Members of the industry’s allied trades rubbed elbows with members of the U.S. Olympic
team during the Textile Care Allied Trades Association annual conference at the Cheyenne
Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO, July 26-29.
At a reception and dinner on Thursday evening at the Olympic team’s training center,
attendees gathered at the country’s main Olympic Training Center, where they mingled with
several Olympians currently in training. The group toured the facility and
witnessed a judo
demonstration by four Olympic athletes.
To wrap up the evening, TCATA’s past presidents relayed the Olympic torch to the cauldron
where President Gerald Henke applied the flame to set the cauldron ablaze,
lighting the night
The following morning it was down to business with Jade West, the senior vice
government relations for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.
experience as staff director for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee
added to her
insider knowledge as she reviewed the first six months of the Trump
Administration and the
myriad legislative and regulatory issues in Washington, including a discussion
of the “colorful”
She spent a significant amount of time answering many questions from attendees.
Next to speak was Krista Clive-Smith, an expert in the fields of branding,
business, who offered her ideas on how to brand a company to differentiate it
and how to reinvent a company to stay relevant, current and “future-proof.”
Saturday morning brought the final speaker of the business program. Steve
president of Alleer Training and Consulting, offered many insights into ways to
use time more
efficiently and discussed specific, simple technology tools that lead to greater
The closing dinner on Saturday evening featured a murder mystery in which clues
throughout the evening to help solve the murder.
It wouldn’t be a TCATA conference without golf and this year’s tournament, held at the
Colorado Springs Country Club, drew 43 golfers. The first and second place
teams, along with
those who won in the categories of longest drive and closest to the pin, were
“Olympic medals” by the four Olympians who performed the judo demonstration at the
Thursday night dinner party at the Olympic Training Center. The first place team
Fraser Hansen, Lee Lawson, Kristen Vos of R. R. Street & Company, Alex Atwater of A-1
Products, and Chas Atwater, Alex’s son.
The tournament raised $600 towards TCATA’s scholarship fund.
Recognition was also given to companies celebrating membership milestone
the conference. TCATA President Gerald Henke presented awards to Bill Brooks,
Alliance Laundry Systems, celebrating 25 years; and Kevin Gavlak, representing
Laundry Products, celebrating 50 years. Also honored but not present at the
receive their awards were Loomis Brothers Equipment Co. and United Wire
Industries, both for 50 years, and Columbia Drycleaning Machines for 25 years.
Two officers were elected at the conference and will begin their two-year terms
at next year’s
conference which will be held May 2-5 in Puerto Rico..
Leslie Schaeffer, vice president of BPS Communications, publisher of National
was elected president elect. She started with the company as a delivery driver
34 years ago
and now manages the day-to-day operations of BPS and National Clothesline, in
managing trade shows for the Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association, the
Cleaners Association and the South Eastern Fabricare Association.
She has been active in TCATA for many years, serving on the annual conference
committee, as chair of the membership committee, and previously on the board of
John Silverman, president and owner of Tschopp Supply, was elected
firm, based in Buffalo, NY, was founded by his grandfather in 1945 and he has
been with the
company since 1989.
Silverman currently serves on the TCATA board of directors, the membership
has served on the conference business program committee.