Howard Wolf has been involved with the cleaning and restoration industries since 1984. He started as a cleaning technician and carpet technician in West Bend, Wisconsin. In 1989, Howard went to work for a large restoration company in Miami, Florida, while attending the University of Miami. His tenure in Miami led him from the field as a crew chief, to the front office performing estimating, crew management, inventory management and the position of general manager and vice president of operations.
He has extensive disaster and large project experience, with particular expertise in institutional, industrial and hospitality facilities. Howard has been involved in many national disaster events, since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, including recent events in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, the Midwest United States, and the Caribbean. Howard moved back to Wisconsin in 1993. He started a carpet and rug restoration and repair business in 1994, a construction firm in 1995 and bought a cleaning franchise in 1996. In 2001, Mr. Wolf started HW3 Group, LLC, a firm committed to serving the restoration industry in the areas of investigation, research, operations, field management and project management. HW3 Group branched out into business consulting in 2009, focusing on construction, cleaning and restoration firms. Between 2002 and 2004, Mr. Wolf sold all contracting businesses, keeping his consulting business and started an education and technical support institution in 2007, which became the Commercial Disaster Restoration Institute in 2012.
Howard has always been deeply involved in the industry as a volunteer, giving back to the industry. He was involved in the Association of Wisconsin Cleaning Contractors. He served on the board for 8 years and held the offices of Treasurer, Vice-President and President. Howard sat on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for 8 years. Howard worked with IICRC Standards since 1998. He was the sub-chair for contents remediation with the S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. He worked as Chairman of the ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage – 3rd Ed., as well as, the ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage – 4th Ed. Howard is a past Standards Committee Vice-Chairman. Currently, he is the Chairman of the IICRC Standards Committee, an accredited ANSI writing body.
Howard is the Executive Director for Water Strategies Cruises. This endeavor is designed to promote education, networking and social awareness of the cleaning and restoration industries. It is an annual event bringing together the contracting community and the other materially interested parties of the industry, including: legal, insurers, brokers, consultants, engineers/architects, and accounting/finance professionals. The cruise is a strong networking and non-traditional education opportunity. The Cruise operated from 2006 through 2013. The cruise will return in 2017.
Howard is the founder of the Wolf Training Institute, which became the Commercial Disaster Restoration Institute (CDRI) in 2012. CDRI is a leading think-tank and education firm for the commercial restoration industry. CDRI has course offerings, including: Basic Skills Series, Advanced Skills Series, IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist Certification, and the PowerBrokers® Series. The CDRI has been retooled for 2016. Look for exciting opportunities from this group.
Howard is currently the Principal of HW3 Group, LLC, a consulting, training, and claims management firm. HW3 Group is a firm that supports the disaster restoration industry with management, administration, claim preparation, logistics, dispute resolution, and technical expert consulting. HW3 Group stands ready to support primarily restorers, property owners, brokers, facility and risk managers, and others in the insurance restoration industry. Their skill and expertise is unmatched. It is a collection of technical, administration and financial experts.