The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation’s Evening Gala is an annual tradition which recognizes the program sponsors, staff and patients, and celebrates the power of the human spirit to raise funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Hospital, Frank Torre hosted the elegant fundraising event which benefits the RIM Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the rehabilitation of people with life altering disabilities and injuries through research, education, and community programs and activities. 2019 Go Beyond Gala attendees had the opportunity to hear from past and current patients who shared their inspirational stories of how the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan helped them overcome impossible odds and recover their lives thanks in part to the generosity of the program supporters. Expressing his profound gratitude to the program supporters who share in his vision of giving back to the community, Frank Torre formally recognized sponsors whose generosity has enabled the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan to become a national leader in physical therapy and progressive treatment techniques. This year’s generous sponsors included Signal Restoration Services, PuroClean, The Penske Automotive Group, Wright & Filipps, Quality Home Healthcare, Mr. & Mrs. Tim Cash, Lormax Stern, Farbman Group, ABF Environmental, PCI, Urban Science, AdvisaCare, Celani Family, the Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton, the Fakhoury Law Firm and the Law Firm of Berry Moorman P.C.
Signal Restoration Services, an industry leader in commercial property damage restoration, was a title sponsor during the 2019 Annual Industry Outlook Conference: A Conversation with REIT CEO’s, held at the DoubleTree By Hilton in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The program offered networking opportunities and included an interactive panel discussion with REIT CEO’s moderated by R.J. King, the Editor of dBusiness Magazine, Detroit's Premier Business Journal. The interactive discussion panel featured Joey Agree, President and CEO of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based Agree Realty Corporation, Gary A. Shiffman, Chairman and CEO at Sun Communities, Inc., and Robert S. Taubman, Chairman, President and CEO of Taubman Centers Inc. Industry experts, including real estate brokers and agents, national property management firms, real estate investors, and legal professionals gathered to hear first hand from REIT CEO’s about successful growth strategies, identify future real estate business opportunities, examine industry outlooks, and Frank Torre, the Co-CEO of Signal Restoration Services, the event’s title sponsor, was in attendance during the Annual Real Estate Investment Trust Conference, which concluded with an open forum which offered audience members the opportunity to ask questions. The title sponsor of the 2019 Annual Real Estate Investment Trust Industry Outlook Conference, Signal Restoration Services, was founded in 1972, and continues a long tradition of being an industry leader in emergency response and property damage restoration services. With a wide reaching network of offices throughout the United States and Canada, the company specializes in large scale catastrophe response and disaster restoration services including asbestos and lead abatement, fire, water, wind, mold and storm damage restoration. The company services residential, commercial, industrial, health and hospitality, institutional and historical properties, and has earned an outstanding industry reputation due to its long history of relentless customer survive, steadfast loyalty to its clients and a deeply rooted culture of compassion. To learn more about Signal Restoration, the program title sponsor, please visit them at www.signalrestoration.com
Frank Torre, was recently named as one of the most powerful business leaders in Metro Detroit by dBusiness, the region’s premier business journal. The comprehensive list of the most powerful executives in more than 30 industries across Metro Detroit and Michigan recognizes the most highly selective business leaders in our region and state, and ranks them based on factors including the company size, growth rate, geographical reach, and extensive personal networks in the region. Frank Torre is a Michigan entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and currently serves as the Co-CEO of Signal Restoration Services, a large-scale national disaster restoration services company, and is the Vice Chairman of PuroClean, a national disaster restoration services company with locations across the United States and Canada.
