50 Year Anniversary

ICS 50th: Bill Bane

Bill Bane is the owner of Bane-Clene Corp., which recently celebrated 50 years in business. He shared many of his memories in a special tribute in the February ICS. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Over the years I had the privilege of working with Mr. “O” (Howard Olansky) on several projects of mutual interest. Perhaps the endeavor with the greatest benefit to our entire industry was taking on the Council of Better Business Bureaus. In 1974, CBBB issued an edict that prohibited the use of the word “steam” in carpet cleaners’ advertising. We collaborated to persuade the CBBB and associations such as AIDS, the forerunner of the RIA, that persecuting “steam” carpet cleaners was wrong. 
  • I miss Howard (Olansky). We talked every week or so until just before he died. I will always remember that wry little smile and the twinkle in his eye as he would rub the side of his nose just before delivering a zinger. I know, too, that he must be smiling as he watches the dream he helped create continue to grow under the steady hand of Evan Kessler and his articulate crew.

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