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Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs Headlines 2017 ReMA Convention Lineup

The "Dirtiest Man on TV" to Address Closing Session


(Washington, DC) –The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is proud to announce general session speakers for its 2017 Annual Convention & Exposition (ISRI2017) to be held April 22-27, in New 
Orleans. As the biggest and most valuable recycling conference in the world, ISRI2017 will bring together more than 4,000 recyclers from across the globe to learn, network, and build their businesses. 

Opera singer, TV host, executive producer, narrator, and philanthropist Mike Rowe will headline ISRI’s Closing General Session on Thursday, April 27. Throughout his career, Mike Rowe has had hundreds of jobs, including in recycling. He’s best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, where he completed 300 different jobs traversing all 50 states and transformed cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, and coal mines. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, serial killers, and how stuff works. Through his thought-provoking, energetic, and humorous presentation, Mike will share the lessons he has learned as a perpetual apprentice about work ethic and the jobs that make civilized life possible.

The Opening Session will feature a presentation on The Art of Perception by author, lawyer, and consultant Amy Herman. Amy originally developed The Art of Perception in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of organizations and institutions including the New York Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense, as well as for universities, Fortune 500 companies, and medical institutions. In her presentation, Ms. Herman will discuss the applicability and relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis and perception of works of art affords the participants in her program a new and innovative way to refresh their sense of inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for effective leadership both within a company and among its clients and constituents. 

“ISRI’s challenge, year over year, is to select speakers who can inform, inspire, or entertain,” said Chuck Carr, who heads the team that produces ISRI’s annual conventions. “Whether the speaker a celebrity, a politician, or a content authority in their field, the goal is to provide an experience for the audience that is both memorable and valuable. Amy Herman and Mike Rowe will provide some of the best presentations of any ReMA convention.”

For more detailed information, including schedule and registration information, visit www.isriconvention.org.

Members of the working media should contact Rachel Bookman for information on how to obtain press credentials.




The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.(ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry. ReMA represents approximately 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, ReMA provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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