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DLI Names Board of Directors for 2021-22

District Committee Members also announced

LAUREL, Md. — The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) recently announced its board of directors for the 2021-2022 term. The board is made up of industry professionals who own and/or operate fabricare businesses and are members of the organization. As the new directors are sworn in, their predecessors move on to an executive position or become DLI Senators.

The 2021-2022 DLI Board of Directors are:

Chair: Jess Culpepper, CGCP®, Culpepper Cleaners, San Antonio, Texas

President: Bobby Patel, Kona Cleaners, Costa Mesa, California

President-Elect Jeff Schwegmann II, CGCP®, Sunshine Cleaners, Cold Spring, Kentucky

Treasurer & District 1 Director: Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger's Dry Cleaning, Hamburg, New York

District 2 Director: Mark Pollock, Signature Cleaners, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

District 3 Director: Don Holecek, Crown Cleaners, Knoxville, Tennessee

District 4 Director: Ray Kroner, Kroner Dry Cleaners, Cincinnati, Ohio

District 5 Director: Ed Longanecker, Iris City Cleaners, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

District 6 Director: Kyle Nesbit, Tide Cleaners, Spring, Texas

District 7 Director: Hilary Taylor, Continental Cleaners, Salt Lake City, Utah

District 8 Director: Toran Brown, Rytina Fine Cleaners & Launderers, Sacramento, California

Allied Trades Director: Bill Odorizzi, Sankosha USA, Inc., Elk Grove Village, Illinois

DLI District Committee Members

In addition to its Board of Directors, DLI leadership includes a group of District Committee Members (DCMs), who help guide Board policy by providing additional perspectives from their DLI district. DCMs for the upcoming year are:

District 1 DCM: Larry Fish, Kingston Cleaners, Wakefield, Rhode Island

District 2 DCM: Norman Way, Puritan Cleaners, Richmond, Virginia

District 4 DCM: John Mertes, Ziker Cleaners, Inc., Mishawaka, Indiana

District 6 DCM: Allan Cripe, Valet Cleaners & Coin Laundry, Temple, Texas

District 7 DCM: Joe Blaha, GreenEarth Cleaning, Kansas City, Missouri

District 8 DCM: Sassan Rahimzadeh, Arya Cleaners, Chula Vista, California

Allied Trades DCM: Dru Shields, Enviroforensics, Indianapolis, Indiana


There are two openings still available — in Districts 3 and 5 — for DLI members who want to volunteer for the positions. The breakdown in districts by state are:

District 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

District 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

District 3: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee

District 4: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

District 5: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

District 6: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

District 7: Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Washington

District 8: California, Hawaii

DLI Names Board of Directors

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