The Board of Directors of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA) has announced that Leslie Schaeffer, the current President of TCATA, will become the association’s CEO with effective from 1 January 2020.



Schaeffer (pictured) owns BPS Communications, publisher of National Clothesline, and manages three regional drycleaning and laundry association trade shows. Schaeffer replaces David Cotter, who passed away unexpectedly in August. 



In a related move, Fred Schwarzmann, TCATA’s current President-elect, will replace Schaeffer as the association’s President from 1 January 2020. Schwarzmann is chairman and CEO of the A. L. Wilson Chemical Company. 




The board also promoted office manager Luci Ward to business manager. Ward’s duties will include helping create a more member-driven culture as well as supporting the goals and objectives of TCATA’s strategic plan.


The board issued a special thanks to Schaeffer, Ward and past-President Bill Odorizzi of Sankosha USA for the extraordinary work they did for the association during this transitional period. 

TCATA will celebrate its 100th anniversary at its annual conference on 29 April – 2 May, which takes place at the Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Distributors and manufacturers of drycleaning and laundry equipment and supplies are encouraged to join the celebration.