Chuck Violand

Chuck Violand is the founder and principal of Violand Management Associates (VMA), a highly respected consulting company in the restoration and cleaning industries. Through VMA, he works with business owners and companies to develop their people and profits. For more information, visit

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The Plunger

Invented in 1874 by New York confectioner John S. Hawley, the common household plunger was initially patented as a “vent-clearer.” Now this basic yet indispensable...
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The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “complacency” as self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. They must have had business...

Driver Education

In most trade industries, and especially within restoration and cleaning, there is a significant amount of training geared toward helping new frontline hires gain the...
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Distance Running

By Chuck Violand As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time in my life when this body looked like a chiseled...
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On Second Thought: Taking Care of Business

By Chuck Violand Years ago, an older colleague of mine joked, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken...

The Great Wallendas

By Chuck Violand Arguably, the most famous highwire performing family in history has been the Wallendas. Founded by German-born Karl Wallenda in the 1920s, members...
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Sic Transit Gloria’: Lessons in Humility and the Power of Consultants

By Chuck Violand While it might look easy from the outside, one of the most difficult jobs of anyone who advises a business owner—whether the...
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SEAT 24-B: When Opportunity Sits Beside You

By Chuck Violand One of the real beauties of having earbuds or headphones on an airplane is that they help you avoid tiresome conversations with...

A Close Second

In 1984, Jackie Joyner-Kersee finished second in the Heptathlon in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. She was a mere five points behind Glynis Nunn, the...


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