Tom Gildred Wins the San Diego Business Journal “Most Admired CEO” Award

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Independent panel of judges selected winners based on contributions to their companies, and the community, with an emphasis on innovation, leadership and results-based focus.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of San Diego’s most admired CEOs” said Tom Gildred..."I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of these awards, and thank them for their contributions to our economy and our community."

Emerald Textiles is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer, Tom Gildred, won the San Diego Business Journal’s“Most Admired CEO” Award in the Large Privately Held Company category. The Journal created this event to “recognize dynamic business leaders and role models, selected for their achievements and contributions to San Diego companies.”

The winning CEOs were chosen by an independent panel of judges that included Sheryl Bilbrey, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of San Diego; Chris Bryant, president of the San Diego Employers Association; William Earley, partner at Luce Forward; and Ed Sternagle, principal of Creative Professional Services. Judges ranked nominations based on the CEOs’ contributions to their companies, and the community, with an emphasis on innovation, leadership and results-based focus. Winners were chosen in the following categories: Public Company (publicly traded), Privately Held Company, Nonprofit Organization (501c3), Government Agency, Business Nonprofit, Education and Family-Owned Business.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of San Diego’s most admired CEOs” said Tom Gildred. “I am proud to be a part of this well-regarded group who is accomplishing so much for businesses in our area. I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of these awards, and thank them for their contributions to our economy and our community.”

Built less than a year ago, Emerald Textiles has quickly become a leading provider of healthcare linen to southern California and now serves many of the major healthcare systems in the area including Sharp HealthCare, Scripps Health, UC San Diego Medical System, Eisenhower Medical Center and Kaiser San Diego. Emerald operates the most environmentally responsible commercial healthcare laundry facility in the United States and saves the county of San Diego more than 700,000 therms of natural gas annually and an anticipated 40,000,000 gallons of water each year at full capacity.

Emerald recently received the SDG&E Showcase Award and the Savings by Design Award, in recognition for its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency. Savings by Design is an award created by the California Public Utilities Commission and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Emerald Textiles’ San Diego facility is housed in an 111,000 square-foot industrial building and outfitted with the most advanced technology available. Fully compliant with all federal, state and industry regulations, it is the first commercial laundry in San Diego to provide 100-percent physical separation between the soil and clean areas of the plant. Emerald offers innovative services in the region to provide streamlined operations and efficiencies for their customers. One example is the first true cart exchange program in San Diego that Emerald implemented at UC San Diego Health System’s Sulpizio Center, a new state-of-the-art cardiovascular system.

About San Diego Business Journal
The award-winning weekly San Diego Business Journal examines the many ways that the San Diego economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analysis of the community’s ever-changing business and economic scene. One of the San Diego Business Journal’s most widely read features is The List, which ranks the top businesses in any given industry. Those surveys are then compiled into an invaluable resource – the annual Book of Lists.

About Emerald Textiles
Emerald Textiles provides the most environmentally responsible, high quality, linen rental and management solutions for the Southern California healthcare industry. Emerald’s new, state-of-the-art service center is located in San Diego, California and serves customers including Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, UC San Diego Health System, Eisenhower Medical Center and Kaiser San Diego. Emerald Textiles utilizes the most advanced technology and provides a higher standard of cleanliness, industry compliance and customer satisfaction.

For more information about Emerald Textiles and its services, please visit http://www.emeraldsd.com.

Contact: Lisa Kendall, Emerald Textiles, 858.414.5855.

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