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Able Services’ Kelly on Vital Role Cleaning Coalition of America Now Plays

By Dennis Kaiser

San Francisco-based Able Services joined with six other organizations in the contract cleaning sector to establish the Cleaning Coalition of America. The Coalition represents the needs of an often-overlooked sector playing a vital role keeping essential services operating during the coronavirus crisis.

The Coalition is seeking the tools to fight this pandemic and help America get back to work. Able’s Mark Kelly provides an update on the sector, how it’s changed, and what they need going forward to protect workers in our latest CRE Q&A.

Q: Why is the Cleaning Coalition of America so important right now?
America wants to get back to work. The Coalition’s objective is to make sure the state and federal governments know that janitors are part of the essential workforce and need the right tools for the job. The Coalition is working to ensure that janitors are in proper PPE, have the right chemicals, and have access to extended healthcare coverage.

Q: Who is part of the Cleaning Coalition of America?
Able Services joined with six other organizations in the contract-cleaning sector to establish the Cleaning Coalition of America. We represent the needs of an often-overlooked sector playing a vital role in keeping essential services operating during the coronavirus crisis. The contract-cleaning service industry employs more than one million workers in every state in the country, and it has been hit hard by the economic impact of this crisis.

Q: Why is the janitorial industry at risk?
There is currently a hierarchy in the supply chain that’s prioritizing getting resources that are going first to the government, second to healthcare, and then—unfortunately—to everyone else, lumped together into one category. The contract-cleaning sector is an overlooked sector playing a vital role as an essential part of getting the American economy moving again. If our industry cannot provide its services, then the risk of the virus’s transmission to even more people increases.

Q: How is the cleaning sector handling reopening and reentry?
As the country moves past this crisis to get back to business, the contract-cleaning sector is on the front lines. Cleaners are disinfecting workspaces, schools, airplanes, shopping centers, and other public spaces to prepare them for widespread use, reestablishing the public’s trust in the systems that underpin society. Health and safety must be the top priority for our employees, clients, and communities. We clean so you can get back to work.

Q: How has this impacted Able Services?
We’re currently in the business of making people comfortable returning to work, and from what we’ve experienced, there’s a shortage of supplies. America will only return to work when our employees are equipped with the right protective gear. Our services directly involve the cleaning and operating of America’s workspaces. Able Services and the Cleaning Coalition of America are seeking priority access to supplies so we can help the country get back to work.

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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.