Essential Attendee Info GREENCLEAN 2016 – Brisbane


GreenEarth Australasia   Join us for GreenClean 2016! An event for GreenEarth dry cleaners, and those interested in learning more about the most sustainable way to dry clean.

Thank you very much for joining us for GreenClean this November. We’re very excited to have you along for the weekend. Ahead of the event, I’ve put together this ‘information pack’ of sorts so that you have all the information you need. If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Date: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November

Locations: All venues are located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, the furthest walk being 5 minutes away. Exact locations are listed below.

Friday Welcome Drinks: 6PM Start: Empire Hotel, 339 Brunswick St
Saturday Conference Sessions: 8AM Start: Judith Wright Centre, 420 Brunswick St
Saturday Dinner: 7PM Start: Nickel Kitchen and Bar, 757 Ann St
Sunday Plant Sessions: 8:30AM Start: Peerless/KC Dry Cleaning, 88 Robertson St
Sunday Lunch: 12PM Start: The Pig ‘n’ Whistle, Cnr Brunswick/Robertson Sts

Catering: If you have any dietary requirements please email asap with details.

Airport: Brisbane Airport is only a 20 minute drive away.

Accommodation: If you are staying at The Miro, all venues are within walking distance. The Miro have offered guests an exceptionally discounted rate on accommodation. Do not hesitate to let me know if you would like me to secure a room for you.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch,

Tara Clark
0468 458 438
Marketing and Support Manager

Date: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November 

Location: Fortitude Valley QLD

Cost: $355 Affiliates / $375 Non Affiliates

The Event

Running from Friday evening until Sunday lunch, GreenClean will be Australia’s largest convention of premier dry cleaners: innovative, business minded and ambitious. With guests including GreenEarth Affiliates and users of other solvents alike, this event will contain all you could want in one weekend; a gathering of the business’ best and most ambitious, a great educational program including international guests, social and networking opportunities, all against the vibrant backdrop that is Fortitude Valley.

The Location

As an international conference venue, Fortitude Valley is a contradiction in itself – raw, yet sophisticated. It is where elegance and style meet grungy and offbeat, and heritage-listed properties proudly stand among contemporary buildings. The Valley, as it is affectionately known, was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity. Live music thrives and international DJs are drawn to the clubs and chic bars. The impressive Chinatown Mall is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. The Emporium complex channels a European village feel, James Street showcases Australian fashion labels and Brunswick Street is home to multicultural dining options.

The Valley is an easy 20 minute drive from Brisbane airport. Qantas, Tiger Air, Jetstar and Virgin schedule multiple flights daily, starting from only $69 one way.


There are a number of accommodation options available in Fortitude Valley. The Miro Apartments have offered conference attendees a special rate of only $129 per night for a 1 bedroom apartment. 2 bedroom apartments are also available. Emporium Hotel have offered conference attendees 10% off the best available rate. All you need to do is call reception on 07 3253 6999 and let them know you are attending the conference to get this discount.



Andy Lien, Technical Operations Manager for GreenEarth Cleaning

Andy graduated from Minnesota State University with a B.S. in Finance while working as the Operations

Manager for Camelot Cleaners in Fargo, ND. After seven years at Camelot, and overseeing a transition from perchloroethylene to GreenEarth cleaning technology, in 2013 he accepted the position of Technical Operations Manager at GreenEarth Cleaning in Kansas City, MO. Since joining the GreenEarth team, he has provided operational training and technical support services in over twenty different countries, including China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Australia, and Russia. He works closely with international testing agencies and garment technologists, which has given him the opportunity to work with the staff of companies such as SGS and Bureau Veritas. In his role at GreenEarth he is also responsible for creating and producing the training support videos and technical reference documents that Affiliates enjoy through the GreenEarth website.


