Response Team 1 Adds Three Key Executives to Management Team
Response Team 1, expert in property restoration and disaster loss recovery, has added three key executives to its management team. Joining Response Team 1 are Bill Budig, Chief Information Officer; Jeffrey Clement, Vice President of Human Resources; and Julie Harms, General Counsel. Each will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Wheeling, Ill.
Response Team 1 is the nation’s second largest residential and commercial property restoration and renovation company serving 34 states from 30 locations.
Budig will manage every aspect of information technology within the company with an initial focus to develop and implement a cohesive IT infrastructure across all Response Team 1 companies. Budig has more than 20 years of experience in formulating and executing IT strategy for growing multi-location, multi-national businesses. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Kerasotes Showplace Theaters during a period of exponential growth at the firm and its eventual sale.
Clement will oversee the human resources functions for all employees and locations, and will direct the company’s leadership development, employee benefits and employee relations programs. Most recently, Clement was Vice President of Human Resources for Mizkan Americas, a nationwide food manufacturing company with 15 U.S. manufacturing plants where he played a key role in integrating six U.S.-based acquisitions.
Harms will provide strategic legal guidance and support for Response Team 1 and its business units. Prior to joining Response Team 1, Harms provided counsel to several small businesses on general corporate transactions and litigation matters. She also spent 12 years as an attorney for Waste Management, Inc.’s $1 billion national sales department, where she negotiated and managed business transactions and handled employment law, bankruptcy, antitrust, risk management, legal training and litigation counsel. Harms also was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, Chicago, where her practice focused on environmental law, insurance coverage and general commercial litigation.
“The addition of these three highly-qualified individuals will position us well as we continue to expand into new markets and attract new customers,” said John M. Goense, Chairman of Response Team 1. “They are accomplished executives with exceptional business vision, and will provide great guidance in their specific areas of specialty such as leveraging technology to improve operations, driving and enhancing employee engagement, and offering expert legal counsel, respectively.”
With its resources and capabilities, Response Team 1 has the capacity and expertise to quickly restore any single family residence or large commercial building, or renovate any multifamily property in the markets it serves.
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