ICS Magazine

ISSA to Change Annual Convention Format Starting in 2002

April 9, 2001
In response to exhibitor and attendee input, the International Sanitary Supply Association, Inc. (ISSA) has announced it will make important changes to the format of ISSA's Annual Convention.

At a recent meeting, the board reviewed the attendance and the participant surveys from the first ISSA/Interclean event held in Chicago in 1999 and from the traditional ISSA Convention held in Atlanta last year. The following determinations were made:

  • A consistent format each year is preferable.

  • The ISSA Convention needs to maintain a venue for distributors to meet in an affordable and efficient way with multiple suppliers.

  • Distributors preferred that time be set aside for seminars focused specifically on distributor issues and where they might take advantage of networking with other distributors without end users present.

  • An "open," industry-wide format provides distributors the opportunity to invite customers and to solidify the added value that a distributor provides for its customers and suppliers.

As a result of these evaluations, the board has changed the show's format beginning 2002 in Las Vegas, and in each year thereafter, as follows:

  • The show name will be ISSA/Interclean every year.

  • The format and the dates for 2002 are as follows:

  • October 15: The traditional seminar format will be open to distributors and manufacturers only.

  • October 16: The tradeshow floor will be open only to distributors. A seminar day will be scheduled on that Wednesday for end users. Wednesday morning's traditional keynote event will be open to all attendees.

  • October 17-18: The show will be open to all cleaning professionals.