The National : DRYCLEANER JANFEB2017
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017 31 Director of Charleston Weddings, Rick Brewer of GetMoreBrides.com, Brian Lawrence of BrianLawrence.com, and BB Webb, author, speaker, and former owner of the award-winning Carl House event venue in Atlanta, Georgia. Barlow and Brian Harrell of Shores Fine Dry Cleaning presented topics of special interest to AWGS members. Sponsors Bill Odorizzi, Vice President-Marketing of Sankosha USA, Inc. and Kevin Davis of Select Risk Insurance also spoke to the group. Other sponsors were Kreussler Textile Care and Foster- Stephens, Inc. Re-elected to office were President Engh of Fashion Cleaners in Omaha, Vice President Gary Fine of Parkers Custom Clothing Care in Toronto, and secretary-treasurer Sharlene Thum of Five Star Wedding Gown Specialists in San Antonio. Malcolm MacGregor of Browns Cleaners in Ottawa serves as immediate past president. Incoming members of the Board of Directors are Arturo Nanes of Tintoreria Bosques in Mexico City, Nadine Rana of Grace Gown Restoration in Toronto, Steve Rettler of All Seasons Cleaners in Minneapolis, and Marcello Rodio of Moline Kronberg Cleaners in Upper Montclair. Retiring members of the Board are Christa Hagearty of Dependable Cleaners in Boston, Ed Longanecker of Iris City Cleaners and Laundering Company as well as Iowa Bridal Preservation, Sajid Veera of Door to Door Cleaners in Los Angeles, and Rhonda Wernick of Oakwood the Greener Cleaners in Nashville. AWGS is a not-for-profit trade association with members in ten countries, including Australia. Members are certified to ensure that wedding gowns and heirloom textiles of all kinds are cleaned according to established museum standards and preserved in archival- quality materials. Brides benefit from the personal, interactive service offered by wedding gown specialists in local communities, but the guarantee is truly an international warranty because each member honors the guarantee of every other member no matter where in the world they may be. Members benefit from both trademarked logos and other promotions such as care labels and recommendations from more than 70 designer gowns including couture designers Romona Keveza, Modern Trousseau, Paloma Blanca, Justin Alexander and Matthew Christopher. The Association partners, too, with wedding media such as TheKnot.com, WeddingWire.com (affiliated with Brides.com, WeddingBee.com, and ProjectWedding.com), MyWedding.com (affiliated with MarthaStewartWeddings.com), and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. Together with these leading wedding websites, AWGS also sponsors the National Bridal Sales Event held annually in July. In 2016, more than 800 bridal shops participated in the program. The Association's MuseumCareTM ZeroCarbonTM preservations are Endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants, the professional organization dedicated to wedding professionals worldwide. The Association also offers brides the safety and convenience of Destination Wedding Kits, which are designed to fit into the overhead space on aeroplanes. The kits make it easy for brides to carry their gowns with them through security and onto the aeroplanes en route to their destination weddings. YOU WANT MORE? For more information about training and membership, call the Association office and speak with Sally Lorensen, 1-800-501-5005 www.WeddingGownSpecialists.com In Australia, www.WeddingGownSpecialists.net.au Stuart Odermatt Stuart and Brian with speaker B B Webb. Stuart Odermatt and Brian Fowler of Stannards Dry Cleaning, Perth, W.A., engaged in round table discussions with Sally Lorensen and AWGS delegates.
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