ISSA has announced the first group of individuals in 2009 to achieve certification as official Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) ISSA Certification Experts (I.C.E.). This addition brings the total number of experts to 368 individuals representing 43 U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.

A new interactive map containing a full listing of CIMS experts and their contact information is available here.

Becoming a certified CIMS expert positions an individual to provide training or consulting services to those cleaning organizations interested in complying with and preparing to certify to CIMS—a consensus-based industry standard that sets forth the universally accepted management principles proven to be the hallmarks of well-managed and customer-centered cleaning organizations.

“Achieving CIMS I.C.E. certification has proved tremendously valuable to many industry professionals,” said ISSA Director of CIMS Dan Wagner. “I am confident that the most recent crop of certified individuals will take advantage of their new knowledge and join those who are presently helping customers improve operations and save money by leading them through the CIMS-certification process.”

To become a CIMS expert, professionals within the cleaning industry must attend a one-day workshop and pass an examination regarding the management elements contained in the Standard. The CIMS-expert designation is earned by and applies to an individual professional and not to an entire organization.  

Additional 2009 I.C.E. workshops will be held in Philadelphia, PA, June 25 and Chicago, IL, October 5-6 (in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2009; please note that this program will take place on the afternoon of October 5 and the morning of October 6), and registration for both sessions is now open!  For more information regarding the 2009 schedule or to register, please click here.

Thirty industry professionals completed ISSA’s first 2009 I.C.E. workshop on March 6 in Chicago. The individuals who have been officially certified as CIMS experts are:
• Victor Arias of J’s Maintenance, Glendale, CA
• Robb Borgen of Impact Products, Toledo, OH
• Thomas Boscher of JohnsonDiversey, Sturtevant, WI  
• Kevin Burke of Retailers Supply Co., New Albany, IN
• Mark Collins of Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, OH
• Tim Conn of Anago of Chicago, Wood Dale, IL
• Bob Cusick of ProTeam, Inc.; Charlotte, NC
• Dan Driver of Sanitary Supply Corp., Grand Junction, CO
• Stan Elliott of Sikes Paper Co., Atlanta, GA
• Steven Gaydosz of Global Management Solutions, Inc., Ellwood City, PA
• Brad Gulbrandson of Prestige Maintenance USA, Bridgeview, IL
• Scott Halcrow of Hurley Corp., Toronto, ON, Canada
• David Holtzman of R3-TEC; Carteret, NJ
• Michael Jenkins of CleanTelligent Software, Provo, UT
• Chris Lucy of Network Services Co., Schaumburg, IL
• Tom McNamara of MERG, Vernon, CT
• Kurt Melzer of Nassco, Inc., Chicago, IL
• Josh Moore of Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, OH
• Louis Nelson of Sanitary Supply Corp., Grand Junction, CO
• Ray Noonan of ProTeam, Inc., Cheshire, CT
• Jason Paschall of Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, OH
• Jim Perez of Nyco Products, Countryside, IL
• Robert Rivadeneira of York Building Services, Newark, NJ
• Mike Sharlow of The Andersen Co., Dalton, GA
• Rich Steinberg of ProTeam, Inc., Highlands Ranch, CO
• Paul Trumbull of Kellermeyer, Bowling Green, OH
• Douglas Van Scoy of Illinois Growth Enterprises, Loves Park, IL
• Chris Varney of Nassco, Inc., Mequon, WI
• Paul Vogt of Sanitary Supply Corp., Grand Junction, CO
• Ying Zhang of Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Winchester, VA