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ISSA names new executive director and board members
Congratulations to John Barrett, who took up his new role as executive director of the ISSA this week, and the new board members. John Barrett replaces John Garfinkel, who will work in a consultative capacity through 2016 to facilitate a smooth transition.
John Barrett has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years, with the last three as an officer, serving this year as treasurer.
His 35-plus years of experience includes serving as CEO, president, vice chair, trustee, and board director at some of the leading companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, private equity and service industries. His experience includes accepting increasing levels of responsibility at such well-known companies as Frontenac, SMS Assist, Compass Group, Kimco, York Management, Gemini Industries, Ogden Allied, and Xerox.
An Evans Scholar, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1981 with a degree in economics and speech communications. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago in 1986.
"The work of ISSA is nothing short of mission-critical to human health and wellness," he says. "Our association understands the true value of clean and its importance to economic and social advancement. I have never been more proud to be a part of something so absolutely essential."
Under John Garfinkel's 25-years of leadership, ISSA evolved into the leading organisation for the global cleaning industry, having grown from 3,000 to 7,200 member firms worldwide. John leaves the organisation in a position of strong financial strength with a board of directors and staff committed to accelerating growth and value for all member classes.
"Thank you for your trust, confidence, and support," he says. "Serving the association these last 25 years has been the highest honour and most rewarding experience in my 50 years within the cleaning industry. Earlier this year, I requested the board commence its search for a new executive director. The board has gone through a sound, effective process, and we are all fortunate in the selection and acceptance of the position by John Barrett, who is well-qualified and motivated to move us forward, having many years of leadership experience at the CEO level, both inside and outside our industry."
To fill the position, the ISSA board of directors sanctioned a search committee led and chaired by ISSA President Alan Tomblin, who says of John Barrett's appointment:
"We are extremely fortunate to have found a leader such as John Barrett. The search and selection committee had a plethora of worthy candidates. The committee is convinced John will lead ISSA into the future. He has a terrific staff and a solid foundation provided under John Garfinkel's leadership."
The following individuals have been elected to serve on the 2016 ISSA board of directors, which will be led by incoming ISSA president David Sikes of Sikes Paper Co.
- Vice President/President Elect: Richard L. Rones, Americo Manufacturing Co
- Executive Officer: Jeffrey Packee, Marsden Holding
- Manufacturer Director: Michael C. Dunn, Georgia-Pacific Professional
- Distributor Director North: Daniel Josephs, Spruce Industries
- Manufacturer Representatives' Director: John Riches, Riches Associates
Jack Hill of Minuteman International was elected to fill the final year of the Manufacturer Director term vacated by Matt Wood, ProTeam.
In addition to David Sikes, returning from the 2015 board to serve in the following positions on the 2016 board are:
- Past President/International Director: Alan R. Tomblin, P & G Professional
- Treasurer: John Swigart, Spartan Chemical
- Secretary: Ken Bodie, Kelsan
- Director Canada: Paul Goldin, Avmor
- BSC Director: Taylor M. Bruce, IH Services
- Distributor Directors: West - Nick Spallone, Tahoe Supply / South - Mercer Stanfield, Brame Specialty
- Manufacturer Director: Mark Jackmore, Rubbermaid Commercial Products
- Latin America Council Chair: Mauricio Chico Ca-edo, Distribuidora Lava Tap, S.A. de C.V.
- Europe Council Chair: Andrew Dunning, Numatic International
The following individuals complete their service on the board in 2015:
- Fritz Gast, P.B. Gast & Sons/Allied Eagle Supply
- John Barrett, SMS Assist
- Mark Warner, Americhem International
- Steve Lewis, Golden Star
- Craig Miller, Apex
- Matt Wood, ProTeam
ISSA members are invited to greet the new board members when they officially take office at the ISSA General Meeting on Friday, October 23rd, 07:45 a.m., during ISSA/Interclean North America 2015, which takes place October 20th - 23rd at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, US.
T: 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800
3rd September 2015