TRSA recently hired former Milliken executive Alan Maness as an industry liaison to serve its membership in the linen, uniform and facility services industry, according to a news release.
Maness will serve as the staff liaison to the Safety Committee and the F&B/Hospitality Committee. He also will review the curriculum and help select faculty for TRSA’s Professional Management Institute (PMI) and Maintenance Management Institute (MMI), and work with a task force of subject-matter experts to identify and develop test questions and self-study materials for TRSA’s Maintenance Manager certification program. Maness also will assist in membership development and retention, as well as facilitating relationships with operators, supplier partners, and other associations and organizations to increase engagement and expand membership.
Maness recently retired after a 44-year career spanning textile manufacturing, human resources, sales and marketing. Before joining the team at TRSA, he served as the global director of sales and marketing at Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, SC, where he led the Milliken Table Linen business for five years as the division’s business manager. During his career at Milliken, he was active in the association, serving as the chair of TRSA’s Marketing Committee.
Also recently hired is Samlane Ketevong who will lead TRSA’s certification programs. Ketevong joins the association’s staff in the newly created role of senior director of certification and accreditation, leading TRSA’s family of certification programs, including Clean Green, Hygienically Clean and individual certification programs such as the Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM), among others.
In this role, Ketevong will direct and oversee the process for certification and recertification, while also facilitating and implementing strategic goals for each certification program, including annual operational plans and three-to-five-year goals. She will confer with subject-matter experts for regular standards development and revisions, inspection programs, exam development, self-study materials and professional testing. Additionally, Ketevong will ensure that all TRSA certification programs comply with policies and procedures related to accreditation, and lead efforts to achieve status as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards-development organization. Ketevong will report directly to TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci.