by Brianna Crandall — June 7, 2017 — ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and executive housekeepers / facilities managers (FM) association IEHA announced last week that IEHA members voted to approve the resolution for the two associations to merge. The merger was voted on and approved by IEHA May 25, 2017, to take effect July 1, 2017.
IEHA President Michael Patterson commented:
We couldn’t be more excited about this merger and the benefits, resources, and power it will bring to our membership. Drawing on ISSA’s resources, we will be able to grow our membership and provide wider options for educational programs.
Under the terms of the agreement, IEHA members will have access to global ISSA membership and benefits, including expanded educational opportunities, market exposure, networking opportunities, business tools and data, and other industry information.
ISSA Executive Director John Barrett stated:
ISSA’s mission is to change the way the world views cleaning in all sectors of the industry. The merger of ISSA and IEHA is yet another move toward creating one strong, unified industry.
Founded in 1930 and headquartered in Westerville, OH, IEHA is a 3,500-plus professional member organization of management-level individuals who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. These executive housekeepers / facilities managers supervise staffs ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from a few thousand dollars to millions.
IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth, including leadership opportunities, educational materials and certifications; an employment referral service; a technical question hotline; networking opportunities, an annual convention and trade show, and a bimonthly electronic trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today.
With more than 7,000 members, including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members, ISSA is a leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide.
The association is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning by providing them with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. ISSA is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, with regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Sydney, Australia; and Shanghai, China.