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Capt. Phillips to Keynote TRSA Conference

Contact Ken Koepper, 703,519.0029, ext. 109

Real-Life “Captain Phillips” Highlights Glittering TRSA Annual Conference, September 29 – October 1

A complement of thought-provoking keynoters featuring Capt. Richard Phillips, subject of the Oscar-nominated film on the 2009 piracy of a U.S. merchant ship, highlights the agenda for TRSA’s Annual Conference & Exhibits, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Phillips, played by Tom Hanks in the eponymous 2013 film, will share his story of courage and savvy under intense pressure: how he saved his crew from the pirates by becoming a hostage and then saved himself by captivating his captors. His talk will reinforce the TRSA event’s reputation for providing textile services operators with top-notch speakers who present leadership and management concepts to guide corporate growth.

Also providing such guidance will be keynoter Mike Jensen, who will draw on his decades of experience in R&D and organizational development at Procter & Gamble to help launderers fulfill their staffs' potential to steer their businesses repeatedly in new, more lucrative directions.

The Annual Conference is also known as the industry’s premier event for discussing economic/technological trends. This year, futurist Jack Uldrich will explain the warning signs of business practices that need to be “unlearned” so managers can adopt new perspectives and strategies to pursue improvements driven by emerging technology.

The other keynoter, Andrew Wittmann of investment analyst Robert W. Baird & Co., will forecast industry profitability with his analysis of textile services market dynamics and key economic indicators.

Industry leaders are on the speaking program as well, with one panel of veteran operators who built businesses in uniform, linen and laundry management offering their timeless expertise; and a second panel of textile services executives moderated by Jensen explaining how modifying typical organization structures and management roles/practices have enabled them to implement innovative strategies.

TRSA’s exhibit hall will consist of 50 Associate Members’ displays of their products and services to streamline operations, reduce costs and increase productivity and profitability. It’s the only U.S. industry-wide exhibit opportunity in a non-Clean Show year and attracts the most powerful textile services buyers. TRSA members comprise 90%+ of industry operations with combined annual purchasing power near $5 billion.

Other Annual Conference highlights include: - Committee Meetings - Chairman's Reception and Annual Awards Dinner - Plant Tour: Brady Linen Services - Spouse/Guest Program - TRSAPAC VIP Reception with Capt. Phillips Go to for complete agenda, hotel information and online registration for attendees and exhibitors.

About TRSA
TRSA ( is the only organization advocating fair, balanced regulation and pro-business tax, labor and energy policy for the $16-billion U.S. textile services industry that employs nearly 200,000 people at more than 1,500 facilities nationwide. TRSA also provides professional development, benchmarking and training resources that increase productivity and efficiencies for companies that launder reusable textiles which help businesses project a clean and attractive public image. Most Americans benefit at least once a week from the cleanliness and safety of laundered, reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products the industry supplies to the service, industrial/manufacturing, hospitality and healthcare sectors. TRSA quantifies our industry’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through our Clean Green and Hygienically Clean certification programs. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the nearly $5 million trade association employs a staff of 12.