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In Memory of Bernard Besal

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Bernard Besal

It brings us great sadness to share the passing of Bernard Besal. To say that he’ll be missed is an understatement. His journey in this life crossed the paths of many and touched the lives of an uncountable number of people. We mourn the loss of a leader in our industry and a good man.

A dear friend of Barney’s stated, “a gentleman is someone who puts the comfort of others before himself,” and by this definition Barney was truly a gentleman.

Bernard was a founding member of the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association. He served as President and on multiple committees. He has been instrumental in bringing our Association to higher levels of credibility and recognition through his work on the Board of Directors, as a Chairman of the ANSI Standards Development Committee and his work with the NFPA 96 Standards Technical Committee. Barney was influential in the development of the Certified Service Agent program for Gaylord Manufacturing, which has benefited so many around the world.

Barney has left behind a family that loved him dearly, a group of friends that will be at a loss without him and an industry that will likely never again see a man of such character, devotion, and passion.

Barney always left more than he took. This attribute in him contributed more to IKECA than any single influence, and what made him so memorable to us. His dedication and generosity will be painfully missed.

So many of us have benefited from the tireless efforts of this true leader, including countless food service facility owners and operators; his life’s work has saved lives. Because of his giving of himself and his willingness to elevate the industry, there is no way to know how many people have benefited from his work.

Bernard Besal reflected the character, described by Theodore Roosevelt, as a man who contended in the arena of life. Undoubtedly, there were times where he was bloodied and bruised, but he contended. Barney not only contended, but he was a victor in the life he lived.

In the measure of things that matter, the love he has shown and the good he has done, will be memorialized in the hearts of those he has left behind. 

Barney, we will miss you.

Tips for Working with AHJs

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Developing a strong relationship with your local AHJs is necessary for your business. Showing them that you know NFPA 96 inside and out could lead to potential recommendations to restaurants in your area when an AHJ goes to do an inspection.

Here are some tips IKECA learned from an AHJ at a previous Annual Meeting.

1. Know And Abide By The Requirements Wherever Your Work Takes You
Every state, city, and county will have different jurisdictions. Staying aware of relevant codes and requirements builds trust and demonstrates good faith to your local AHJ.

2. Get To Know Your AHJ
Have open communication — keep your AHJ informed of new technologies, techniques and situations you encounter. After all, you are an expert.

3. Get Involved In Your Community’s Public Safety Efforts
Your AHJ will remember you if you take time to help in community-wide fire prevention education events. Look for volunteer opportunities to bud face recognition with your AHJ.

4. Ask For Help If Needed, Accept Responsibility For Mistakes
If you need advice about a particular situation you’ve encountered on the job, always go to your AHJ for guidance. They will work with you to come up with solutions.

Read and share all of the tips here.

2016 Annual Membership Meeting

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IKECA heads to the Pacific Northwest for this year’s Annual Membership Meeting.  Join us in Portland, Oregon for what promises to be another great IKECA meeting. Geared toward the owner/operator, attendees can expect high-quality speakers, access to the industry’s most supportive vendors and ample opportunity to network with industry peers. Learn more about the meeting and be sure to visit back routinely as we update the page with more meeting details.


Important Deadline:  **March 14, 2016**

In order to secure early bird registration rates, as well as the discounted IKECA group hotel rate, please register with IKECA and book your room by March 14th! 


Date: April 13, 2016 – April 16, 2016

Location: Portland, OR

Check Out What Our Members Say About IKECA in Our Testimonial Video Series

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See what our members say about IKECA membership in our first testimonial video series. During our recent 2015 Annual Membership Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, we asked our members about how they got involved with IKECA.

Wayne Tomassi from HOODZ Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning said, “IKECA… gives me the capability of learning more about my business.” Of his fellow IKECA members, he said, “I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from them.”

Check our YouTube channel for more testimonial videos as well as valuable information about how proper kitchen exhaust cleaning can prevent fires.

The IKECA Fall Technical Seminar & Expo is in Kansas City.

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IKECA Members are gathering in Kansas City for the IKECA Fall Technical Seminar and Expo. Registration is tomorrow, October 28th from 11 am – 7 pm. The day’s activities include the ANSI Consensus Body Meeting with Lunch; Exhibitor set up, and Dine Around Dinners. Attendees can visit the Exhibit Hall at the Welcome Reception with Exhibitors at 6 pm.

October 29th begins early with a General Business Session with breakfast. Exhibitors will have demos all day, and members can attend important educational sessions led by industry experts, including “NFPA 96: Friend or Foe?” by Captain Frank Herrick of the Leawood Fire Department and “Confined Spaces” by Eric Scolari, CECS.

Concurrent Tracks will be held on October 30th and include educational Technician Tracks and Leadership Tracks. The Technician Tracks will focus on topics that are directly relevant to issues faced in the field cleaning kitchen exhaust systems. The Leadership Tracks intended for owners, managers, and supervisors; will focus on topics that help build and support a culture of safety for owners, employees and co-workers.

On October 31st, the last day of the Fall Technical Seminar & Expo, all attendees will gather at the Delegate Networking Breakfast, followed by Exam registration for those who will be taking their certification exams.

We want to hear from those who are attending! Tag IKECA in social media posts, follow IKECA on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn let us know how you are enjoyed the 2015 Fall Technical Seminar & Expo.

Join us for the 2015 Fall Technical Seminar and Expo!

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Join us for the 2015 Fall Technical Seminar and Expo

We hope to see you at the 2015 Fall Technical Seminar and Expo in Kansas City on October 28 – October 31, 2015. It is the only commercial kitchen exhaust industry dedicated trade show.

You can participate as an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor and conduct all your business in one place.

Our schedule of events is packed full of great opportunities for your business. There will be an exhibit hall with vendor demonstrations, workshops, and training sessions.

Your employees and business can become better connected, informed, and ultimately more profitable. What you will learn at the Fall Technical Seminar and Expo will give your customers more value.

IKECA Launches First Video Series With Focus On Forensic Investigation

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