ICS Magazine

Business NOT as usual at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2008

July 29, 2008

Lincolnwood, IL, USA-Expect the unexpected at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2008, September 8-11, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA-where you’ll find more than 600 exhibitors; 30-plus seminars, workshops, and networking events; and some very unusual entertainment.

Set in the most popular convention spot on the continent, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2008 will offer unsurpassed opportunities for professionals in the cleaning industry. This is the one show that brings together everyone who is anyone in the industry, affording you the opportunity to network with peers, customers, and suppliers-all while having a blast at the same time! For more information on this year’s show, visit www.issa.com/show.

In today’s fast-paced and bottom-line driven world of business, it’s not easy to lighten up. When you’re trying to do more with less, people become a commodity, and you can lose your sense of personal purpose. So put away those financial statements for a while, set aside your customers’ complaints, and join Bill Cosby, one of the world’s most renowned comedic entertainers, as he leads the ISSA/INTERCLEAN audience on a journey to find the true and often funny fundamentals of working life in this year’s keynote address! Listen as Dr. Cosby humorously explains that “You better love what you do; otherwise, it sure won’t love you!” He’ll help you ponder what the world would be like without your job and why more people should focus on the personal side of business, especially in the cleaning industry. For more information on this year’s keynote address, visit www.issa.com/keynote.

Forget everything you think you know about ISSA’s Innovation Awards Program because this year we’ve changed it entirely! Each 2008 Innovation entry will be displayed in the centrally located Product Innovation Competition area of the tradeshow floor, where you can view items up close, find literature on each, and even watch dynamic videos. While there, you can also engage in quick, fun, and interactive sports games. Plus: Facility service providers and distributors who turn in a completed Innovation Awards voting ballot will receive a US$10 lunch coupon for a meal at designated food service areas. For more information on the Product Innovation Competition, visit www.issa.com/innovation.

From our exciting Vegas venue to the hot new products in our Product Innovation Competition to this year’s unique educational conference to the wide assortment of tradeshow bars and restaurants, you’ll have all you need to feed your mind, body, and soul at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2008. On top of all that, you’ll be positively amazed at the spectacular Cirque du Soleil-style performances taking place over your head at the Show Floor Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 10. To check out a video of what’s in store for you there, visit www.issa.com/happyhour.

If you want to see the latest in environmentally focused services and organizations, you’ll be absolutely delighted with the new Green Connection Pavilion. This is the place to go to find all the help and ideas you need to further your “green” pursuits, including consulting services, memberships, certifications, accreditations, compliance resources, and training, plus information on green and environmentally friendly practices. The pavilion also provides the opportunity to connect with various government agencies dedicated to servicing green initiatives. This new pavilion will give you a chance to learn more about today’s focus on the environmental movement and an opportunity to learn about implementing green initiatives for your organization.

Get ready for some real excitement during the 2008 International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) Annual Convention, once again an ISSA/INTERCLEAN co-locating event. New to the event this year are the unique and thrilling Housekeeping Olympics, taking place right on the tradeshow floor. More than 600 people will converge on ISSA/INTERCLEAN September 10 to take part in these competitive activities, which will include vacuum races, bed-making competitions, and floor-pad tossing. This one-of-a-kind, high-energy event simply can’t be missed. For more information on IEHA and the Housekeeping Olympics, visit www.ieha.org.

Other co-locating events at this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN are the NPTA Alliance’s DistriPakUSA™, September 9-11 (www.distripakusa.com), and ARCSI’s Fifth Annual Convention & Educational Conference, September 8-12 (www.arcsi.org).

ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America is The ONE SHOW you can attend to network with high-level executives as well as gather the information you need to better manage your distribution company, building services company, or facilities department. For more information, visit www.issa.com/show.

ISSA and its tradeshow partner, Amsterdam RAI, produce ISSA/INTERCLEAN shows around the world, with an annual event each year in the United States. Other ISSA/INTERCLEAN shows are held in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Warsaw, Poland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Shanghai, China.

As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA has a membership that includes more than 5,500 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. ISSA offers the industry’s largest cleaning shows in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN, the popular Web site www.issa.com, educational products, industry standards, periodicals, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry.

The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Monterrey, Mexico; Singapore; and Shanghai, China. ISSA also works with more than 75 associations, alliances, and government agencies around the world to represent the cleaning industry. For more information, visit www.issa.com.