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Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

Jeff Butler

"Winning the Talent War"

Saturday, April 29, 8:30 - 10:00 am

A multi-generational labor expert, Jeff speaks on workplace dynamics issues and has addressed more than 100 organizations such as Google, Amazon, and Wells Fargo.  In this program you will hear up-to-the-minute data and case studies on how organizations are winning the war for talent. Jeff has helped dozens of companies on winning the war for talent and has seen unusual and ground breaking ways to attract talent that some many employers are chasing after.

Education Sessions

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Changing Consumer Behavior
Saturday, April 29, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Andrew Gibson, President/CEO, Tide Services

Learn what trends are impacting customer behaviors and how that is changing the dry clean and laundry industry.  There are opportunities and risks that can affect the future of your business – some of which you can capitalize on.  Andrew will share how Tide Cleaners/P&G is listening and adapting to these changes and what resources and strategies are available to you to steer your business forward.

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Managing Your Employees: 
The Top Five (Or So) Legal Mistakes And Pitfalls
Saturday, April 29, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Frank Kollman - Management Labor and Employment Attorney, Kollman & Saucier, P.A.

Even the best decisions concerning your employees need to be implemented properly.  Labor and employment laws are designed to give employees certain rights, not make it easier to manage your employees.  Say the wrong thing, fail to pay an employee properly, or make a decision based on logic instead of the actual legal requirement, and you could find yourself facing litigation.


This presentation will give you an overview of applicable labor and employment laws, followed by practical advice on how to avoid legal problems.  Employers make the same mistakes again and again, and this presentation will teach you how NOT to make those errors.  What to do and what not to do will get equal billing.  Hiring, firing, discipline, evaluations, and wage decisions should be easier for you after 50 minutes.


Retain to Gain 2023:  How Employee Retention Leads to Customer Retention
Sunday, April 30, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

James Peuster and Jen Whitmarsh, The Route Pros

We all know the line, happy wife-happy life. This rings true for employees and their affect on customers.  Join Jen Whitmarsh and James Peuster as their share the best way to retain employees to retain your customers.  

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7 Secrets to a 7 Figure Exit
Sunday, April 30, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Dave Coyle, President/CEO, Maverick Dry Cleaners

Discover tried and true methods for creating a million dollar dry cleaner and create an exit strategy when the time is right.  These aren't just theories, Dave has walked through these steps with the purpose to empower others with these secrets.

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The 8 Drivers of Building Value
Sunday, April 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Kermit Engh, Managing Partner, Methods for Management

Whether you as the owner want to sell your business – or just know you could – or perhaps transition the business to the next generation, this presentation will show the eight things that drive the value of a company and suggestions on how to dramatically increase the value of your business for the future. 


Stain Removal Recipes for the Toughest Stains
Saturday, April 29, 3:00 - 3:50 PM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 
Sunday, April 30, 12:00 - 12:50 PM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 

Jeff "The Stain Wizard" Schwarz, Regional Vice President, A.L. Wilson

See this live demonstration on the tradeshow floor on how to tackle the toughest of stains on different material.  Bring your staff to this one!

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Machine Problem?  Find It, Fix It, Forget It!

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 - 2:50 PM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 

Sunday, April 30, 11:00 - 11:50 AM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 

Bruce Grossman, Owner, EZ Timers

Under the auspices of the Fix-It Academy, the seminar will include demonstrations of easily accomplished troubleshooting and do-it-yourself repair procedures for finding and fixing the cause of common boiler and machinery problems. A Hands-on demonstration of rebuilding steam traps, boiler sight glass replacement, and simple, easily understood techniques for troubleshooting using meters and laser thermometers will be covered.  

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The OSHA Man Cometh

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 - 1:50 PM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 

Michael Tatch, Tatch Technical Services

A series of photos of OSHA violations in actual dry cleaners and laundries, each one resulting in a substantial fine.  No boring text.

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Wet Cleaning - Simply Better, Faster & Cleaner Profits for You

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 - 1:50 PM - Exhibit Hall / Seminar Area 

Frank Briercheck, Seitz - The fresher company

Wet Cleaning in 2023 is not your Father’s Laundry. No Hand Washing, No Hanging in the Boiler Room and No Struggling to Finish. Wet Cleaning today is Better & Safer on almost all garments. Without Solvent, wet cleaning removes stains and leaves your customers garments fresher and cleaner. With the combination of sophisticated washing and drying equipment, proper chemistry, and finishing equipment, wet cleaning is at least 50% faster than solvent cleaning.  Higher productivity leads to lower labor & more profit!

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