Awards

IAHTM's Lifetime Achievement Award

IAHTM established the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 to honor those outstanding individuals in the textile industry who have shown leadership and dedication to the profession.

This award will be given out at the IAHTM Annual Conference that is in the fall of every year. Nomination Forms will be accepted throughout the year. All nominations need to be submitted to the Executive Director by August 1st of each year. The Executive Director will submit all nominations to the current President of IAHTM to review and select the recipient(s) at the next Board of Directors Meeting.

Award Criteria:
1. The nominee must have been actively involved as an educator, operator or vendor in the Laundry and Linen service industry for at least 15 years.
2. The nominee must have been involved and supportive of IAHTM, its members, the ALM or other Associations in the industry for at least 10 years.
3. It is recognized that the individual has positively impacted the industry in some way including having made a contribution to its betterment.
4. The individual may have supported others including staff members or colleagues in the growth and improvement of roles in the industry.
5. The nominee must have provided outstanding service to the textile industry, community and organization with which they work.
6. The nominee must display a commitment to high ethical standards and integrity.

• Nominees may include letters of recommendation describing the nominee’s character and contributions to the Textile Industry.
• Recipient is required to submit a biography and digital headshot once selected.
• Please submit nominations to:


Becky Miller
IAHTM Executive Director
[email protected]

If you have any questions or need further information please contact Becky Miller at (208) 964-2923 or by email at [email protected]

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IAHTM Names Steve Ripley A ‘2018 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipient

 

        Powell, OH. – Oct. 23, 2018 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Steve Ripley a “2018 Lifetime Achievement’ recipient. The honor was presented at IAHTM’s annual meeting held recently in Naples, FL.

            IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives that provides senior-level textile managers with resources and support to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies and control costs without compromising quality or patient focus.

            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.  

            Ripley (photo right, caption below), is past president of Space Coast Hospital Services Inc., Rockledge, FL.  Ripley was nominated for the award by Lumey Gamboa, COO of Bay Linen Services LLC, Clearwater, FL. In her nomination, Gamboa said of Ripley “Throughout the years, for Steve human contribution was the most important asset for the operation. He managed to maintain employee satisfaction by providing benefits above the industry standard. Steve always remained focused on providing growth opportunities within his facility and served as a mentor to his team and other colleagues in the industry.”

            In presenting the award, IAHTM Board President Myles Noel (CEO, COMTEX), said of Ripley: “Steve Ripley epitomizes the true spirit of our business – his compassion and kindness toward everyone has consistently been on display in what has always been a very demanding production environment. His staff always loved him, and this was clearly evident even through a simple walk through his plant. At IAHTM, his sense of humor and many contributions continue to be sorely missed. We are proud to be able to honor him as a ‘2018 Lifetime Achievement’ recipient.”

            Also honored at the event was Alan Schwartz, recently retired president of Superior Uniform Group, Seminole, FL.

 Photo caption:

Steve Ripley (center), past president of Space Coast Hospital Services Inc., Rockledge, FL, receives the “2018 Lifetime Achievement” award from The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM). The honor was presented by IAHTM President Myles Noel (left) and IAHTM 1st VP Mark Hoenemeyer (right).

 

IAHTM Names Alan Schwartz A ‘2018 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipient

 

        Powell, OH. – Oct. 19, 2018 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Alan Schwartz a “2018 Lifetime Achievement’ recipient. The honor was presented at IAHTM’s annual meeting held recently in Naples, FL.

            IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives that provides senior-level textile managers with resources and support to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies and control costs without compromising quality or patient focus.

            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.  

            Schwartz (photo right, caption below) is the recently retired president of Superior Uniform Group, Seminole, FL, where he remains as a consultant and a member of its board of directors. He was nominated for the award by Nicole Grubich, IAHTM 2nd VP; she is executive director, West Michigan Shared Hospital Laundry, Grand Rapids, MI.

            In her nomination, Grubich said of Schwartz: “Alan has led our industry with innovation, advocacy and textile globalization. He has been a supporter of IAHTM as well as other associations and, as a contributor to many industry events, he has provided education for all both here an overseas.”   

            Also honored at the event was Steve Ripley, past president of Space Coast Hospital Services Inc., Rockledge, FL.

