CLA Educational Sessions

Don’t miss the educational opportunities CLA is presenting at The Clean Show in New Orleans. All sessions will be held in the convention center. If you haven’t done so, be sure to register for Clean ’19 – access to these sessions is included in your admission. Furthermore, a digital handbook of our presentations will be available for download at the show.

Thursday, June 20 | Morning Session

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Laundries Connecting Communities

This important opening session features the initiatives of the LaundryCares Foundation., which aims to provide early childhood development and literacy support to the families who support our businesses. Learn how to connect with your community to benefit those families – and the profitability of your laundromat.
Brian Wallace, President/CEO, Coin Laundry Association

Thursday, June 20 | Afternoon Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hall A

The Future of Marketing: How to Build A Brand That Sells With Social Media

 Spend smart and stretch your advertising budget with social media tools. It is now easier and less expensive than ever to reach a wide audience. Hear how to take advantage of these online trends. 
Speaker TBA

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hall A

Workplace Risks of Legalized Marijuana

Whether for medicinal or recreational purposes, legalized marijuana use creates new concerns for employers. Questions are plentiful when it comes to assessing impairment, the ADA, workers’ compensation, and drug testing. Find out what rights you retain as well as where your responsibilities lie with keeping your operation safe and your performance high.
Speaker TBA


Friday, June 21 | Morning Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Laundromat Lifecycles: Planning for the Future

Like every small business, laundromats must navigate the lifecycle of the business successfully to ensure long-term success. Understanding the key considerations of that cycle is the focus of this session that explores equipment replacement, lease negotiation and planning, as well as tracking the present value of the business. Make sure that you are maximizing your success throughout the lifespan of your laundromat investment
Brian Brunckhorst, President, Advantage Laundry

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

CLA Connect LIVE: Interactive Idea Exchange

Building on the popularity of the association’s online forum, this session brings those valuable interactions to life in this interactive session. Meet some of your favorite online contributors in a live setting while gathering the tips and tricks of the trade to propel your laundromat business forward. Make sure your visit to New Orleans pays off by networking with your most successful peers.
Moderated Discussion

Friday, June 21 | Afternoon Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hall A

Business Apps to Make Your Life Easier

Most people have their phones glued to their hands these days, especially when there are so many apps that can be used to make our daily lives so efficient. Learn about the apps successful 21st century business leaders use to make their lives more effective professionally and personally.
Beth Z , Your Nerdy Best Friend

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hall A

Secrets to Chick-fil-A Hiring & Training for Exceptional Customer Service

Chick-fil-A is the highest ranked U.S. fast food restaurant in customer service and the fourth most-inspiring company – according to Forbes. Hear an actual franchise owner explain how they hire and train exceptional employees who are willing to give their best every day when they come to work.
Speaker TBA


Saturday, June 22 | Morning Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Wash-Dry-Fold 2.0: What’s Next for Full-Service Laundry?

The incredible consumer interest in “outsourcing” the weekly laundry chore is changing the way our business works and will continue to disrupt the model into the foreseeable future. This session features the leading innovators talking about what we should expect next with wash-dry-fold and commercial accounts, with an emphasis on the processes and technologies to which you must adapt in the immediate future.
Jeff Gardner, The Laundry Doctor

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Due Diligence: Preparing to Buy (or Sell) Your Next Laundromat

Buying (or selling) a small business is a complex and challenging endeavor that nearly every laundromat owner will encounter at some point. Begin the important preparation process for your next acquisition (or opportunity to sell) with this session focused on both what you can do to make your business more valuable to an educated buyer and how to get the best price when you’re ready to add your next location.
Carol Dang, Daryl Johnson, Bob Eisenberg and Bill Kelson

10:00– 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Coin Laundry Association Annual Meeting

CLA Executive Staff, Board of Directors, and Members

Saturday, June 22 | Afternoon Sessions

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hall A

Tips for Entering the Commercial Laundry Industry

There are pros, but also cons that come along with tackling a market you’re unfamiliar with. Hear from industry experts on the best place to start if you’re interested in entering the linen, uniform and facility services industry to determine if it’s the right move for you.
Speaker TBA

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hall A

#NotHere: Sexual Harassment Prevention

Given the heightened awareness of unwelcome sexual conduct, give your policies a check-up and ensure current concerns are addressed such as fear of reporting by migrant workers, cultural differences in acceptable behavior, how to respond to claims, and more.
Speaker TBA


Sunday, June 23 | Morning Session

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Introduction to Laundromats for Investors

For those interested in becoming first-time laundromat owners, don’t miss this session that walks you through the basics of owning a laundry. Tap into the association’s decades of experience to learn whether laundromat ownership is a good opportunity for you.
Michael Sokolowski, Chief Operating Officer, Coin Laundry Association

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hall A

Top 10 Secrets First-Time Laundromat Owners Must Know

Why reinvent the wheel? Start your journey into laundromat ownership armed with the keys to success. Learn from those who’ve gone before you and are willing to share their mistakes and lessons learned. Knowing these secrets will cut your learning curve down to size and help you get started on the right path to profitability.
Michael Sokolowski, Chief Operating Officer, Coin Laundry Association