Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right -- every instrument, every time. The team at Beyond Clean will bring on some of the biggest names in surgical instrument reprocessing and provide commentary on the biggest issues facing Sterile Processing professionals, facilities, administrators, manufacturers, and vendors. Join us every week as we explore the hidden world of one of the most important aspect of safe surgical care.

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How complicated can it really be to drop an instrument into a peel pack, seal it up, and move on? The answer: very complicated and precise if you want to do so in a safe, reproducible manner. On this Season 5 kickoff episode, our Beyond Clean team sat down with Charlie Webb, Founder and President


The topic of Sterile Processing salaries and compensation in the US always garners a lot of interest and buzz. One of the few publications that regularly addresses insights and trends on this topic is Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN). On this Season 1 re-release edition of Beyond Clean, we sat down with Kara Nadeau to discuss


If you had the opportunity to build a brand new Sterile Processing department, what would you do? How would you prioritize design considerations and what kinds of creative ideas would you employ to function within budget and space constraints? On this re-release from Season 1, we talked to Shawn Flynn and his team about their


What drives you as a Sterile Processing professional? Why do you wake up every morning, drive to a hospital, put on scrubs, and labor in areas of the hospital most people will never see, for patients who hardly know you exist? On this re-release from Season 1, we talked to Nestor Hernandez about finding your


Sterile Processing, yeah, there’s an App for that. On this Top 10 re-release episode from Season 1 of the Beyond Clean podcast, we talked to Adam Okada about the impact of mobile application technology on the Sterile Processing industry, education, and the future of professional networking. How can you leverage industry expertise right from your


Have you ever been asked to reprocess an implant device that had been removed from a patient? Chances are high that you have encountered this scenario at least once in your Sterile Processing career, but to date, there has been very little written or discussed on the topic. How can you ensure the device can


In an industry defined by our standards, recommendations, and guidelines, there are still many misunderstanding related to how these documents can and should impact compliant reprocessing of medical devices in our hospitals. On this week’s episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we talk to Chuck Hughes, the new Executive Advisor at Beyond Clean and retired


How much do you know about the history of ethylene oxide and the formative role it has played in modern medical device sterilization? For older generations of Sterile Processing professionals, images of large tanks and extended aeration times may come to mind. For younger generations of technicians, EtO technology may be little understood and likely


How much protein is left on your surgical instruments after “cleaning”? How much protein is too much? And how would you know? On this week’s edition of the Beyond Clean podcast we invite Dr. Thomas Vanzieleghem, Scientific Director & Biofilm expert with OneLIFE SA, to speak with us about protein detection technologies within the Sterile


How do you know your decontamination equipment (washers and ultrasonic cleaners) are really working as they should? What does “passing” and “failing” a daily quality test actually tell you about your current cleaning process? On this week’s episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we bring back international decontamination expert Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski, to discuss


Decontamination of loaner and consignment instrument trays is one of the most complex processes in a Sterile Processing department, and yet many facilities simply treat every vendor tray the same way — regardless of the manufacturer’s specific instructions for use. On this week’s episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we bring on Bob Marrs, the


What if we told your hospital CEO they could save tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars by INVESTING more resources into your Sterile Processing department? Would you believe there is a $50 billion opportunity in the United States alone to reduce costs AND increase quality related to surgical instrument reprocessing? On


How is the power of podcasting and social media impacting the next generation of surgeons? What impact do non-functional surgical instruments have on the surgeon-user? We kick off an epic Season 4 of the Beyond Clean podcast this week with Dr. Jason Bingham from the Behind the Knife podcast, and nerd out on everything from


Is chemical exposure hurting your Sterile Processing team? How would you know and what could you be doing to guard against it? For this episode of Beyond Clean, we invited David Hilliker to tackle one of the most important topics in our industry — employee safety and chemical monitoring. If you missed this classic episode


Do your flexible scope leak tests “make the grade” or are they failing in more ways than one? Back in Season 1 of the Beyond Clean podcast, we invited Sara Freiberg, Clinical Education Manager for Northfield Medical, to dive into the details of compliant scope reprocessing — covering everything from proper leak testing, to chemical


How do you excellently service Sterile Processing customers who are located outside of the hospital setting, across the street or even in other cities? Back in Season 1, we invited Don Williams, current Regional Director of Sterile Processing for Kaiser Permanente, to talk to us about the terrific work his team had been doing regarding


There are few acronyms as formative for the Sterile Processing industry in the US than AAMI. But how much do you really know about what AAMI is, how workgroups operate, and how we end up with standards such as ST91:2015 for Flexible And Semi-Rigid Endoscope Processing In Health Care Facilities? Back in Season 1, we


