Off the Cuff: Get to Know.... David Cotter

Tim Burke |

Executive Director, Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA)

CHICAGO — In this latest installment of Off the Cuff, where readers can meet and learn more about someone from the fabricare industry, let’s get to know David Cotter, Executive Director, Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA).

Tell us where you were born, grew up, and reside today?

“I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where I also graduated from college. I moved to New Jersey in the mid 1990s to work for TCATA. A few months ago, I moved to Tampa, Fla. We also moved the TCATA office to Tampa.”

Hobbies (that you’ll admit to)?

“My primary passions are tennis, history and travel. I’ve been a tennis player since high school and still compete in USTA leagues. I really enjoy watching documentaries about all aspects and people through history.”

What gets you excited at work?

“When I was in college, I did not plan to work for an association but, after obtaining a writing position for a magazine for an engineering association, I began to discover and like association work. I then applied for and obtained a position with another association and the rest, as they say, is history. One of the reasons I enjoy association work is the variety and the interaction with members.”

Lastly, tell us a secret (keep it clean) nobody knows about you?

“One thing about me that many people do not know is that I was raised fairly strict Catholic, and even studied for a few years for the priesthood. My wife, Beth, and I have three grown boys.”

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About the author

Tim Burke

American Drycleaner


Tim Burke is the editor of American Drycleaner. He can be reached at 312-361-1684 or [email protected]


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