand Executive Summit and feel I have been equipped with knowledge and goals that will benefit our team and create a positive culture that will bring our team together.

                          – Marie Roth, Premier Restoration Services

                        • Not only are the classes useful but being in an atmosphere with like-minded people is a huge value. The brainstorming, discussions, and advice from other cleaners and restorers is invaluable.

                          – Krsyten Adel, All Brite Cleaning and Restoration

                        • I leave with a desire to take our company to the next level with “A” employees and to reach peak performance and growth.

                          – Hilda Ivey, Team Terra DKI

                        • The courses presented would be valuable for anyone in the restoration industry.

                          – Brian O’Haleck, President IICRCA

                        • More rowdy group than I am used too! Very good! I enjoyed and value the variety of courses offered.

                          – LuAnn Seyler, The Hitchcock Group

                        • Good classes, excellent organization. So prepared and informed!

                          – Amiee Morton, Total Restoration General Contractors

                        • This is a great event! The location is superb. The speakers I experienced were excellent. The topics were relevant and current.

                          – Scott Arkon, ZEROREZ Franchising Systems

                        • The caliber of the attendees far surpasses what is typical in most training events.

                          – Amy Prihoda, Professional Carpet Systems

                        • Great opportunity to meet peers who have many great ideas.

                          – Scott Waite, ServiceMaster by Corbett

                        • I am actually pleasantly surprised on the quality of the material and value of the experience of the presenters. I now have the tools to take back and make changes!

                          – Tim Williamson, Williamson Restoration

                        • The quality of presentation, presenters, and the content is better than I’ve seen in any other training program I have attended.

                          – Jaclyn Carpenter, Ideal Restoration

                        • One of the best seminars I have ever attended. Great instructors, great schedule, great hospitality.

                          – Matt Jarvis, Jarvis Property Restoration

                        • I highly recommend The Violand Executive Summit as a unique opportunity to focus on personal development and business management skills. These are commonly overlooked keys to success in business and the Violand group has it down to a science. The instructors are top notch and the facility and staff are as impressive as you will find anywhere.

                          – “Radio Joe” Hughes – IAQ Radio Host

                        • A tremendous environment for learning and networking. The instructors truly have a passion for their topics.

                          – Tim Jackson, President, Total Contentz

                        • The Violand Executive Summit is awesome! I recommend it to anyone who wants to be energized to really make changes.

                          – Ryan Miller, Sales, Advanced Restoration Services

                        • I enjoy continuing education. I encourage my staff to attend to help them grow and I look forward to meeting others in the restoration industry.

                          – Wes Williams, Owner, CJB Restoration Services, Ltd.

                        • I highly recommend the Executive Summit to all professional cleaners. The seminars and topics offered are relevant, impactful, and very helpful to my business.

                          – Doug Trumbull, Owner, Doug’s Mighty Clean

                        • Great classes, very timely for challenges in my business right now.

                          – Jeremy Hongslo, Owner, TCM Restoration and Cleaning

                        • Thank goodness for programs like these. Finally the information I have been searching for.

                          – Dorrie Corriveau, Bookkeeper, Corriveau Contracting and Restoration, Inc.

                        • The classes are always informational and I take so much back with me. I go back motivated and reinvigorated for my job!

                          – Diane Krueger, Marketing and Sales, Carl Krueger Construction

                        • I look forward to the information and ideas. The Summit helps me develop myself and grow.

                          – Evan Labrum, Owner, Henderson Restoration and Cleaning

                        • The Violand Executive Summit is full of stimulating learning and great conversations with leaders in the industry year in and year out.

                          – Kent Rawhouser, President, A&J Specialty Services, Inc.

                        • The Violand Executive Summit is a must attend event for any company in restoration and cleaning who is serious about improving their company.

                          – Robert Stewart, Owner, All Brite Cleaning & Restoration, Inc.

                        • The course exceeded my expectations regarding tips and actual practices I can take back with me and apply to our business growth and development.

                          – Doris Lindly, Office Manager, Marling’s, Inc.

                        • Great refreshing info. As an experienced HR Manager I look forward to getting Scott’s advice on the hard questions.

                          – Amanda Lay, HR Manager, ZEROREZ Atlanta

                        • I feel reenergized and refocused after attending The Violand Executive Summt. I am empowered and will work to use these “tools” I learned.

                          – Jon Fields, President, RestorePro, Inc.

                        • Out of all the different industry conferences, this was by far the best!

                          – Chad Gohm, GM/VP, Gohm Insurance Restoration

                        • This program provides you and your staff with professional development that gives you the skills to knock out the competition.

                          – Amy Prihoda, Co-Owner, Professional Carpet Systems

                        • It is inspiring to be involved with people who are genuinely passionate about our industry.

                          – Sam Andrews, Operations Manager, ZEROREZ Raleigh

                        • Very good techniques for problem solving that I can use immediately.

                          – Bill Prosch, CEO, El Dorado Restoration

                        • This is one of the best events for management/executive training. VMA is awesome!

                          – Alicia Stiving, Business Manager, Ideal Restoration, Inc.

                        • VMA has a very knowledgeable and passionate staff. Classes were full and the students were very engaged.

                          – Frankie Walker, General Manager, J. Brian Day

                        Can’t Miss Event!

                        The Violand Executive Summit

                        The Violand Executive Summit for 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to seeing you in 2021. 

                        Date: June 17-18, 2021

                        Location: Canton, Ohio

                        Women In Leadership

                        Date: June 16, 2021

                        Location: Canton, Ohio


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                        Chuck Violand discusses The Violand Executive Summit including challenges all business owners and managers in the restoration and cleaning industries face and how this unique leadership retreat helps provide easy to implement solutions.

                        Violand Business Development Advisor Scott Tackett offers advice on how to form and train hiring teams correctly when looking for your next restoration or cleaning professional at The Violand Executive Summit.

                        Hear why some of the top owners and professionals in cleaning and restoration attend The Violand Executive Summit and how it impacts their business and their professional skills.