LAUREL, Md. — Jan Barlow, CGCP®, owner of Jan’s Professional Cleaners, Clio, Mich., has become the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute’s (DLI) second female president, and the organization has welcomed a host of new faces to its governing body.
DLI’s board of directors recognizes valued contributions and inducts new volunteer leadership. New directors are sworn in as their predecessors move to an executive office or become DLI senators, an exclusive title for previous board members.
Barlow succeeds Charlie Smith, owner of Village Square Cleaners, Reston, Va., who completed his one-year term as president.
David Machesney, owner of Pratt-Abbott Cleaners, Westbrook, Maine, became DLI’s president-elect. Allan Johnson III, owner of Peerless Cleaners, Corpus Christi, Texas, became treasurer.
DLI membership elected two dry cleaning professionals to district directorships: Brad Ewing, CED®, Nu Way Cleaners, Greeley, Colo., representing District 7, and David Suber, CED®, owner of Perfect Cleaners in Los Angeles, representing District 8.
The DLI board appointed Keith Kocher, owner of Comet 1 Hour Cleaners, Austin, Texas, to the District 6 directorship vacated by Johnson.
Joining DLI’s board of directors were three district committee members: Richard (Buddy) Gritz, CED®, Presto Valet of VA Inc., Alexandria, Va.; Jess Culpepper, CED®, CPD®, CPW®, Culpepper Cleaners, San Antonio, Texas; and Steve Chambers, Chambers Cleaners, Milledgeville, Ga.
Rick Kasperbauer, CPD®, owner of Kasperbauer Cleaners, Carroll, Iowa, retired from the board after having served each post on the executive committee (treasurer, president-elect, president, and chair). He is now a member of DLI’s Past Presidents Club and a DLI senator.
Also joining the ranks of DLI senators are former district directors Larry Durgin, owner of Seville Cleaners, Tucson, Ariz.; and William Casassa, owner of Marin Cleaners, San Rafael, Calif.