Our Team

RAPID RESTORATION OF FLORIDA, LLC. Is a Veteran-Owned small business guided by ethical and experienced executive leadership. The Executive Team is highly experienced in emergency services and property preservation.  We are hands on operators that are involved in all jobs regardless of the scope and size.

The Executive Team understands RAPIDS growth is driven by the success of its customer service. In a continual commitment to provide the best service in the industry, the leadership team places a strong emphasis on their ONE TEAM culture focused on developing quality teammates; being their best and serving others. With this guidance, RAPID presses on in its goal of becoming the premier restoration and emergency service company in Florida and is expanding throughout the state.


STEVEN KATES, Chief Executive Officer of Rapid Restoration has been working in the real estate and property service industry for over 20 years. His experience prior to RAPID includes the ownership of a multi facet real estate property services firm specializing in both residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. He was a Senior Vice President with Carnival Resorts and Casinos (a Carnival Cruise Lines subsidiary) and a business audit manager for Arthur Anderson & Co. CPA firm. In 2001, Steven was the recipient of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Col. William Carr Entrepreneur of The Year award. Steven holds a BA in Business from Florida State University and a MBA from Nova University. He resides in Vero Beach, Florida.

JAMES “JAY” SANDERSON, Chief Operating Officer of Rapid Restoration served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged at the rank Staff Sergeant after 8 years. Jay has been active in the real estate and property services industry for over 10 years in various capacities. Jay previously worked as a high school teacher and head basketball coach in New Orleans, LA (post Katrina), Cape Coral and Key Largo, FL. He was recognized as Airman of the Year in 2003 and was twice recognized as teacher of the year. James holds a BS in Secondary Education and Economics from Madonna University in Michigan. He is a IICRC licensed water damage remediator, IICRC mold damage remediator, a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, and currently holds teaching certificates in Michigan, Louisiana, and Florida. Jay resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

JAMES "JAMIE" PERCY, Chief Compliance Officer of Rapid Restoration has served in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years and retired as Master Sergeant. Jamie was as Sr. Drill Instructor in both combat and water survival.  He served as a logistical specialist and completed tours of duty in Iraq. He was a member of the Marine Corps Rifle Pistol Team and the United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard. Jamie is licensed by the State of Florida as a Mold Remediator, Mold Assessor and Home Inspector. Jamie resides in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

ELIZABETH DERICO, Vice President of Operations of Rapid Restoration Elizabeth Derico is an active community and church member in the City of Pompano Beach for over 15 yrs. Professionally, Elizabeth holds 10 years of experience in operations and office management. She volunteers in her church choir, the church's media department and is an advocate donor of multiple charities with a focus of underprivileged youth and the elderly. Elizabeth resides in Pompano Beach, FL.

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