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ARCSI Wall of Fame

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Tuesday, April 10, 2018


One of the things we did when we moved to our new office was to create an ARCSI “Wall of Fame” (see picture below). As I stood back and looked at those 29 pictures of Past Presidents, Past Professional Cleaners of the Year, and Past Presidents Award winners I was humbled by what was on the wall. What an unbelievable amount of talent, leadership, dedication, commitment and engagement those pictures represent.


I am not going to name them all here, but you can download a pdf that lists them all. I have had the privilege of serving as your Executive Director since 2009. In my job I get a new boss every year or two. I had the pleasure to work with six presidents, one of them twice, and the current Residential Council Chairperson RJ Patel. I have also had the pleasure of getting to know and work with the three past presidents who served before I arrived. These ten people all have very different personalities, very different skill sets, and different visions for the future. They have three very important things in common. First, with one exception, they all still own and run a residential cleaning company. Two, with no exceptions, they have a great passion for and still work very hard for the success of your association. Three, from my perspective, they all did a great job for you. They are all my eyes and ears for member feedback and concerns. They have made some tough decisions over the years, but they always made them with what they believed was in the best interest of the association.


The longest line of pictures is our Wall of Fame is the Professional Cleaner of the Year group. The award was first presented in 2006, and the twelve award recipients were truly exceptional professional cleaners and representatives of their companies when the award was presented. Although some of them are no longer with the industry, I am quite sure they are truly exceptional individuals to this day.


Finally, a most interesting group is our former Presidents Award, now Chairman’s Award winners. This award was started in 2011 to recognize those key “non-cleaning” staff people who are essential to success in any company. They do everything from training, to HR, to customer service and sales, to accounting and payroll, and a lot of things that are probably not in their written job description. They are the “whatever it takes” group. Interestingly, I am aware of two of them who now have ownership in their companies.


All 29 have something in common. I desire to see the level of professionalism in our industry continue to improve. There is a very wide range of ages, experience, and expertise, but they are all cleaning industry professionals, who are engaged with their trade association and want it to improve. Our 2018 awards applications will be out sometime in May and I am looking forward to adding your professional cleaner or key “in-house” person to our Wall of Fame.


Hope to see you in Tucson at our Leadership Summit and most certainly in Dallas this fall.

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