Innovation Judges

360 Degrees of Innovation: Meet the Judges

ISSA Show North America is the only place to personally see the significant technological strides made in the cleaning industry. These new technologies and inventions will be displayed in the ISSA Innovation Marketplace (booth 3405) on the trade show floor in Dallas from October 30 through November 1, 2018.

After online voting by members around the world concludes October 15, the panel of esteemed judges will analyze each entry and make their own pronouncements regarding which of the notable inventions should take home top honors. The judges’ ballots are integrated with online votes to determine the 2018 ISSA Innovation of the Year.

The judges will assess all products and services by the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Practicality
  • Sustainability
  • Profitability/Cost Savings
  • Unique

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Holly Borrego
Senior Director of Cleaning Services, C&W Services

With more than 29 years of experience in the building-service industry, Holly has successfully executed an array of industry roles, from frontline janitor to managing director. She boasts an extensive background in sales, P&L management, contract optimization, time engineering, lean systems, root cause analysis, and creating processes and programs for janitorial operations. 

Holly is one of six founding members of the ISSA Hygieia Network (IHN), which is the first women’s network for the global cleaning community and is committed to developing female professionals at all levels. 

Holly received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker University.

Vicki Brown
President, Harmony Clean, Inc.

Vicki has been a business owner for more than 15 years. Her company, Harmony Clean, was founded on making homes clean without the detriment of toxic chemicals. She is also an active member of the Bucks County, PA, chapter of SCORE, an organization of small-business owners providing entrepreneurs with advice and guidance.

Vicki played a crucial role in organizing SCORE’s first Women Building Business event in 2017. Part of the residential cleaning community, she is also a member of ARCSI’s executive board. Vicki’s impact can be seen in various business and cleaning publications, including the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Judie Cooper
Associate Director of Organizational Development for the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability, The Smithsonian Institution

Judie is currently responsible for strategic initiatives that support continuous improvement, including benchmarking, best practices, strategic planning, change management, outreach, professional development, and staff education.

A Certified Facility Manager, she is a member of the IFMA ISO Technical Committee 267 (Facilities Management), chair of the Federal Facilities Council Committee on Workforce and Management Practices, and a member of the board of advisors of the Catholic University of America Facilities Management graduate degree program.

Judie frequently shares her expertise as a sought-after public speaker and is co-author of “The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities: A Best Practice Guidebook for Museum Facility Management.” She is also active in the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

Eileen McMorrow
Editor-in-Chief and Founder, The McMorrow Reports Facility Management & Design Insights

Since 2004, Eileen’s digital media business has helped its 48,000 readers with the challenges of maintaining workplaces, optimizing productivity, connectivity, investment strategy, and design and maintenance of the built environment. An expert in the creation of juried product competitions, Eileen is the founder and director of the Best of NeoCon Awards (commercial/contract furniture and furnishings at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago), directing the 30th competition in 2019. She is also the longtime director of the Nightingale Awards for Healthcare Product Design at the Healthcare Design Conference & Expo.

Eileen promotes facility management education and the quest for professional credentials for FMs and all service providers to the workplace and built environment industries.

Linda Silverman
President and Co-Owner, Maintex

Linda began her career in 1978 as a salesperson at Maintex, a chemical manufacturer/jansan distributor in southern California. Today, she is known nationally as a pioneer in the cleaning industry.

Having served on a number of association boards, Linda is active and engaged in the industry. Her leadership positions include serving as the second female president and international director of ISSA. She served two terms as secretary of the ISSA Foundation (now ISSA Charities), is a past chair of the ISSA Quality Standards Committee, and is a founding and current board member of ISSA Hygieia Network for the advancement of women in the cleaning industry. She is also a recipient of the Jack Ramaley Award.

For the first time in the history of the award, the 2018 ISSA Innovation Award Program judges are all women. ISSA is proud to not only reflect the evolution of the cleaning industry, but also to salute these pioneering professionals who graciously serve the ISSA community and the Innovation Award Program in their volunteer capacity as judges.