 

Photo caption:

Alan Schwartz (third from left) receives the "2018 Lifetime Achievement" award from the International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM). Pictured with Schwartz are (left to right) Scott Delin, VP Sales, Fashion Seal Healthcare; Mark Hoenemeyer, 1st VP, IAHTM, and CEO, BayCare Services; Schwartz; Myles Noel, IAHTM president, and CEO, COMTEX; Nicole Grubich, 2nd VP, IAHTM, and executive director, West Michigan Shared Hospital Laundry; and Dan Schwartz, director of operations Fashion Seal Healthcare.

IAHTM Names Mike Dineen of Pellerin Milnor Its ‘2017 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipient

 

        Charleston, S.C. – Oct. 20 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Mike Dineen its “2017 Lifetime Achievement” recipient. The honor was presented yesterday at IAHTM’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference being held Charleston, SC.

            Dineen (right) is vice president at Pellerin Milnor Corporation, Kenner, LA. He is a 54-year veteran of the textile maintenance industry.  


            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry. Dineen was nominated for the award by Charles Berge, president and general manager of Shared Hospital Services, Portsmouth, VA. In his nomination, Berge noted noted about Dineen: “Operators from far and wide have benefited from his knowledge and expertise on tunnel systems. He is a tireless advocate of the role laundries have in providing quality healthcare. We salute Mike for his accomplishments and contributions.”

            Rick Kelly of Pellerin Milnor accepted the award on Dineen’s behalf. “Mike has been the face of Pellerin Milnor for many years, Kelly said. “He is like a mentor to so many of us within the company, as he has been to so many throughout the industry. We’re very proud of him. Clearly, this is a well-deserved recognition that I know Mike very much appreciates.”

 

IAHTM Names Gerry Daigle of MIP Inc. Its ‘2016 Lifetime Achievement’ 

Recipient

 

        Powell, OH – Nov. 16, 2016 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Gerry Daigle (in photo) its “2016 Lifetime Achievement” recipient. The honor was presented at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 15-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

            Daigle maintains an executive role within MIP Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of reusable of healthcare textiles and related products based in Montreal, QC, Canada. IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives that provides senior-level textile managers with resources and support to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies and control costs without compromising quality or patient focus.

            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.     Daigle was nominated for the award by IAHTM board members. In his nomination, they noted Daigle’s active role in: communicating and educating healthcare laundries on the use of reusable incontinent products as an alternative to disposables; helping to introduce to the industry the benefits of knitted hospital linens vs. woven bed linens; supporting through education sponsorship industry organizations like IAHTM, Association for Linen Management (ALM) and American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA); and continually participating and volunteering in proactive efforts to promote the educational aspects and growth of the industry.

            “Gerry has lots of fans in the industry who have recognized that, in many ways, it’s because of the career-long contributions and support of folks like him that we’re able to enjoy continued success,” IAHTM Board Member Paul Seigel said. “We’re happy to salute Gerry Daigle with our ‘2016 Lifetime Achievement’ award.”

            Daigle, upon receiving the award, said, “This is a great honor. The industry is changing by the day and it’s important to keep up or get left behind. IAHTM is one of those organizations that’s leading the way and I’m proud to receive their distinguished appreciation.”

 

IAHTM Names James Hunt and Don Pedder Its ‘2015 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipients

 

(left to right - Don Pedder, Chris Hunt, IAHTM President, Rocco Romeo)

        Powell, OH – Oct.. 30, 2015 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named James Hunt and Don Pedder its “2015 Lifetime Achievement” recipients.

            The newly created honor was presented for the first time at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 24-28 in Clearwater Beach, FL. Ed McCauley, Past President of IAHTM and President and CEO of United Hospital Services of Indianapolis, IN, presented the award. Hunt’s award was posthumous and accepted by his son Chris Hunt.

              “In addition to their long and distinguished careers, Jim Hunt and Don Pedder put together IAHTM’s group purchasing program, which today enables our members to benefit from chemical and linen costs below those offered by the largest GPOs and management companies,” McCauley said. “It’s because this program is so successful that we are able to generously subsidize the continuing education and training of members and their staffs.”

            IAHTM Lifetime Achievement award was established to honor an individual’s career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.   

            “Jim and Don are also the architects of the modern IAHTM conference, which opened the doors to attendance by vendors that, in turn, paved the way for more meaningful conferences offering relevant subject matter.”   

            Pedder has more than 45 years of experience in the commercial laundry industry. He has assisted laundries in numerous cost-reducing and profit-enhancing projects; he is an independent inspector for the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council.

            Hunt was an active IAHTM member for more than 20 years. The IAHTM James Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named after him. The fund reimburses eligible member applicants for educational-related registration fees and travel costs.