Q4 2023

DLI Announces 2023–2024 Board of Directors

Each year DLI’s Board of Directors brings on new members as other members retire or move into Executive Committee positions. This August DLI bid farewell to Chairman Bobby Patel of BeCreative360 and Kona Cleaners in Orange, CA and Ed Longanecker of Iris City Cleaners in Mount Pleasant, IA, while welcoming Dan Sims of Jim’s Formal Wear in Trenton, IL, and David Grippi of Clean Brands in Naples, FL at its Summer Board Meeting.

Jeff Schwegmann II moved to the Chair position while Kathy Benzinger became President for the 2023-2024 term. Kyle Nesbit became President-Elect and Toran Brown was elected Treasurer. All Executive Committee positions are for the 2023–2024 term. 

All Executive, Director, and District Committee Member leadership positions are volunteer. DLI greatly appreciates the time and resources all members of the Board of Directors share in guiding the Institute.

DLI President Kathy Benzinger’s term officially begins with the passing of Big Bertha, the symbolic gavel, presented here by outgoing DLI President and current DLI Chairman of the Board Jeff Schwegmann.


DLI’s 2023-2024 Executive Committee (left to right): DLI Treasurer Toran Brown, DLI President Kathy Benzinger, DLI Chair Jeff Schwegmann II CED®, CPD®, CPW®, and DLI President-Elect Kyle Nesbit.


Front Row (left to right): DLI Treasurer & District 8 Director Toran Brown, Rytina Fine Cleaners & Launderers, Sacramento, CA; DLI President Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger Clothing Care, Hamburg, NY; DLI President-Elect Kyle Nesbit, TIDE Cleaners, Spring, TX; and DLI Chair Jeff Schwegmann II, CGCP®, Sunshine Cleaners, Cold Spring, KY.

Second Row (l-r): District 2 Director Norman Way, Puritan Cleaners, Richmond, VA; District 5 Committee Member Tom Ustanik, Lansing Cleaners, Lansing, IL; District 8 Committee Member Ray Rangwala, Esteem Cleaners, Pasadena, CA; District 7 Committee Member Ryan Fish, Red Hanger Cleaners, Salt Lake City, UT; District 4 Director Raymond Kroner, Kroner Dry Cleaners, Cincinnati, OH; and Allied Trades Committee Member Jeff Jordan, Fabritec International, Florence, KY.

Back Row (l-r): District 3 Director Don Holececk, Crown Cleaners, Knoxville, TN; District 4 Committee Member John Mertes, Ziker Cleaners, Inc., Mishwaka, IN; District 2 Committee Member Chris Edwards, A Cleaner World, High Point, NC; Allied Trades Director, Mark Albrecht, The Route Pros, Woodbury, NJ; District 5 Director Dan Sims, Jim’s Formal Wear, Trenton, IL; District 1 Committee Member David Grippi, Clean Brands, Naples, FL; and District 6 Director Danny Bahlman, CGCP®, Bahlman Cleaners, San Angelo, TX.

Not Pictured: District 3 Committee Member Rhonda Eysel, Master Klein Dry Cleaners, Columbus, GA; District 7 Director Hilary Taylor, Continental Cleaners, Salt Lake City, UT; District 6 Committee Member Allan Cripe, Valet Cleaners, Temple, TX; and Mary Scalco, CEO and Secretary of the Board.

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