Next Generation

2022 Meeting Dates | Current Projects | Committee Members | TRSA Staff Liaison


2022 Meeting Dates

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): Opportunities, improvements, and efficiencies for building on sustainable business practices

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • Session during the 12th Annual Legislative Conference (March 29-31, 2022)

Discuss the potential impact of linen, uniform and facility management companies pledges to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and commitments to continuous improvement of sustainability measures. These include identifying strategies to reduce overall environmental impact through continued reductions in energy, water, raw materials, and waste throughout its business including emissions from supply chain. Get answers to your environmental sustainability-related questions and better understand these commitments have on your business, customers, and suppliers.

Next Generation Executives Problem-Solving Roundtable (Virtual)

  • Monday, April 25, 2022

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce Workshop (In-Person)

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022
  • Chicago, IL
  • including ½ facilitated program, plant tour and evening Cubs baseball game

Next Generation Executives Lunch

  • Monday, August 1, 2022
  • Guest speaker on building employee loyalty through customer service
  • In conjunction with the Clean Show 2022 (July 30 – August 21, 2022.)


Current Projects
Professional Development Events

Initiatives include programming for the Leadership Summit, which enables Next Generation executives to make new contacts and leverage ties with existing ones. The agenda encourages companies to unite a company’s long-established CEO/executives with its Next Generation and emerging leaders at a single TRSA event to improve its management team relations. Specific networking/education sessions are conducted for all attendees of each of these three leadership types; other sessions bring all three together to foster inter-generational collaboration in organization development. Another TRSA event, the Next Generation Workshop, addresses issues such as family business dynamics, general business strategies, strategic planning and multi-generational workforce/HR. Next Gen sessions also take place at the Annual Legislative Conference and Annual Conference.

Industry Internship Program

To support members who take advantage of TRSA’s program that places students with them typically for eight to 10 weeks, the committee provides guidance on appropriate positions and tasks for such arrangements. The program fulfills TRSA’s objective of supporting members in recruiting the next generation of industry leadership/management.

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Electronic Communications

Social media, such as a LinkedIn group, is a possible initial means for online information-sharing and networking on industry matters for Next Gen executives, eventually migrating to a forum on the TRSA website. To communicate with industry recruits, the committee is considering participating in Creators Wanted, a web-powered National Association of Manufacturers effort to reach youth and prepare them for careers on shop floors through vo-tech education, apprenticeships and re-skilling.



Committee Members

Co-Chair: Peter Brown – Mickey’s Linen, Chicago, IL
Co-Chair: Jacob Gurtler – Gurtler Industries Inc., South Holland, IL
Vice Chair: Robert Fesmire Jr. –Ellis Corp, Itasca, IL
Vice Chair: Tony Jackson – Kannegiesser ETECH, Minneapolis, MN
Jeff Borst – White Knight Engineered Products Inc., Charlotte, NC
Julia Buik – Roscoe Company, Chicago, IL
John Clark – Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA
Shawn Cleary – Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Syracuse, NY
Michael Croatti – UniFirst Corporation, Wilmington, MA
P.J. Dempsey – Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., Jessup, PA
Brandon Divers – Alsco Inc., Alexandria, VA
Karl Fillip – Novo Health Services, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Tyler Fowler – M+A Matting, Lagrange, GA
Justin Hearld – ARCO/Murray, Chicago, IL
Mack Magnus – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL
David Potack – Unitex, Elmsford, NY
Tony Schult – Kannegiesser ETECH, Minneapolis, MN
Dan Schwartz – Superior Group Companies, Seminole, FL
Alden Senior – Morgan Services Inc., Chicago, IL
Greg Shames – Medico Professional Linen Service, Los Angeles, CA
Jason Sotiroff – Tingue, Peachtree City, GA
Kelly Starman – Regent Apparel, San Francisco, CA
John T. Thomas – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL



TRSA Staff Liaison

Joseph Ricci
jricci@trsa.org
540.613.5088

Jason Risley
jrisley@trsa.org
540.613.5081

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