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Tom Gildred Named Entrepreneur of the Year

From beginning in an empty warehouse to operational within six months, Emerald Textiles is Southern California’s healthcare laundry service of choice.  Emerald has served the area’s hospitals and clinics with healthcare linen services for nearly four years and serves more than 80% of hospital beds in San Diego alone.  Here’s more about how how the company’s CEO, Tom Gildred, was honored by Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Tom Gildred

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in areas of innovation and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The winners in this stage are entered into a national awards program.

Launched two years ago, Emerald operates a highly efficient and environmentally responsible laundry service aimed at commercial customers that now serves about 70 percent of the hospital beds in San Diego, and delivers about 1 million pieces of laundry each week, the company said.

Emerald Textiles also received the SDG&E Showcase Award and the Savings by Design Award for its water and energy saving systems.

Read the story on the San Diego Business Journal online.

Tom Gildred, Ernst &Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ is Passionate about Making a Difference

Kathy Day, for The Rancho Santa Fe Review, wrote this article about Tom Gildred being named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year. Following this news story, Tom was named a finalist in the National Entrepreneur of the Year awards and is currently up for consideration for the nationwide award. In addition to running successful business, Tom has a passion for making a difference in his community.

Titled: Tom Gildred, Entrepreneur of the Year

For the last five years or so, RSF’s Tom Gildred has been focusing on making a difference in San Diego. It’s something that runs in his family. With a successful business in FMT Consultants and his latest project – Emerald Textiles – whirring along, he has put his time into serving as president of the San Diego Museum of Art, working with Irwin Jacobs on the Plaza de Panama proposal for Balboa Park and serving on the board for Sharp Healthcare.
It was in the latter role that he learned a lot about the business of running a hospital and became particularly interested in the impact that hospital linens have on patients and the staff who risk exposure to infectious diseases.
With a background as an entrepreneur, his interest was piqued, and two years ago he began looking into the healthcare linen business and didn’t like what he saw – heavy use of water, energy and chemicals; old, inefficient equipment, and disregard for health regulations designed to guard against infection. That was enough to inspire him to see what he could do.

 

“When you are in a weakened state, you want to know the linens come from a place that’s clean and compliant,” Gildred said. “You wouldn’t serve food out of a dirty kitchen.”
They started “with a blank piece of paper in March 2010 – no customers, no facility,” he recalled. “It’s been quite a ride.”
That ride led Emerald Textiles to the recent honor of being named one of Ernst & Young’s “2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year.” (Coincidentally, Gildred started his business career at Ernst & Young, although his first job was a summer of picking up trash at SeaWorld.)
Along the way to opening the laundry in San Diego, with a total project cost of $20 million, Gildred identified partners like another well-known San Diegan, Bob Payne and his family.
Then they had to find the people to run the day-to-day operations and hire a staff that now tops 275 and runs two shifts a day. He and his team (who he emphasized really deserve the award) also had to purchase, design, get permits for and equip a 77,000-square-foot facility in Otay Mesa – an Enterprise Zone designed to spur the city’s economy — and buy all the linens and trucks to transport them. Oh yeah, and find customers.
Somehow, they managed to open six months later. Despite the rough economic times, he said, with the right people, “We were fortunate to have the pieces come together at the right time.”
And they did it with an eye to saving energy and water by spending on their equipment, Gildred added, noting that their cleaning process takes one gallon less per pound of linens than others in the business in San Diego. That’s a significant savings since they clean about 40 million pounds of linen a year.
They also invested in an energy reclamation-heat transfer process that saves about 750,000 therms of natural gas annually – and turns out cleaner linens. SDG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission have both honored the company for its efforts.
Today, Gildred and his team, which includes people who knew the industry from the inside as well as a controller who came from the biotech industry, are looking at expansion into the Los Angeles and Orange County markets. When they go north, they’ll invest in new facilities, too.
Emerald Textiles already serves Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health, UCSD Medical System, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and Kaiser in San Diego and Orange Counties.
But while Gildred acknowledges he’s turned into a bit of a workaholic in recent years, he is all about making San Diego a better place as his family has done over three generations. His parents Philip and Lyn Gildred, like him, are Rancho Santa Fe residents, and he’s close to his two sisters and their families.
His father grew up in Mission Hills; his mom in the Chula Vista-Bonita area before moving to Point Loma. Now their son is president of The Gildred Companies, a real estate company managing over a million square feet of industrial and business parks that’s been in business for 85 years.
FMT Consultants, an Enterprise Resource Planning software company he founded in 1995, has done well, Gildred said, “providing me the opportunity to be more engaged in the community, which I see as my responsibility.” He believes strongly that people should take time to do what they can.

