FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Northbrook, IL, USA — May 7, 2018 — ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has hired Michael “Mike” Gies as executive director to head up the ISSA Foundation, the giving arm of the association. In his new role, Gies will work to ensure that the Foundation has a long-range strategy to achieve its mission, including building new long-term sponsorships and developing programs, organizational and financial plans, and goals for the Foundation and its growing branches, such as Cleaning For A Reason. He will also spearhead fundraising for the Foundation and work with the ISSA Foundation and ISSA boards and the ISSA Finance Committee to prepare annual budgets and ensure that the Foundation operates within the budgetary guidelines.
“We are looking to take the ISSA Foundation to the next level in support of its mission of Investing in Tomorrow,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “To do this, we need a talented, experienced leader to help us refocus our efforts to be more meaningful to our membership, while continuing to provide financial and other services to help make a difference in the lives of the many people touched by our organization and in our industry. Given his proven track record in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors, Mike is clearly the man for this job.”
Gies will oversee the entire Foundation, including Cleaning For A Reason, the charitable partner that works with professional cleaning companies to donate free house cleanings to women battling cancer throughout the United States and Canada. Under Gies’ leadership, ISSA will bring new resources and capabilities, and in turn, more influence and exposure to Cleaning For A Reason as a whole.
“I am so excited about the future for Cleaning For A Reason,” said Founder Debbie Sardone. “The vision Mike Gies and ISSA have for Cleaning For A Reason is incredibly inspiring and beyond my wildest expectations. I am certain this new partnership and leadership will enable us to serve more people with cancer than ever before!”
Since 2007, Gies has worked as an independent organization and management consultant for clients ranging from US$1 billion global organizations to small proprietorships, where he handled everything from financial analysis, strategic planning, and program implementation to brand management, leadership cultivation, and support for major fundraising campaigns.
Prior to founding his own consulting firm, Gies worked at Woodhead Industries, where he held numerous executive management roles, including operating officer; subsidiary president; executive vice president of strategic planning, operational planning, and corporate development; and Europe region executive vice president.
Gies graduated with a degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the University’s legendary Irish Guard. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oak Park, IL. Their three grown children are 5th generation Oak Parkers.