5 Questions with Rocky Larsen

Rocky Larsen is a project manager with more than 14 years of insurance-related structural restoration and building experience. Currently managing projects out of Brisbane, Australia, Mr. Larsen specializes in the restoration of structures damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold and many other unforeseen perils. Additionally, Mr. Larsen has responded to natural disasters throughout Canada and Australia, including many cyclone events where he provided necessary management assistance.

1. WHAT DREW YOU TO THE FIELD OF RESTORATION?

Being raised in a family of restorers, I was destined to become one. My father, Ken Larsen, has had a major influence on the development of my career with his continuous support and technical advice. The restoration industry is full of diversity, and you rarely complete the same job twice. I have found that this career is not only challenging, but very rewarding.

2. WHAT TRENDS DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN THE INDUSTRY THIS YEAR AND BEYOND?

With the introduction of RIA to Australia and its advanced education, I foresee the restoration projects in Australia being completed with more in-depth documentation and technical input when engineering an effective drying strategy. With the recent developments in the latest equipment, tools and education, I hope to see the Australian industry technically advance in the years to come.

3. WHAT ARE THE GREATEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS?

I feel that a major component of the restoration industry lies within the building and construction of the structures we are restoring. Over the past decade I have seen our restoration industry move from specialty cleaners to full-service restorers/builders. I have observed that having building knowledge and offering full service restoration is a necessity in the industry to adequately restore and rebuild our projects to pre-loss condition. Understanding how a building is constructed will provide restorers with the knowledge base to decipher where water and smoke have traveled throughout the structure and how it can be restored.

4. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS?

Remain humble and listen. My career began at an early age and I was surrounded by industry professionals. One of the greatest pieces of advice I was given was to show humility whenever possible. We are blessed with many industry veterans who have a lot of knowledge to share. Try to learn something new every day and keep your glass half full.

5. WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE RIA?

RIA is an outstanding association where you can network with the most knowledgeable professionals in the restoration and building industry. RIA provides some of the best conferences, seminars and education. The reason I love being a member of RIA is that it keeps me up-to-date in the industry, and you continue to learn and develop your career.

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