On October 16-21, 2011, the International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc. (IEHA) rolled out the red carpet for its registrants during its 45th Annual Conference and Convention in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN — North America at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were more than 250 registered IEHA members in attendance for a week of education, networking and fun.

IEHA hosted several successful events throughout the week, including its pre-Convention REH/CEH Boot Camp, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. IEHA is pleased to announce that all participants passed the final exam and earned their REH or CEH designation! On Sunday evening, Oct. 16, during the IEHA President’s Welcome Party, Education Foundation Fundraiser and Casino Night, more than $2,700 was raised for the Education Foundation due to registrants’ generous donations! Money donated to the IEHA Education Foundation is utilized to provide more educational opportunities to IEHA’s members.

On Monday, Oct. 17, and Tuesday, Oct. 18, IEHA offered over 11 hours of continuing education, provided by IEHA’s very own, knowledgeable members, focused around the themes of continuous improvement and effective management practices. IEHA would like to thank the following members for speaking and sharing their expertise: Ada Balwin, REH, Cliff Beiser, Jason Dunson, Doug Green, REH, Everett McDonald, CEH, Sheila Perera, Ralph Peterson, Beth Risinger, Heidi Wilcox and Gene Woodard, REH. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Fri., Oct. 21, IEHA registrants attended the ISSA/INTERCLEAN trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they had the opportunity to visit with more than 700 vendors featuring the newest and most innovative products in the cleaning industry!

Award Winners
IEHA distributed several awards during its Business Session on Tuesday morning, Oct. 18. As part of the IEHA Education Foundation Scholarship, nine IEHA members were given complimentary Professional Education Credentialing Programs (PECP) in order for them to earn their designations as a REH or CEH. Recipients included: Janise Peck, Brenda Holton, Milda Pillar, Elena Agapie, Chong Brown, Beran Haywood, Kiley Clark, Rhonda Garner and Len Ritnour. IEHA also recognized the first two IEHA members to earn IEHA’s newest designation, the Master REH: John Poole and Leslye Kornegay. To learn more about IEHA’s PECP, the Master’s Program and scholarship programs, please visit www.ieha.org/education_certification.php.

In addition, IEHA presented the Superior Chapter Achievement Award to the top three IEHA chapters who have shown exemplary work in reporting and reaching out to their membership by growing and effectively communicating and involving their fellow chapter members. Congratulations to the first place winner, the Central New York Chapter; second place, the Houston Chapter and the third place recipient, the Georgia Coastal Chapter. IEHA also presented the Golden Broom Award to the Director-at-Large who has gone above and beyond in reaching out to their assigned IEHA chapters and the IEHA membership. This year’s recipient was Anna Rodriguez, REH. Congratulations to all the winners!

IEHA would like to thank the following sponsors for its 2011 Convention: Activeion, Royce Rolls Ringer Company, Spartan Chemical, Kaivac, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Tecni-Quip, Walsh Integrated, Advanced Vapor Techologies, Microban, AmSan and CleanMax Vacuums.

IEHA’s 2012 Convention is scheduled for October 15-19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN — North America.