Brian Tonkin, CEO for DIA Ltdbrian-tonkin

Brian Tonkin’s contribution to the dry cleaning industry is extensive and multifaceted. He owned and operated a number of successful dry cleaning stores from the mid 1980s to mid 2000s including Ruggles, which he established in 1995 with business partner Peter Hudson. In 2002 he passed his Camberwell store, one of the top three busiest over the counter stores in Victoria, to his son. He holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, is a certified Small Business Consultant and Certified Workplace Trainer and Assessor. Currently Brian serves as CEO of the Dry Cleaning Industry of Australia, of which he has been an active member since joining the industry.


Daniel Hays, Spencer Systemsdanh_1878

Spencer Systems is Australia’s leading supplier of dry cleaning, laundry and steam solutions. Spencer Systems has a strong history of specialist servicing to dry cleaning and laundry equipment. Combined with this is an extensive range of spare parts, and a comprehensive range of equipment and consumables.

John Hays, the principal of the business, has been operating in the industry for over 40 years. As a partner of Hays & Meyer Electrical Services he had 25 years of experience specializing in servicing dry cleaning and laundry equipment. From 1991 John Hays also operated Spencer Spares, a dedicated spare parts business, predominately specializing in spare parts for Spencer equipment. Then in 1999, when long time business partner Dennis Meyer retired, Spencer Systems was founded as an amalgamation of Hays & Meyer Electrical Services and Spencer Spares.

Today Spencer Systems is continuing to grow, increasing its range of new equipment, spare parts and consumables. Constantly researching the latest technology and best quality products in the market, they are at the forefront of the industry. Spencer Systems is now one of the largest suppliers of dry cleaning equipment in Australia, with customers across all states.

Spencer Systems is renowned for its dedication to their service and technical abilities as they know that after sales service is one of the most important things to look for when purchasing new equipment.  Spencer Systems owned and operated a plant for over 6 years. They understand everyday operations and can provide advice on specialist techniques and better plant operation.


Brian Smith, Dry Cleaning Computer Systems img_8655

DCCS has been a leader in innovative technology and software applications serving the dry cleaning industry since 1983. Founded by Herb Markman, a pioneer and innovator in computer systems for the fabricare industry, with over 30 years experience and a long list of patents and accomplishments, DCCS has grown and matured into a leading publisher of software for the dry cleaning marketplace. Their success has been based upon the recognition and acceptance of responsibility to furnish more than just a computer product. Their commitment to teach your staff about the computer and train them on how to make it work for you is a large part of their unique strength. They believe through creating a partnership and relationship with their customers, they are able to achieve and deliver a total solution to help you combat tougher competition


stephen-roebuckStephen Roebuck, Employsure

Stephen has lived and worked in Australia for six years, in which time he has worked as a human resource generalist, employment relations adviser and a consultant.

From Scottish decent, Stephen received a Business Management Degree from the University of Glasgow and from there, moved into a graduate management position within an international Glasgow based business. Stephen also lived and worked in London prior to making the move to our Australian shores.

Prior to joining Employsure, Stephen spent two years working with the Qld and NSW Business Chambers in an adviser’s role amongst the Businesses Workplace Advice Team. It was here, dealing with front line queries, that proved to be the perfect introduction to Australian workplace relations, setting his career trajectory.

Upon joining Employsure, Stephen spent eighteen months working as a Field Consultant before stepping into his current position as Team Leader of Consultancy Services for Qld and NT.

Stephen’s core strengths and passion lies in his ability to understand and analyse client needs quickly and accurately. In addition, he has exceptional talent when it comes to the interpretation of complex workplace legislation and application of best practice employee management solutions.Navigating workplace regulations can be confusing. Employsure works directly with employers to ensure they stay on top of rapidly changing legislation. Whether it be dealing with a difficult employee, facing a tribunal claim or reviewing work health and safety, their clients can rest assured they have them covered.


