Ambrose, a two-year veteran of WSD, with substantial experience in the commercial laundry industry, was appointed to the Southern California Coin Laundry Association (SoCALCLA) Board, at its September 2016 monthly meeting, in recognition of his considerable knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to advancing the interests of coin-op laundry owners.
The Southern California Coin Laundry Association (SoCALCLA) is a regional affiliate of The Coin Laundry Association (CLA), established in 1960 with headquarters outside of Chicago. The CLA is a nonprofit organization that supports a network of laundry owners, distributors, brokers, and manufacturers with the purpose of advancing the coin operated laundry industry through research, education and other initiatives.
The SoCALCLA is a particularly important affiliate of the CLA given its location in southern California which boasts the most coin laundries of any area in the country. As a member of the 9-person Board, Ambrose brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and service industry with a strong emphasis in laundry operations.
Ambrose explained, “It’s a breath of fresh air to venture into the coin laundry industry. I’m excited at the opportunity to become part of an organization that dedicates itself to the success of new coin-op owners as well as the continuing education of existing owners. I’ve attended every meeting over the last two years and have been very pleased with the organization, its resources and its ability to use those resources to the benefit of its members.
The services the SoCALCLA provides its members include:
- An up-to-date and informative website including important links as well as industry and regional related news.
- An active Blog on the website featuring posts written by local coin laundry operators sharing their wisdom about different aspects of running a successful laundry business.
- Educational seminars on various topics, including marketing tactics, maintenance best practices, upgrading and remodeling a coin op, water and energy conservation, as well as other important business issues in southern California.
“I love the coin-op business model and the strategies and tactics involved in bringing new customers in the door and keeping them satisfied over time. Each store location is unlike any other and each owner’s approach to success is dictated by different demographics and competition related to location, making this a VERY unique business,” Ambrose exclaimed.