Industry Mourns The Passing Of A Great Man

The Simon Institute issued the this statement following the passing of Jim Ginnaty. Ginnaty passed away, unexpectedly, on Saturday, August 12th.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Jim Ginnaty, an accomplished custodial professional who maintained a passion for improving the professionalism of the cleaning industry, its workers and the processes used within it, throughout his career.

“Jim got his start in the cleaning industry after working as the Operations and Maintenance Specialist for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), an organization serving 18 native communities in southeast Alaska. Working first as a Facility Manager II and then as an Environmental Services Coordinator for SEARHC, he was responsible for managing and overseeing the maintenance, housekeeping and safety within remote native healthcare clinics and administrative buildings within the SEARHC consortium. Jim was an early advocate for the (OS1) Cleaning System and later went on to become a Training Manager and Coordinator at the University of Michigan as they implemented the (OS1) team cleaning system.

“Most recently, Jim was responsible for leading the Simon Institute’s Standards Writing Committee in developing ANSI-Standards for the janitorial and custodial services industry.

“Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and regularly shared in the joys of his family with all who knew him. He was also resolute in his commitment to improve the way buildings are cleaned. His passing leaves a huge void in our industry and he will be terribly missed by everyone within the Simon Institute family.”

On a personal note, our staff at CleanLink has been fortunate enough to work with Jim many times throughout the years. His passion for helping people and his overall positivity was infectious. Jim did a lot of great things that improved the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.