DLI Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

CONTACT:  Mary Scalco                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2022
                    800-638-2627, Ext. 1102
                    Harry Kimmel, Ext. 1502    

DLI Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors
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Drycleaning & Laundry Institute officials swore in DLI’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors at its Summer 2022 Board Meeting in Atlanta. DLI’s Board is comprised of fabricare business owners and operators from eight regions around the U.S., an Executive Committee, and Allied Trades representatives. All Board members volunteer their time and energy to guide the Institute toward providing the best benefit to DLI member cleaning professionals.

The 2022-2023 DLI Board of Directors features:

Chair: Bobby Patel, Kona Cleaners, Costa Mesa, California

President: Jeff Schwegmann II, CGCP®, Sunshine Cleaners, Cold Spring, Kentucky

President-Elect & District 1 Director: Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning, Hamburg, New York

Treasurer: Kyle Nesbit, Tide Cleaners, Spring, Texas

District 2 Director: Norman Way, Puritan Cleaners, Richmond, Virginia

District 3 Director: Don Holecek, Crown Cleaners, Knoxville, Tennessee

District 4 Director: Ray Kroner, Kroner Dry Cleaners, Cincinatti, Ohio

District 5 Director: Ed Longanecker, Iris City Cleaners, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

District 6 Director: Danny Bahlman, Bahlman Cleaners, San Angelo, Texas

District 7 Director: Hilary Taylor, Continental Cleaners, Salt Lake City, Utah

District 8 Director: Toran Brown, Rytina Fine Cleaners & Launderers, Sacramento, California

Allied Trades Director: Mark Albrecht, The Route Pros, Woodbury, New Jersey

District Committee Members

DLI’s Board of Directors includes District Committee Members (DCMs) who volunteer to share their perspectives and experiences with DLI’s Board. District Committee Member insights help the Board evaluate situations and make better-informed decisions.

District 1 DCM: Larry Fish, Kingston Cleaners, Wakefield, Rhode Island

District 2 DCM: Chris Edwards, A Cleaner World, High Point, North Carolina

District 3 DCM: Rhonda Eysel, Master Kleen Dry Cleaners, Columbus, Georgia

District 4 DCM: John Mertes, Ziker Cleaners, Inc., Mishawaka, Indiana

District 5 DCM: Thomas J. Ustanik, Jr., Lansing Cleaners, Inc., Lansing, Illinois

District 6 DCM: Allan Cripe, Valet Cleaners & Coin Laundry, Temple, Texas

District 7 DCM: Joe Blaha, GreenEarth Cleaning, Kansas City, Missouri

District 8 DCM: Ray Rangwala, Esteeem Cleaners, Pasedena, California

Allied Trades DCM: Dru Shields, Enviroforensics, Indianapolis, Indiana


DLI Districts by State

District 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

District 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

District 3: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee

District 4: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

District 5: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

District 6: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

District 7: Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Washington

District 8: California, Hawaii


Front Row (left to right): Kyle Nesbit, Treasurer; Kathy Benzinger. District 1 Director & President-Elect; Jeff Schwegmann II, CGCP®, President; Bobby Patel, Chair.

Second Row (l-r): Norman Way, Hilary Taylor, Dru Shields, Rhonda Eysel, Mark Albrecht, Danny Bahlman.

Back Row (l-r): Tom Ustanik, Toran Brown, Allan Cripe, Ed Longanecker, John Mertes, Don Holecek.

Not Pictured: Joe Blaha, Chris Edwards, Larry Fish, and Ray Kroner, Ray Rangwala.

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