RICHMOND, Va. — The board of directors of laundry supply distributor RICHCLEAN has promoted Matthew Gilman to president of the company, it reports.
Matthew succeeded his father, Barry Gilman, in this position on July 1. Barry held the leadership position since the company began in 1975.
The company says that Barry decided that it was time for him to scale back his activities and responsibilities at RICHCLEAN and partially retire. There has been a long-time strategy in place for Matthew to step into Barry’s position when he retired.
For the last 21 years, Matthew has been “learning the ropes,” and the RICHCLEAN board of directors felt that he was ready to step up to the leadership position.
“I am proud of Matthew’s accomplishments over the years and have full confidence that he will successfully lead RICHCLEAN going forward,” says Vernon Norris, chairman of the board. “Barry will still be around, fulfilling various roles and offering advice and wisdom when needed.”
RICHCLEAN serves the cleaning industry in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. with quality supplies and expertise for laundries, lodging, healthcare, dry cleaners, coin-ops, and more. It operates from a 20,500-square-foot warehouse facility in western Henrico County just outside of Richmond.