Information and wrap-ups of cleaning industry events around the country.

Northeast Pressure Washing Event – Bethlehem PA

March 7,8,9 2014 – Best Western Plus – Bethlehem PA

The Northeast Pressure Washing Seminar in Bethlehem, PA was a great time for us. There were great presentations by Curt Kempton, April Dodson, Mike Goeller, Tim Fields and more. This event was a great inspirational kick-off to the busy window cleaning season.

I had the opportunity to give a speech titled “Suburban SEO Survival Guide” to a very receptive room. Honestly, I don’t get nervous often, but I definitely had butterflies in my belly before this one… I hadn’t given a speech in front of a room full of people since high school lol.

Luckily, my presentation on SEO for window cleaners and pressure washing pros went exactly how I wanted it to. I’m actually kind of ready to do it again 🙂

Chris Cartwright, Triple C Window Cleaning's  owner, giving a presentation at the NorthEast Pressure Washing Seminar - March 2014

Chris Cartwright, Triple C Window Cleaning’s owner, giving a presentation at the NorthEast Pressure Washing Seminar – March 2014

 Thanks again to Thad Eckhoff, Jack Kramer, Tom Vogel and all the sponsors for putting this event on and for having me out to speak!

NOLA 2014

NOLA 2014 – The 7th Annual New Orleans Cleaning Contractor Networking Event

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This past January, my lovely fiance’ and I jumped on a plane to New Orleans for the 7th annual window cleaning / pressure washing contractor’s networking conference. This event was produced by the WCRA and PWRA as a way for the best and brightest that our industry has to offer to network and commiserate once a year.

My biggest regret is not going to the other 6 events !

The hotel (The Provincial, New Orleans) and conference venue (Beuregard-Keyes House) were excellent, the event and speakers were on-point and highly informative, and the parties were wild.

Outside of the Beauregard Keyes House

Outside of the Beauregard Keyes House

The Garden at the Beauregard Keyes House

The Garden at the Beauregard Keyes House

The speakers covered a broad range of subjects from marketing and sales to safety and company culture.

Master of Ceremonies Thad Eckhoff (President, PWRA – Owner, Apex Services – Hattiesburg MS) ran the show smoothly and injected a lot of conversation into the room. Anya Curry (Ambidextrous Services – Raleigh, NC) gave an enlightening presentation on breaking your Google addiction, while Mark Palmer (Windowcleaning.com) gave insight into the importance of web conversion rates.

Dave Carroll (Lions Share Maintenance & ProPosal – Minneapolis, MN) dove into the art of commercial window cleaning and pressure washing sales. Wrapping up the presentations was Curt Kempton (5 Star Window Care – Responsibid – Gilbert, AZ) with a discussion on creating company culture. In my opinion, Curt’s presentation could have been an all day workshop (hint hint lol)

After the presentations, we were treated to a live taping of The Mole and Jersey Show (Michael Mole and Josh Cronin), which is the window cleaning and pressure washing industry’s top weekly program. My fiance and I are addicted to this show, and watch every week!

Unfortunately, after the show we were still left to wonder “Who is Shecky?” 😉

Aside from the conference, the city of New Orleans is beautiful and the party atmosphere in New Orleans is excellent! This was our first time in New Orleans, and it was bar none one of the best times I’ve had in decades (and Im a guy that used to travel around the country as a professional party animal lol). Even though it was cold, it was still a great time.

Jackson Square 1
Jackson Square Church
Jackson Square Me
Jackson Square Shadow

My favorite part of the whole experience was having conversations with the best and brightest minds that our industry has to offer. The amount of comradery found in NOLA far exceeded my expectations. There were no egos, no BS, no rock stars, just warm, welcoming people there on a common mission… to better their businesses and lives.

Needless to say, we will be back every year !

On the balcony of the Hotel Provincial

On the balcony of the Hotel Provincial

The beautiful courtyard at the Hotel Provincial - New Orleans LA

The beautiful courtyard at the Hotel Provincial – New Orleans LA

I just wanted to thank Thad and all involved with the production of this event. The people I met were too many to thank individually, but you were all awesome and I can see some great friendships coming from this event. Thanks to the sponsors of the event, including PWRA, WCRA, Window Cleaning Resource, Responsibid, GlassRenu, Ambidextrous Services and Pressure Tek

If you didn’t go this year, you might want to jump on next year. I promise, its worth every single penny!

Check some of the videos c/o The Mole and Jersey Show below!

NOLA 2014 Wrap Up

Mole and Jersey Live at NOLA 2014