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The trials and tribulations of getting Senate Bill 153 passed - 

Georgia Legislature Passes Bill to Regulate Crime Scene Cleanup Industry   

 

 

  

Gordy Powell - President of Georgia Clean and Associates  

 

Gordy entered the victim service industry / Crime, trauma & death scene clean up in June of 1996.  His first company was called Metro Crime Scene Disposal Unit which evolved in into A-1 Bio Clean Service with his business partner was his bride Sheila Powell.  In 2010 Gordy merged his services with that of Todd Reese who owned Sloan Bio Recovery and they both created Georgia Clean and Associates, LLC.  Georgia Clean would fill the need of specialty cleaning to not only include the trauma, crime and death scene cleaning, but would also focus on hoarding clean up, clandestine lab (Meth, Fentanyl and Grow Labs) cleaning as well as medical waste processing services.  

 

Gordy also founded Red Flag Claims.com which is an independent third party peer review for property losses that adjusters and property management firms use should they have a bill in question.  With forged relationships with insurance adjusters over the years and being seasoned in the bio recovery industry, Gordy would be asked by adjusters across the country to conduct peer reviews on companies that would over inflate their billing.  This lead to founding of Red Flag Claims, that also reviews claims of Fire, water, mold, meth labs, asbestos and roofing claims.  

 

In Fall of 2016 Todd Reese retired from trauma victim services and Gordy now operates Georgia Clean with Doug Cunningham.  Doug is a former FBI agent who discovered a need and passion to assist families from the other side of the barrier tape.  

 

In 2016 Gordy and his local business peers across Georgia created and developed the BioPTO.org.  The Bio Professional Trade Organization was created to create an ethical standard of care in the victim services / trauma scene cleanup industry in Georgia.  With seeing and witnessing families being re-victimized by predatory practices, and seeing liens placed on family homes, Gordy could not sit still watching this practice take place by dishonest business owners.  Georgia may soon be the first state in the country to lead an example for other states to follow so that a standard of care can be in place for victims of trauma and death.       

Gordy also held the distinguished position as the Vice President of the ABRA (American Bio Recovery Association) and elected by his peers to serve on their Board of Directors for four years.  ABRA is the governing body over the bio recovery industry and a leader in bio recovery education.

 

Gordy currently serves on ABRA's Public Relations, Marketing and Government Affairs Committee, helping steer the Association toward increased communication, recognition and legitimacy.  

 

Presentation Abstract:

 

The Objectives of this presentation is to share with and to educate attendees the process of starting legislation and how to build a structural foundation for the Crime, Trauma and Death Scene Cleaning industry in your home state. I can show you how to build legislative relationships as well as a state-wide industry network to build support for your bill. Learn what will be the best committees to send your bill to. What is the best language to use in your bill to avoid confrontation with other lobbyist. You will also learn the pit falls, how to maneuver around them as well as building credibility for you and your business. My goal is for you to leave Fort Worth Texas and to go home with the recipe and the confidence of creating and making an industry change in your state.

 

Presentation Length: 60 Min

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