Q2 2022

Mary Scalco: The Comeback is Always Greater than the Setback

Mary Scalco, DLI CEO

HOORAY!!! I am sure you are celebrating along with me that we can finally get back to the business of doing business. It’s been a difficult two years but we have come out of some really tough economic times. Kudos to you!

We all learned a lot and like you, many of the practices we put in place wound up being best for our businesses.

DLI found new ways to stay connected with our members. We began hosting weekly Peer to Peer meetings in March 2020. Members got together via Zoom to commiserate, share, and know they are not alone. Today, it is a great forum for members to get advice, learn from others’ experiences, and sharpen their skills. Please join us Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, you won’t be disappointed. We send multiple invitations by email. If you’re not receiving emails, please let us know at 800-638-2627.

With almost two years of no face-to-face meetings, DLI began hosting educational webinars covering everything from government assistance programs to finishing and stain removal. We also developed our virtual stain removal course and this year we will have a blended introductory course. (See DLIonline.org/Education for details).


A new program, in 2022 in conjunction with industry Allied trades, offers DLI members gift certificates on industry products and services they use in their businesses. Participating Allied Trades businesses (see the item on page 20) recognize the value of keeping the industry strong and the value of DLI membership. We appreciate and thank them for their support.


One of the biggest events for our industry, Clean Show 2022, is coming up July 30 – August 2 in Atlanta and I can’t wait. I have to tell you the Allied Trades have come through with support for the DLI & TCATA Member Reception in a big way.

The statement “The comeback is always greater than the setback,” aptly applies to our industry and to all of us that are still in business today. Please join us Saturday, July 30 at 5:30 PM as we celebrate the fact that we have survived. This event offers a fantastic way to meet like-minded operators and make contacts that can last a lifetime.

I look forward to celebrating with you at Clean 2022!

Mary Scalco, DLI CEO

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