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Let’s Talk: An Interview with ISSA Executive Director John Barrett ​

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

ARCSI, A Division of ISSA is nearing the six-month anniversary of its merger with ISSA. We thought it was a good time to sit down with John Barrett, the Executive Director of ISSA, to chat about the merger and the future of ARCSI. (Pictured at left sitting left to right: John Barrett and Ernie Hartong. Standing from l to r: Tom Stewart, Jeff Lange and David Sikes.)

 

ARCSI: What do you think has been the most significant benefit of this merger for ARCSI members?

JB: From the perspective of ISSA, we hope that the members of ARCSI see increased value in our partnership and the way that they can signal the value by joining and renewing their membership. It's also our hope that the value of the partnership is tangible. The world is incredibly competitive and it's our hope that the companies look to ARCSI to secure a competitive advantage.

 

Truth be told, we have just gotten started. ARCSI is the first association to merge with ISSA and we have been working very hard to identify areas and associations we can invest in for the benefit of our diverse and growing membership.

 

ARCSI: How do you think the merger has benefited ISSA?

JB: Our mission at ISSA is to change the way the world views cleaning and ultimately to bring together the global cleaning community.

 

ARCSI has brought a vast amount of insight into the residential cleaning market. This was not an area of expertise that we had at ISSA before the merger. We are getting up to speed thanks to the generous energy and enthusiasm shared by the ARCSI staff, Council and membership. It is helping us to understand the needs of the residential cleaning community and what we can do to serve that class of members. We are delighted and grateful for the privilege to represent and be the voice for the residential cleaning community.

 

ARCSI: What do you see as the next steps for ARCSI and ISSA?

JB: The staff teams at ISSA and ARCSI are knee deep in the next steps. When we started this process, we had to define goals and objectives. That part has been done. Now we have identified a series of tactics to grow membership, certifications and training – and that will be where you see the next tangible benefits. It is a priority for us to seek other partnerships that are highly complementary to ARCSI and further strengthen the benefits, resources and connection with the residential cleaning community.

 

ARCSI: Where do you see the ISSA in say 5 or 10 years?

JB: Our vision for the extended future is consistent with our global strategies. The cleaning community around the world is not very different from our own. In fact, they are very similar. But in many countries, they don't have an association representing them and there isn't a global voice. We want to bring together the residential cleaning community across the globe and extend our influence in those communities.

 

ARCSI: Do you have anything you would like to share with the Residential Cleaning members of ISSA?

JB: I want to applaud the leadership of this group. It's been incredibly positive and energizing to work with a group that is so dedicated to their members. The members and the board are absolutely enthusiastic about helping other members reach their goals. The commitment exhibited by the members of the residential cleaning community to their peers is refreshing and we hope that we can expand the reach of this group. We are thrilled to have this opportunity.

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Welcome to ISSA!

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

On behalf of the leadership and staff teams we want to officially welcome our new ISSA Residential Members. This membership will continue to provide all the benefits you received as a member of ARCSI along with a wealth of new benefits and services from ISSA, including expanded education opportunities, online training, and access to more industry partnerships.

 

You will be receiving a packet in the mail that details the benefits, resources, and services available to you. We are excited that all the work we did in 2016 is so quickly coming to fruition. As it reads in our vision statement, “ISSA will be the leading resource for information, education, networking, and commercial opportunities as well as the leading voice in government and the community for firms within the cleaning industry worldwide.” Bringing the residential cleaning community into the fold helps us take that vision further.

 

You will continue to receive the high quality and excellent service you have come to know and expect from ARCSI. Our team has been working feverishly to make this merger run as smoothly as possible, providing you with access to your new benefits as soon as we can.

 

Welcome again to ISSA and we look forward to the many opportunities this merger presents.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

                            

 

 

John Barrett                                                    Ernie Hartong
ISSA Executive Director                                  ARCSI Executive Director

 

 

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ISSA Residential Member team of Ernie Hartong, Jeff Fisher or Erin Lasch at 614-547-0887.

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