Drycleaning & Laundry Institute Honors Industry Excellence with New Hall of Fame Award


CONTACT: Harry A. Kimmel III, APR

EMAIL: hkimmel@DLIonline.org

Drycleaning & Laundry Institute Honors Industry Excellence with New Hall of Fame Award

DLI’s Board of Directors announces the establishment of the DLI Hall of Fame Award, a recognition aimed at honoring outstanding individuals and businesses within the drycleaning and laundry industry. This all-new award is set to become the industry’s highest honor, celebrating excellence in leadership, business operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship, and a deep-seated passion for the industry.

DLI’s Hall of Fame Award acknowledges and pays tribute to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the betterment of the drycleaning and laundry industry. Candidates for the award include industry pioneers, exceptional business leaders, and community advocates. DLI intends to shine a spotlight on individuals who have left an indelible mark on the industry.

Inaugural inductees into DLI’s Hall of Fame include past recipients of DLI’s Diamond Achievement Award, a distinguished group that includes:

  • Barney Deden
  • Stan Golomb
  • Chris Edwards
  • Jeff Miller
  • Sid Tuchman
  • Don Fawcett
  • Walter “Buster” Bell
  • Milton Chortkoff

These individuals consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication and achievement in their respective fields.

Nominations for DLI’s Hall of Fame Award will be accepted from and for any industry participant, regardless of membership in any organization, beginning April 1 through a form on DLI’s website. DLI’s Board of Directors will review applications and a decision will be announced to the industry by September 15.

Mary Scalco, DLI’s CEO, expressed her enthusiasm for the Hall of Fame initiative, stating, “Professional drycleaning and laundry operators from all over the world contribute to the betterment of our industry every day. Our goal with the Hall of Fame is to recognize contributions made by any professional in our industry who has made a positive impact and honor them as examples for other members of the industry. All cleaning professionals, regardless of membership, are welcome to nominate industry professionals they see as inspirational for this award.”

Norman Way of Puritan Cleaners, District 2 Director on DLI Board, said, “At a recent DLI Board meeting, we all thought of people in our industry who helped us grow personally and professionally and how we might honor them. We know others feel the same and the DLI Hall of Fame Award seems like the perfect way to commend and recognize these impactful leaders who left a lasting effect on us all.”

To be eligible for nomination, candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of experience working in the drycleaning and laundry industry. The selection process will involve a two-stage voting process by DLI’s Hall of Fame committee, and the awardees will be publicly announced and celebrated.

Recipients of the Hall of Fame Award will be recognized at state or national events as well as in industry publications, further highlighting their significant contributions to the drycleaning and laundry industry.

For more information about the DLI Hall of Fame Award and to make a nomination, please visit DLI’s official Hall of Fame page at DLIonline.org/HoF

About DLI:

The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) is the premier international trade association for garment care professionals since 1883. DLI represents over 2,000 retail drycleaners in the United States, Canada, and around the world. The organization’s mission is to promote excellence, professionalism, and the ongoing success of the retail drycleaning, laundering, and textile-care industry. DLI offers a wide range of resources, education, and support to its members.

For more information, please contact DLI at 800-638-2627.