“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.