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Emerald Textiles Hires Bott as New CEO

Company says appointee ideal candidate to lead ‘next stage of growth’

LOS ANGELES — Richard Bott has joined the executive management team of Emerald Textiles as CEO, the company reports. Emerald is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based private investment firms Pacific Avenue Capital Partners LLC and Highland Avenue Funds LLC. 

Bott’s appointment follows Emerald’s recent announcement of its expansion into Los Angeles and the San Diego market, as well as its greenfield expansion in Northern California.

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Richard Bott

Richard Bott

“We are excited to have a leader of Rich’s caliber joining the Emerald team,” says Chris Sznewajs, chairman of the board of directors of Emerald Textiles and managing partner and founder of Pacific Avenue Capital Partners. “Rich has a proven track record of success, high integrity and brings over 25 years of experience in the healthcare service industry. 

“We believe Rich’s deep experience in the healthcare linen and service industry, as well as his strong business sense and collaborative approach, make him the ideal candidate to lead Emerald through its next stage of growth.”

Greg Anderson will transition to executive chairman and will continue to support the business in a daily role, overseeing the integration of the recent acquisitions of the San Diego and Los Angeles facilities, while also providing oversight for the greenfield facility that is underway in Livingston, Calif., the company says. Anderson will remain a member of the board of directors and will lead several other key strategic initiatives for Emerald. 

“We are excited for Greg’s evolving role as he continues as a key partner to Emerald Textiles,” shares Sznewajs. “Greg has done an excellent job leading the business through an impressive transformation. I look forward to Greg’s continued involvement in the organization.”

“We are excited to have Rich join our team and lead Emerald as the company enters its next phase of growth,” Anderson adds. “Rich shares our vision of excellent quality and customer service at a competitive price. Emerald has invested heavily in all of its facilities in San Diego, Los Angeles, Turlock, Livingston and Reno to ensure it has the most modern, safe and efficient facilities in the industry. I look forward to supporting and working closely with Rich in my new role as executive chairman.”

Prior to Emerald, Bott served as the director of Intermountain Healthcare’s supply chain services, which includes Central Laundry, Design and Print Services, Corporate Travel, Supply Chain Guidance Council, Fleet Management and Sign Center. 

Before Intermountain, he served as a medic and LPN in the 328th General Hospital unit of the 96th ARCOM where he began his nursing education at the Academy of Health Sciences. He then was trained clinically at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and then at Fitzsimons Medical Center in Aurora, Colo.

“The Emerald Textiles team has shown an incredible commitment to providing fantastic service at an undeniable value while scaling the organization through both organic growth, acquisitions, capital investments and greenfield opportunities,” says Bott. “It is my pleasure to join this exceptional management team and employee base in continuing to enhance our value proposition and service to our customers.”

Bott is active in the community serving as board chair for The Columbus Community Center, Committee Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America and has been a delegate for Davis County. Richard also serves as president-elect of the Association for Linen Management (ALM) and serves on the board of the International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM).

He holds an associate of nursing degree from The Academy of Health Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Health Services Administration from Weber State University and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 

Bott is a native of Utah and currently resides in Mountain Green, with his wife Darcie and their four children.