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How to Select a Reputable Roofing Company -

Member Dan Hood of H & S Roofing and Gutter Company, Inc. spoke to the CRESN group about the importance of working with a quality, reputable roofing company.

Finding a contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and professional may sound difficult – but here are some ways to be sure you are selecting the right company:

  • Check for proper licensing and insurance.
  • Handle your own claim.
  • Don’t give in to pressure.
  • Get local referrals.
  • Look for manufacturer designations.
  • Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings.

H & S Roofing Company, Inc. has been providing the highest quality roofing and gutter systems for residential and commercial customers for 70 years. Our customers can rely on our availability for many years to come. We are locally owned and operated and serve Charlotte and surrounding communities within a 75 mile radius. Our skilled craftsmen have many years of experience serving the roofing and guttering needs of H & S Roofing customers.

Visit their company website

H & S Roofing Company, Inc.
506 W. Summit Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 334-9934

Have termites? Call Palmetto Exterminators, Inc. -

CRESN Member Nick Frantz of Palmetto Exterminators, Inc. recently educated the CRESN members about the professional pest removal services his company provides. From termites and mosquitoes to bed bugs and roaches, Palmetto Exterminators can control and remove pests from your home.

Termite protection is not a luxury, it is a necessity! Each year, termites inflict $4-$5 Billion worth of damage to homes, like yours, across the country. This is damage that is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. In the southeast, subterranean termites are a common occurrence, so it’s not a matter of if you will get termites but when.

If your home is not under warranty with us, or you are not happy with your current coverage, contact us today for a free inspection. During that inspection, one of our licensed pest professionals will inspect your home for visible signs of termite infestation and determine a customized solution to protect your home.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Call Nick today at 704.821.6864




Crawl space waterproofing solutions by Green Frog Waterproofing -

CRESN Member Andrew Schwartz of Green Frog Waterproofing recently addressed the members about the professional waterproofing solutions that his company offers.

Is your crawl space wet? Do you have mold growth or high humidity? A sealed crawl space, also known as an encapsulated crawl space, is the best solution if you are looking for a healthy, low maintenance, and energy efficient crawl space.

Call 980-202-1222

Request a Free Inspection of your crawl space today. Our crawl space experts will visit your home and provide you with a custom solution for your crawl space. There are many ways to address your unique crawl space problem. We pride ourselves on providing you with a range of affordable options to suit your goals and budget.

You can contact Green Frog Waterproofing by calling 980-202-1222 or by clicking here visit their website.


Your search for a Charlotte plumber is over: 1 Call Plumbing -

Member Paul Mesiti, owner of the Charlotte based plumbing company 1 Call Plumbing, spoke to the CRESN members this week about the plumbing services his company provides.

1 Call Plumbing is a highly respected and requested plumbing service operating out of Charlotte, NC. When you need a qualified plumber, don’t trust any random person you find in the phone book! Call the ones you can count on. Their goal is to please all customers with excellent customer service, quality workmanship and intense attention to detail each and every time. They take great pride in exceeding the expectations of their customers.

Their employees are experienced, trained and qualified professionals who know the ins and outs of plumbing and are not afraid to tackle any problem. They possess the expertise and skills to handle all plumbing situations. Their dedication to quality service coupled with our reputation of honesty has served to make them the primary choice of many Charlotte residents.

Call 704-563-8182

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Prevent fires by cleaning your dryer vents – Ductz of South Charlotte -

Member Rob McManus of Ductz of South Charlotte recently educated the CRESN membership on the importance of keeping your dryer vents clean and working properly.

A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as water is removed during the drying process. This lint will build up in crevices deep down inside the lint filter trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. At the end of the day, your ​dryer is the number 1 source of fire in the home.

In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In that report, they determined that of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryers. Fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer venting and the lint trap.

Call Ductz of South Charlotte today for a free estimate!

(704) 846-0668

Ductz of South Charlotte specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning services. They are a NADCA certified company which means they follow the guidelines set forth by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

Ductz of South Charlotte
11508 H-263
Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 846-0668
Fax (704) 846-1063

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Meet Keith Hudson, Charlotte Heating and Air specialist -

Charlotte heating and air specialist Keith Hudson from Charlotte Heating and Air Conditioning recently provided the CRESN members with information about the various parts of a home heat and air system, and how the basic process works within your home.

Heating and Air Services for Home and Business

Whether you’re at home or at work, Charlotte Heating & Air is here to keep you comfortable. We specialize in residential and commercial HVAC services in the greater Charlotte area.

  • New HVAC system installation
  • Heating system repair, replacement, and maintenance
  • Air conditioning repair, replacement, and maintenance
  • Routine heating and cooling system inspections
  • On-call emergency repair at any time of day or night

Located in Indian Trail NC, Charlotte Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. provides heating and air conditioning repairs, servicing, and installs.