What does surgical instrument sterilization look like on the battlefield? In disaster zones? In the middle of an Amazonian rainforest? In the near future it could look very different and much smaller than traditional means and models of modern sterilization techniques. On our last episode of Season 3, we dropped the mic in front of


How does an innovation in the infection control industry make it from idea to market? What role does collaboration play in opening doors for Sterile Processing professionals to expand their networks both locally and around the world? On this week’s edition of the Beyond Clean Podcast, we tracked down Michael Diamond to chat about the


As the backbone of most Sterile Processing workflows around the globe, steam sterilization is a massively important topic. And yet there are still pervasive misunderstandings across the industry regarding how and why our autoclaves should be tested, and just as importantly, when it is necessary to validate their performance. In addition to proper loading and


Few materials in the world have come to define a Sterile Processing professional more than stainless steel. We are literally surrounded by it – our sinks are composed of it, our washers are encased by it, our assembly tables are covered with it, and yes – 99% of the tools of our trade are manufactured


Can you account for every implant screw and plating system within the four walls of your hospital? Can your Sterile Processing team efficiently and correctly validate, restock, and reorder consignment inventory? Or are you like the majority of facilities in the industry who are still struggling with tracking, billing, and inventorying these high dollar headaches?


How has technology impacted our potential to know and follow device manufacturer instructions for use in Sterile Processing? How far have we come and what does the future hold for the technology vs. IFUs challenges within our industry? On this week’s edition of Beyond Clean, we speak with Andy Petrovich about how technology is being


Are your ATP tests measuring what you think they are measuring? What is the real relationship between residual protein, dangerous bugs, and our mission to #FightDirty in our departments? This week, we tackle these questions and more with Dr. Christine Greene on the Beyond Clean podcast. Don’t miss this critical conversation and make sure to


There is one theme that shows up in nearly EVERY surgical instrument quality breakdown headline to come out in recent years. That reoccurring theme is a lack of point-of-use cleaning in the OR and the many implications this oversight has on a Sterile Processing team’s ability to #FightDirty with any success. For the first episode


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Keith Koby, Senior Vice President – North America at Nanosonics. Keith Koby joined Nanosonics in April 2012 bringing with him more than 25 years of sales experience and healthcare insight. Mr. Koby started his career as an engineer with GE Healthcare. After 16 years, Mr. Koby went


This week on beyond clean we speak with Brandon VanHee, Clinical Education Manager at Key Surgical.  Brandon has over 10 years of experience in leadership positions in the United States Marine Corps and the healthcare industry. This experience led him to work with various medical device companies in product management, new product development, clinical marketing


This week on beyond clean we speak with Steve Kubler, Global Marketing Manager at 3M. Steve has worked in healthcare for over a decade, helping to bring advanced solutions to the sterile processing department. He started out as a sales rep for 3M working with hospitals and large surgery centers on the east coast which


This week on beyond clean we speak with Moses Chang, Healthcare Sales Director at XERAFY.  Moses is a career entrepreneur, having been involved in several startups before joining the founding team to launch Xerafy Healthcare. He has spent the last 12 years in the Auto ID industry and was instrumental in pivoting the company toward


This week on beyond clean we speak with Jenni Gibbs, Manager of Central Sterile Department at Altru Health System.  She began her work in healthcare in 1989 doing inpatient nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota. Gibbs has a background in project management and Lean. As CS manager,


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Bert Dommerholt, CEO at DOVIDEQ Medical.  Bert is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry for over 25 years. He loves to connect with people and find new ways to support customer needs. Click Here To Complete The Exam For


This week on beyond clean we speak with Kathy Mazza, Clinical Director of Sales at Sklar Instruments. Kathy has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare both as a clinician and in a sales capacity. Her clinical experience includes roles as a Certified Surgical Technologist and Materials Manager. As a vendor in healthcare, her positions have


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Don Tumminelli who is the Senior Technical Manager of Client Services at Highpower Labs about the unknown world of medical device validation.  Don has over 13 years of experience in the medical device industry and is an expert in sterilization, including both single use and reusable device


The Beyond Clean Team celebrates their first anniversary with their 52nd episode.  This also serves as the season finale, as they make an important announcement regarding a format change for the upcoming year.  Along with several important announcements the hosts reflect on the past year, share some statistics, and open an online swag store. Click


This week on Beyond Clean we have Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Wava Truscott, President & Founder Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC.  She has authored over 70 articles, co-authored the Microbiological section of the AAMI Sterilization Recommended Practices and was the U.S. delegate for ISO’s Medical Device Biocompatibility on Systemic Toxicity Testing for the


