Get Your Humanitarian On! The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award Winners



The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award “honors members of the cleaning and restoration industry whose compassion, self-sacrifice, leadership and creativity produce significant and outstanding benefits for mankind,” said Doyle Bloss, Ralph’s son. “The award may be presented to any member of the cleaning and restoration industry, who is nominated by another member of the industry.”

Only other members of the industry may nominate another member of the industry for the award. This is not an award simply recognizing achievement within the industry, but rather nominees should be involved in humanitarian efforts within his or her community and with other cleaning and restoration professionals.

The award is sponsored by Cleanfax and presented at The Experience Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas each year, though the winner does not have to be present to win.


Click play to see former winners Barry Costa and Tryna Cooper discuss Ralph Bloss’ legacy.

The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award, which honors the memory of 32-year industry veteran, Steam Way International owner and recognized industry leader Ralph Bloss. Bloss was known throughout the industry for his efforts to improve the professionalism and educational focus of the cleaning and restoration industry, including recognition in 2001 by the IICRC for his lifetime of contributions to the industry.

While Bloss was known by professionals worldwide for his industry efforts, he was also known and respected for his charitable contributions to his and other communities. Bloss served on the board of directors or as an advisor to Colorado Christian Service Camp, Revival Fires Ministries and Front Range Evangelistic Organization as well as served as an elder in his churches and was founding elder at the Christian Church of Estes Park in Estes Park, Colorado.*

Previous winners include:

  • Jorge Villalobos, The Best Restoration
  • Mason Tomaino, Call to Action Consulting
  • All industry pros who have donated to and/or helped clean Ronald McDonald Houses
  • Shawn Bisaillon, PCS of N. Denver; Jack Solloway, Soil-Away
  • John Province, JBP Cleaning
  • Nick Paolella, Jon-Don
  • Larry and Tryna Cooper, Meetings & Events/The Experience
  • Steve Toburen, Jon-Don
  • Rich Piltch, ARS Restoration Specialists
  • Randall Linton, Interior Care Services
  • Neil Atkinson, Chase Carpet Care
  • Karl Bohr, Sr., Best Karpet Klean
  • John and Lora Olson, Superior Cleaning Supplies
  • Gary Gilman, Steammaster Restoration and Cleaning
  • Craig Kersemeier, KTech Cleaning and Restoration
  • Cary Adler, Four-Star Cleaning and Restoration
  • Bob Bonwell, Advantage Restoration
  • Barry Costa, The Costa Group Inc. Tom Hill, T. Hill & Associates
  • Al Bradham, Carpet Care Services
  • Bill Yeadon, Jon-Don
  • Rob Hanks, Bridgepoint

Nomination and selection

Those interested in nominating an industry peer for the Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award may do so by sending a detailed email to Cleanfax Media Director Jeff Cross at [email protected]. Please tell us:

  1. The name, company, and contact information for the nominee
  2. How the nominee has engaged in humanitarian efforts within his or her community and with other cleaning and restoration professionals.
  3. Why you are making this nomination. Be specific, please.

Nominations for 2024 will be accepted soon.

Finalists for the award will be chosen through a review and research conducted by the selection committee, which is composed of:

  • Jennifer Wilkinson, Meeting and Events
  • Doyle Bloss, HydraMaster
  • Jeff Cross, Cleanfax
  • All past recipients.

Learn more from this recent interview with Doyle Bloss, Ralph’s son:



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