Charlotte Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
9416 Heritage Lane
Indian Trail, NC 28079

Introducing Charotte home theater specialist Darren Martin of Audio Advice -

Whether you’re shopping online or meeting with us in person, our goal is to help you find products that enhance your lifestyle. We provide a wealth of high-quality content and a simple, customized user experience on our website. The more you tell us about yourself and engage with us, the better our recommendations will become.

Our world-class showrooms in Raleigh and Charlotte allow our customers to fully experience an incredible selection of premium home theater, audio, and home automation products. Our expert consultants can walk you through every detail and provide immersive demonstrations that not only show you what our products and services can do, but how we can integrate everything seamlessly with your life.

Contact Darren

11409 Carolina Place Pkwy
Pineville, NC 28134


Professional house cleaners Martha’s Cleaning Service -

Member Paula Aguilera recently presented to the CRESN members about the many house cleaning services that Martha’s Cleaning provides to their customers.

Martha’s Cleaning Service is a house cleaning service with a highly-trained staff. They use techniques to keep your home free of bacteria and cross-contamination. When you schedule a service, you are never obligated to follow a contract. Their house cleaning company offers weekly, biweekly, or monthly service to clients. They allow clients to see exactly how we clean so they know they are meeting their exact specifications. Schedule a house cleaning service in Charlotte, NC, today!

Telephone: (704) 764-1457

Charlotte residential flooring specialist Floor Coverings International -

The CRESN membership recently enjoyed a wonderful presentation from Floor Covering’s International owner Barbara Leininger.

Floor Coverings International is the premier flooring company serving the greater Charlotte, NC area. They provide high quality design and installation services and carry the latest flooring products including hardwood, carpet, stone, and tile flooring.

Floor Coverings International will design the perfect flooring for your home, from options including hardwood flooring, carpet, stone, tile, cork, bamboo, green flooring products, and much more. Now you can enjoy the experience of a flooring boutique right in your own home. Get started with a complimentary, in-home consultation!


Concrete Significance provides concrete staining in Charlotte, Matthews, Mint Hill, and beyond -

CRESN member Jill Moore of Concrete Significance spoke to the CRESN group this week about the beautiful concrete and surface improvement services that her company offers to homeowners here in Charlotte NC.

For the past 15 years Concrete Significance have enhanced many already beautiful homes and businesses through our outstanding custom designs of decorative concrete. They  provide stained and sealed concrete services in Charlotte, NC area. Their services include high-profile concrete floors, sidewalks, driveways, patios and swimming pool surfaces including stamped, sealed and stained concrete.

Contact Jill Moore


Best Realtor in Charlotte? Try Tim Miller of RE/MAX® Gateway Professionals -

President and Charlotte Realtor Tim Miller recently provided the CRESN membership with an excellent presentation why his approach to real estate is both different and effective.

As the owner of RE/MAX® Gateway Professionals, Tim is committed to customer service and positive outcomes. Daily, he uses his experience to help others buy or sell Real Estate in and around the Charlotte region. Whether he’s showing homes on Lake Tillery, listing horse properties in Weddington or advising distressed homeowners about avoiding foreclosure, he is committed to the customer.

Our Team of Friends: RE/MAX and the Carolina Real Estate Team are two names you can trust and trust we do.  We are all friends who have this great opportunity to work with each other. A few of us have know each other for decades.  Our “Team of Friends Concept” is the competitive edge you need.  You’ll find our knowledge and experience is second to none. Our Real Estate Professionals are ready to provide you with uncompromised personal Real Estate service. Each Team member is an expert in their locale, working and serving friends and neighbors while introducing those relocating to the best of the Carolinas. From Lake Tillery to the Charlotte Motor Speedway we have the right Agent for you. Both buyers and sellers will realize great benefits for working with our experts.

Contact Tim

Office Phone: (704) 888-6043
Cell Phone: (704) 467-4591
Fax: (704) 888-6082


6th Annual CRESN Holiday Gathering at Napa on Providence -

The CRESN members and their significant others recently joined together for the annual holiday party extravaganza at Napa on Providence in Charlotte. A wonderful evening of great friends, great food, and great conversation. Looking forward to a prosperous 2017!




Easy Movers Provides Moving and Transportation Services in Charlotte NC -

Member Suzanne Bumgarner recently spoke to the CRESN group about the moving services that her Charlotte moving company Easy Movers’ Inc. provides to their customers throughout North Carolina and beyond.

From Personal Moves, Corporate Moves, International Moves, Storage Facility, and Packing Supplies, Easy Movers truly makes moving “easy”. They will do everything in their power to make sure that you have the most satisfying move imaginable.

