ISSA recently announced their 2009 board of directors: David Holtzman was elected vice president/president elect. He is vice president of R3 (Reliable Redistribution Resource). He was previously president/owner of TEC Products Co., and has been in the wholesale sanitary-supply distribution business for more than 30 years. Holtzman has also served in the New Jersey Sanitary Supply Association as a board member for 11 years, including as president (1988-90).

Richard L. Rones was named secretary. He has worked in the sanitary-maintenance industry for 22 years and currently serves as president of Americo Manufacturing Co., Inc. Rones has also served as Southeast district director on the ISSA Board of Directors (2004-06), on the ISSA Exhibitors Committee (2000), and as secretary on the Georgia Sanitary Supply Association’s board of directors (2001-03).

Allen M. Soden was elected manufacturer director. He is the president of Deb SBS Inc. Prior to Deb SBS, Soden had been executive vice president of Zep Manufacturing Co. for 20 years.

Leland Fishman was elected as Distributor Director-West. He has been involved in the sanitary-supply industry for 27 years. Fishman is the president of Fishman Supply Co. He oversees the operation of two warehouse locations, 15 sales professionals, and 50 employees. He is involved in major-account retention, vendor relations and community affairs.

Steven Armstrong is vice president/owner of Armstrong Manufacturing Inc., and was named Director in Canada. He is presently the company’s operations manager, dealing with all day-to-day operations. Armstrong has been a member of ISSA and the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) for more than 30 years. He was president of CSSA in 1989-90 and is presently the treasurer of its scholarship foundation, working with this committee since its inception.

Continuing their service on the ISSA Board of Directors in 2009 in the specified positons include: president: Robert J. Stahurski Jr., NYCO Products Co.; international director/immediate past president: Jim Chittom Sr., Athens Janitor Supply Co., Inc.; treasurer: David Sikes, Sikes Paper Co.; Mexico board chair: Mauricio Chico Canedo, Distribuidora Lava Tap, S.A. de C.V.; building service contractor director: Rit Thompson, P&R Enterprises, Inc.; distributor director-north: Jim Sugarman, Eastern Bag & Paper Co.; distributor director-south: Ken Bodie, Kelsan, Inc.; manufacturer directors: Paul Betz, Betco Corp., and Alan Tomblin, Procter & Gamble Professional; manufacturer representatives’ director: Keith Angel, Angel/Cotton Associates, Inc.

The following individuals are stepping down from their term on the ISSA Board of Directors: international director: Kyle Ogden, Carroll Co.; secretary: Fritz Gast, P.B. Gast & Sons Co.; European board chair: Keith Baker, Carpet Cleaning Solutions Ltd.; director-Canada: Karen Ferris, Equipment Canada; distributor director-west: Travis Brady, Brady Industries, Inc.; manufacturer director: Glenn Stoudt, Rochester Midland Corp.


SDA Receives Hygiene Award Of Excellence


The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) has been awarded with a 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence for its educational and outreach efforts on the benefits of hand hygiene.

The honor is given annually by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to associations that “propel America forward with innovative projects in education, skills training, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.”

The ASAE award recognized SDA’s “Clean Hands, Healthy Lives” campaign, which is a compendium of educational programs and media outreach on the importance of hand hygiene and its impact on preventing illness.

SDA was one of 38 non-profit organizations nationally to receive the ASAE honor.


ISSA/INTERCLEAN Removes 2008 China Show From Schedule


The organizers of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® family of trade shows has removed the November China event from their 2008 schedule. The organizers will proceed with the next ISSA/INTERCLEAN China exhibition in 2009.

In addition, ISSA will continue plans to host member events in the southern Chinese provinces as well as other efforts.