ISSA, Lincolnwood, Ill., disclosed that comedian Dr. Bill Cosby will be the keynote speaker for ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2008, which will be held September 8-11 in Las Vegas. According to ISSA, selecting an entertainer to deliver the keynote address is one of the countless surprises of this year’s show, “Business NOT as Usual.”

In his speech “It’s Your Job to Feel Good,” Cosby will focus on the true and funny fundamentals of working life. He will help attendees see what the world would be like without jobs and why people should be more personable in business, especially in regards to the cleaning industry.

Aside from the success he had with television shows “I Spy” and “The Cosby Show,” Cosby has produced a number of comedic recordings and written multiple best-selling books, including his latest “Come on People: On the Path From Victims to Victors.” Cosby and his wife Camille are also dedicated philanthropists, supporting education, social service and civil rights organizations.

The address will be given Wednesday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m.

SM To Sponsor ISSA Seminars

Sanitary Maintenance magazine along with its sister publications Contracting Profits and Housekeeping Solutions are sponsoring seminars for jan/san distributors, building-service contractors and in-house service providers at the 2008 ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America convention and trade show.

The sessions are broken into topics including executive and leadership, sales, health and safety, operations and technology. Speakers and topics include:

•Succession: Are You Ready To Pass The Mantle by Bart Basi

•Cleaning Not As Usual...Profit Through Diversifying Your Business by a BSC Business Panel

•Green Cleaning Fundamentals: Overcoming Confusion and Getting Down To Business by Stephen Ashkin

•Competing For Sales Talent: Finding Knockouts Not Knockoffs by Brian Arzani

•From Floating Cities To Your Facility: Pandemic Preparedness by Jon Schnoor and Dave Forney

For more information about the convention and trade show, visit


ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Latin America Notes Attendance Increase

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® Latin America 2008 was held March 5-7 in Mexico City, Mexico. The show focused on sustainability and included an address by the Mexican minister of environmental affairs.

The show featured an expanded educational conference of 12 sessions and representatives from 26 countries were on hand. Attendance from building service contractors was up 63 percent from 2006, while attendance from in-house decision-makers was up 11 percent.


Spartan Chemical Co. Inc., Maumee, Ohio, hosted The Distributor Green Seminar March 31-April 1. Attendees were given a refresher on the company’s product lines and offered information on USGBC, LEED and GS-42.

3M, St. Paul, Minn., is celebrating its 50-year anniversary of originating the first synthetic, non-woven floor pad.

Sanitaire, Bloomington, Ill., will become a Team Corporate Sponsor of Healthy Schools Campaign’s Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, a multimedia handbook regarding green cleaning and promoting healthy school environments.

Dennis Paper and Foodservice, Bangor, Maine is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in June.

Minuteman Intl., Addison, Ill., is relocating its headquarters to Hampshire, Ill., in a plan to consolidate the company’s offices.

Weiss Bros. of Hagerstown, Inc., Hagerstown, Md., held its 70-year anniversary trade show in April.

AmSan, Pompano Beach, Fla., opened a sales and distribution center in Beaver Falls, Penn.

W.W. Grainger Inc., Chicago, awarded Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific the Partners in Performance Award for 2007. The award recognizes suppliers who achieve excellence in categories such as responsiveness, cost control and order fulfillment.

Miami-based DadePaper had 13 additional members of its sales team trained as Greensafe Specialists, bringing the number to 16. The specialists will work directly with customers who seek green supply solutions as well as to train their peers in environmentally preferable products at a local level.

The Malish Corp., Willoughby, Ohio, announced the opening of a sales and distribution office located in Affi, Italy.

Earth Friendly Products, Winnetka, Ill., introduced its PROline to California government officials at the Green California Summit in Sacramento, Calif.

Representatives from Wausau Paper, Mosinee, Wis., rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) earlier this year to commemorate the company’s 10-year anniversary of listing on the NYSE.

Clarke, Springdale, Ark., awarded DadePaper of Miami the 2007 U.S. Dealer of the Year Award for performance in marketing of Clarke powered floor equipment.

Mr. LongArm, Greenwood, Mo., is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

Radal Technology USA LLC, Hamilton, Ohio, opened a new sales and distribution operation. The company took over all North American and Canadian operations from the parent company in the United Kingdom earlier this year.


Don Lewis was named the president of SCA Tissue North America, Philadelphia. Lewis began his career with Fort Howard Paper Co., Green Bay, Wis. He has been with SCA since 2001, most recently as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Matthew Franz, has been appointed regional manager for the Phoenix region of Spartan Chemical Co. Inc., Maumee, Ohio.

National Tissue Co., Cudahy, Wis., appointed Jay Riley manager of new business development.

Gary Faleschini was hired to the management team for Waxie Sanitary Supply, San Diego. Faleschini will focus on strategic accounts and promoting sustainable solutions offered in the company’s Green Partner Support (GPS™) program.

The company also promoted John Bielenberg to vice president general manager of the San Francisco division and Craig McDaniel to vice president general manager of the division in Salt Lake City.

Stanley Crowder was named laundry and warewashing specialist of SouthEast Link, Atlanta.

Pro-Link, Canton, Mass., appointed Rich Parillo as the company’s building service contractor specialist.

Unger Enterprises Inc., Bridgeport, Conn., hired Ted Bilicki as its end user specialist.

Fred A. Dobson has joined Triple S, Billerica, Mass., as vice president of national/multi-location accounts.

Athea Laboratories and Athea Packaging, Milwaukee, hired Scott Lassanske as traffic manager.

Betco Corp., Toledo, Ohio, announced regional managers Phil Davis, Andrew Haberly, Paul Hopkins, Joe McPherson and Greg Gangelhoff were named recipients of the 2007 Pacesetter Award.

Curt Hitchner was also promoted to corporate accounts manager within the company.

Atlas Paper Mills, Miami, promoted Rosa Thuemler to president and CEO. She had previously been CFO for the company.

Maria Figueroa Byrd was appointed CFO and Joseph G. O’Brien was named vice president of sales and marketing.

Alan Bigger, Brent Bourne, Colin Butterfield, Vince Elliot, Bill Griffin, David Holly, Michael Lindsey and Rex Morrison were named to the Cleaning Industry Advisors of KaiScience, Boise, Idaho.

Brian Perry was promoted to national accounts manager of corporate accounts for Ansell Protective Products Inc., Red Bank, N.J.