b'G / NA n Y alists honor Rhonda WernickPAGE 28 wCLOTHESLINE / MA io TIONALspec , 2019Members of the Association of Wedding boardofdirectors2014-2017.Onthe exposure.Gown Specialists met February 28-March AWGS discussion forum, she often shares Leahy also introduced AWGS to Wish3 in Nashville, TN, to discuss marketing inspiring photos of special projects such as UponaWedding,anorganizationthatstrategies with wedding industry experts, turningavintageweddinggownintoa grants weddings and vow renewals to cou-tourtheplantofOakwoodtheGreener unique christening gown. ples facing serious illness or a life-alteringCleaners owned by AWGS members Alan She also shares ways to enhance the circumstance. AWGS will donate preser-and Rhonda Wernick, and elect officers.brides experience at the counter. We like vations to help provide these couples withA highlight of the meeting was the pres- to make a bride feel like she is the only one memories that will last forever. entation of the ninth annual Jack Barth Me- in the store, says Rhonda, and each bride Kaleigh Wiese, a brand educator whomorial Award of Excellence. also receives a special keepsake when she specializes in developing luxury brands forInitiated by Linda Stokes-Barth in re- takeshergownhomeRhondashand- weddings and wedding-related stationery,membrance of her late husband and his painted sketch of the gown.explained how small tweaks such as chang-achievements in the drycleaning industry, Rhondaalsooperatesboth ingcolorsandfontscanimproveyourthe award recognizes a member of the the DancingArt.comandBuyArtBy brands image.association for advancement, promotion, Rhonda.com.Wiesesbridesspendasmuchasand development of industry standards for She also gives back to her community $50,000 for her uniquely themed invita-wedding gown care and for outstanding with service on the board of trustees of the tions, an amount usually representing be-contributions and service to the Association Nashville Gordon Jewish Community Cen- tween seven and 15 percent of the overall Rhonda Wernick, co-owner of Oak-and its members. ter and in many other ways including chair- cost of the wedding. woodtheGreenerCleanersofThis years honoree, Rhonda Wernick, ingandoriginatingarteventssuchas Wiese also provided AWGS members Nashville,receivedtheJackBarthisco-ownerofOakwoodtheGreener Nashville Temple Arts Festival and Art on an opportunity to review websites with the Memorial Award of Excellence fromCleaners in Nashville. As AWGS president the West Side. In 2017 she was the featured psychology of color in mind. AWGS President Kermit Engh.Kermit Engh noted when he presented the artist at Art on the West Side. Other presentations were Soil Remedi- John Murphy of Penguin Cleaners inaward, I first met our winner a number of Speakers at the conference presented a ationbyEdLonganeckerofIrisCity Melbourne, Victoria, was elected to repre-years ago and have developed a friendship range of ideas for branding and networking. CleanersandLaunderingCompanyin senttheassociationsmanyAustralianand deep respect for her business and her Brian Rashid of Brian Rashid Global told Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Do the Signposts members.contribution to our association.the group they should think of themselves on the Bridal Highway Point to You? by Retiring members of the board are KenOakwood Cleaners, already a member as media companies rather than businesses Vikki Reed of Fashion Cleaners in Omaha, Kinzer of Bridgestone Cleaners in Brook-of AWGS, Leading Cleaners International, and offer not just products on social media Nebraska, and Dos and Donts at the lyn, NY, and Edwin Los of Village EastandMethodsforManagementwhen but also content via video. Counter by Sally Conant, Orange Restora- Cleaners and Las Vegas Wedding GownRhondaWernickandherhusband Alan Interviewinterestingandimportant tion Labs, in Orange, Connecticut. Specialists in Las Vegas, Nevada. tookoverin2011,benefitsfromboth people in your community, said Rashid, Re-elected to office were president Ker- MembersnewtotheassociationthisAlans expertise in business finance and and your brand will become interesting mit Engh of Fashion Cleaners in Omaha, year are Thomas Ferris of Tillson Cleanerssoftware development and Rhondas cre- and important, too.NE; vice president Gary Fine of Parkers inTillsonburg,Ontario,EnriqueDavilaative art profession. Her talent as a profes- Brian Leahy, voted outstanding Los An- Custom Clothing Care in Toronto, ON; and Torres of Tintoreria Arlo in Guadalajara,sional artist is evident everywhere at the geles photographer by California Wedding secretary-treasurer Sharlene Thum of Five Mexico, Adolfo Sugai of Saori Lavanderiatwo Oakwood locations have the look and Day Magazine for three consecutive years, Star Wedding Gown Specialists in San An- in Lima, Peru, Patrick and Susan OHarafeel of living room complete with comfy also stressed the value of networking and tonio, TX. ofHighwayCleanersinPerth,Westernchairs, her own beautiful artwork and a offered creative, effective ideas for expand- Malcolm MacGregor of Browns Clean- Australia;andBabakMoghaddamoffriendly, family-like atmosphere.ing business contacts. ers in Ottawa, Ontario, serves as immediate Champion Cleaners in Dubai, UAE, andThe Wernicks have not only maintained Leahy said, Be sure you do your home- past president and chair of the finance com- Doha, Qatar.Oakwoods reputation for excellence but work before attending an event. When you mittee. Sponsors of the event were Kreussleralso taken it to an even higher level of cou- take the time to learn something about your Incoming members of the board of di- TextileCare,Foster-Stephens,Inc.,ture cleaning and customer service. potential partner in advance, you greatly rectors are Tom Ustanik of Lansing Clean- Sankosha-USA, Inc, Select Risk Insurance,Immediately drawn to the bridal side of increase your chances of interacting suc- ers in Lansing, IL, and Brandon Maloney and Kleerwite Chemicals.the business, Rhonda has attended every cessfully. 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