Riding the coattails of last year’s successful show in Las Vegas that drew the most attendees in nearly a decade, ISSA is expecting a record turnout for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2014.

“Everywhere attendees look, they will find the event is about more, more, more. More exhibitors, more co-located events, more keynote speakers, more days of education,” says Dianna Steinbach, director of industry outreach for ISSA.

Taking place November 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, more than 16,000 jan/san distributors, building service contractors and in-house service providers will get the opportunity to network, learn, and visit with a record of more than 700 exhibitors from roughly 30 countries.

“ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America is the best opportunity to experience first-hand, all the latest products, equipment and innovations the industry has to offer,” says Fritz Gast, ISSA president and executive vice president of P.B. Gast & Sons, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This year, ISSA is returning to the Tuesday through Friday format with the trade show floor open Wednesday through Friday. More than 40 educational seminars will be offered on all four days, including a first — educational sessions after the show floor closes on Friday, Nov. 7.

The educational seminars and workshops presented throughout the four-day exhibition cover a wide array of topics. On Tuesday, learn about branch management, analytics, hiring Millennials, federal government outsourcing, improving sales skills and more.

This year, there are also more sessions in the Advanced Distributor Program, giving distributors even more valuable information to run their companies.
“What a great way to give a distributor and its staff timely and much needed career development and continuing education,” says Gast.

Education continues on the show floor Wednesday through Friday at the ISSA Education Theater. Topics include online marketing, brand management, new green cleaning trends, workplace safety and more. Finally, after the show wraps on Friday, distributors can learn about professionalism, exit strategies and the 10 trends shaping the cleaning industry.

Last year ISSA had three keynote speakers and located them right in the exhibit hall to centralize the attendee experience. After receiving a lot of positive feedback, the decision was made once again to locate the speakers in the exhibit hall, but up the ante to four presenters — having a keynote speaker on Wednesday and Thursday, and two speakers on the final day of the exhibition for what ISSA is billing as the “Friday Finale.”

Susan Erschler, Fortune 500 executive and famed mountain climber, will present “Conquering the Seven Summits of Peak Performance” on Wednesday. Marcus Buckingham, author of the business bestseller “First, Break All The Rules,” will present “Find Your Edge” on Thursday.

The Friday Finale tips off with champion basketball coach Rick Pitino presenting “The One Day Contract” before the exhibit hall opens. When the exhibit hall closes at 1 p.m., the final keynote, boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, will tie his message of excellence, “The Power to Win,” into the new ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Attendees are encouraged to attend this complimentary luncheon with industry leaders as the ISSA Innovation Award, Best Customer Service Award, and ISSA Member Milestones recipients will be recognized. The luncheon is free for attendees, but they need to RSVP when registering for the show to secure one of the limited seats. As an added bonus, multiple pairs of boxing gloves autographed by Leonard will be raffled off.

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