The recent Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Classic, an event which brings Golfers and Supporters on the course to benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, which is a youth academic scholarship program for the underprivileged residing in Metro Detroit, was held at the prestigious Franklin Hills Country Club. The August 27 Golf Outing and Auction which raised nearly a half a million dollars to directly benefit the charity in their efforts to cultivate “youth empowerment through the foundation of education and holistic support”, was as previously, personally managed by Frank Torre, the event chair. The Annual Golf Outing and the ensuing awards dinner, included some of Detroit’s most iconic names, including Oakland Country Executive L. Brooks Patterson, former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer, TV Personality and Channel 4 Anchor Rhonda Walker, Mickey Redmond, a former professional hockey player, and analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit, Edward Dario Mio, a former professional goal tender who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Edward Miles, Jr, is a retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, and many other notable business and philanthropic leaders, including Ryan LaFontaine, CEO of the LaFontaine Automotive Group, and Tom Celani, proprietor of the Celani Family Vineyards . The awards dinner was emceed by Paul W. Smith, the legendary Detroit radio icon, notable columnist, and host of the “Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR radio. Such initiatives are made possible in part thanks to the generous contributions from local businesses and organizations, among them Signal Restoration Services and PuroClean, who are proud to support the non-profit’s mission of graduating “young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life…”. As the Chairman of Boys Hope and Girls Hope of Detroit, Frank Torre has been involved with the non-profit organization for over 14 years. He has personally organized and hosted the most recent 26th Annual Golf tournament, which raised over $350,000 as part of the annual campaign to promote and support the organization. Through his dedication and commitment to the foundations’ success, Frank Torre’s fundraising initiatives over the past 14 years have contributed over 4.5 Million dollars to directly support the foundation’s initiatives of scholarship and educational programs. During the closing Scholarship Awards Ceremony, the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit Foundation recognized its 2018 scholarship recipients with a new scholarship, named in honor of Frank Torre, aptly named the “Frank Torre Scholarship”, which recognizes and rewards selected individuals, who embody the foundation’s mission of empowerment though scholarship. Outside of his active involvement in the philanthropic community, Frank Torre serves as the Co-CEO of Signal Restoration Services, a large-scale national disaster restoration services company, as well as the Vice Chairman of PuroClean, a national disaster restoration services company with locations across the United States and Canada.
Frank Torre appointed to serve on the prestigious Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board.Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed Frank Torre to serve on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board to represent the general public in 2005. Spanning two Administrations, including the Granholm and Snyder Administration, Mr.Torre, as part of a 5 member Board of Directors, has helped promote the Fund’s initiative to help create vibrant communities and enhance the quality of life for our residents Frank Torre is a Michigan entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and currently serves as the Co-CEO of Signal Restoration Services, a large-scale national disaster restoration services company, and is the Vice Chairman of PuroClean, a national disaster restoration services company with locations across the United States and Canada. To date, the MNRTF’s projects have funded the development and expansion of multiple parks and public greenspaces, as well as spearhead a number of initiatives to “help protect our state's pristine beaches, forests and wetlands.” Since its inception in 1976, the MNRTF has awarded over $1 billion in grants to local governments and state agencies throughout all 83 counties. Nationally, the MNRTF’s ability to create “a level of partnership between local units of government and the state.” is recognized as a model for such partnerships.
Frank Torre and Mark Davis acquire PuroSystems of Tamarac, Florida to combine forces with Signal RestorationPuroSystems, Inc., of Tamarac, Florida, a residential and commercial property restoration company with franchise locations across the United States and Canada, has been acquired by property restoration business owners Mark Davis and Frank Torre of Michigan. Mark Davis and Frank Torre own and operate Signal Restoration Services, known for delivering the highest level of customer service and specializing in large commercial and industrial restoration projects throughout the U.S., most notably as the firm brought in by the City of New York following Superstorm Sandy. “Mark Davis and Frank Torre are both highly respected, experienced and committed owners who are ready to take their companies to the next level. It’s a very exciting time to be a PuroClean franchise owner.” Plans call for aggressive expansion of PuroSystems to grow its international footprint from more than 200 locations to become a worldwide player in the disaster recovery business, and expand services to better meet the needs of large commercial and institutional customers. It