“Round Table” Business Organization Hosts 77th Annual Meeting
Nation’s top dry cleaners convene for
annual idea exchange.
Northbrook, IL, April 26, 2016: The Round Table of Launderers
and Dry Cleaners recently met for their 77th annual meeting in
Phoenix, Arizona. The “Round Table” is made up of 16 members who
gather once each year to exchange ideas, addressing mutual
concerns and discuss industry trends. This unique organization
encourages collaboration over completion, and includes top
executives from laundry, linen, industrial and dry cleaners whose
companies have developed the best practices in the industry.
Each session during the 5-day conference is led by a different
company, an approach that further promotes the concept of learning
from each other. Every day offers a different topic, resulting in
a comprehensive lineup of cutting-edge ideas on topics ranging
from strategic vision and future strategies, new technology, new
store design, remodeling existing facilities and marketing, just
to name a few.
Tom Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners hosted this year’s
“Member’s Update.” This unique session provides a forum where the
industry leaders go beyond what they’ve achieved within their
organizations. Rather, in this “non-sales” session, each
executive is also asked to share what’s new in both their personal
and family life, as well.
“Listening to how our peers have success with their companies
is important, of course,” said Zengeler. “At the same time, we can
learn even more by understanding how successful operators are able
to balance the demands of running a business while maintaining
healthy relationships with family and friends. The Member’s
Update provides each of us with great perspective on these
important life skills. It was an honor to lead this valuable
discussion at this year’s meeting.” Zengeler Cleaners, founded in
1857, is both the oldest and the largest family-owned cleaner in
the United States.
The Round Table was founded in 1940 by Herb Koch, Lee Workman
and Barrett Finn, industry leaders of that era, who called for a
“Sales Managers Pow-Wow” held in Allentown, PA. The meeting moved
to NYC for the next 5 years, and became known as the Laundry
Management Group. In 1950, the name was officially changed to the
Round Table Conference and has remained that way ever since.
Today, many 2nd generation members are part of the group. The
Round Table never pays a facilitator; rather, that responsibility
is passed from member to member. Their 78th Annual Meeting will
convene in Aruba in March of 2017, with Gary Glover of Puritan
Cleaners chairing the meeting.
For more information about the Round Table, please contact Tom
Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners, at 847.272.6550, ext.
14. Zengeler Cleaners’ has eight (8) retail locations, with
stores in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, two
Libertyville stores, Long Grove and the company’s headquarters
store in Northbrook, Illinois, and Online at zengelercleaners.com.