The Nate Belkin Award for Excellence in Marketing Reusable Textiles recognizes the person and / or organization that has most effectively realized ARTA's mission to create greater awareness and appreciation for reusable textiles. The next award will be given in 2021 during the Clean Show in Atlanta.
The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) presented the 2019 Nate Belkin Award at Clean in New Orleans on June 21. ARTA President Brendan O’Neill (far right) presented the award to Greg Gurtler and Gurtler Industries, South Holland, Illinois.
Greg Gurtler provided steady leadership for ARTA as president from 2003 to 2005, and as a director for several terms. It was under his presidency that ARTA first allowed operator members, which expanded ARTA membership significantly. In addition, Gurtler has generously supported ARTA by providing staff, such as Steve Tinker and Kevin McLaren, to serve on the board and support ARTA initiatives. Gurtler Industries is a family-owned chemical manufacturer based in South Holland. Greg is the second generation providing leadership for the company.
About the Nate Belkin Award
The award is presented every two years at the Clean Show, during ARTA’s Member Breakfast typically scheduled the second morning of the show. Nominations are open to all ARTA member companies, both laundries and allied companies. The winning person or organization receives a custom trophy to showcase in their lobby or executive offices and two complimentary tickets to the ARTA Breakfast at Clean.
A committee of suppliers and operators formed from the ARTA Board of Directors reviews the nominations and selects the finalist. Nominators are asked to complete an online application form (right), which includes a 200-word summary on the rationale for awarding the recognition to the company being nominated. The Nate Belkin Committee may contact finalists, as needed, to learn more about their entry.
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