TAMPA, Fla. — Distributor Statewide Laundry Equipment, with offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Fla., recently honored Jim Rogers, vice president of the Central Florida offices, for his 32 years of laundry industry service, including the last 18 with Statewide.
Prior to joining the company in 1999, Rogers held executive positions in several Northeast area laundry distribution companies where he designed and built new Laundromats, and discovered and evaluated new laundry locations and leases.
Rogers oversees the overall operations of Statewide’s Tampa and Orlando branches, including developing laundry sites, and creating new opportunities for new and current investors looking to grow.
When asked what he enjoys most about being part of the Statewide team, Rogers says, “Giving birth to the rise of new Laundromats and new Laundromat owners is something I wholeheartedly enjoy about working here.” He adds, “Being a part of an experienced team, having the management that will support and take the risks, and be willing to teach the art to others is an integral part of the reward for me.”
One highlight has been building a laundry for an owner who lived 3,000 miles away.
“I promised I’d build the customer a store he could successfully manage long-distance using the remote technology of Speed Queen® Quantum® equipment,” says Rogers. “From the day the laundry opened to fast-forward five years, it has been an absolute success. The owner walked into his store for the first time after weeks of its opening and witnessed it fully operating with ease. The look on his face was priceless. I live for moments like that.”
Rogers says he is looking forward to new opportunities that may arise from Statewide’s Laundry Improvement Expos coming up Sept. 19-20 in Kissimmee and Sept. 27 in Hialeah (Miami).