Here are Your Presenters
Founder and President
The Ashkin Group LLC.
In addition to founding the Green Cleaning Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing information and educating the marketplace on green cleaning, Steve Ashkin is the president of The Ashkin Group, LLC, a nationally renowned consulting firm helping both contractors and building owners 'green' the cleaning process. He has 25 years in the cleaning industry and has become the leading figure in the green cleaning movement. Ashkin's background includes chairing the ASTM Task Force, a member of the US Technical Advisory Group developing ISO 14000, a founding member of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, and a judge for the White House Closing the Circle Awards Program. He has participated in important standard development activities including the US Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Program, The Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools from the Healthy Schools Campaign, the Green Guide for Health Care from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, as well as several standards for Green Seal. Last year, Ashkin was named the Green Building Advocate of the Year by the Leonardo Academy and a recipient of the 2006 Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award from US EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection. Join Steve Ashkin as he presents the reasons to avoid hygiene theater while still being able to communicate how clean and safe your building is to customers and tenants.
David Casavant, CFM LEED AP
The Sustainable Workplace Alliance
David Casavant is the Executive Director at the Sustainable Workplace Alliance, a non-profit adult training organization. In the last 15 years David has personally trained over 10,000 professionals in regulatory compliance topics.He is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at dozens of industry conferences and trade shows and he was awarded IFMA's Distinguished Author designation for his book "Emergency Preparedness — A Guide to Safety Planning & Business Continuity". Watch for David's latest book "Surviving the OSHA Audit — Common Sense Solutions to Your Most Feared Compliance Issues".
Director of Business Development
Ben Walker is the Director of Business Development for ManageMen, Inc., a leading cleaning industry consultancy specializing in training, transitions, auditing and educational materials. In addition to his consulting work, Walker is the author of 612 Cleaning Times and Tasks. Ben Walker annually performs progress and baseline audits for several large cleaning operations. He has experience auditing the cleaning program for hundreds of buildings nationwide. He specializes in the (OS1) cleaning process, safety, green, source reduction, public relations, training and cleaning education. His clients include Sandia National Labs, The Boeing Company, University of Texas at Austin, Qualcomm, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and NISH.