Mechanicsville, Virginia, April 20, 2020 – As the collision repair and related automotive industries continue to serve the motoring public through this global pandemic, many essential businesses and networks are seeking guidance on responsibly managing interactions with consumers and their property. The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) recognizes that the industry is seeking appropriate responses and practices, and has established a webinar at 1:00pm EDT on Tuesday, April 28th 2020 to learn from professional restorers experienced in restoration, decontamination and infectious disease control.

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The conversational webinar will explore topics on how to manage customers’ expectations, and what practices, processes and disinfectant agents work – and which ones don’t.

The program will identify potential procedural takeaways based on your teams’ skill sets and accessibility to disinfectants, and the importance of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) utilization in potentially infectious environments, and alternatives solutions that may exist.

Additionally, the session will cover topics including false advertising, liability around improper terminology that misrepresents tasks performed, and technology that does not comply with the standard of care.

The session will also allow for Q&A between the live audience and our panelists.

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The panel will include a number of special guests with experience managing and restoring compromised property:

Kris Rzesnoski is the Vice President of Business Development at Encircle. He guides the technical development of Encircle’s solutions to ensure they exceed industry expectations. With over 15 years of experience in the restoration and insurance industries and works with restorers and insurers around the world including Canada, USA, Australia, and Europe. Kris holds several certifications and designations, including being a Certified Restorer, Water Loss Specialists and IICRC Master Restorer designated in Water, Smoke, Fire, and Textiles. Kris has specialized experience in applying his restoration knowledge to perform restoration services of water damaged and biohazards in luxury yachts, emergency service vehicles and insurance claim vehicles.

Norris Gearhart has been involved with disaster response, mitigation, and restoration services since 1985 and holds multiple national and international certifications and professional designations. He provides technical consulting globally, and frequently provides expert testimony in legal cases. Prior to forming Gearhart and Associates, LLC., Norris was the Chief Operating Officer for TOMI™ Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: TOMZ) a global bacteria decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing solutions for indoor surface decontamination through manufacturing, sales and licensing of their premier platform of Hydrogen Peroxide aerosols, products, and technologies. He has served as an instructor for the Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) highest professional designation; Certified Restorer (CR).

He has served in leadership and consulting roles with Allied Fire & Flood, Johns & Lyng, Restorx in Australia, Allstate Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company, B&G Restoration DKI, Paul Davis Restoration, and Rolyn Companies. Norris has served as a council member for the National Institute of Disaster Restoration and on the Board of Directors for the Restoration Industry Association.

Kris and Norris will be joined by Jordan Hendler, Executive Director of the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Associations (WMABA) and Conference Administrator of the Property Insurance and Restoration Conference (PIRC), a uniquely-formatted conference held in the restoration industry, where property insurance and restoration industry professionals discuss industry issues and communicate possible solutions and/or best practices to improve the property restoration industry.

Kye Yeung, President of European Motor Car Works a factory authorized and certified structural repair center for Aston Martin, McLaren, Jaguar, Range Rover, Tesla and Acura NSX, and Past Chairman of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).

The conversation will be hosted by SCRS Executive Director, Aaron Schulenburg.

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For more information about SCRS, please visit, call 1-877-841-0660 or email

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