Easy Movers, Inc. provides comprehensive moving and storage services to satisfy all personal, corporate, commercial and international moves. A member of the Better Business Bureau, the North Carolina Movers Association and the American Moving and Storage Association among other industry professional organizations, Easy Movers won the 2008 Charlotte Magazine BOB award, best of the best in Charlotte the category of moving & storage, as voted on by the readers of Charlotte Magazine.

Contact Easy Movers

Charlotte, NC: 704-588-6868
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Lesson 101: Power Washing Charlotte -

Clayton Townsend of the Charlotte NC based pressure washing company Townsend Pressure Washing took the CRESN members on a visual field trip of his work trailer and equipment to explain the tools of his trade.

A pressure washer or power washer is a high-pressure mechanical sprayer used to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles and concrete surfaces.

The basic pressure washer consists of a motor (either electric, internal combustion, pneumatic or hydraulic) that drives a high-pressure water pump, a high-pressure hose and a trigger gun-style switch. Just as a garden hose nozzle is used to increase the velocity of water, a pressure washer creates high pressure and velocity. The pump cannot draw more water from the pipe to which the washer is connected than that source can provide: the water supply must be adequate for the machine connected to it, as water starvation leads to cavitation damage of the pump elements.

Different types of nozzles are available for different applications. Some nozzles create a water jet that is in a triangular plane (fan pattern), others emit a thin jet of water that spirals around rapidly (cone pattern). Nozzles that deliver a higher flow rate lower the output pressure. Most nozzles attach directly to the trigger gun.

Washers are dangerous tools and should be operated with due regard to safety instructions. The water pressure near the nozzle is powerful enough to strip flesh from bone. Particles in the water supply are ejected from the nozzle at great velocities. The cleaning process can propel objects dislodged from the surface being cleaned, also at great velocities. Pressure washers have a tendency to break up tarmac if aimed directly at it, due to high-pressure water entering cracks and voids in the surface.

Townsend Pressure Washing provides washing services to residential customers, contractors, and Realtors to customers throughout the Charlotte area. Specializing in cleaning houses, driveways, sidewalks, decks and roofs.

Please contact Townsend Pressure Washing at 980-355-2165 or by using the contact form below. 



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From Statesville to Weddington, H & S Roofing and Gutter Company, Inc. does it all -

Member Dan Hood of H & S Roofing  and Gutter Company recently took questions from the CRESN members about roof and gutters and the services his company provides. Because of Dan’s vast experience in the industry and his sharp wit, his answers were both knowledgeable and colorful.

H & S Roofing  and Gutter Company, Inc. has been providing the highest quality roofing and gutter systems for residential and commercial customers for 70 years. Our customers can rely on our availability for many years to come. We are locally owned and operated and serve Charlotte and surrounding communities within a 75 mile radius. Our skilled craftsmen have many years of experience serving the roofing and guttering needs of H & S Roofing customers.

Visit their company website

H & S Roofing Company, Inc.
506 W. Summit Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 334-9934

Guest speaker Fay Palmer of H.B. Cantrell & Co -

Fay Palmer, CLCS of H.B. Cantrell & Co. recently addressed the CRESN members on the many commercial insurance services that her company provides to businesses and consumers throughout North and South Carolina.

Fay’s personal story of is quite amazing. She grew up in a family owned business saw first hand how strong and fragile any business can be. Knowing that all business owners work hard to grow their businesses and provide great service, her passion is in helping businesses protect their financial and personal investments. The cornerstone of her business practice is relationship driven experiences.  A full risk analysis is key to designing the right insurance coverage for any business and Fay enjoys the opportunity to demonstrate that process and provide value to her clients.

For over 35 years, H.B. Cantrell & Co.  has been building long-term relationships with their clients. In today’s marketplace of internet, email, and 800 numbers, H.B. Cantrell & Co. is local and maintain personal relationships with our clients. They service the Charlotte areas and throughout the state of North Carolina & South Carolina. At H.B. Cantrell & Co, each one of their clients are given a dedicated team of experts that work together to proficiently address all your concerns. They offer all types of Personal Insurance coverages to our clients in North Carolina & South Carolina including Car, Home, Life, Motorcycle, and Boat & Watercraft.

Thank you Fay for a wonderful and educational presentation!

H.B. Cantrell & Co
1501 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Phone: 704-954-9000
Fax: 704-344-8877
Palmetto Exterminators provides pest control services to Charlotte -

CRESN Member Nick Frantz of Palmetto Exterminators, Inc. recently educated the CRESN members about the professional pest removal services his company provides. From termites and mosquitoes to bed bugs and roaches, Palmetto Exterminators can control and remove pests from your home.

