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ARTA 2020 Green Conference Receives 5-star Reviews

Nearly 120 suppliers, operators in textile services gathered at Gaylord Palms Resort

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Five stars was the overall rating from nearly 120 suppliers and operators who recently attended the 2020 Green Education Conference put on by the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA), Feb. 26-28, at the Gaylord Palms Resort here.

The conference rating was determined by attendees who voted in real time through the Whova conference app.

In 2010, ARTA says it held its first Green Conference. This year’s conference revisited the issue of sustainability and focused on research, trends and issues that affect the textile services industry’s ability to market the benefits of reusable textiles.

The meeting was hosted by ARTA President Gabriel Boardman and featured exhibits and receptions by MIP and the event’s Platinum and Gold Sponsors, as well as a plant tour of Advent Health Laundry in Apopka.

In addition, ARTA honored founding member and longtime Legislative Director Howard Zins for his nearly 40 years of service to ARTA. The association also presented service awards to former treasurer, president, and director Bradley Bushman of Standard Textile; retiring director Ian Bigelow of Crothall; and retiring vice president Barb Fordyce of Foussard Montague and Associates.

ARTA’s conference presentations are available through the Whova app (unless more than 10 MB). In addition, all 2020 Green Education Conference presentations will be posted in the member section of the ARTA website in coming weeks at

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Nearly 120 suppliers and operators from North America attended ARTA’s Green Education Conference, Feb. 26-28, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photos: ARTA)

ARTA President Gabriel Boardman

ARTA President Gabriel Boardman of MIP served as host for the association’s second Green Conference.

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Retiring director Ian Bigelow of Crothall receives a service award.

Barb Fordyce and Gabriel Boardman

A service award was presented to retiring vice president Barb Fordyce of Foussard Montague and Associates.

John Wintz

John Wintz accepts a service award on behalf of former treasurer Bradley Bushman of Standard Textile.

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Longtime Legislative Director Howard Zins, supported by his daughter Jennifer, accepts his service award.

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