BIRMINGHAM, AL — The nomination period is now open for the 2017 Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award, which is awarded each year to a floor care industry member who demonstrates the inspiring charitable practices of the late beloved industry member Ralph Bloss. Nominations close August 15.
The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award “honors members of the floor care industry whose compassion, self-sacrifice, leadership and creativity produce significant and outstanding benefits for mankind,” Bloss’ son Doyle Bloss has said. “The award may be presented to any member of the floor care industry, well-known or [unsung], who is nominated by another member of the floor care industry.”
Only other members of the industry may nominate another member of the industry for the award. This is not an award simply recognizing achievement within the industry, but rather nominees should be involved in humanitarian efforts within his or her community and with other cleaning and restoration professionals.
The award is sponsored by Cleanfax and presented at The Experience Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas each year, though the winner does not have to be present to win.
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The Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award, which honors the memory of 32-year industry veteran, Steam Way International owner and recognized industry leader Ralph Bloss. Bloss was known throughout the industry for his efforts to improve the professionalism and educational focus of the floor care industry, including recognition in 2001 by the IICRC for his lifetime of contributions to the industry.
While Bloss was known by cleaners worldwide for his industry efforts, he was also known and respected for his charitable contributions to his and other communities. Bloss served on the board of directors or as an advisor to Colorado Christian Service Camp, Revival Fires Ministries and Front Range Evangelistic Organization as well as served as an elder in his churches and was founding elder at the Christian Church of Estes Park in Estes Park, Colorado.*
The 2016 Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award winners were Bill Yeadon, the training facilitator with Jon-Don, and Rob Hanks, former president of the Bridgewater Corporation (parent company of Bridgepoint and Interlink Supply). The well-known industry professionals shared the award. Other winners are:
- Larry and Tryna Cooper, Meetings & Events/The Experience
- Steve Toburen, Jon-Don
- Rich Piltch, ARS Restoration Specialists
- Randall Linton, Interior Care Services
- Neil Atkinson, Chase Carpet Care
- Karl Bohr, Sr., Best Karpet Klean
- John and Lora Olson, Superior Cleaning Supplies
- Gary Gilman, Steammaster Restoration and Cleaning
- Craig Kersemeier, KTech Cleaning and Restoration
- Cary Adler, Four-Star Cleaning and Restoration
- Bob Bonwell, Advantage Restoration
- Barry Costa, The Costa Group Inc. Tom Hill, T. Hill & Associates
- Al Bradham, Carpet Care Services
- Bill Yeadon, Jon Don
- Rob Hanks, Bridgepoint
Nomination and selection
Those interested in nominating an industry peer for the Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award may do so using the form below (from will be submitted online automatically). Nominations also can be made manually with the downloadable form found HERE.
All nominations must be submitted by August 15.
Finalists for the award will be chosen through a review and research conducted by the selection committee, which is composed of:
- Jennifer Wilkinson, Meeting and Events,
- Doyle Bloss, HydraMaster,
- Jeff Cross, Cleanfax magazine,
- All past recipients.
Nomination Form for the Ralph Bloss Humanitarian Award
Please fill out completely and submit below.