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Meet Emerald Founder, Tom Gildred

A native San Diegan, Tom Gildred is a seasoned entrepreneur who started Emerald Textiles in 2010.  Emerald is the leading choice of healthcare providers in southern California for their linen and laundry service needs.

Gildred founded Emerald with the vision of creating a healthcare laundry that was environmentally conscious while providing higher cleanliness standards and better service. So Emerald was born and came to life in a facility that went from an empty shell to a fully functioning high tech laundering plant within six short months, offering the southern California area the highest quality in commercial healthcare laundry services.

Emerald Textiles has advanced the industry by providing higher levels of professionalism, cleanliness and compliance with the end goal of high customer satisfaction and protection from Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) through linen purity. By using the most high tech, water-efficient equipment available, the facility saves an estimated 120,000,000 gallons of water and 750,000 therms of natural gas for Southern California annually.Tom Gildred in suit

After being in business just over five years, Emerald serves the majority of large healthcare networks in San Diego and has expanded its service area to Orange County and Los Angeles with a second location in Riverside.

Gildred, a Great Entreprenuer

Mr. Gildred is the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award™ locally and has twice been a national finalist. He brings significant business acumen to the company and serves on numerous boards of directors benefitting local companies and non-profits, including past president of the board of The San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego State University, College of Business Administration Board of Directors.  Mr. Gildred founded and is Chairman of the Board of FMT Consultants, a Microsoft Gold Certified business software firm which has received the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award and was named one of San Diego’s “Best Places to Work” in 2011 and 2012. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Gildred Companies. Gildred is the 2016 Chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk succeeding Paul Viviano and the Treasurer for the Plaza de Panama Board of Directors led by Irwin Jacobs who is the Director and Chairman of the committee.

Mr. Gildred is a founding member of Vistage Group 3080 and has served on the Vistage Member Advisory Committee. He is a founding member of the Downtown San Diego Breakfast Rotary Club, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Valley YMCA and a past member of the San Diego Software Industry Council.  He recently won the Millennium Award from the Friends of Balboa Park and was named “Most Admired CEO” by the San Diego Business Journal.

Board of Directors and Organizations

American Heart Association – Heart Walk Chairman

Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club – Founding Member

Emerald Textiles Board of Directors – Chairman

FMT Consultants Board of Directors – Chairman

Mission Valley YMCA Board of Directors – Past Member

Plaza de Panama Board of Directors – Treasurer

San Diego State University, College of Business Administration Board of Directors – Member

San Diego Museum of Art Board – Immediate Past President

San Diego Museum of Art Executive Committee – Member

San Diego Museum of Art Strategic Planning Committee – Chairman

San Diego Museum of Art Finance Committee – Past Chair

San Diego Museum of Art Audit Committee – Past Chair

San Diego Museum of Art Development Committee – Past Chair

San Diego Museum of Art Compensation & Benefits Committee – Past Chair

San Diego Museum of Art Governance & Nominating Committee – Past Chair

San Diego Software Industry Council – Past Member

Sharp HealthCare Board of Directors – Past Member

Sharp HealthCare Information Technology Committee – Chairman

Sharp HealthCare Marketing & Communications Committee – Member

Sharp HealthCare Audit Committee – Past Member

Sharp HealthCare Growth Planning Committee – Past Member

Sharp HealthCare Nominating Committee – Past Member

The Gildred Companies Board of Directors – Chairman

The Gildred Companies Compensation Committee – Chairman

Vistage Group 3080 – Founding Member

Vistage Member Advisory Committee – Past Member

Awards

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 National Finalist

Millennium Award from Friends of Balboa Park 2014

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Finalist

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Regional

San Diego Business Journal Most Admired CEO, 2011

Microsoft Partner of the Year, 2005

Personal

Mr. Gildred is a member of Fairbanks Ranch Country Club and served on the Finance Committee (1998 – 2002).  He is a Circle Member at The San Diego Museum of Art.

Mr. Gildred enjoys golf, windsurfing and volleyball.  He is a member of The Wine & Food Society of La Jolla and Chevaliers du Tastevin of San Diego.

Publications:

American Laundry News Panel of Experts – August 21, 2012                                                    

What Do We Do When the Power Goes Out? 

American Laundry News Panel of Experts – July 17, 2012                                                            

Consider Impact before Over/Under-Loading Equipment

American Laundry News Panel of Experts – May 15, 2012                                                       

Stains and the Worst of the Worst

American Laundry News Panel of Experts – April 17, 2012

Boosting Laundry Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation 

American Laundry News Panel of Experts – February 21, 2012

Commercial or Rental Plant vs. Institution-Based Laundry

Falsified Checks Being Sent in Emerald’s Name

You may be searching our site because you received a letter and check in the mail from a source claiming to be Emerald Textiles. We appreciate savvy consumers like you who recognize potential fraudulent activity. 

As you may have suspected, this letter and check did not come from Emerald Textiles, but instead is an attempt to scam consumers. Emerald Textiles is a healthcare linen and laundry services provider, and as such would not provide checks to the public in exchange for them purchasing products or other services.

While these materials did not come from us, we would like to apologize for your inconvenience. We have filed a report with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in an attempt to stop this scam. We encourage you to file a report with the FBI as well at www.IC3.gov.

Thank you again for researching this fraudulent theft attempt. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@EmeraldUS.com or call 1-619-330-7077.

You can read more about common consumer scams on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud

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