This week on Beyond Clean we have Part 2 of our interview with Barbara Harmer, Director of Clinical Services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC.  Barbara is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and visionary perioperative nursing leader with over 36 years of administrative and clinical management and internal and external consulting experience in both inpatient, outpatient and


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Dr. Wava Truscott, President & Founder Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC.  She has authored over 70 articles, co-authored the Microbiological section of the AAMI Sterilization Recommended Practices and was the U.S. delegate for ISO’s Medical Device Biocompatibility on Systemic Toxicity Testing for the developing European Union.  Areas of


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Barbara Harmer, Director of Clinical Services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC.  Barbara is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and visionary perioperative nursing leader with over 36 years of administrative and clinical management and internal and external consulting experience in both inpatient, outpatient and multi-campus healthcare facilities. Founder and


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Nancy Chobin, President and CEO of Sterile Processing University, LLC for Part 2 of our interview highlighting CBSPD Certification.  Nancy is Retired from her position as the Vice President of Sterile Processing Services at Barnabas Health in West Orange, New Jersey where she was employed from 1990


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Peggy Spitzer, Clinical Education & Technical Support at Certol International. Peggy is a Colorado native with over 30 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider and educator holding degrees as a licensed dental hygienist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in adult education.  She provides education programs


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Nancy Chobin, President and CEO of Sterile Processing University, LLC.  Nancy is Retired from her position as the Vice President of Sterile Processing Services at Barnabas Health in West Orange, New Jersey where she was employed from 1990 to July 2015.  She served as a liaison for


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Matthew Gudeman, President and CEO of EndoPlus.  Endoplus is a privately held medical device manufacturer with distinct competencies specific to Class II laparoscopic medical devices.  Removing cost and complexity from the laparoscopic value stream is core to their mission.  Endoplus is registered with FDA and holds multiple


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Peggy Spitzer, Clinical Education & Technical Support at Certol International. Peggy is a Colorado native with over 30 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider and educator holding degrees as a licensed dental hygienist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in adult education.  She provides education programs


This week on Beyond Clean we are featuring the audio from our first ever Panel Discussion at the 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo entitled, “Packaging Method Myth-Busting”.  Our expert panelists for the event included Marcia Frieze from Case Medical; Joe Hannibal from Halyard Health; and Barbara Harmer from Innovative Sterilization Technologies. Part 2 covers


This week on Beyond Clean we are featuring the audio from our first ever Panel Discussion at the 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo entitled, “Packaging Method Myth-Busting”.  Our expert panelists for the event included Marcia Frieze from Case Medical; Joe Hannibal from Halyard Health; and Barbara Harmer from Innovative Sterilization Technologies. Part 1 covers


This week on Beyond Clean we continue our discussion with Harry Mullen, Manager of Sterile Processing at Riverside University Health System and Director of Operations for Central Sterilization Solutions.  He has over 33 years in the medical and sterile processing field.  In 2011, He started Central Sterilization Solutions (CSS) along with his partner James Hoxie to teach


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Harry Mullen, Manager of Sterile Processing at Riverside University Health System and Director of Operations for Central Sterilization Solutions.  He has over 33 years in the medical and sterile processing field.  In 2011, He started Central Sterilization Solutions (CSS) along with his partner James Hoxie to teach


This week on Beyond Clean we continue our discussion with Jonathan Wilder, President at Stericert Co. and Managing Director, Quality Processing Resource Group, LLC.  Dr. Wilder has worked with all thermal and chemical sterilization methods, as well as cleaning and disinfection methodologies, bringing his background in physical chemistry and surface physics to bear upon difficult


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Jonathan Wilder, President at Stericert Co. and Managing Director, Quality Processing Resource Group, LLC.  Dr. Wilder has worked with all thermal and chemical sterilization methods, as well as cleaning and disinfection methodologies, bringing his background in physical chemistry and surface physics to bear upon difficult problems in


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with John Dawoodjee, CEO of Advanced Endoscopy Devices, Inc.  John has over 40 years in the medical device industry and started AED, Inc. in 1985 to manufacture ancillary products for a German company, established a repair company for MIS instruments, and formed relationships to be the repair company for


We speak with Kara Nadeau, founder of KLN Communications, Inc.  She established the company in 2005 to offer healthcare companies and organizations strategic, results-oriented communications support that is delivered with integrity, reliability and efficiency.  She has nearly 20 years of experience as a healthcare writer, having served MedTech and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers; Healthcare Industry Software, Solution


