IAHTM's Lifetime Achievement Award

IAHTM established the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 to honor those outstanding individuals in the textile industry who have shown leadership and dedication to the profession.

This award will be given out at the IAHTM Annual Conference that is in the fall of every year. Nomination Forms will be accepted throughout the year. All nominations need to be submitted to the Executive Director by August 1st of each year. The Executive Director will submit all nominations to the current President of IAHTM to review and select the recipient(s) at the next Board of Directors Meeting.

Award Criteria:
1. The nominee must have been actively involved as an educator, operator or vendor in the Laundry and Linen service industry for at least 15 years.
2. The nominee must have been involved and supportive of IAHTM, its members, the ALM or other Associations in the industry for at least 10 years.
3. It is recognized that the individual has positively impacted the industry in some way including having made a contribution to its betterment.
4. The individual may have supported others including staff members or colleagues in the growth and improvement of roles in the industry.
5. The nominee must have provided outstanding service to the textile industry, community and organization with which they work.
6. The nominee must display a commitment to high ethical standards and integrity.

• Nominees may include letters of recommendation describing the nominee’s character and contributions to the Textile Industry.
• Recipient is required to submit a biography and digital headshot once selected.
• Please submit nominations to:

Becky Miller
IAHTM Executive Director

If you have any questions or need further information please contact Becky Miller at (208) 964-2923 or by email at




IAHTM Names Gerry Daigle of MIP Inc. Its ‘2016 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipient


        Powell, OH – Nov. 16, 2016 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Gerry Daigle (in photo) its “2016 Lifetime Achievement” recipient. The honor was presented at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 15-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

            Daigle maintains an executive role within MIP Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of reusable of healthcare textiles and related products based in Montreal, QC, Canada. IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives that provides senior-level textile managers with resources and support to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies and control costs without compromising quality or patient focus.

            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.     Daigle was nominated for the award by IAHTM board members. In his nomination, they noted Daigle’s active role in: communicating and educating healthcare laundries on the use of reusable incontinent products as an alternative to disposables; helping to introduce to the industry the benefits of knitted hospital linens vs. woven bed linens; supporting through education sponsorship industry organizations like IAHTM, Association for Linen Management (ALM) and American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA); and continually participating and volunteering in proactive efforts to promote the educational aspects and growth of the industry.

            “Gerry has lots of fans in the industry who have recognized that, in many ways, it’s because of the career-long contributions and support of folks like him that we’re able to enjoy continued success,” IAHTM Board Member Paul Seigel said. “We’re happy to salute Gerry Daigle with our ‘2016 Lifetime Achievement’ award.”

            Daigle, upon receiving the award, said, “This is a great honor. The industry is changing by the day and it’s important to keep up or get left behind. IAHTM is one of those organizations that’s leading the way and I’m proud to receive their distinguished appreciation.”


IAHTM Names James Hunt and Don Pedder Its ‘2015 Lifetime Achievement’ Recipients


        Powell, OH – Oct.. 30, 2015 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named James Hunt and Don Pedder its “2015 Lifetime Achievement” recipients.

            The newly created honor was presented for the first time at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 24-28 in Clearwater Beach, FL. Ed McCauley, Past President of IAHTM and President and CEO of United Hospital Services of Indianapolis, IN, presented the award. Hunt’s award was posthumous and accepted by his son Chris Hunt.

              “In addition to their long and distinguished careers, Jim Hunt and Don Pedder put together IAHTM’s group purchasing program, which today enables our members to benefit from chemical and linen costs below those offered by the largest GPOs and management companies,” McCauley said. “It’s because this program is so successful that we are able to generously subsidize the continuing education and training of members and their staffs.”

            IAHTM Lifetime Achievement award was established to honor an individual’s career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.   

            “Jim and Don are also the architects of the modern IAHTM conference, which opened the doors to attendance by vendors that, in turn, paved the way for more meaningful conferences offering relevant subject matter.”

            Pedder has more than 45 years of experience in the commercial laundry industry. He has assisted laundries in numerous cost-reducing and profit-enhancing projects; he is an independent inspector for the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council.

            Hunt was an active IAHTM member for more than 20 years. The IAHTM James Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named after him. The fund reimburses eligible member applicants for educational-related registration fees and travel costs.