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America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) hosted their first Live Accelerator meeting for 2022

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) hosted their first Live Accelerator meeting for 2022 in Seattle, WA, in early May.

Affiliates gathered for a tour of Helena’s Cleaner’s new state-of-the-art facility designed by ABC’s Chris White and Ed D’Elicio. Will Waterstraat, managing partner for the company, said, “We were honored to have ABC and affiliates tour our new facility. The insight and knowledge provided was invaluable. Chris’s guidance throughout the process was second to none.”

Later, ABC affiliates and partners enjoyed dinner at Seattle’s Salty’s restaurant on Alki Beach, where Executive Director Chris White presented affiliates with their annual certification awards.

Will Waterstraat of Helena’s passed the Golden Iron to Norman Way, vice president of Puritan Cleaners. The passing of the Golden Iron symbolizes that the next Live Accelerator meeting will take place where Puritan Cleaners resides in Richmond, VA. The meeting will run from Sept. 21 to 23.

Will Waterstraat of Helena’s (left) passes the Golden Iron to Norman Way (right), vice president of Puritan Cleaners, as Chris White watches.

On the following day, ABC affiliates Mary Mills of Sir Galloway Cleaners, Robert Strong of Country Club Cleaners, and Dianne Lee of The Press DC took turns offering their insights on diversification, sharing how they were able to expand their business plans to offer different services and achieve success during the pandemic.

As Executive Director Chris White noted, “The question wasn’t if you should diversify, but to what degree diversification best fits the owner’s goals, the market needs and the ability to build successful new businesses or service offerings that will provide sustainability in the mid- and long-term.”

“It’s easy to talk in hypotheticals, but the power comes from learning directly from your peers to understand their analysis, development and implementation and execution of their ideas,” he continued. “These affiliates shared real world challenges and successes to aid their fellow affiliates in making smart business choices.”

Other guest speakers who appeared during the event included Kevin Walter of Tasty Catering in Chicago, who discussed empowering team members by sharing company goals and critical KPI’s.

The event concluded with ABC’s “Hot Seat” program where affiliates formally present business ideas or challenges and obtain direct feedback in a very focussed format.