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Adam Okada, Owner and Founder of Sterile Education an App for iTunes and Android.  He has 11 years of experience in Sterile Processing including 6 as a front line worker.  He is currently working as HLD Supervisor for Mission Hospital & Mission Hospital Laguna Beach in Orange


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Shawn Flynn, Manager of Sterile Processing at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital along with his 1st and 2nd shift supervisors Rigo Cardenas and Andrew Estiva to discuss their efforts to build the ideal Sterile Processing Department. Segment 1 (04:05) – The Planning & Construction Process Segment 2 (23:25) –


We speak with Lucy Nelson and Alyssa Rowe from Mercy Ships.  Mercy Ships began sailing on their mission to provide hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor in 1978.  Many nations lack clean water, reliable electricity, medical facilities, and personnel.  Because over 50% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast they


We speak with David Hilliker, President and CEO of ChemDAQ Inc.  David’s role is focused on developing the business through international partnerships and domestic market expansion as well as driving the research and development team to deliver the next generation of reliable gas detection technology.  David has dedicated his career to developing and bringing to


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Jenny Manderino, Director of Accreditation LifeCare Oklahoma/Arkansas with Vizient.  Jenny has been a nurse for 25 years and the first half of her career was spent at the bedside and afterwards assuming various leadership positions.  Her last role in the hospital was as a Chief Nursing Officer


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Robert Edelstein, President Millennium Surgical Corp. A division of Avalign Technologies.  Robert has been in the surgical instrument business for over 25 years.  His company Millennium Surgical Corp. has developed and refined an innovative business model focused on expert support, high quality US and German made specialty


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Brian Reynolds and Tony Thurmond, the two IAHCSMM President-Elect candidates for 2018.  Brian is the Assistant Chief SPS at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Tony is the CS Manager at The Christ Hospital Health Network in Ohio.  We are excited to introduce you to both candidates


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Sara Freiberg, Clinical Education Account Manager with Northfield Medical.  Sara has 16 years of experience in the Operating Room and significant experience as a Clinical Specialist, Product Manager and Clinical Education Manager for medical device companies.  She holds both IAHCSMM and CBSPD certifications and is a Certified


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Nestor Hernandez, SPD Manager at Lehigh Valley Health Network.  Nestor speaks at Regional IAHCSMM Seminars, has developed a precertification course and prompts others to be successful and sensible, empowering them to do their job to the highest degree of quality possible. Nestor is Industrious, efficient, and organized


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Ralph J. Basile, Vice President of Marketing and Regulatory Affairs for Healthmark Industries Co., Inc. He is a member of AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee including Cochair for Work Group 12. He is a U.S. delegate to ISO/TC198 WG12 & WG13. He is also a member of several


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with David Anbari, Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Instrument Service and Repair, a national provider of repair and maintenance services for reusable surgical equipment.  David brings a diverse background in industries outside health care to Mobile.  He blends his background in finance, technology, and operations to bring innovative solutions


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with David Taylor, President of the Resolute Advisory Group, LLC.  David has been providing services to clients with various nursing, perioperative, ancillary service line, and business development needs across the United States for over 30 years.  His areas of expertise are services that improve operational and clinical efficiencies,


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Rene Vis, Product Manager at Steelco Benelux B.V.  Rene has over 30 years involved in decontamination of medical devices.  He is a member of the National Standardization Institute The Netherlands NEN sterilization committee 301081, Former chairman national sterilization association in the Netherlands (SVN), and Former board member


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Jay Hardingham, the founder of SPD Rentals. Throughout Jay’s career, he has been both an Entrepreneur and held senior-level Sales and Marketing leadership roles within the healthcare industry.  He has also held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Case Medical who manufactures Rigid


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Jay Hardingham, the founder of SPD Rentals. Throughout Jay’s career, he has been both an Entrepreneur and held senior-level Sales and Marketing leadership roles within the healthcare industry.  He has also held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Case Medical who manufactures Rigid


This week on Beyond Clean we welcome Michael Matthews Manager of Central Sterile at Baptist Health in Arkansas who is joining us as an administrator and co-host.  Mike, Hank and Justin conduct a round table discussion looking back at 2017 for BeyondClean, the instrument budget, and dealing with fast paced changes in SPD. Segment 1


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Dr. Peter Nichol, Pediatric Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer of MedAware Systems Inc.  Dr. Nichol is a minimally invasive pediatric surgeon and Developmental biologist. He has helped develop the first and only mega-analytics platform to serve consumers, healthcare providers and the BioPharma/BioTech industry with the light speed