Did you know: A cockroach can live for a week without its head? Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.

With 50 years of experience and two graduate entomologists on staff, Palmetto Exterminators is always searching for innovative ways to improve our customer service and satisfaction. Palmetto Exterminators places emphasis on the education and training of their employees with special attention given to providing first-rate termite and pest control protection in an environmentally responsible manner.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Call Nick today at 704.821.6864




Experience Corporate Team Building in Charlotte with Exit Strategy -

Jay and Mylene from Exit Strategy recently spoke to CRESN  about the exciting team-building programs their company  offers to Charlotte businesses.

Exit Strategy is THE solution for your next team building event. Check out the video of the Panther’s 2015 rookies escaping!

Escape scenarios are a fantastic way for colleagues to experience team building and at Exit Strategy, we are the experts! As one of the oldest and largest escape rooms in the country, we have hosted hundreds of companies, large and small, both local and international and with 2 team building options to choose from, we have what your looking for. Whether you want to play “Just for Fun” or you are looking to “Boost your Game“, read below and download the documents to get more information.

If you would like to treat your staff to a great time,this is the solution! Any scenario will challenge their teamwork and communication skills. And under the pressure of time, you’ll see true colors come out if you’re in the room with them! We have 6 escape scenarios to choose from and can accommodate groups of up to 54 participants who can play at the same time.

Escaping from the themed rooms requires keen problem-solving skills as well as a group of two to ten people—depending on the room—that can communicate efficiently while working together to find new clues. Each uncovered clue places teams one step closer to achieving their ultimate goal: unlock the door and flee the room before the countdown ends. Success may earn the group a place on Exit Strategy’s wall of fame, although failure may inspire a repeat visit to try again.

Exit Strategy is the country’s largest Escape Room location, and right here in Charlotte NC. For more information call 704-837-0515 or visit their website.

Thank you Jay and Mylene for a wonderful presentation!





Kevin Kreppein of Trip Gear (former ESPN Director) speaks about the TripGear Comfort System®. -

Former ESPN Director Kevin Kreppein and his wife Nancy recently spoke to the CRESN membership about their exciting new travel comfort system called TripGear.

TripGear is the first product that allows you to rest fully and comfortably while seated upright.

For over a century, travelers have been tinkering with pillows and eye masks, hoping to find a better solution to sleeping on the move. Advances in technology and sleep science have allowed TripGear to develop the first and best solution for a restful, deep sleep while sitting.

Based on feedback from licensed chiropractors and avid travelers, the Comfort System by TripGear is designed to provide restful, restorative sleep in less-than-ideal conditions. The system utilizes the traveler’s own body weight, supporting sleep with a headband, arm hammock, and neck pillow sleeve that attaches to almost any standard neck pillow.

The Comfort System is made in the U.S. and completely machine washable. Made from flexible bamboo fabric, the headband in particular is both soft and imparts cooling/warming properties that regulate travelers’ body temperature. The entire system connects through clips and magnets and attaches easily to luggage for hands-free travel. Accessories such as a travel blanket and shoulder strap are sold separately for modular customization.

Soon TripGear’s Kickstarter campaign will begin, which will allow anyone to get discounted comfort systems by simply supporting the campaign.

TRIPGEAR is a North Carolina-based company specializing in tech-forward travel solutions. Like the Comfort System, all its products are designed with savvy travelers in mind. For more information on TripGear’s current projects, visit or the brand’s Facebook page.

Kevin spent over 20 years as a director at ESPN. He directed such shows as SportsCenter, ESPN News, ESPNEWS Hot List , and Golf Central. You can read about Kevin on his IMDb page here.

Thank you Kevin and Nancy for a wonderful presentation!





Residential Waterproofing Services in Charlotte by Green Frog Waterproofing -

Member Andrew Schwartz of Green Frog Waterproofing recently addressed the CRESN members about the process used to provide professional waterproofing solutions that his company offers to their Charlotte, North Carolina customers.

Call 980-202-1222

Water can have many beneficial uses for a homeowner, but when water is leaking into your basement, sitting in the crawl space under your living area, or exerting structurally damaging pressure on foundation walls, it quickly becomes a problem. The presence of water in your crawl space or basement also creates conditions ripe for the growth of mold and mildew, which can significantly compromise the indoor air quality of your home, while also impairing the structural integrity of your home. Did you to know that 40% of the air you breath in your home’s first floor comes from your crawl space?

The professionals at Green Frog Waterproofing can help protect your pad against diverse water intrusion issues, from crawl space moisture to basement leaks to poor yard drainage. They serve customers in Charlotte NC, Matthews NC, Concord NC, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, and surrounding areas.

You can contact Green Frog Waterproofing by calling 980-202-1222 or by clicking here visit their website.