Schaeffer Assumes Presidency Other Officers, Board Members Take Office
(May, 2019) At the closing dinner at the 2018 Annual Management and Educational Conference held in early May, Leslie Schaeffer, vice president of National Clothesline based near Philadelphia, was installed as the incoming president of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). She will serve a two-year term as president.
Ms. Schaeffer has been very active in TCATA for many years, having served on annual conference committees, as chair of both the site selection and membership committees, and as a board member. She has always believed in the value of trade associations, an issue she addresses in a recent interview. Leslie noted in that interview that she plans to continue the work that TCATA has been doing for years, particularly protecting members’ interest in the legislative and regulatory area. Click here to watch Leslie's interview. She is the first female president of the Association, and the first to serve from the “related trades” category, meaning the first that is not a manufacturer or distributor.
Ms. Schaeffer worked in various positions at National Clothesline, a business started by her parents in 1959, starting in the 1980’s, eventually working her way up to vice president. She also runs several regional dry-cleaning trade shows. Leslie has been married to her husband, Rob Fleszar for twenty-five years. She has a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.
John Silverman of Tschopp Supply, Buffalo, New York, assumed the role of Treasurer. He has been active in TCATA, including serving currently on the Membership Committee.
Also elected as officers were Peter Limoncelli of Yankee Laundry Equipment, elected vice president of the Distribution Division; Michael Leeming of Parker Boiler elected vice president of the Machinery Manufacturers Division; and Gene Williams of American Laundry Products elected vice president of Supply Manufacturers Division.
Newly elected board members are Mack Magnus of M & B Hangers, Matt Lamons of Loomis Brothers Equipment Company, and Kelly Kelleher of Kelleher Equipment.
Reelected board members include Bill Brooks of Alliance Laundry Systems-UniMac, Bill Schnitzer of Quality Fabricators, Orville Johnson of FabriClean Supply, and Charlie Thompson of American Trade Magazines.