5th Annual Most Admired CEO Awards Honors Local Business Leaders

Tom Gildred, Emerald Textiles CEO was honored in the 5th Annual Most Admired CEO Awards, presented by the San Diego Business Journal and Bank of America Corporation. The awards program, one of the largest of its kind in San Diego, was held December 8th at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa, attracting more than 600 attendees.

“San Diego is fortunate to have so many high-caliber CEOs,” said Randy Frisch, president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal. “As keynote speaker Garry Ridge, president and CEO of WD 40 said, we have lots of talented professionals, and the way to maintain that is to challenge ourselves to improve every day.  We can do that.” Tom Gildred
Organizations from all areas of San Diego’s thriving business community were represented from defense contracting to social services. These industry leaders were acknowledged for their successful foresight and guidance in steering their companies through our changing economic environment.

Highlighting the awards reception were three special presentations. The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Father Joe Carroll, president and CEO Emeritus of Father Joe’s Villages; The Exemplary Award went to Reid Carr, president and CEO of Red Door Interactive; and Ronne Froman, RADM (Retired), CEO and co-founder of National Veterans Services, Inc. and Monarch School received the Community Service Award.

From a field of 75 finalists, 18 CEOs were chosen by an independent panel of  judges that included Sheryl Bilbrey, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of San Diego; Chris Bryant, president of the San Diego Employers Association; William Earley, partner at Luce Forward; and Ed Sternagle, principal of Creative Professional Services. The judges ranked nominations based on CEOs contributions to their companies and the community, with emphasis on innovation, leadership and results-based focus.

The 2011 Most Admired CEOs, listed by company category, are:

  • Business Nonprofit /Large – Teresa Halleck, San Diego County Credit Union
  • Business Nonprofit/Small – Ted Owen, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • Family Owned/Large – Bill Howe, Bill Howe Family of Companies
  • Family Owned/Medium – William Grande, Quality Controlled Manufacturing
  • Family Owned/Small – Trevor Callan, Callan Capital
  • Nonprofit Organization/Large – Ed Martinez, San Ysidro Health Center; Walter Philips, San Diego Youth Services
  • Nonprofit Organization/Medium – Debbie Case, Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego; Mark Cafferty, San Diego Workforce Partnership
  • Nonprofit Organization/Small – Chris Sichel, Make-A-Wish Foundation; William Pollakov, Bikes for Kids Foundation
  • Private Company/Large – Tom Gildred, Emerald Textiles; John Morrell, Higgs Fletcher & Mack
  • Private Company/Medium – Russ Mann, Covario; John Klinedinst, Klinedinst PC
  • Private Company/Small – Jimmy Hendricks, Deal Current; Steven Sullivan, Sullivan International Group
  • Public Company/Small – Nathan Rogge, Bank of Southern California
  • Partnering with the San Diego Business Journal for this annual event were Bank of America Corporation, the title sponsor; ESET, the gold sponsor; and silver sponsors Cassidy Turley/BRE Commercial, McGladrey and Paradise Point.

The award-winning weekly San Diego Business Journal examines the many ways that the San Diego economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analysis of the community’s ever-changing business and economic scene. One of the San Diego Business Journal’s most widely read features is The List, which ranks the top businesses in any given industry. Those surveys are then compiled into an invaluable resource – the annual Book of Lists.

