In this issue of “Getting to Know” we are featuring IKECA President, Kathy Slomer. IKECA is a nonprofit organization that is committed to fire prevention and life safety by promoting kitchen exhaust cleaning to a higher standard.
Even though I was not in the business initially every time we had dinner at my parents’ house or we were out with them the conversations were always about the business. When they asked me to join them I was excited for the opportunity to work with them and learn this crazy industry and what a ride it has been.
Our employees, even though they drive me crazy at times at the end of the day I am glad that we are able to provide good jobs for them so they can support their families. It’s great to hire a young man and watch him grow into a strong employee and take on leadership roles.
I think the most frustrating part is to walk into a restaurant or facility only to hear, “We haven’t been cleaned in years.” Because we are so versed in the standards and codes you wonder how does this happen, don’t they worry about the safety of their employees and customers?
A customer asked one of our techs to save the grease he scrapped from their system, she left a huge pot for him to put it in. He felt the need to call me at 3:00 am and ask if that was ok and of course, I said no because he had sprayed chemical! She was upset the next morning when I explained to her why we could not do that. I asked her what she wanted it for and she said it was not my business. In hindsight, I probably did not want to know. Needless to say, I would never eat there.