About SERVPRO of East Manatee County


Larry & Joanne Hibbs

Owners of SERVPRO of East Manatee County

Larry and Joanne Hibbs are the proud franchise owners of SERVPRO of East Manatee County.

Larry started as a custodian 40 years ago in a school system up north, while he attended college. After completing 5 years of college, Larry left the cleaning business, only to return as co-owner of a SERVPRO franchise with his wife, Joanne. Education is a big part of daily training with production staff. Larry has taught many carpet and upholstery cleaning classes. Recognized by SERVPRO Industries, Inc. as one of the most knowledgeable cleaners in the system, Larry collaborated with four others to rewrite the Carpet Cleaning Manual and Upholstery Cleaning Manual for National Distribution. He also teaches CEU Fire, Flood, and Mold classes at the local community college to insurance agents, adjusters, realtors, and property managers. As a licensed Building Contractor he oversees all construction restoration. Larry is currently working on his Masters Degree in organizational Leadership. Additionally he sits on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, which put together the current award winning Florida Disaster Plan.

Joanne oversees the daily operations of the office staff, answering phones, scheduling, billing, insurance claims, and marketing. For eleven years, Joanne has worked as a paralegal and managed the activities of three attorneys and three secretaries. Working in probate, she spent many hours with clients handling the emotional losses of a loved one and at the same time administering the financial aspects of the estate. Next to the loss of a loved one, property loss can almost be as devastating. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Larry and Joanne have won three small business of the year awards in Manatee County, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • SCI/SPI/SEN - Carpet Inspector
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • MTC - Master Textile Cleaner
  • JSR - Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • JWR - Journeyman Water Restorer
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • MSR - Master Fire & Smoke Restorer
  • JTC - Journeyman Textile Cleaner
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Propeller Club
  • Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
  • Manatee Association of Realtors
  • CAI Community Association Institute, Gold Level Sponsor
  • Seagull Environmental Training - Instructor: Lead Based Paint Certification
  • Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakewood Ranch Young Leaders Alliance
  • State of Florida: Guardian Ad-Litem
  • Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
  • Better Business Bureau of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary
  • Manatee Young Professionals
  • Parrish Professionals