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Dawn Hargrove-Avery Appointed as Interim Executive Director of the National Cleaners Association

12 Dec 2023 11:03 AM | Anonymous

Dawn Hargrove-Avery Appointed as Interim Executive Director of the National Cleaners Association

New York, NY, December 8, 2023 – The National Cleaners Association (NCA) has announced a significant leadership change with the appointment of Dawn Hargrove-Avery as its new Interim Executive Director. This pivotal announcement comes at a time when the NCA is also paying tribute to its former Executive Director, Nora Nealis, whose recent passing has left a profound impact on the association and the industry.

Building on a Strong Foundation

Dawn Hargrove-Avery brings to the NCA a wealth of experience and a progressive vision. Her primary focus will be to build upon the robust foundation established by Nora Nealis, ensuring that the NCA continues to lead and innovate within the industry. Dawn's commitment to excellence and her strategic approach are expected to be instrumental in advancing the association's mission during this crucial period.

Honoring Nora Nealis

As Dawn Hargrove-Avery steps into her new role, the NCA also pauses to honor the memory of Nora Nealis. Nora’s leadership and dedication have left an indelible mark on the association and the industry. Her legacy is a testament to her passion and commitment to the NCA. The association extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

A New Chapter Under Dawn Hargrove Avery's Leadership

Dawn Hargrove-Avery assumes her role at a critical juncture and is fully prepared to lead the NCA with the same spirit of innovation and dedication exemplified by Nora. The NCA looks forward to a future of continued growth and success under Dawn's leadership.

Bruce Barish, the Board President of the NCA, expressed his full support for Dawn's appointment. "Dawn Hargrove-Avery is uniquely qualified to guide the NCA during this transitional period. “Her extensive experience and visionary leadership are precisely what the association needs to continue our legacy of excellence and innovation," said Barish. "We are confident that under Dawn's leadership, the NCA will not only honor Nora's legacy but also blaze new trails in the industry."

Looking Forward

The NCA community is enthusiastic about this new phase of leadership. With Dawn Hargrove-Avery at the helm, the association is set to continue its role as a leading voice and resource in the dry cleaning industry, driving forward with innovation and excellence.


The appointment of Dawn Hargrove-Avery as the Interim Executive Director of the National Cleaners Association marks a significant milestone in the association's history. Her leadership, alongside President Bruce Barish, is anticipated to usher in an era of strategic growth and renewed vigor for the NCA.

For more information about the National Cleaners Association and its new leadership, please contact the association at 212-96-3002 or email

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