Speed Queen® laundry manufacturer, a leading provider of
commercial laundry equipment, has named multi-store owners Bob and
Donna Wallner the winners of the Speed Queen Art of the Journey
contest. Representatives from the commercial laundry manufacturer
and the Wallners' equipment distributor, Statewide
Laundry Equipment, surprised the brother and sister business
partners with the $100,000 grand prize.
"Bob and Donna Wallner have been in the industry for many years
and understand the importance of reinvesting in their business,"
said Jeff Harvey, brand manager, Speed Queen Financial Services
(SQFS). "Over the years, as they have expanded their business to
multiple stores, the Wallners have seen the benefits purchasing new
equipment provides their laundromats, including attracting new
customers, increasing profitability and decreasing utility
expenses. Bob and Donna have partnered with Speed Queen Financial
Services for more than a decade and we are thrilled to reward them
for their hard work and dedication to their business by presenting
them with the Art of the Journey contest grand prize."
Harvey was joined by Brittany Pettineo, Rusty Parks and Jim
Rogers of Statewide Laundry Equipment and Jim Rosenthal, Speed
Queen Commercial North American sales manager at Crystal Clean Coin
Laundry in Orlando, Fla. to surprise Bob and Donna with the
"We are so excited that we've been selected as the winners of
the Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest," said Donna, who
created the winning artwork, a collage of the Wallners' first store
made entirely of dryer lint. "This portrait represents the
beginning of our journey in the laundry business, one which we
continue to travel with our partners from Statewide and Speed Queen
"Installing new, efficient equipment that provides our customers
with more options to customize their laundry cycles has helped make
our stores successful," continued Bob. "Speed Queen Financial
Services has made it possible to continue to replace equipment and
improve our stores in an easy and manageable way."
"The Wallners are passionate about growing their business,
serving their customers and community and championing the laundry
industry," concluded Rosenthal. "There is no one more deserving of
This is the third annual contest Speed Queen laundry
manufacturer has held that rewards a store owner for exceptional
customer service and for reinvesting in their business. Laundromat
owners who reinvested in their store with at least $2,500 of new,
state-of-the-art Speed Queen equipment financed through SQFS were
eligible to enter the 2016 Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest
by uploading an original piece of art - photo collage/montage,
video, poem, drawing or painting - that showcased their unique
journey into the industry.
For more information regarding Speed Queen laundry manufacturer,
call 1.800.590.8872 or visit www.SpeedQueenCommercial.com.