Michael Zuffinetti started in the laundry equipment industry in 1974. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S degree in accounting. During his 37 plus years in the industry he has performed all facets of a laundry equipment distributor; from service and installation, to equipment sales, to managing operations and financials. In 1996, an opportunity for Mr. Zuffinetti to purchase, what was at the time, Skyline-UniMac Laundry Equipment, was presented and acted upon, with the purchase date being June 26, 1996. The name was changed at that time to AAdvantage Laundry Systems. Through the next 15 years the company has more than quadrupled in size to become one of the largest and most respected laundry equipment companies in the south. He has diversified the company from being strictly in the OPL business to becoming one of the largest coin laundry distributors and equipment rental/route operators in the United States. With the addition of a partner in the business in 2010, Ryan C. Smith, Mr. Zuffinetti is looking forward to the continued expansion of revenues, profits and marketing area.
Ryan Smith has approximately 17 years of experience in the commercial and industrial laundry equipment industry. He joined AAdvantage Laundry Systems as an installation technician in a part-time role while attending college, where he gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the environmental conditions necessary for an efficient laundry to operate properly. Upon graduation from Texas Tech University, he transitioned into a sales/branch manager position, when he opened the first ALS branch office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Smith spent 8 years in Tulsa developing an extensive knowledge of leasing/renting On-Premise Laundry equipment before joining a global consulting firm as an Assistant Vice President in Raleigh, NC. In February 2010, Ryan rejoined AAdvantage as the Vice President and as a principal in the organization. Since this time, Ryan has continued to play an integral role in the growth of AAdvantage by opening an office in Garner, NC to service various states on the east coast including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Smith’s key focus is to manage the sales and growth operations of the eight states AAdvantage services across the Southern part of the United States.
Denise joined Aadvantage Laundry Systems in 2015 and is currently the Financial Controller & Accounting Manager. She’s very proud to be part of such a quality leadership team and wonderful team of employees. Denise has seen extensive growth in the company since she arrived and says “the sky is the limit” with the business that Mike and Ryan have built to date. Denise is currently managing the front office support team and is responsible for the financial computing system. Denise retired early after 27 years from HP / EDS where she served in leadership and management roles including Accounting Manager, Accountant, Sr. Financial Analyst supporting government divisions, International Transition Team Leader and Process Improvement Specialist. She has experience in managing fixed asset, cash application, accounts receivable and payable teams. Joining this Company was a true blessing and is fulfilling and rewarding. Denise resides in Rowlett, Texas with her husband of 40 years loves being near her son, daughter-in-law, and three wonderful grandchildren.
Customer Service Manager
Jeff began in the laundry business in 1979 and came to AAdvantage in 1997. He spent a year in the field as a technician before he was promoted to oversee the service department. Now his duties include supervising over 20 service and installation technicians spread across the country, coordinating operations between the service, parts, and installation departments, and ensuring our customers receive quality service. Jeff is married with two grown daughters and enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing and hunting.
Scott has worked in the laundry industry since 1985 and came to Aadvantage as a service technician in 1998, before being promoted to the parts department in 2000. Scott oversees the entire parts department which includes maintaining the warehouse and ordering specialty parts for customers. Scott works in tandem with the service department by ensuring our technician’s trucks are stocked and providing customers with service quotations. Scott attended Eastfield college, lives in Kaufman with his wife, and has two children and five grandchildren.
Director of Industrial Equipment
Janis Zimmerman began in the laundry equipment industry working part-time in 1988, shortly after the birth of her youngest daughter. She stated, “I never imagined it would become my career”. She joined AAdvantage in October of 2018 as the Director of Industrial Equipment where she will develop and support the Industrial team for large equipment service, parts and new sales. Her experience is vast – working for local laundry distributors approximately 18 years and an industrial laundry manufacturer for 12 years. Janis is a highly skilled Customer Service Leader with over 30 years of experience managing diverse professional teams, achieving new levels of success in a fast-paced, competitive Industrial Laundry industry. Effective, flexible and focused multi-tasking team supervision and customer support in equipment service, parts and installations.
Janis resides in Mansfield, TX with her husband of over 30 years, they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Janis enjoys gardening, annual beach trips and a new passion for running 5K and 10K runs with a goal for a marathon.
Director of Governmental Sales
Marcela came to AAdvantage in 2014 from Miami with five years’ experience in logistics management and a degree in Business Administration. As logistics coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating the storage, transportation and delivery of our laundry equipment. She liaises with our parts and installation departments to ensure our stock is maintained and moved efficiently. In addition to overseeing our company’s logistics, Marcela manages all of Mexico sales. She lives in Wylie and enjoys Latin dancing and spending time with her family.
Margaret joined AAdvantage in 2003 as administrative assistant and has nearly forty years’ experience in administrative and accounting positions. As the company expanded so did her duties, until 2013 when she was shifted to focus solely on accounting. She is responsible for all equipment billing, the billing for drop shipments, and other accounting duties as assigned. Margaret loves muscle cars, classic rock, travelling, and hanging out with Wesley, her best friend and husband of thirty-three years.
Norma worked in the commercial laundry industry for twelve years before joining AAdvantage in 2013. Her duties include processing the accounts payable, assisting in collecting delinquent accounts receivable, and providing excellent customer service. Norma is due to graduate this year from Richland College with a degree in accounting. She has been happily married for twenty-four years with two children and six grandchildren.
Scharteese joined AAdvantage in 2015 as an accounting specialist and works primarily with accounts payable. Her duties vary from managing our line of credit and monthly taxes to inputting our rental and route contracts to coding and paying incoming equipment invoices. Scharteese is working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix and lives with her family around Dallas. Married and the mother of four, Scharteese loves being with her family, singing, and just enjoying life.
Jan joined the ALS accounting team in May of 2016, bringing with her 35+ years of accounting experience. After earning her business and accounting degree, she has had longevity in both the fresh potato business and the trucking industry. Prior to moving to Texas, she was part owner of a successful trucking company that serviced the lower 48 states based out of Minnesota. She moved to Texas to be closer to her daughter and her family in 2011, but she has not quite mastered the hot summers! Jan has 2 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren, 3 in Texas and 2 in Idaho.
Britnee joined AAdvantage in August 2016 after moving from her home state of Mississippi. She manages our front desk and phone lines, while providing operational support to the accounting department. Although this is her first time working in the commercial laundry industry, she has eight years’ experience in clerical work and was a veterinary receptionist immediately prior to her move to Texas. Britnee enjoys painting and taking trips with her husband, Eric.