RIPON, Wisconsin - (September 23, 2015) - Speed Queen®, a leading provider of
commercial laundry equipment, has named Emmanuel and Tyesha
Offiong, owners of A&Q Laundry Room in South River, New Jersey,
the winners of the 2nd annual "My Success Story" essay contest.
Representatives from the commercial laundry manufacturer surprised
the Offiongs with the $100,000 grand prize Tuesday.
"Tyesha Offiong, wife and mother of two, and her husband
Emmanuel have remained committed to the needs of their community,
and recognized the benefit of investing in their laundromat, and
therefore their business has thrived." says Jeff Harvey, brand
manager, Speed Queen Financial Services (SQFS). "We are honored to
join them on their journey and we are pleased to recognize their
Jeff Harvey joined by Dick Luca, regional vice president at Super
Laundry, the Offiong's equipment distributor, Andrea Mueller,
Speed Queen Commercial brand manager, and John Smith, Speed Queen
Commercial regional sales manager gathered at the A&Q Laundry
Room in New Jersey to surprise the family with the grand prize.
The Offiongs were named the winners of the contest because of
their laundromat's creative promotions and workshops, use of
advanced technologies in managing their business, and dedication to
the betterment of their community. For their winning essay, Speed
Queen has contributed $100,000 to apply towards their recent loan
for new equipment provided through SQFS.
"We could not believe that we had been selected as the winners
of the Speed Queen essay contest. We have been so fortunate to own
a laundromat in a great community and to have formed such a strong
relationship with our manufacturer and distributor," said Emmanuel.
"At A&Q Laundry Room, we strive to be a neighborhood laundry
room rather than a commercial laundromat," adds Tyesha.
Leaving behind her corporate job to spend more time with family,
Tyesha decided she and her husband would invest in the laundry
industry. The Offiongs soon became the owners of a run-down
unattended laundromat with great potential. Their vision came to
life after renovating the store and equipping it with brand new
Speed Queen machines. The Offiongs chose to invest in a laundromat
because of the flexibility it affords them, and have seen great
success since opening.
Dan Bowe, North American sales manager, Speed Queen Commercial,
says, "Stories like the Offiongs give testament to the return on
investment and increased profitability laundry owners can achieve
when they renovate their stores with new state-of-the-art
equipment. We are proud to be a part of the Offiongs success."
This is the second year Speed Queen has held its "My Success
Story" contest. Between March 1 and June 15, 2015, Speed Queen
store owners submitted essays of 500 words or less describing their
unique and creative methods of retaining and attracting new
customers. Eligible entrants were required to have financed at
least $2,500 in new Speed Queen laundry equipment through SQFS
during this time.
More than 60 essays were submitted from across the nation and
judged based on the most compelling story relative to theme,
creativity and clarity of expression. All eligible entrants will
receive a $100 gift card to be redeemed at an authorized Speed
PHOTO: Andrea Mueller, Speed Queen Commercial
brand manager, John Smith Speed Queen Commercial regional sales
manager, Jeff Harvey, Speed Queen Financial Services brand manager
and Dick Luca, Super Laundry regional vice president, surprise
Emmanuel and Tyesha Offiong at their New Jersey store, A&Q
Laundry Room, and present them with their $100,000 grand prize for
winning the "My Success Story" essay contest.
For more information regarding Speed Queen call 1.800.590.8872
or visit www.speedqueen.com.
Media contact: Sara Rude, 414.224.0210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More about Speed Queen:
Speed Queen offers laundry managers a full-line of reliable and
durable commercial laundry equipment. As an industry leader, Speed
Queen is dedicated to providing its market expertise to help
increase efficiencies in on-premises laundries. The company offers
Speed Queen Financial Services, which provides a continuum of
stable, long-term capital solutions specifically for the laundry
industry. The brand is an entity of Ripon, Wis.-based Alliance
Laundry Systems LLC, a leading global manufacturer of commercial
laundry products and provider of services for laundromats,
multi-housing laundries and on-premises laundries. To learn more,