First Quarter Update

New Board of Directors

A new Board of Directors was unanimously approved by the CIRI membership in early April. The 11-person Board includes:

  • Patti Costello – ASHES
  • Chuck Crawford – JohnsonDiversey
  • John Garfinkel – ISSA
  • Jim Harris – Concepts4
  • Frank Hurd – CRI
  • Tom Jones – UNLV
  • Paul Mattia – Ecolab
  • Carey Mitchell – Shaw
  • Bob Robinson – Kaivac
  • Charlie Smith – Tennant
  • Humphrey Tyler – Cleaning Management Institute

The Board will meet with the Scientific Advisory Council this summer to prepare strategies and plans for the rest of 2006 and 2007. At that time, the Board will also determine when a full meeting of the membership should be scheduled. As soon as the date has been selected, we will update everyone so that you can mark your calendars.

New Members

We’re pleased to welcome six new members to the Institute, including our first international member:

Roger Parrott, president of RoVic, Inc., which is one of New England ’s leading distributors of full line maintenance equipment and products. Their comprehensive product and service offerings create clean, safe, healthy and productive work environments that improve the operational efficiency and profitability of a facility.

Jim Harris, Jr., President of Janitronics, Inc., which provides Integrated Facility Services to ensure safe, healthy indoor environments-as well as contiguous outdoor surroundings. Their development of accelerated cleaning systems, utilizing team specialists, makes them a leader in the industry.

Richard Hoverson, of Advanced Vapor Technologies, which is “the vapor cleaning systems expert” that provide dry steam vapor, coupled with contemporary technology, as the safest, most environmentally sound method of caring for your home and family available today.

Michael Bono, President of Corporate Care, which delivers safe and flexible options for all specialized interior maintenance requirements that increases the life expectancy of clients’ interior finishes while providing a cleaner and healthier working environment.

David Greubel, Vice President for Professional Products from TxF Products, which is North America’s leading supplier of dusting tools. In the last five years the company has introduced a full line of cleaning cloths, auto squeegees, and microfiber dust mop systems.

Mario Chavez, CEO of Lubrimak Corporativo, which is a multinational chemical manufacturer located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Scientific Advisory Council

One of the most exciting, and important elements of CIRI is the creation of a powerful and effective Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). We’re thrilled that Dr. Michael Berry, author of Protecting the Built Environment: Cleaning for Health, has agreed to serve as Chairman. Dr. Berry received his PhD in Public Health and spent 27 years with the EPA. He recently retired as a Research Professor at the University of North Carolina.

Joining Dr. Berry are four other distinguished scientists:

  • Dr. Marilyn Black, PhD Chemistry, is the founder & chief scientist for Air Quality Sciences
  • Dr. Gene Cole, Dr. P.H. Biohazard Science/Occupational Health, is a Professor of environment sciences at Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Scott, PhD, Research Program in Pharmacy, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Simmons College
  • Dr. Steven Spivak, PhD, Polymer & Fiber Science, is Professor Emeritus, with the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland

In addition to this outstanding group, CIRI will look to its members for researchers and scientists who can serve as adjunct advisors to the Council, to help with identifying and quantifying the research that has been, or needs to be, done. If you, as a CIRI member, have members of your staff that you would like to be part of the Adjunct Advisor Council, please let Frank Wiley know. He will be cataloging those organizations that have resources and are interested in participating.

Shaw, Kaivac & ISSA Contribute $150,000 to SAC

Three organizations have agreed to help underwrite the efforts of the SAC: ISSA, Kaivac, Inc. and Shaw Industries. Each has contributed $50,000 to fund SAC activities in 2006 and 2007. Our sincere thanks to these organizations for stepping forward and showing such commitment to the CIRI mission.

In all, CIRI will need to raise at least $500,000 for the first 24 months of SAC activities. Therefore, we are looking for seven additional sponsors who will contribute $50,000. To reach out to a number of major prospects, we have scheduled a web-based seminar for May 18th at 2 pm EDT. Dr. Berry will talk about the state of science and the cleaning industry. We plan to contact more than 100 major companies, associations and other organizations and invite their executives to listen in.

All CIRI members are invited to join us as well. We’ll be sending out more details later.

SAC Program Plan

As the SAC Chairman, Dr. Berry has put together a program plan for the Scientific Advisory Council. As he noted:

The following tasks are intended to define and demonstrated the role of the Scientific Advisory Council, establish CIRI as a source of credible science based information related to cleaning, and position CIRI to acquire new members and research funding from government and private sources.


Task 1.           Establish and organize a Cleaning Science Advisory Council
Task 2.           Identify Industry Council Members and Science Contributors with to act as science and technical associates for the council.
Task 3.           Establish a Cleaning Science Research and Analysis Framework and Scope that defines "cleaning," answering such questions as: What is Cleaning? Why clean? How- and how effectively and efficiently–do cleaning processes work?"
Task 4.           Survey the industry to determine what scientific research currently exists, and perform a meta-analysis of these studies to identify which meet the protocols and procedures of good research.
Task 5.           Establish well organized, managed, and edited cleaning science information component of the CIRI website. Also identify a repository for hard copies of documents, with digital scanning capabilities.
Task 6.           Conduct a Workshop and Prepare a Comprehensive Assessment "State of Cleaning Science 2006" for industry review and publication.
Task 7.           Survey CIRI Members to identify research interests, issues, needs of the cleaning and related industries.
Task 8.           Establish research and information exchange relationships with corporate, academic, government, and non-governmental organizations that support the development and codification of cleaning science. Identify research assets of the cleaning and related industries. Identify public and private research funding sources and apply for research funding.
Task 9.           Prepare and present to the board a 3-year strategic information collection and research plan.
Task 10.           Review papers and prepare for the CIRI Symposium and Conference in April 2007, at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Task 11.           Prepare a monthly update on SAC activities and progress for members & Board.

2007 Symposium & Call for Papers

We are looking for papers dealing with cleaning science to be presented at the First Annual Conference & Symposium April 30 through May 2, 2007. The Conference will be held at the Stan Fulton Building on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Campus.

Dr. Thomas Jones, an associate professor at UNLV and CIRI Board Member who will act as editor of the Conference proceedings. All original studies and conceptual papers related to cleaning are invited, and particular consideration will be given to those papers that address sustainability issues and green cleaning methods. Papers offering international or cross-cultural perspectives are also encouraged.

If you know of anyone who may have a paper to contribute, please ask them to contact: Thomas J.A. Jones, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Hotel Management, W.F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-6021.