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CRDN adds two to corporate staff
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The Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network has added two new staff members to its corporate management team: Shawn Fair, director of training, and David Grant, national sales manager.
As director of training, Fair is responsible for the development and implementation of internal and external training, enabling CRDN to enhance the breadth and depth of its educational programs.
Prior to joining CRDN, Fair spent 15 years in executive sales, management and training in the telecom and wireless industries. He has served as a director of sales and training executive.
Grant joins CRDN as the new national sales manager for the western U.S., working directly in support of CRDN businesses in seven states. He is a 20-year veteran of the insurance industry and has experience as both a motivational speaker and sales consultant.
“Shawn’s expertise in employee development will enhance our ability to offer a specialized training approach that considers each of the unique needs of our clients, customers, staff and franchises,” said Wayne Wudyka, CRDN’s chief executive officer.
“Similarly, David’s diverse skill set and knowledge base will benefit our local operations in the western U.S. and play a key role in support of our overall customer service objectives,” he said.
CRDN is an international organization of textile experts who specialize in insurance restoration laundry and drycleaning services for all types of loss. Adept at restoring personal garments and household fabrics damaged by fire, smoke, water or exposure to mold and other contaminants, CRDN members offer a solution for insurance professionals seeking to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.
CRDN currently operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The organization’s website is www.CRDN.com in the United States and www.CRDN.ca in Canada.
TCATA appoints three to chair committees
Bryant Dunivan, president of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association, has appointed new chairs for three association committees.
Robert Blacker, director of technical services for R. R. Street & Co. of Naperville, IL, will chair of the joint TCATA/DLI Fire Code Committee. The committee represents the interests of the allied trades regarding fire codes affecting the drycleaning and laundry business.
Blacker is a second-generation industry veteran with more than 35 years’ experience. He is responsible for the training and education of the Street’s field sales organization and is also the technical liaison for Street’s field sales organization, its distributors and third-party manufacturers.
Yalda Harris, executive vice president of ADCO Products of Albany, GA, will chair the Government Affairs Committee. She joined the industry in 2009 by leading the reformulation and manufacturing of Rynex-3 drycleaning solvent for Equinox Chemicals. As a member of the Equinox executive team, she was involved in the acquisition and relocation of ADCO from Sedalia, MO, to Albany. Prior to joining the drycleaning industry, she was with Procter & Gamble for 13 years as an engineer, operations manager and finance manager.
Leslie Schaeffer will chair the Membership Committee. She is vice president of BPS Communications, Inc. of Willow Grove, PA, the publisher of National Clothesline. She has worked for BPS for more than 29 years. She also manages the Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association’s biennial trade show in Atlantic City, NJ, and will be producing the South Eastern Fabricare’s Association’s trade show in 2014.
She also serves on the site planning committee for the association’s annual conference and has served several terms on the TCATA board of directors.
Fulton’s Wadkinson named to subcommittee
Melissa M. Wadkinson, P.E., chief engineer for the Fulton Companies, has been appointed to three National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors subcommittees, each for a three-year term.
The board was created in 1919 to promote safety through uniformity in the construction, installation, repair, maintenance and inspection of pressure equipment. The board oversees adherence to laws, rules and regulations relating to boilers and pressure vessels.
Wadkinson also serves on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a member of the BPV Committee on Heating Boilers and chairs the ASME subgroup on care of operation of heating boilers.
Wadkinson, who has been with the Fulton Companies since 1994, holds a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts; and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Fulton, based in Pulaski, NY, is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer systems.

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