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Thum Elected President of Southwest Drycleaners Association

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Caption: Richard Thum, newly elected president of The Southwest Drycleaners Association. (Photo: Courtesy Five Star Cleaners)

Staff Writer |

SAN ANTONIO — Richard Thum, co-founder and president of Five Star Cleaners, was recently elected president of The Southwest Drycleaners Association (SDA) at its annual convention.

The regional trade association, with more than 300 members, is an affiliate of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI). The 96-year-old association serves the professional dry cleaners of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Thum served as first vice president of the organization last year, and has served on the SDA board in various capacities for 28 years.

He launched Comet Cleaners in San Antonio in 1981 along with his wife, Sharlene, and the name was changed to Five Star Cleaners in 2004. The Thums own 11 locations across San Antonio.

Thum holds a bachelor of science degree in real estate finance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and has a real estate broker’s license in Texas.

Heavily involved in residential and commercial real estate, Thum’s commercial development business focuses on office and warehouse space, storage facilities and strip centers across Texas as well as in Georgia. His residential concentration has been in Phoenix, Ariz., and he has a retail operation at the San Francisco International Airport.

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