b'N M New invitees were Dublin Cleaners, MeuricePAGE 34 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / MAY, 2019EWS AKERSPilgrim Dry Cleaners Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, Andy Lien has been promoted to the position of technical di-was honored to host the Round Table of Launder- Garment Care, and Corrys Fine Dry Cleaning. rector for GreenEarth Cleaning, a position held by Jim Douglasers and Dry Cleaners 2019 conference in Costa Pilgrim Dry Cleaners also hosted all members at since the inception of the company in 1999.Rica. a fly-in conference in September in Minneapolis Lien graduated with a Bache-Pilgrim hosted 14 companies that were members where members were able to tour the Pilgrim opera- lor of Science degree from Min-and three invitee companies that participated in a tion and provide a critique. nesota State University where heweek of meetings, dinners, and excursions. The sharing of ideas from some of the top com- earned Magna Cum Laude hon-The Round Table of Launderers and Dry Cleaners panies in our industry continues to lead to success in ors. After two stints as a manageris a group of top executives from across the country our operations, said Bonnie Engler, president of in the service industry, he servedwho meet twice a year to discuss and exchange Pilgrim Dry Cleaners. We strive to improve and as the general manager and direc-ideas. serve our customers and communities in the best torofoperationsforCamelotThe success of the group has led them to continue way possible. Cleaners inFargo,ND,fromthis tradition now going into its 80th year of annual PilgrimDryCleanershasbeenproviding 2006 to 2013.meetings. This elite group began in 1940 and con- drycleaning and laundry services in the Twin Cities While at Camelot, he becametinues to be self-sustaining and valuable to the lead- for 79 years with 27 locations and 10 home and of- familiarwithGreenEarthsers in the industry. fice delivery routes and is a leader in the upper Mid- drycleaning process and helpedThis years participating members included A west. Three generations of family at Pilgrim contin- to convert the operation from per-CleanerWorld,AdmiralCleaners, Antons ues to provide the finest quality, convenience, and chloroethylene to GreenEarth. On the basis of that positive experi-Cleaners, Avon Cleaners, Classic Cleaners, De- service. ence, he joined forces with GreenEarth.pendable Cleaners, Max I Walker, Model Clean- Membership in the group is limited. For more in- Andy is tremendously capable, and I know he will provideers,PilgrimDryCleaners,PortersFineDry formation on the Round Table group, contact Engler great guidance and support to our affiliated members during theCleaning, Pratt-Abbott Cleaners, Puritan Clean- atbonnie@pilgrimdrycleaners.comorcall(763) coming years, said Jim Douglas. Hes an outstanding talent anders, Red Hanger Cleaners and Zengeler Cleaners.425-7524 ext. 223. were fortunate to have him on our team.AddedTimMaxwell, GreenEarthspresident,Andyhasdemonstrated terrific technical, communications, and managerialskills during his six year tenure with our team.Fabricare Manager has added three new members to its team as itcontinues to grow.Jerrard Cross has been with Fabricare Manager for almost a year,starting in the IT Support department. With his skills in development,he has moved on to head web based interfaces and design.Cross hails from York, AL, and is a graduate of DeVry Universitywith a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems.I have over 12 years of experience in the web development anddigital design fields as well as seven years software support experi-ence, Cross said. I enjoy web development and Fabricare Systems al-lows me the opportunity to utilize my skills to solve various issues forcustomers. I am an avid college football fan and enjoy drawing, gaming,and web/illustration design in my spare time.Brandon Dollar is also new to the IT department, starting late lastThe Round Table of Launderers and Dry Cleaners17 drycleaners representing 14 compa- year. Dollar has been repairing computers since 1991 and programmingniesmet in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 3-8, continuing a tradition that began in 1940in which executives of leading drycleaning companies gather to compare notes and share since 2003.ideas. Pilgrim Dry Cleaners of Minneapolis acted as host for this years conference. Most of my programming experience involves database work inERP systems, but I am also comfortable in C and dabble in web lan-guages, Dollar said.Being a part of Fabricare Systems allows me tosolve problems for people, which I find rewarding and fun.Mason Holmes started with Fabricare Manager in early January.He is from Cartersville, GA andhas been in the IT and telecommuni-cations fields for more than five years.Holmes started as an installation technician contractor for Comcast.He also has contracted as a network technician for a few other IT com-panies. I am proud to be a part of the Fabricare team because of the growthand opportunity of the company, Holmes said. I also enjoy being apart of this team because of the relationships that I have seen andbegan to build with our customers. Fabricare Manager has been an industry leader of drycleaning com-puter software for more than 20 years. The company offers both cloudand self hosted solutions. They will be exhibiting at Clean19 in NewOrleans in booth 4635.Recent additions to Fabricare Managers team innclude, fromleft, Brandon Dollar, Jerrard Cross and Mason Holmes.ZIPS Dry Cleaners has signed a development deal for 20 loca-tions set to open throughout Atlanta over the next five years.The stores will be owned and operated by business partners AllanBoomer and Tiffany Hawkins. Both have positions at MomentumAdvisors, a company founded by Allan Boomer. The business part-ners already own multiple ZIPS locations in the Maryland/DC/Vir-ginia market. Since becoming a ZIPS franchisee in April 2016, my partnersandIhavebeeninvolvedinsomeofthemostsuccessfulnewdrycleaning stores in the company, said Allan Boomer. We are ex-tremely excited about the opportunity to bring ZIPS to a thrivingnew market. In analyzing the competitive landscape, Atlanta was theNo. 1 market on our radar.To learn more, see the Index of Advertisers on page 46 or visit www.natclo.com/ads'