INWOOD, N.Y.– Industry veteran Howard Herman is celebrating his 40th year with Laundrylux, distributor of Wascomat and Electrolux Professional laundry equipment.
Herman started out in the warehouse and learned every aspect of the business on the path to becoming company president. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Coin Laundry Association.
“Howard has been a mentor to me and a guiding force at Laundrylux,” shares CEO Neal Milch. “Customers, distributors, and other industry players rely on his knowledge and constantly seek out his advice and guidance. He is quite possibly the most knowledgeable and competent person in his field today. He has tremendous dedication, drive, and a true commitment to the industry. We rely on his expertise and keen insight every day.”
To honor this special occasion, Milch threw a surprise party and the entire Laundrylux team celebrated in style at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, N.Y. Industry pioneer Bernard Milch, now retired from Laundrylux, and his wife Lusia were in attendance, as was Neal’s wife Lesley.
Herman’s wife of 45 years, Terry, and children Laurie and Harris, along with their spouses and Herman’s grandchildren, also took part in the festivities.
Party goers enjoyed cocktails and hors de oeuvres on the rooftop before retiring to a seaside banquet hall for dinner. Neal Milch made a heartfelt speech before longtime Laundrylux employee Dan Goldman emceed a roast.
“I can’t believe how fast 40 years has flown by,” says Herman. “I still love being in the laundry business, and I truly enjoy the work, the people, and the challenges we face everyday. I was extremely touched that the Milch family, my family, and all the Laundrylux employees were there to celebrate with me. It was a terrific surprise, and I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”