Meet the 2018 IKECA Board Candidates

The IKECA Leadership Development Committee is happy to introduce this year’s candidates to become the next round of directors for the 2018 – 2021 term. Each candidate will begin their terms in coordination with the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting.

Take a moment to learn more about each candidate, their contributions to IKECA and what their goals will be as the newest members of the Board of Directors.

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Steve Kremer, CECS, CESI
Commercial Steam Cleaners, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Steve Kremer has been in the KEC industry for 14 years. He is President of Commercial Steam Cleaners, Inc. which was founded by his father 22 years ago. Steve serves on IKECA’s Marketing Committee.

The main benefits Mr. Kremer has found in IKECA have been education, keeping informed
of changes in the industry, how to adapt to new rules and policies, and IKECA’s high standards
Over the next few years, Mr. Kremer would like to see IKECA focus on increasing online industry education.

If elected to the IKECA Board of Directors, Mr. Kremer would focus on keeping the Association moving forward, adding more memberships and increasing the value IKECA brings to its members.

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Anne Levine, CECS
Applied Building Technologies, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Anne Levine has owned Applied Building Technologies, Inc. for the last 18 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the organization. Ms. Levine has served as an active member of IKECA in numerous roles for the last 6 years.  She is currently a Board Member, Treasurer on the Executive Committee, Chairwoman of Conference Committee, Co- Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the Finance Committee.

Ms. Levine has found her association with IKECA most beneficial in providing an opportunity for members to come together to learn and share ideas, strategies, and insights on how to be successful in the KEC business.

Over the next few years, Ms. Levine wants to be sure IKECA continues to strengthen the IKECA brand in the marketplace, continue outreach to AHJ’s and Facility Managers, and provide members with educational opportunities to better their services and business.

If elected to the IKECA Board of Directors Ms. Levine will continue the work she has been doing with regard to education on all levels.

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Dennis Poulin, CECS
R & G Vent Cleaning
Gilbert, AZ

Dennis Poulin of R & G Vent Cleaning started in the KEC industry in June 2006 as Director
of Operations and became President in 2008.  He has been active in IKECA as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, has helped in leadership selection, and has participated with Quality Task Groups and Technical Seminar discussion panels. Mr. Poulin is a consistent observer of code review meetings and involved in the Arizona Fire Marshals Association, promoting IKECA’s common agenda.

Mr. Poulin has found his association with IKECA most beneficial due to technical assistance, managerial and professional guidance, as well as the peer association in a non-competitive environment. IKECA’s effort in building and nurturing relationships within the AHJ community has also become a valuable benefit to members.

Over the next few years, Mr. Poulin feels IKECA should concentrate on inviting the insurance industry’s loss prevention community to join IKECA’s efforts, furthering a common agenda to the life safety industry. In addition, he would like to find a way to make IKECA membership more inclusive.

If elected to the IKECA Board of Directors, Mr. Poulin will continue to promote common agenda efforts with the AHJ and insurance communities and expand IKECA membership. Mr. Poulin would also like to spearhead a demographic study of KEC operators nationwide, defining who is operating at what level to aid in increasing IKECA membership.

James E. Roberts Jr, CECS, CESI
Derby Pressure Wash
Louisville, KY

Jim Roberts has been involved in the KEC industry since 1975 and started off washing trucks. He cleaned his first restaurant in 1978, and has served as a manufacturer rep for Gaylord and Halton. Since starting Derby Pressure Washing in 2016, he has built the company to have 30 employees over three offices.

Jim was a past board member over 12 years, sits on IKECA’s Certification Committee, participates on the ANSI Standards Committee, and developed programs for both IKECA
and NFPA.

Mr. Roberts has found his association with IKECA most beneficial due to different people working in the same industry who are always open to share thoughts and ideas.
Over the next few years, Mr. Roberts wants to be sure IKECA stays the course, so the association does not lose focus on its goal of life and property safety, and improving the knowledge of everyone in the industry.

If elected to the IKECA Board of Directors, Mr. Roberts would contribute words of good counsel and avoid repeating mistakes made in the past by the Association.