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Ostrow Elected TRSA Chair, Will Push for Greater Industry Visibility in Primary BtoB Markets

Bruce Beggs |

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pledging to enhance the Textile Rental Services Association’s role in representing the industry to customer businesses and government, Woody Ostrow was elected chairman of the TRSA board during the association’s recent Annual Convention in California.
Ostrow, the president of CleanCare, a Pittsburgh healthcare and hospitality laundry, will prompt TRSA to build greater visibility of the textile services industry in its primary business-to-business customer markets. He is also concerned about potentially onerous industry regulation, and has called on TRSA member companies and individuals to “get more engaged” in the association’s government relations activities and to contribute their expertise “to educate, protect and expand the market for textile services.”
Joining Ostrow in the TRSA leadership are 20 other members of the Board of Directors, four of whom serve on the Executive Committee. They are Immediate Past President Jeff Wright, G&K Services, Minneapolis; Treasurer Michael Potack, Unitex Textile Services, Mount Vernon, N.Y.; Vice Chairman Jim Doro, Doritex Corp., Alden, N.Y.; and Thomas Vozzo, Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel, Burbank, Calif.
Other board members representing U.S. textile rental laundries are:

  • Bob Brill, Republic Uniform Sales, Los Angeles
  • Gregory Brown, Mickey’s Linen, Chicago
  • Dan Clark, Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, Calif.
  • David DiFillippo, UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, Mass.
  • Jim Ducker, Angelica Textile Services, Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Andre Jolicoeur, Jolicoeur Ltd., Montreal
  • David Potack, Unitex Textile Services, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
  • David S. Shapiro, Walker Towel & Uniform, Kansas City, Mo.
  • David M. Struminger, Mohenis Services, Petersburg, Va.
  • Douglas Waldman, Superior Linen Service, Tulsa, Okla.

Representing international laundries are:

  • John F. Bishop, Ensign Services Pty. Ltd., Willeton, Australia

  • Carl-Johan Björkman, HR Björkmans Entrémattor AB, Staffanstorpsvagen, Sweden
  • Enrique Jacques Ariza, Manteles S.A. De C.V., Mexico City

Representing companies that supply products/services to textile rental companies are:

  • Mike Carter, Century Place, Salisbury, N.C.

  • Angie Kalayjian, Norchem Corp., Los Angeles
  • J.B. Werner, G.A. Braun, Syracuse, N.Y.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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