March 23, 2020

Dear IKECA Members, Associate Members, and Sponsors,

Due to the evolving concerns around the COVID-19 virus, and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and the state of North Carolina, IKECA’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for April 28-May 2, 2020 in Charlotte, NC.

IKECA is committed to the health and safety of our members. The IKECA membership is dedicated to protecting life and property through the prevention of fires through proper kitchen exhaust cleaning. As a group, we need to be dedicated to protecting all aspects of life, not just fire safety. We have an obligation to be socially responsible during this pandemic to not only protect ourselves but our friends, family, neighbors, and anyone we may come in contact

Registration Refunds:

Attendees who have paid registration fees to attend the Annual Meeting will be contacted via email regarding refunds of fees paid or may choose to transfer fees toward the 2020 Fall Technical Seminar, scheduled for October 21-24, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI.

Confirmed Reservations in the IKECA Room Block:

Attendees holding confirmed room reservations with the Hilton Charlotte University Place within the IKECA room block will have their room reservations canceled with no penalty and will receive an email confirmation of the cancellation directly from the Hilton as long as an email address was provided to the hotel at the time of reservation. If your room reservation was confirmed as part of the IKECA room block, no further action is needed by you to cancel your hotel reservation.

CEUs for Certification Renewal:

The IKECA Board of Directors is aware that Annual Conference attendees earn CEUs toward certification renewal by attending the Annual Meeting, and have adopted a resolution to waive any unfulfilled CEU requirements for renewals due in June 2020.

Incomplete Membership Renewals:
The IKECA Board of Directors has adopted a resolution to provide a 90-day extension for submission of unpaid 2020 Membership Dues.

Upcoming Certification Exam?
Contact for assistance in rescheduling or postponing your exam session due to COVID-19.

Resources for IKECA Members:
Please visit our COVID-19 Resources web page for helpful information for you, your teams, and your company.

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy.
If you have any questions, please contact me at


Neal Iorii Jr. President IKECA