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The group welcomed Mark Porter of Porter’s Cleaners as a new member. Informative and interesting guest speakers in- cluded: Vinay Bachireddy, CEO at HRO Resources whose company offers employee payroll options, tax filing, 401K plans, and employee benefit cost saving plans; Ray Cheshire, sales manager, and Toran Brown, development director at SPOT, who reviewed current and new features and Dru Shields, director of sales at EnviroForensics, who explained how they use historical insurance data to help pay for environmental clean-up. For more information about the Tuchman Advi- sory Group, contact Ellen Rothmann, ellenroth- mann@yahoo.com. PAGE 32 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / JULY, 2019 The Press of Washington DC has joined the ranks of America’s Best Cleaners after meeting the requirements of the organization’s certification process. The Press is a family owned and operated drycleaning and laundry brand with three locations in Washington DC, and one in Fairfax, VA. The Press has more than 40 years of industry experience, providing drycleaning and laundry services to the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. They also care about the environment and offer complimentary laundry bags to their delivery customers, and garment bags to all cus- tomers at cost, in an effort to reduce their plastic waste products. “Ever since I first entered the drycleaning industry, I strived to be a part of America’s Best Cleaners,” said Je Kang of The Press. “When I was starting out, I read about the best cleaners and saw one common factor: they were all a part of ABC. I knew if I strived to be a part of ABC it would only improve myself, and if I ever became an affiliate, I knew I had made it as the top of the top.” Diane Lee, also of The Press, echoed his enthusiasm. “Everyone I have met from ABC has inspired me to step back from the day-to-day operations and strategically look at the bigger picture. ABC’s knowl- edge and support is priceless and it is an honor to converse and collab- orate with such a successful group of individuals.” America’s Best Cleaners is a certification agency and team of con- sultants who assist owners, managers and team members to realize their full potential while striving for continued personal and profes- sional success. For more information, visit www.americasbestcleaners.com. For more information about The Press, visit www.thepressdc.com. NEWSMAKERS Kassidy Blount of Greenville, NC, is the recipient of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association 2019/2020 college scholarship. She will receive $2,000 per year for the four years of college. Kassidy plans to attend the Uni- versity of North Carolina – Asheville. She has an impressive list of academic and extracurricular ac- complishments. Her grades, SAT and ACT scores are at the top of the scale as measured both statewide and nationally. From her sophomore to senior year, she competed in two business-ori- ented competitions (DECA and FBLA) that take place locally, re- gionally and nationally. She also competed regionally in both and continued to the national competition in Atlanta. She also competed in the Quiz Bowl and is a member of the Na- tional Honor Society and the Rho Kappa Honors Society.  She has been active in multiple clubs and organizations through- out high school, serves as senior class vice-president, led the cleanup of her school, and served as president of the Beta Club. Her main passion is music — jazz in particular — in which she plans to pursue a degree in at UNC. She started with jazz in middle school, taking saxophone lessons and singing. She went on to per- form at several local venues, and is passionate about getting younger musicians to appreciate and perform jazz. “TCATA is most pleased to assist students like Kassidy achieve their goals in college,” noted TCATA president Leslie Schaeffer. “She is the kind of person that the scholarship was set up to help, and we all wish her the very best in her college career and beyond.”   Her mother, Laurie, is employed at UNX in Greenville. Tuchman Advisory Group members meeting in Beaumont, TX, included, in back from left, Richard Thum of Five Star Cleaners, Rick Kirksey of Munro Cleaners, Gary Futterman of Flair Cleaners, Ben Combs of Judi’s Cleaners, Mark Porter of Porter’s Cleaners, Bill Munro of Munro Cleaners, Bruce Frankel, TAG Financial Consultant, and Drew Singer of Flair Cleaners. In the middle row are Mike Poeschl of Revolution Cleaners, Paul Billoni of Colvin Cleaners, Jana Janssen of Martinizing GreenEarth, Cyndee Billoni of Colvin Cleaners, Je- remy Huebel of Munro Cleaners, and Tiffany Horton of Munro Cleaners. In front are Chris Billoni of Colvin Cleaners, Tiffany Slaughter of Munro Cleaners, Grant Carson of Martiniz- ing-Alameda, Ellen Rothmann of the Tuchman Advisory Group, and David Makepeace of Medlin-Davis/North. ZIPS Dry Cleaners has named franchise industry veteran Sam Wong as its new vice president of franchise sales and development. With nearly 20 years of experience in the franchise space, Wong will be responsible for implementing new strategies and campaigns to further accelerate the brand's expansion momentum across key U.S. markets. “Sam not only brings great franchise development experience and expertise to our leadership team, but has a proven track record of growth and success in each of his past roles,” said ZIPS CEO Drew Ritger. “As we continue to execute our most aggressive franchise growth strategy to date, Sam’s broad experience and wealth of knowl- edge will play an integral role in helping lead our brand into the next phase of its strategic growth and performance.” Before joining ZIPS, Wong worked as the senior director of fran- chise development at Sonic Drive-In where he led the more than 3,600-unit brand’s expansion efforts in various new and existing markets nationwide. He also previously managed franchise develop- ment for such brands as Dairy Queen and Popeyes Louisiana Chicken. “The opportunity to work with ZIPS at this stage of its growing franchise program is energizing,” said Wong. Currently there are nearly 60 ZIPS stores open and operating in eight states, with a total active franchise pipeline that stands at more than 250 stores, all of which are slated to open over the next several years.