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Lindsay Brown, Clinical Education Manager at Key Surgical. Segment 1 – 02:10 Types of Brushes General Use Recommendations Proper Storage Segment 2 – 18:15 Brush Instructions for Use Brushes on the Clean Side Reusable Brushes Segment 3 – 36:20 Dangers of Improper Brushing Stainless Steel Versus Nylon


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Don Williams Manager, Sterile Instrument Processing of the Northwest Region at Kaiser Permanente.  He is an IAHCSMM Certification Council Member and has served as the President of the Northwest Cascade Chapter of IAHCSMM. Segment 1 – 02:30 Don’s Transition From Criminal Justice to SPD Leadership Growth IAHCSMM


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Keerthi Kanubaddi, Founder & CEO at ReadySet Surgical.  ReadySet simplifies the surgical vendor supply chain by consolidating logistics and communication to all members of the surgical team to ensure that every patient has the right equipment with the right sterilization parameters at the right time. Segment 1


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Mary Ann Drosnock, Manager of Clinical Education for Endoscopy with Healthmark Industries.  Previously, Mary Ann managed the Infection Control Program and Device Reprocessing Functions for Olympus America which included the development of position statements and policies regarding device compatibility along with health and safety information related to device


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Rick Wells, President at SolutionWells, LLC, which is a consulting company that engages with hospitals and businesses to help identify and reduce unnecessary costs.  Rick is an Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry for 31 years. Segment 1 – 03:00


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Dan Vukelich, President at AMDR, The Association of Medical Device Reprocessors which is a trade association representing the interests of the global commercial medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing industry.  His specialties include the industry’s legal, legislative, regulatory and public relations interests.  Segment 1 – 04:35 Dan’s


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Bob Marrs, Director of Consulting Services & Field Operations with Aesculap.  Bob has worked in the Perioperative setting for 20 years in various roles ranging from Certified Surgical Technologist to SPD Technician, Case Cart Coordinator, Sterile Processing Supervisor, Manager and Director. He has been a professional consultant


Justin and Hank share their thoughts on three success stories from around the globe recognizing the accomplishments of Sterile Processing Technicians and Leaders during CS Week. 


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Stephen Kovach, Director of Education at Healthmark Industries.  He has been in the Hospital field for over 37 years.  Stephen is active both on the state and national levels of various organizations having held many positions.  He is a voting member on various AAMI committees and has


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Jim Stobinski, CEO at The Competency and Credentialing Institute.  Jim has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the operating room with work roles which have included janitor, orderly, staff nurse and a variety of supervisory positions. His education includes a diploma of nursing from the Toledo


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Daniel Coole, Managing Director at Surgical Holdings in the United Kingdom.  Daniel has over 20 years in the Surgical Instrument Manufacturing Industry and is the Chair of the Surgical Instruments Special Interest Section for the Association of British Healthcare Industries.  Segment 1 – 01:58 Introduction to


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Thomas Overbey, Director of Marketing at Ultra Clean Systems.  Thomas’ achievements include producing numerous live interactive surgical broadcasts, as well as on-demand continuing education content.  Segment 1 – 02:32 Ultrasonic Cleaning Overview Current Trends and Common Misconceptions Buyer’s Guide Discussion Segment 2 – 23:59 Game of


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Patrick Dotts, Division Director at Soliant Health.  Patrick is a healthcare placement professional whose primary focus is contracting high quality Nursing, Allied and Therapy professionals to hospital clients. Segment 1 – 03:05 Introduction to the staffing model Challenges with agency staffing Market variations across the country Segment


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Alison Sonstelie, Supply Chain Manager – Sanford Fargo Medical Center at Sanford Health about her positive experiences working in Sterile Processing, The 2014 CS/SPD Department of the Year Award, and her career growth into Supply Chain management. Segment 1 – 03:00 Successful management model for career growth


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Brian Reed, Co Founder and CEO at Ascendco Health on the topic of startup companies and “Big Data” in Sterile Processing.  Brian discussed the realities of beginning a startup such as the importance of listening to customers, being honest with yourself, facing humiliation, and finding a partner


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Shawn Flynn, a Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Medical Device Inventor who is the founder and President of The Peritorum Group.  Shawn gives listeners a look inside the process of gaining 510k approval and building a quality system that includes a risk analysis component.  Dealing with various cycle times,


This week on Beyond Clean we speak with Michael Matthews, Manager of Central Sterile at Baptist Health in Arkansas.  Mike is a rising star in the Sterile Processing industry, who has taken a particular interest in regards to compensation and education requirements for front-line technicians.  Michael offers his insight into how managers can determine the value