About 10 years ago, I met a man named Simon Vick.  Simon owns Vick’s Cleaners in Kinston, NC.  I didn’t know it then, but it would be quite a few years before I would work at his plant.  Over the next few years, I would have occasion to meet up with Simon 2 or 3 more times at the Clean Show and the Mid-Atlantic gig in North Carolina. It was then that Simon hired me to work with his son Tim, to whom he was passing the baton.  I remember how he told me “You’ll like Tim.”  Hmmm, ya think?

Simon did a few somewhat unusual things at his plant.  Some of you have heard of this.  Some of you may also do this.  Simon paid his pressers a salary.  They had it pretty good!  But under the new regime, with Tim in charge, this wasn’t going to work.  Tim had his sights set on different goals.  Tim needed to do things a lot differently than Dad did and he and I worked together to make this happen.  But what Tim and I do together is one thing, what he does on his own, after I’m gone is another thing, entirely.  But what he has been able to accomplish, along with tools that the Tailwind System provides, has been remarkable and it is for that reason that
I am very proud to introduce him as this year’s Tailwind Systems Manager of the Year.  He is a most worthy recipient!