Meet the Team

1-800 WATER DAMAGE is led by a visionary executive team that is passionate about your success


President of BELFOR Franchise Group, LLC: Rusty Amarante

Mr. Amarante has served as President of DUCTZ International, LLC and currently serves as President of BELFOR Franchise Group, LLC, and DUCTZ North America, LLC, located in Ann Arbor, MI from March 2012 to the present. Mr. Amarante has also served as President of HOODZ International, LLC from March 2012 to September 2016, and HOODZ North America, LLC, both located in Ann Arbor, MI, from March 2012 to the present. Mr. Amarante also serves as President of 1 800 WATER DAMAGE International, LLC, and 1 800 WATER DAMAGE North America, LLC, both located in Ann Arbor, MI from October 2015 to the present. Mr. Amarante has served as Director of Operations for BELFOR USA Group, Inc., located in Birmingham, MI, from November 1999 to the present. Mr. Amarante also serves as Executive Chairman of HRI Holdings, located in Nashville, TN from July 2019 to the present.


Chief Executive Officer of Belfor Franchise Group, LLC: Sheldon Yellen

Mr. Yellen has been Chief Executive Officer of HOODZ International, LLC, BELFOR Franchise Group, LLC and HOODZ North America, LLC, located in Ann Arbor, MI from October 2008 to the present. Mr. Yellen also has served as Chief Executive Officer for DUCTZ International LLC and DUCTZ North America, LLC, located in Ann Arbor, MI from July 2007 to the present. Mr. Yellen also serves as Chief Executive Officer of 1 800 WATER DAMAGE International, LLC and 1 800 WATER DAMAGE North America, LLC, located in Ann Arbor, MI, from April 2015 to the present. Mr. Yellen has served as Chief Executive Officer for BELFOR USA Group, Inc., located in Birmingham, MI, from April 2004 to the present. Mr. Yellen also has served as Director and CEO of BELFOR Holdings, Inc., in Birmingham, MI, since its inception in September 2006 to the present. Mr. Yellen also serves as Director of HRI Holdings, located in Nashville, TN from July 2019 to the present.


Chief Operating Officer of BELFOR Franchise Group: Dan Tarantin

Mr. Tarantin joined and has served as COO of BELFOR Franchise Group since September 10, 2019. Mr. Tarantin joined the Board of Directors of our affiliate HRI, as the Chairman, in September 2011 and has also served as President and CEO of HRI since November 11, 2011. He also serves as President and CEO of our affiliate NHI, since November 11, 2012, and CEO of our affiliate DDG, since March 16, 2018.


President of 1800 WATER DAMAGE: Tim Fagan, CR, WLS

Mr. Fagan has been in the restoration industry for over 25 years, having been the CEO of a predecessor water mitigation/contents company, which became part of the BELFOR family of companies in 2010. He has managed emergency losses in residential, hospital, university, business, manufacturing, multi-family and K-12 school facilities. In 2018, Mr. Fagan took over duties as President of 1-800-Water Damage and in 2019, he also took over as President of PACKOUTZ.

Mr. Fagan graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and holds two post-graduate degrees in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Fagan is the principal instructor for BELFOR’s continuing education courses for insurance agents and real estate licensees. He also manages the internal “BELFOR Boot Camp” training program for BELFOR Estimators, Project Managers and General Managers from around the US and Canada. Mr. Fagan is a licensed builder as well as a Restoration Industry Association Certified Restorer (CR) and Water Loss Specialist (WLS) – the highest level of training and certification available in the restoration industry.


Vice President of Franchise Development: Ken Osness

Mr. Osness has served as Director of Franchise Development for BELFOR Franchise Group, LLC, whose main offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI from December 2015 to the present. Mr. Osness also served as Director of Franchise Development for 1 800 WATER DAMAGE International, LLC, located in Ann Arbor, MI, from September 2015 to the present. Prior to that, Mr. Osness served as Franchise Development Manager for HOODZ International, LLC, from June 2006 to December 2015. Mr. Osness also served as the Franchise Development Manager of DUCTZ International, LLC, from June 2006 to January 2015.

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