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PDCA's Expo in Baltimore is a Huge Success
PDCA's Expo in Baltimore is a Huge Success

The Pennsylvania Delaware Cleaning Association’s recent Expo Convention and Exhibit was a terrific success.


MAC members demonstrated how valuable exhibits like this can be for their business.  The number of attendees from the MAC territory helped make Expo one of the best attended regional shows in the country.  The total number of attendees exceeded those of PDCA’s recent events held in Atlantic City, and breathed some renewed life into the Expo and the industry.

“This was a first class exhibit,” offered Peter Blake, MAC Executive Director, “and our membership was fortunate to have such an opportunity right in their own back yard.  They were treated to tremendous educational opportunities and exposure to some of the most unique and innovative products and services in the industry.  I am proud of the positive response for Expo and I am looking forward to supporting it again if they return in 2020.  I think the strong showing of our membership was indicative of the value these events bring, and how big a void there was since we had our own event a decade ago.”

EXPO in Review
With 100 booths and close to 600 attendees, Expo exceeded everyone’s expectations.  The show was crowded, and was always busy with interested buyers and people thirsting to learn more about the industry.  

Marketing Expert Brian Rashid, CEO of  A Life in Shorts,  headlined a terrific line-up of speakers that included Labor Law Expert Frank Kolman, Jim Groshans of FabriCoach.com, and Management Expert James Peuster.  

“This line-up of speakers”, continued Blake was one of the strongest I have seen on a local level.  Brian Rashid is a gifted speaker and his content is compelling.  I urge everyone to check out his video series on the DLIonline.org.  Hiring good people remains the biggest issue facing small business, and James Peuster helped attendees navigate a myriad of pitfalls and useful recruitment tools.”

In addition to the speaker platform, there were also on floor demonstrations, raffle basket give-a-ways, and more that led to an exciting weekend.  Visit www.pdclean.org for more!




 

MAC Sweepstakes Winners Announced
MAC Sweepstakes Winners Announced

At the recent Expo in Baltimore, the MAC Board of Directors awarded two sweepstakes prizes. First, a non-member was awarded a  one year free Silver membership to MAC/DLI.  Second, one current MAC Member was awarded two registrations to its Spring Management Conference in Virginia Beach.   

 

Winners were chosen from all attendees to the Expo from the MAC region.  All members and non-members that visited the DLI/PDCA/MAC booth at the exhibit were also given an additional entry for the sweepstakes to double their chances of winning.

“We were really excited about the Expo being in Baltimore and we really wanted to support the show,” offered Mike McKay, MAC President. “We sincerely wanted to help attract more people to the show, and to reward drycleaners for attending the event.  We believe events like this are incredible opportunities to learn ways to improve your business, and it was a perfect opportunity to see all that is new in the industry.”

And the winners are:
The winner of one free Silver Membership for 2019 is:  Harry Bias of Heritage Cleaners in Purcellville, VA.  Heritage Cleaners will also be assigned Board member from their state to act as a mentor during the first year.

“We believe the mentor program”, observed McKay, “is an integral part of the program.  We want to ensure the new member understands the membership and all the programs that are available to them.  The mentor will reach out to the new member throughout the year and will work with them on using all the benefits DLI/MAC have to offer.”

The winner of the two free registrations for MAC’s Spring Management Conference is:  Dianne Lee of The Press Drycleaning & Laundry in Fairfax, VA.
The winner is eligible to send anyone from their plant, and will receive information as the events draws closer.

Meet Your Executive Director

I am very excited to be working with the MidAtlantic Association of Cleaners!  I have been involved with the North East Fabricare Association for over 25 years, and I am excited to bring some of that experience and knowledge to other parts of the East.  We are currently reviewing our programs and services to see what we can improve, strengthen and add.  I have been a featured speaker on marketing, social media, customer service and OSHA training.   

All members are encouraged to call or contact me at anytime.  I want to hear from you!  If there are ways we can better serve you, or things you thing the association needs to be involved in, let us know: (800-235-8360) or e-mail me at peteblke@aol.com.

 

Sincerely,
Peter Blake,
Executive Director, MAC 



 

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Regional Association for dry cleaners serving the DC, MD, VA & WV

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