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Thursday is the last day to walk the massive exhibit hall Photo courtesy of ISSA

The final day of the ISSA Show in Dallas is not to be missed. Taking place Thursday — er, ThurSTAY — Nov. 1, the association has saved its biggest attractions for the last day of the show.

From a keynote speech by Former President George W. Bush to a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Stadium, attendees will not want to leave early and miss any of the excitement.

Here’s a look at the last day’s highlights.

Keynote Address: George W. Bush
A Fireside Chat With Former President George W. Bush
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Since the show is in Dallas, ISSA wanted to cap off the keynote speeches with a “true Texan.” Former President George W. Bush will share life lessons, leadership advice and his take on how America can become united once again.

After his speech, Bush will sit down with ISSA Executive Director John Barrett for an informal Q&A. The two will discuss world events, politics and the need for strong leadership in business.

Bush was the 43rd president of the United States and also the former governor of Texas. During his presidency, Bush led the country’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Since leaving the White House, Bush settled in Dallas and helped found his presidential library and museum. He also wrote his memoir “Decision Points.”

Bush has devoted much of his post-presidential time to charitable efforts, including fundraising efforts for disaster relief after the Haiti earthquake, as well as fundraising for wounded veterans and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.

ISSA Innovation Award Ceremony And Reception
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The ISSA Innovation Marketplace and Lounge, found at booth 3405, will feature the latest products, equipment and technology, including all ISSA Innovation Award nominees.

The booth will also play host to the Innovation Award Ceremony and Reception where the winner of the overall ISSA Innovation of the Year Award will be announced. This winner is determined by a combination of the online voting results and a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals, members of the media, and veteran ISSA member representatives.

Exhibit Hall Hours
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday is the last day to walk the show floor and see the newest products from more than 750 exhibitors. For help navigating the hall, see the exhibitor list and show floor map starting on page I/24.

Education Theater Schedule
These seminars take place on the show floor at booth 1051.

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
State Of The Industry Panel: Building Service Contractors
Speakers: Marc Collings, Mary Miller and Michael Diamond
ISSA concludes its State of the Industry panel series with a focus on building service contractors. Panelists will share what they’ve learned from their past experiences, as well as provide solutions to help keep fellow BSCs on pace for success.

11:30 a.m. - Noon
Speaker: Brant Insero
During this awards ceremony, ISSA will honor companies and individuals who have increased their professionalism through industry certifications. These honorees are maintaining high standards of excellence and operational efficiencies.

12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Be Intentional About Your Path To Success
Speaker: Gloria Strauthers

1:10 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
IEHA Awards
Speakers: Michael Patterson and Zainudeen Popoola
IEHA, a division of ISSA, will honor its members for facility excellence. Numerous awards will be given out, including the Margaret Barnes Diamond Award, Harry Kendrick Humanitarian Award, William D. Joyner Special Achievement Award, IEHA Executive Director Award, Chapter President Award, Chapter Secretary of the Year Award, Membership Award, Ann Langon Award, Father Hindel Award, and Charles Miller Award.

ISSA Connection Corner
Taking place at the ISSA Resource Center, booth 1553, these half-hour sessions will quickly educate attendees on the latest trends.

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Carpet Trends And Challenges
Speaker: Jeff Cross

VIP AT&T Stadium Tour: Home Of The Dallas Cowboys
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
After the show, attendees can go on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Stadium, home to the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. The tour includes walking on the field, visiting the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room and the Dallas Cheerleaders’ locker room, seeing the luxury suites and radio and media press boxes, and a stop in the post-game interview room.

However, this tour isn’t all just fun and games. Attendees will also hear first-hand from the stadium’s cleaning crew and learn strategies and techniques that can be implemented into cleaning programs back home. These tips won’t just apply to stadiums, so everyone will have something they can learn and use.

Opened in 2009, the stadium (sometimes called “Jerry’s World” after Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones) is the fifth largest football stadium and one of the most expensive sports venues ever built.

This event requires an additional registration fee.

(Information accurate as of August 22, 2018)