Cayetano Elected to TRSA Board of Directors


Vicky Cayetano, president of PureStar’s Hawaii region, has been elected to the TRSA Board of Directors. TRSA officially welcomed Cayetano during the Oct. 22 business meeting at its 107th Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA.

TRSA’s ‘Business and Marketing Opportunities’ Wins Award


In response to economic headwinds, including the impact of COVID-19, TRSA reimagined its association media kit for 2021 with a new and wide-ranging package of sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Dubbed the “TRSA Business & Marketing Opportunities,” the new publication recently was honored with an award for design excellence from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). The GDUSA is a business-to-business information source for graphic design professionals.

Election 2020: A New Era in Washington


An election that many pollsters thought was all over for Republicans before it started turned out quite differently on Election Day. At this writing, races in key states remain too close to call. What we do know is that Joe Biden (D) is projected to be the 46th president of the United States. In Congress, Republicans picked up at least nine seats in the House of Representatives, and it’s plausible that they’ll pick up more. Meanwhile, control of the Senate will wait until January 2021 for two runoff campaigns in Georgia. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, hopes by either party of an electoral mandate and sweeping legislative change are now tempered.

Bartsch Elected Treasurer of TRSA Board


TRSA recently hosted the swearing-in of new officers and directors on Oct. 22 during the business meeting at its 107th Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA. Randy Bartsch, chairman and CEO of Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service, Vancouver, was elected treasurer.

Baird: Uniforms, Leisure/Hospitality Up in October


While the economic impact of the latest spike in COVID-19 infections will take time to assess, October economic figures reflected a broad increase in payrolls (+638,000) and a continuing recovery in leisure/hospitality and uniform rental revenue from the low point in April, according to a recent report from Robert W. Baird & Co.

Diversity Now – Q&A with Minority-Owned Metro Laundry


Metro Laundry Service (MLS) provides laundry services for hotels around the “DMV” (i.e., the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) region surrounding the nation’s capital city. Founded in 2002 by Bernard Young and now led mainly by his nephew, COO Steven Young, the company has seen significant growth in recent years, but – like hospitality laundries nationwide – it has suffered from COVID-19-driven losses in business and leisure travel. Diversity issues also have had an impact on this company in Capitol Heights, MD.

Standard Textile Partners to Provide Showers to Homeless


Standard Textile Co. Inc., Cincinnati, recently announced that it is launching a national program to combat homelessness. The company is partnering with four nonprofit organizations across the United States that provide mobile shower services to people either living on the streets or in substandard housing, with a goal of supporting 80,000 showers by the end of 2021, according to a news release.

Penn Emblem Donates Masks to Schools


TRSA supplier partner Penn Emblem Co., Trevose, PA, recently donated masks to the students, families and faculties at a pair of charter schools in Trenton, NJ, and Philadelphia. Both schools enroll traditionally underserved low-income students, according to a news release.

Hotel Guidance and Benchmarking Report Unveiled


A research and guidance document for hotels and linen services now available in TRSA’s online Store advises on best practices to improve hotel laundry and linen efficiencies. Lodging Linen Loss Reduction Guide and Benchmarking Study provides key metrics for evaluating hotels’ performance and quality, ultimately to maximize guest satisfaction.