Tom Gildred, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year’ is Passionate About Making a Difference

Kathy Day, for The Rancho Santa Fe Review, wrote this article about Tom Gildred being named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year award.  Following this news story, Tom was named a finalist in the National Entrepreneur of the Year awards and is currently up for consideration for the nationwide award.  In addition to running successful business, Tom has a passion for making a difference in his community. 

Titled: Tom Gildred, Entrepreneur of the Year’ passionate about making a difference

For the last five years or so, RSF’s Tom Gildred has been focusing on making a difference in San Diego. It’s something that runs in his family.Tom Gildred

With a successful business in FMT Consultants and his latest project – Emerald Textiles – whirring along, he has put his time into serving as president of the San Diego Museum of Art, working with Irwin Jacobs on the Plaza de Panama proposal for Balboa Park and serving on the board for Sharp Healthcare.

It was in the latter role that he learned a lot about the business of running a hospital and became particularly interested in the impact that hospital linens have on patients and the staff who risk exposure to infectious diseases.

With a background as an entrepreneur, his interest was piqued, and two years ago he began looking into the healthcare linen business and didn’t like what he saw – heavy use of water, energy and chemicals; old, inefficient equipment, and disregard for health regulations designed to guard against infection.

That was enough to inspire him to see what he could do.

“When you are in a weakened state, you want to know the linens come from a place that’s clean and compliant,” Gildred said. “You wouldn’t serve food out of a dirty kitchen.”

They started “with a blank piece of paper in March 2010 – no customers, no facility,” he recalled. “It’s been quite a ride.”

That ride led Emerald Textiles to the recent honor of being named one of Ernst & Young’s “2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year.” (Coincidentally, Gildred started his business career at Ernst & Young, although his first job was a summer of picking up trash at SeaWorld.)

Along the way to opening the laundry in San Diego, with a total project cost of $20 million, Gildred identified partners like another well-known San Diegan, Bob Payne and his family.

Then they had to find the people to run the day-to-day operations and hire a staff that now tops 275 and runs two shifts a day. He and his team (who he emphasized really deserve the award) also had to purchase, design, get permits for and equip a 77,000-square-foot facility in Otay Mesa – an Enterprise Zone designed to spur the city’s economy — and buy all the linens and trucks to transport them. Oh yeah, and find customers.

Somehow, they managed to open six months later.

Despite the rough economic times, he said, with the right people, “We were fortunate to have the pieces come together at the right time.”

And they did it with an eye to saving energy and water by spending on their equipment, Gildred added, noting that their cleaning process takes one gallon less per pound of linens than others in the business in San Diego. That’s a significant savings since they clean about 40 million pounds of linen a year.

They also invested in an energy reclamation-heat transfer process that saves about 750,000 therms of natural gas annually – and turns out cleaner linens.

SDG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission have both honored the company for its efforts.

Tom Gildred Eyes Expansion

Today, Gildred and his team, which includes people who knew the industry from the inside as well as a controller who came from the biotech industry, are looking at expansion into the Los Angeles and Orange County markets. When they go north, they’ll invest in new facilities, too.

Emerald Textiles already serves Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health, UCSD Medical System, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and Kaiser in San Diego and Orange Counties.

But while Gildred acknowledges he’s turned into a bit of a workaholic in recent years, he is all about making San Diego a better place as his family has done over three generations. His parents Philip and Lyn Gildred, like him, are Rancho Santa Fe residents, and he’s close to his two sisters and their families.

His father grew up in Mission Hills; his mom in the Chula Vista-Bonita area before moving to Point Loma. Now their son is president of The Gildred Companies, a real estate company managing over a million square feet of industrial and business parks that’s been in business for 85 years.

FMT Consultants, an Enterprise Resource Planning software company he founded in 1995, has done well, Gildred said, “providing me the opportunity to be more engaged in the community, which I see as my responsibility.”

He believes strongly that people should take time to do what they can.

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Source: Rancho Santa Fe Review of, “Entrepreneur of the Year”, Tom Gildred