is the goal of Mark Davis and Frank Torre to double the number of PuroClean franchise locations in the next several years. PuroSystems operates under the brand, PuroClean, with 34 full-time employees and 232 franchise locations in 34 states and five Canadian provinces, providing fire and water restoration, water mitigation, contents cleaning, mold abatement and biohazard clean up. The locations will continue to operate under the PuroClean® brand, and company headquarters, and a fire and flood disaster training center, will remain in Tamarac, Florida. The company will continue as a sponsor of the American Red Cross. PuroSystems has 1,500 employees system-wide and revenue of $74 million in 2014. Mark Davis and Frank Torre have decades of experience running successful companies in the restoration and construction industries. In 2012, they acquired Signal Restoration, founded in 1972, which has become a leader in large property damage cleanups and restoration for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and historic properties. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the company has 150 employees at offices in Michigan, California, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, New York and Kansas, and operates a dedicated national disaster team for quick response across the United States. Signal Restoration has handled some major cleanup and recovery projects including the mobilization of 900 workers and thousands of pieces of equipment to aid five New York City hospitals, including a level one trauma center, following Superstorm Sandy, as well as recent disaster restoration projects for Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the Detroit Medical Center and the Detroit Zoo. Signal Restoration also has preferred status with many insurance companies. In 2014, revenue was in excess of $50 million. In 2013, revenue was $140 million as a result of Superstorm Sandy clean-up efforts. In the acquisition, Mark Davis and Frank Torre purchased 80 percent of PuroSystems stock with 20 percent remaining with existing shareholders. Davis will become PuroSystems CEO and chairman, and current CEO and chairman David McKinnon will step down, but will remain as a minority shareholder. Torre will serve as vice-chairman and board member. All other members of the PuroSystems management team will stay in their positions. “PuroClean is gaining a new CEO with the vision to continue to grow its offerings,” McKinnon said. “Mark Davis and Frank Torre are both highly respected, experienced and committed owners who are ready to take their companies to the next level. It’s a very exciting time to be a PuroClean franchise owner.” PuroClean franchise owners will gain access to regional training centers at Signal Restoration’s facilities in Clinton Township, Michigan and Orange County, California, with an emphasis on providing a broader range of services to large commercial and institutional customers. Franchise members will also have access to an expanded online training library and will get assistance in expanding preferred provider status among insurance companies and in providing pre-loss planning programs to regional, national, and multi-national companies. The disaster recovery and restoration industry continues to grow as does new construction and the value of insured property. Natural disasters and increasing threats of domestic terrorism are adding to growth in the sector along with what Davis says is greater sophistication of restoration services as more such companies are becoming full-service providers. “We look forward to continuing to elevate our capabilities and the value we bring to our customers,” Davis says. “We cannot influence Mother Nature. But we can continue to improve our overall customer service and we do that through training and a culture committed to genuine concern for our customers. This we can influence, control and focus on every day.”
Frank Torre is a Michigan entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and currently serves as the CEO of Signal Restoration Services, a large-scale national disaster restoration services company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. A leader in large scale property damage restoration, Signal Restoration has an impressive portfolio of major disaster recovery projects, including being brought in by the municipalities of New York City following the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy to restore five major hospital systems. The company has also performed major disaster restoration projects in Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California, the Detroit Medical Center and the Detroit Zoological Park. In addition to his role as CEO of Signal Restoration, Frank Torre also serves as Vice Chairman of PuroClean, a Florida based disaster restoration services company with locations across the United States and Canada. Prior to purchasing Signal Restoration Services and acquiring a majority share in PuroClean with Mark Davis, Frank Torre was the former founder and CEO of Torre & Bruglio, Inc., a company that was started by Frank at a young age with nothing more than a single truck and one wheel barrow, which he grew into one of the largest horticultural, landscape architecture and construction services companies in North America. Frank Torre also founded Torre Golf Management & Construction Services, Torre Sports Division, and Torre Enterprises. Some of the more prominent projects completed by the company include many of Detroit’s most notable landmarks. Under Frank Torre’s leadership, the company was responsible for building the Athletic Field for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, and the landscape construction of the Edward