News and Current Events
Insurance Agents Participate in Continued Education Courses at Wolgast Restoration.
On July 21st and 22nd, Wolgast Restoration held free Continued Education Courses for Insurance Agents in the Saginaw and Kalamazoo markets. Our 3 hour courses offered continued education credits per the state requirements on the topics of Catastrophic Event Cleanup and Recovery, and Mitigation After Water Damage.
The topics we offered were the most popular amongst agents who voted to determine what classes would be offered. Water Damage Mitigation is the most common type of property claim in the industry, and is a topic that Wolgast Restoration is an industry expert on. We taught the agents the key actions to identify and scope water damage, stop/limit secondary damage, and how to prepare a drying plan and reach a targeted goal of dryout for the structure. In this portion of the class we were able to use our training platform to demonstrate/simulate water damage and proper identification/scoping techniques. This platform is typically used for training our technicians in the most current and efficient drying techniques. We were also able to show how our top of the line equipment operates and how it would be set on a loss to create the most efficient drying chamber.
Our topic on Catastrophic Events focused on empathizing with the homeowner during this tough time, as well as how to best advise them with the cleanup and recovery from such an event.
The classes were well received and have encouraged us to continue hosting them. We will continue to offer the agents the ability to vote on topics for future courses and provide industry leading knowledge on topics that will help them offer even better service to their customers.
2015 Holiday Toy Drive - A Huge Success!
This Holiday season, Wolgast Restoration, along with Kalamazoo area Insurance Agencies, partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo to collect toys for children in our community.The toy drive was an overwhelming success! The participating agencies collected over 150 gifts that were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The gifts were presented to around 75 children at a Holiday Party, hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs.
We would like to thank these agencies that generously donated to this worthwhile cause:
State Farm Insurance: Mary Beth-Fleury and Terri Clements
Farm Bureau Insurance: Brian Lietzau and Office Staff
Brian Johnson Allstate Agency in Portage and Paw Paw
Preferred Insurance: Sturgis Office
Miller-Schuring Agency of Kalamazoo
Getting Prepared for Safety
2nd Annual Preparedness Fair
Wolgast Restoration was part of Covenant HeathCare's Emergency Preparedness Fair at Bliss Park in Saginaw on September 16th. Covenant has created a video showcasing the event, featuring Wolgast Restoration's, Jason Klein!
WOLGAST RESTORATION SPURS COLLECTION OF EASTER BASKETS FOR AREA SHELTERS
With the approach of Easter, Wolgast Restoration has teamed with area insurance adjusters, agents, and employees to fill Easter baskets for shelter houses in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw and Mt. Pleasant. The response has been overwhelming and resulted in nearly 100 baskets collected.
Heather Zywicki, Marketing Associate with Wolgast Restoration, spearheaded the drive. “It’s wonderful because so many families and children will be distracted from their situation if even for a few moments.” Zywicki has been a volunteer with the Bay Area Women’s Shelter and knows that an Easter basket will bring hope and joy to all of those who receive them.
“We are so fortunate to work with many charitable companies that look forward to giving,” Zywicki said. “Many are already asking if we’re going to do this again next year.” Participating agencies and adjusters include:
State Farm Agents: Jeff Hunt, Cathy Tafel, Monte Wilder, Chris Barrios, Jim Parker, Larry Boon, Ed Samborn, and Leo Everitt
Farm Bureau Agents: Dennis Roy and Tom Gotham
Mid Valley Insurance (MVI)
Emil Rummel Agency
Mt Pleasant Agency, Inc.
R.A. Monk Insurance Agency, Inc.
Farmers Insurance - Kenneth Kreiner
Baskets filled with coloring books, crayons, bunny ears, toothbrushes, toy cars, puzzles, stuffed animals, candy and a variety of other treats will be delivered the week before Easter to the Midland Shelter House, the Bay County Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Bay Area Women’s Shelter, Women’s Aid Services of Mt. Pleasant and the Underground Railroad in Saginaw. Zywicki is thrilled that we have plenty of baskets to fill the needs for all five partnered shelters.
2015 Easter Basket Drive
Wolgast Restoration is partnering with women's shelters and homeless shelters across mid-Michigan in hosting an Easter Basket Drive! If you or your office is interested in participating, please let us know how many baskets you would like to fill for donation. Wolgast Restoration will be providing the baskets, and once they are filled, we will pick them up for delivery. Feel free to leave a card in each basket so the families will know where each basket came from.
For more information, please contact:
Heather Zywicki, Marketing Associate
Cell: (989) 280-2958
Office: (989) 393-5377
Heather Zywicki Speaks at Great Lakes Builders Show
The Home Builders Association of Michigan sponsored the first regional home builders show in the Midwest in more than five years. The Great Lakes Builders Show was held at Ford Field in Detroit from March 4th through the 6th.
Heather Zywicki from Wolgast Restoration was asked to give a presentation at the Frankenmuth Insurance Build Safe Pavilion on how teamwork promotes safety in construction.
"It was an honor to be selected as a speaker and to represent Wolgast at the first ever Great Lakes Builders Show. It was very exciting to give a presentation at Ford Field. My speech was about how teamwork promotes safety. I feel that my speech topic could benefit construction professionals from all fields. Safety is the number one priority at Wolgast Restoration and our safety record shows our credibility. I had a great time and look forward to attending the show next year! Thanks to all of you who attended my presentation."
If you missed Heather's presentation, you can CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the companion white paper.