Lincolnwood, IL — ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its alliance partner Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) announced this past weekend that the two organizations have entered into an agreement in which the BSCAI convention will co-locate with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America, starting in 2010.
The announcement was made during BSCAI''s 2009 tradeshow, held in Chicago, IL, and attended by some 900 building service and security contract professionals. The co-location agreement is another step in the ongoing alliance between the two associations, which was initiated in 2008.
“This day has been a long time coming for both our associations, and we welcome this opportunity to work with BSCAI as we strive to bring together all channel partners of the global cleaning community,” said ISSA President Bob Stahurski. “The co-location of both our events will facilitate better supply-chain relationships for all who attend.”
Also addressed in the announcement was BSCAI''s intention of hosting its 2009 Executive Workshop in conjunction with this year¹s ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America, which will be held October 6-9, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
In 2010, ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America will be held Tuesday-Friday, November 9-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, while BSCAI will co-locate its annual convention, Thursday-Sunday, November 11-14. BSCAI members will be eligible to attend the ISSA/INTERCLEAN event at member rates. BSCAI will no longer host an independent exhibition; however, it will continue to offer sponsorship and other vendor-partner programs.
“BSCAI and ISSA formed this alliance in order to capitalize on the strengths of our respective organizations,” said BSCAI President Stan Doobin. “Our leadership and staff have met in recent weeks and months to formalize an agreement and develop a working model that will enhance the networking, educational, and professional services provided to our respective membership and business partners.”
Leaders of both organizations have made it clear that the co-location agreement impacts only the events in question and that ISSA and BSCAI will remain independent associations, serving the needs of their respective members in ways that are unique to each. BSCAI will continue to host its CEO seminar, executive seminar, and webinars; provide educational materials; and offer certifications for members and nonmembers.
“BSCAI is well aware of its strengths, and we will continue to service the industry with quality educational products and services,” said BSCAI Executive Vice President Moe Desmarais. “We look forward to driving growth in the industry.”
However, the groups will continue to look for other opportunities where they can work together on select projects for the mutual benefit of both constituencies. In fact, BSCAI is co-sponsoring ISSA’s 2009 regional seminar series, Piecing Together a World of Standards, which will be held in select cities in the United States and Canada. Members of both organizations along with members of ISSA partner International Executive Housekeepers Association can attend the half-day sessions to learn more about the many green and professional standards and certifications in the marketplace, and application for cleaning professionals. For more information about these seminars, visit www.issa.com/events.