‘Executive Housekeepers’ Celebrate 50 Years

In 1930, a New York native by the name of Margaret Barnes had the foresight to professionalize the cleaning industry through education and the sharing of best practices. She did so by launching what is known today as IEHA — formerly the National, then the International Executive Housekeepers Association. “It’s pretty amazing to think that in one of our earliest conventions, Eleanor Roosevelt was the keynote speaker,” says Michael Patterson, MNA, MREH, president of IEHA. “Hands down, we have the best education and certification program for cleaning professionals, and we’ve made those offerings more accessible to individuals who want to take the next step in their cleaning careers.” Click through to find out more, and let us know what you thought of this year’s meeting in Chicago.