Industry Veteran Joins LAVATEC Executive Team


LAVATEC, Beacon Falls, CT, recently announced that Jim Shaw has joined the company’s executive team as vice president and national accounts sales manager. Well known throughout the commercial laundry industry, he is based in Cincinnati and reports to President Mark Thrasher.

O’Neil Named TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


The Executive Committee of TRSA’s Board of Directors recently voted to honor Brian O’Neil, president of California Linen Services, Pasadena, CA, with the association’s highest honor, the TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement Award. O’Neil will receive the award on Sept. 15 at TRSA’s Annual Awards Dinner held in conjunction with its Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

EMI Co-Founder, Ex-IIL Chief Passes On


Bernard (Bernie) Ehrlich, 95, the founder of TRSA’s leading educational program, the Executive Management Institute (EMI), passed away on May 18 due to an illness. Ehrlich’s career spanned 42 years of leadership in the linen, uniform and facility services industry. He had a unique impact on generations of laundry operators who served under his tutelage.

HR & Safety Keynote Warns of Threats of ‘Nuclear Verdicts’


Michael Halter, director of loss control at Haylor, Freyer and Coon Inc., Syracuse, NY, will keynote this year’s TRSA HR, Health & Safety Summit scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, in Chicago. Halter, a certified safety professional with more than 30 years of safety and health consulting experience, will provide an outside perspective on how to be safe and compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape.