Leaders in the linen, uniform and facility services industry will benefit from new ideas, engage in information-sharing sessions and network with colleagues at Textile Rental Service Association’s 105th annual conference and exchange on 16-18 October.

The conference features fresh perspectives from two keynote speakers:

Michael Mondavi of Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 person of the year, will impart the challenges and evolution of his family’s four-generation tradition in the Napa Valley and his growth from apprentice to international business icon.

Vivek Wadhwa, tech entrepreneur, columnist and one of TIME’s Top 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech will firm your understanding of the impacts of rapidly emerging technologies on your operations, customers and employees.

Industry management professionals – owner-operators, executives, directors, general, plant and purchasing managers and other laundry-based department heads – will have the opportunity to learn about the latest product innovations and business solutions by participating in the Exchange, which has replaced traditional table-top exhibits.

TRSA will host two interactive panels providing unique and relevant perspectives. The International panel, Global Opportunities and Challenges in the Linen, Uniform and Facility Services Industry, will explore how shifts in economic and political conditions impact the industry. Moderated by Joseph Ricci, president and CEO, TRSA, the panellists are: Jose Luis Jacques, CEO, Lavartex, S.A.P.I. de C.V; Enrique Jacques, COO, Lavartex, S.A.P.I. de C.V; Chris Sander, CEO and executive director, Johnson Service Group, England; and Joe Sullivan, national technical operations manager, Spotless Laundries, Australia.

Industry leaders with more than two centuries of combined experience participate in the Legends of the Industry panel. Moderated by Steve Fellman, principal, GKG Law, this panel will feature: Bruce Boynton, former senior vice president of operations, UniFirst; Alan Bubes, former president and CEO, Linens of the Week; Bill Evans, former CEO, AmeriPride Services Inc.; Tom Storm, co-founder, Washing Systems Inc.; Donald Struminger, chairman of the board and CEO, Mohenis Services Inc.

Breakout sessions will include Employment Law Trials, Tribulations and Best Practices: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, with Joseph Shelton, partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP; and Textile Services Bottom-Line Performance, with Andrew Wittmann, CFA, director, senior research analyst, Robert W. Baird and Co.

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Additional conference highlights are the chairman’s reception and awards dinner, honouring individuals and companies for their exceptional service to TRSA and the industry.

The following top awards will be made during the 17  October awards dinner:

TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement: Steve Larson, vice president of Alsco Inc.’s North American Linen Division

TRSA Associate Lifetime Achievement: David Hart, chairman, president and CEO, Mountville Mills Inc.