Simon Institute Attends ANSI Company Member Forum, May 10-11, 2016

May 25, 2016 | Blog | 0 comments

Alan Bigger (SI), Jim Ginnaty (SI & UM), Rich Robben (UM), Joe Bhatia (ANSI President), Michael Anthony (UM) and Christine Fisher (UM)

Left to right: Alan Bigger (SI), Jim Ginnaty (SI & UM), Rich Robben (UM), Joe Bhatia (ANSI President), Michael Anthony (UM) and Christine Fisher (UM)

Jim Ginnaty, Standards Committee Chair of the Simon Institute and Alan S. Bigger, Executive Director of the Simon Institute recently attended the ANSI Company Member Forum (CMF) hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  At the meeting, Mr. Rich Robben, the Executive Director of Physical Plant and Mr. Michael A. Anthony, P.E. Senior Manager of National Infrastructure Standards Strategy introduced Ginnaty and Bigger to the Company Member Forum.   A warm welcome was extended to the Simon Institute by the members in attendance and the ANSI President and CEO Mr. Joe Bhatia.

Highlights of the conference included meeting the ANSI CMF members, a teleconference with the International Organization on Standards (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland (, seminars or a variety of topics that impact standards in the United States and worldwide, and a field trip to the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) in Ann Arbor (

The ANSI conference reinforced the need for standards and stressed the synergistic cooperation of all the stakeholders in the standards development process and this was clearly demonstrated by the variety of attendees and speakers at the conference to include:

  • Microsoft
  • GE
  • Walgreens
  • Siemens
  • Boeing
  • Tennant
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Industrial Association of Plumbing & Mechanical
  • University of Michigan
  • Purdue University
  • Simon Institute
  • Oracle
  • George Washington University Institute of Public Policy
  • U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit
  • Valley View Corporation

It was obvious throughout the conference that standards are important and that such standards and the development of standards is both national and international in scope.   Ginnaty and Bigger were honored to attend the conference representing the Simon Institute at such an important forum and this clearly demonstrates the Simon Institution’s commitment to standards development for the cleaning profession.