It’s Time to Git-R-Done and Come on Down to Dallas

From Our October ISSA 2018 Newsletter

We’re just a few days away from ISSA Dallas, the biggest trade show in North America for the professional cleaning industry.  ISSA has been pulling out all the stops to make this show the best ever, hosting newcomers to free breakfasts and offering them tours of the trade floor.

It’s all designed to make the show more interesting, engaging, and valuable for all of us in the professional cleaning industry.

I’m involved in several events and projects at the show this year and I’m encouraging you all to join me. 

But first, if you could make a note on your show “to do” list:

The Ashkin Group will be in booth 1716 this year.  So, come on by and say howdy. We’d love to meet you. 

Now, as to some of those events and projects I encourage you to attend:

•    The Healthy Schools Campaign’s Green Cleaning Schools Program, taking place on Monday and Tuesday (October 29th & 30th), is bringing together 200 schools and universities to discuss a variety of Green Cleaning issues.  These include innovative cleaning products, ergonomics, how to engage school administration and custodial workers, and much more. 

This year, part of the program includes a panel I will be moderating on sustainability, a very important issue for this sector.  After the education sessions, the attendees will get to see the 700+ exhibitors on the trade show floor. This will provide them with lots of opportunities to learn how to further Green their cleaning programs and to send a clear message that schools and universities are committed to buying greener products from companies that operate the most sustainably.

•    We are hosting an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 30th for 14 companies participating in the Distributor Efficiency Analytics & Learning Program (DEAL).  These companies are “walking the sustainability talk” and helping us move the entire cleaning industry towards becoming not only Green, but more sustainable organizations themselves.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Sorry, but I can’t announce the winners until the awards ceremony takes place.

•    I am speaking on a panel on Wednesday, October 31st for the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), entitled, Get an unfair business advantage with today’s hottest CRE Healthy Buildings and Occupant Wellness. Attendees will be taught how to increase client retention by understanding the important role cleaning contractors play by developing building health and wellness strategies. 
Note: Registration for the BSCAI Convention, while at the Dallas Convention Center, is separate from the ISSA Convention.

•    We will be introducing our new Sustainability Visualization and Engagement Tool.  This system analyzes a facility’s environmental information such as energy, water, and waste data and then “visualizes” it on a monitor, which could be in the lobby of a convention center, office building, sports facility, or showroom.  The system allows employees, visitors, customers, fans and others — to quickly see the facility’s sustainability efforts and presents information in easy to understand “people units” (no complicated jargon). This is an excellent tool for all organizations on their sustainability journey as it will help make the connection between sustainability accounting and marketing (telling the story).

•    When you are visiting our booth, please check out our new and updated copy of the Green Sports Alliance’s Playbook on Greener Cleaning in Sports Facilities. This is version 2 of the Playbook.  Unfortunately, we will only have a few copies on display, but we are happy to email a copy to you.
By the way… we are also planning to showcase innovative, new Green products in the Playbook.  Currently, we have a few sponsorship opportunities still available, so contact me at if you want to discuss this further. 

And one more thing since we are talking about sports. On Friday November 1, there will be a tour of the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium.  It’s an amazing facility even if you’re not a Cowboy fan.  You’ll just need to check with ISSA to see if there are some spots available on the tour as I heard it was close to full.

Finally, I’d like to tell you about an innovative, Green Cleaning program, we just completed for the City of San Francisco’s custodial supervisors. We created the San Francisco Train-the-Trainer Custodial Supervisors’ Tool Box. This program helps correct and improve the cleaning effectiveness of custodial workers while also eliminating language barriers. 

Their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I would be happy to tell you all about it. So, come on down to booth 1716.