ICS Magazine

News and Views from ARCS

April 2, 2012

The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) is holding its first election for seats on its board of directors. The ARCS was formed on November 4, 2010 to advance the science and art of rug care, educate rug care professionals and raise consumer awareness about quality rug care. At that time, a board of directors and officers were named by the founding members.

 





The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) is holding its first election for seats on its board of directors. The ARCS was formed on November 4, 2010 to advance the science and art of rug care, educate rug care professionals and raise consumer awareness about quality rug care.  At that time, a board of directors and officers were named by the founding members.

As stipulated by the organization’s bylaws, a Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of candidates to fill four open seats on the nine-member board. ARCS bylaws also allow write-in candidates for board positions. Those elected will serve two-year terms.   

Stepping down from the ARCS board after successfully completing one-year terms will be Tim Horrigan of Horrigan Cleaners in Gardner, MA; Thea Sand of Emmanuel’s Rug and Upholstery Cleaners in Seattle; and Phil Ziegler, Ziegler Preservation Cleaning Specialists, in Danbury, CT. 

“Our association is off to a very fast start across the board,” said Bill Foulds, ARCS President.  “Tim Horrigan, Thea Sand and Phil Ziegler have each played a major role in that progress and the rug care industry owes them a debt of gratitude for their many contributions to our success.”

Ballots were issued to all ARCS member firms in good standing in March. They must be returned to ARCS by April 19 to be valid. The election of board members will be ratified at the ARCS 2012 annual meeting, which will be held April 28 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver beginning at 8:30 a.m. The new board will then elect association officers for the coming year.

The annual meeting will be held in conjunction with ARCS’s second educational event and plant tour April 26-28. The event will begin with a networking session the evening of April 26. April 27 will be devoted to a tour of Robert Mann Oriental Rugs, Inc., in Denver and demonstrations of restoration techniques for Navajo and Oriental rugs, with a focus on spinning, dyeing, color run and reweaving; Navajo rug cleaning and stain removal, including inspection of 40 to 50 Navajo rugs; and restoring hand-made rugs. In addition to the annual meeting, April 28 will feature a roundtable discussion of the importance of inspecting rugs and documenting information for customers and an array of speakers. Fee is $500 for ARCS members and $600 for non-members. Further information is available at www.rugcarespecialists.org.