Hilde Heim – Hilde Heim Designer Bridal Couturehilde-heim

Currently the Head of Department and and Fashion Design Lecturer at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, as well as proprietor of Hilde Heim Designer Bridal Couture, Hilde has deep roots in the design and fashion industries. A graphic designer for Vogue in the 1990s, she now holds a Doctorate of Creative Industries, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with her Advanced Diploma students in Fashion Design and Fashion Business.

Her bridal couture business, Hilde Heim Designer Bridal Couture, is located on Amelia St in Fortitude Valley. Her philosophy that each gown should be as individual as the wearer sees her tailoring custom looks for her discerning brides.

With such an extensive and varied professional history in fashion, Hilde possesses a unique understanding of the trade, and from the unique perspective of each stakeholder. She is the in the unique position of working with brides and managing their expectations as well as working directly with future bridal designers and can predict future trends, while anticipating potential woes faced in aftercare.


Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett – Orange Sky Laundryorange-sky_small

Best mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett (who were just nominated 2016 Young Australians of the Year) built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 and since then the world first idea has rapidly expanded. Orange Sky Laundry now has over 510 volunteers and are operating in 9 cities across Australia.  The custom fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers, service over 62 locations and wash over 750 loads each week. A catalyst for bringing people of all walks of life together, Orange Sky facilitates countless hours of conversations each week. In February 2015, they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone affected communities. Nic and Lucas have found a way to treat others the way they want to be treated by restoring respect, raising health standards and reducing the strain on resources. They now plan to expand services Australia-wide with the aim of positively connecting the community and improving the lives of others.


Truin Chapman – Soak Creativetruin-chapman-2

Truin Chapman is a digital generation expert. With a forward thinking attitude, fresh and innovative approach to marketing and driven personality, Truin Chapman and his love for building passionate working relationships, puts him at the front of the newly established agency Soak Creative. For Soak he possesses genuine interpersonal skills and a consistent generation of ideas endowed with pioneering originality.

Soak and Truin deliver a ONE-STOP-SHOP for impactful brand campaigns, quantifiable online ROI and compelling reasons to use digital marketing with a specialised creative/strategic team instead of your current traditional sales method” Truin’s delightful magnetism, paired with his extensive background in business, management and economics, ensures his clients receive a uniquely professional and engaging experience. His advanced Qualification in Graphic Design & Applied Multimedia from Quantum College and great level of experience in the areas of corporate identity, brand development and display support his creative and practiced demeanor.


Deborah Rechnitz – GreenEarth Australasia deb-small_color

Deborah Rechnitz is a leading international business consultant for the dry cleaning industry with advanced degrees in Finance and Operational Management. Deborah has held positions in heavy industry as a shop foreman, financial analyst, and corporate controller as well as assignments with the U.S. Treasury Department. Deborah’s work with drycleaners has taken her to Australia, North America, Europe and Japan to share her knowledge and experience and to help her clients grow and prosper.

Deborah sold her USA consulting firm in 2007 and completed a two year assignment as Chief Operating Officer of a $30 million public dry cleaning company in the U.S. Today she remains actively involved in the industry both in the US and Australia and is proud to be one of the founders of GreenEarth Australasia.

Deborah is an internationally recognized speaker in the drycleaning industry. Engagements include the International Fabricare Institute (DLI), the International
Drycleaners Congress, the Japanese Fabricare Research Association, and the Drycleaners Institute of Australia. She is also a contributing author with the National Clothesline.

Organisational development, marketing plans, production efficiencies and acquisition strategies are all a part of the support provided by Deborah.

Deborah’s unique strengths include the ability to:
– tell clients what they may need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear!
– provide in-depth consulting expertise that involves all facets of a business.
– provide practical suggestions to improve day to day operations as well as longterm return on their investments.


GreenClean 2016 is Proudly Supported by… Admil, DCCS, EmploySure, Spencer Systems.

GreenEarth Australasia thanks all our Sponsors for their continuing support. Simply click on each Sponsor’s logo to be taken directly to their website.