A fourth-generation carpet cleaner and veteran of more than 40 years in the industry, John Downey is executive director of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI). CIRI is a nonprofit research and communications organization that serves the cleaning and disaster restoration industries. Under Downey’s direction, in October 2018 published the first issue of Cleaning Science Quarterly, a peer-review journal.
Downey first gained notoriety as the founder, editor and publisher of Cleanfax magazine in 1989. More recently, Downey served as the editor and publisher of the IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection until that publication was discontinued by the IICRC in the fall of 2017.