SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Van Merrill recently joined Continental Girbau West (CG West) as its vice president of vended laundry development and sales, the company reports.
Merrill, who hails from North Tustin, Calif., has 27 years of experience in vended laundry ownership, development, management, marketing and sales, and has particular expertise in lease negotiations, CG West says.
“Van is a talented developer of profitable vended laundries,” says Mike Floyd, president of Continental Girbau Inc. (of which CG West is a subsidiary). “We’ll look to him to provide expertise, management and guidance. He excels at finding vended laundry locations and developing those laundries to their fullest profit potential.”
Merrill most recently provided consulting services to coin laundry investors. Prior to that, he co-owned Sparklean Laundry Systems, a Continental distributorship, for eight years. Since launching his career, Merrill has developed more than 100 vended laundries, CG West says. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Miami.
“I’m really excited to work with the CG West team,” he says. “I feel Continental is by far and away the best laundry equipment manufacturer, with the best people, in the industry. I enjoy helping people realize their dreams of owning their own businesses.”
CG West serves the California vended, on-premise and industrial laundry markets by providing equipment, parts, financing, service, warranty and training.