H. McNamara Terminal at the Detroit Metropolitan International Airport, the Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, the Riverwalk Promenade on the Detroit River, Campus Martius, as well as servicing the (PAG) Penske Automotive Group and AutoNation Nationwide. Apart from his professional responsibilities, Frank Torre supports a number of philanthropic community organizations and national philanthropic activities. His laudable efforts in beautifying the metro Detroit Area led a number of awards a to his appointment by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve on the prestigious Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. Even more notably, for his outstanding contributions to and support of multicultural traditions, Frank Torre was awarded the coveted International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit’s Heritage Hall of Fame Award. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional leaders, who by virtue of their professional and philanthropic efforts have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. Frank Torre also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of some of the nations most respected and impactful organizations as well as carries a number of national, state and regional Professional Association Memberships. To that end, as a member of the executive board of the DMC / Tenet Healthcare Systems, a Dallas, Texas based health care provider, Frank Torre is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, one the nation’s premier providers of physical medicine and rehabilitation with a mission to “help people rebuild their lives after a serious injury or illness” and to provide cutting-edge research in physical medicine and rehabilitation and “explore new treatment frontiers.” To benefit the DMC/RIM mission of promoting the rehabilitation of persons with life altering disabilities through research, education and community programs, Frank Torre has chaired a number of fundraising events to support and maximize the impact of its mission. At a recent evet held at the Fox Theater to benefit the RIM Foundation, Frank Torre worked to closely with the organizing committee to orchestrate the overall production and ensure the overall financial success of the event at which the DMC / RIM Foundation partnered with Kali’s Cure and Urban Science in order to bring awareness to and support much needed medical research and advancements in rehabilitation that lead to medical breakthroughs. These two organizations share the Rehabilitation Institute’s vision to “help people rebuild their lives...” and “explore new treatment frontiers...” and were among the proud sponsors for the Foundation’s Annual Gala. As the event chair Frank Torre addressed an audience and expressed his profound gratitude for the attendees sharing in his vision to give back to the community and educational organizations. Frank Torre further recognized and applauded patients who have overcome great challenges, stating that even he was overtaken with the level of generosity and outpouring of support to promote this worthy cause. WDIV News Anchor Rhonda Walker served as Mistress of Ceremony, and recognized patients who have overcome great challenges and stating that they are an inspiration to others. The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Fund and its presenting sponsors, Urban Science and Kali’s Cure, continue to support the Institute’s mission of innovative programs and groundbreaking rehabilitation research to enable innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. During this year’s event, a remarkable new advancement was demonstrated to the attendees which can aid patients with limited upper body mobility by taking advantage of cutting edge research and technology. A robotic, hands-free exoskeleton suit, or REX, is the world’s first hands-free, self- supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device, which doesn't require the use of forearm crutches was and produces improvements in walking ability for patients with neurological impairments. It is these types of scientific and technological breakthroughs which continue to fuel the mission of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan to enable innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery.
Frank Torre, of Detroit, Michigan, was recently inducted into the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit’s Heritage Hall of Fame. Following its inception in 1919, the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) has been committed to recognizing outstanding individuals who have contributed to the American way of life, support multiculturalism, and the preservation of unique cultural traditions. In the early eighties, the IIMD, in an effort to formally recognize outstanding leaders from different cultures and honor their incredible achievements and contributions to the America way of life, created the Heritage Hall of Fame Award. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes such exceptional leaders from various ethnic backgrounds and celebrates their incredible achievements and contributions to the community. The individual who have demonstrated their commitment to multiculturalism and have generously supported ethnic and cultural traditions are honored for their exemplary lives, careers, and achievements that truly embody and perpetuate the heritage of the American way of life with the prestigious Heritage Hall of Fame Award. Frank Torre joins a prestigious roster of past honorees which include Edsel B. Ford II; Dennis Archer, the former Mayor of the City of Detroit, Alex Manoogian, Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Red Wings / Detroit Tigers, Frank Stella, as well as many other notable figures whose photographs have been forever memorialized and are proudly displayed inside the Hall of Fame Gallery located in the Main Atrium of the COBO Center Convention Hall in the heart of Downtown Detroit. During the Heritage Hall of Fame Dinner, The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit awarded its coveted Hall of Fame Award to Frank Torre for his outstanding commitment to rebuilding and beautifying the city of Detroit and its surrounding metropolitan area. The Heritage Hall of Fame celebration and the award ceremony to honor Frank Torre’s achievements was held at the beautiful Ambassador Ballroom at the famous Renaissance Hotel overlooking the Detroit River. Following the celebration, Frank Torre’s photograph was permanently framed and memorialized in the Hall of Fame Gallery located in the Main Atrium of the Cobo Center in the heart of Downtown Detroit. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Frank Torre donates equipment to help the "Clean Downtown" Detroit.Recently the landscaping crew truck used in these Downtown beautification efforts was donated to Clean Downtown by Torre and Bruglio, Inc, one of the state’s largest horticultural and landscaping contractors whose landmark projects include the Penske Corporation and Chrysler World Headquarters, Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, and the Detroit Zoo. Frank Torre, a Michigan entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist is CEO and chairman of both Torre & Bruglio, Inc, and Signal Restoration Services, a full-service contractor that specializes in property loss mitigation and has restored properties in Michigan and across the country. Headquartered in Troy Michigan, some of the company’s high-profile projects include three major hospitals in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Roosevelt Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The donated equipment has been loaned for the last several years by Torre and Bruglio, Inc., and in addition to being used to help clean Detroit, is being used by Clean Downtown and Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit to train workers in landscape management while helping make Downtown Detroit a more beautiful place to live, work and play. The president of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which administers Clean Downtown, has been quoted as saying that “Keeping Downtown looking its best is a team sport and we’ve had the best team working with.... Torre and Bruglio, Inc ….. in our efforts to keep Downtown Detroit looking cleaner and greener while helping workers obtain valuable job skills.” The landscaping crew truck is a welcome and permanent addition to the Clean Downtown fleet of trucks seen in and around Downtown Detroit keeping things picked up and clean. It provides much needed transportation to the workers in the Goodwill landscape management program. This collaborative effort has resulted in newly trained workers and the lovely landscaping that has made Downtown’s landscape pop with color and green ways. In addition to providing the truck, Torre and Bruglio, Inc. has generously shared its vast expertise and helped train workers by giving them a much needed and valued skills set. “The company of Torre and Bruglio, Inc., led by Frank Torre, …… has played a significant role in helping Detroit’s disadvantaged find their way back into employment and personal dignity,” said Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Vice President Lindsay Chalmers. “They have for many years partnered with Goodwill to assist with teaching of new skill sets surrounding landscape maintenance and the gift of this truck is but one more example of their level of caring.” 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
As one of our nation’s premier providers of physical medicine and rehabilitation, the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has been helping people rebuild their lives after a serious injury or illness for more than 60 years. At a recent event, DMC Heals, Mathew Sanford spoke with Frank Torre about the role rehabilitation and physical medicine played in his life. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, Frank Torre took a personal interest in Mathew’s story. Mathew Sanford has recently published a book about how he was paralyzed from the chest down after a pivotal event which set Matt on a lifelong journey following which he emerges with an entirely new view of being a "whole" person. The book, titled Waking, delivers a powerful message about the endurance of the human spirit and of the body that houses it. In 2010, the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan named Frank Torre as the Chairman of the Detroit Medical Center’s Board of Directors, for DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM). Frank Torre succeeded Frank D. Stella who has served on RIM’s board for over 10 years. Previously the president and CEO of Torre & Bruglio, Inc, Inc., a Michigan based company, Frank Torre currently serves as CEO of Signal Restoration Services, and joined RIM’s board in 2001 as the Chairman of RIM’s Fund Development Committee. At the event, Frank Torre toured the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s facilities with Matthew Sanford who shared his experiences and demonstrated the benefits of yoga to disabled and non-disabled students at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. When asked about the event at a later interview, Mathew Sanford stated that Frank Torre’s passion and energy where contagious and he believes that with Frank Torre’s guidance, the DMC will continue RIM’s legacy of cutting-edge treatment techniques complemented by innovative research and personalized medical care.