Shasta Linen Supply CEO elected as first female chair for TRSA

23 October 2020

Noël Hammer Richardson, president, CEO and owner, Shasta Linen Supply Incorporated, Sacramento, California, has been elected chair of TRSA for 2020-2022. TRSA, the association for linen, uniform, and facility services, hosted the swearing-in of new officers and directors 22 October during the business meeting at its 107th Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, as elected by a mail-in vote of a quorum of its members.

Richardson, who  is the first female chair in TRSA history said:  “It has been my pleasure serving on the TRSA board and I am honoured to be elected the first female chair in TRSA’s 108-year history,” said Richardson. “My father, the late Tom Hammer, served as chair for TRSA in 1989. He always talked about the importance of supporting our industry and giving back to the community that supports our businesses. Those are lessons that he passed on to me, and  I am very proud to follow in his footsteps and the footsteps of all the other chairs who have given their time and invaluable direction to our association.”

Richardson served as TRSA vice chair in 2018-2020. Shasta Linen Supply, a fourth-generation commercial laundry company founded in 1923, serves restaurants, healthcare and hotels in Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley. Under Richardson’s leadership, Shasta Linen Supply has earned the Hygienically Clean Healthcare and Food Service certifications in addition to the Clean Green certification for environmental stewardship.

Richardson is active in the Sacramento community, serving as a Board member of the Center for Advancing Pain Relief at the University of California at Davis, School of Medicine. She recently joined the Board of Directors of El Dorado Savings Bank and is a past volunteer of Women’s Empowerment, a non-profit organisation helping homeless women in the Sacramento area.

Richardson has served on TRSA’s Board of Directors for the past seven years and has been active in a variety of TRSA task forces and committees, including TRSA’s Women in Textiles Committee (recently renamed and expanded as the TRSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee).

Additional officers and directors sworn in at Thursday’s meeting include:

·        Jim Kearns, Officer-Vice Chair, executive vice president, CFO and CAO, Alsco Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah

·        Randy Bartsch, Officer-Treasurer, CEO, Ecotex Healthcare Linen Services Corporation., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

·        Vicky Cayetano, Director, president, Hawaii region, United Laundry Services Incorporated, Honolulu, Hawai

·        Liz Remillong, Director, vice president, strategic alliances, Crothall Laundry Services, Scottsdale, Arizona

·        Steve Sintros, Director, CEO, UniFirst Corporation, Wilmington, MA

Officers are elected to one two-year term and directors serve a three-year term with eligibility for a second three-year term. In addition, Dan Farnsworth, vice president, sales and marketing, Leonard Automatics Incorporated, Denver, North Carolina, was elected to represent Supplier Partner companies for one three-year term.

Due to travel limitations by its members, the elections were held via mail-in and electronic balloting in September, with further discussion and confirmation on 22 October.

The TRSA Board represents the industry’s most diverse, inclusive membership with more than 160 linen, uniform and facility services companies in North America, as well as nearly 40 companies operating outside of North America. In addition, TRSA membership includes nearly 140 Supplier Partners, who offer the industry’s most innovative equipment, chemicals, linens, uniforms, and other products and services.

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