Model’s Fantastic Family

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Jerry Subar, Chairman of the Board (In Memorium 1929-2012)

“I’ve worked all my life in this business. After graduating from Central High School, The University of Michigan, and serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, I dedicated my career to providing our customers with the best value in the business.” Jerry has served on dozens of industry and community boards and chaired several committees, including the Textile Rental Industry’s International Trade Association, and has donated thousands of hours supporting Special Olympics, Sherriff’s Honor Camp and many other local programs. Jerry and Judy Subar and Model have supported dozens of local charitable organizations and fund scholarships at several local universities.


 

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Jon Subar, President

“My dearest wife of 36 years, Mia, and I are proud third-generation caretakers of our family’s business. Our dream is to see the fifth generation take over some day! Our goal has never been to be known as the biggest, but to be known as the best, and to be known for bringing many firsts to our customers. Please call me anytime with your questions, comments or suggestions for improvement. To our customers, thank you for the precious gift of your loyalty. We will continue to work hard to earn it. To our employees, thank you for the special gift of your dedication to our mission.  Model’s Mission is to Build Loyal Relationships with Customers, Team Members, and Community.” Jon worked at Model while in high school and college, and worked in finance in Boston after graduating from the University of Michigan. He has been back at Model since 1986, and has “the best job in the world.”
Email: jons@modelcoverall.com | Cell: (616)-291-0895


 

 

Tom Fasnaugh, District Service Manager

Tom Fasnaugh is a terrifically loyal and dedicated Model employee! Tom is from Potterville, MI–born, raised, and still lives there today. He’s even on the town planning commission—an examples of his loyalty and dependability! Tom is a proud graduate of Potterville High School (’82), and he then attended General Motors Institute. He married his high school sweetheart, Shelly, 35 years ago! They’ve raised two successful and outstanding children, son Tyler and daughter Teddy, and now have four little grandchildren: Kensley, Lincoln, Hadley and Hunter.

Tom has always been a hard, dedicated worker. He has never, ever ‘called in sick’!  Ever! He’s early to arrive, and often the last to leave! Tom started at Model as an RSR and worked hard and learned the business. He then became Model’s Lansing Branch Manager before becoming a District Service Manager in GR. Tom also worked many years as a mechanic and Service Manager at a car dealership, where he also excelled. His customers and co-workers appreciate him because he is friendly, courteous, kind, loyal and hard-working.  He has often been asked to go through a customer’s dirty laundry to find lost items—so Tom has returned wallets, wedding rings, pocket-knives, collectable coins, and more, all over Michigan.  Tom has gone above and beyond for customers  and for Model for over 22 years.  Tom enjoys his work and gives it his all. “It really is like family here at Model. Plus I’ve been invited and also have taken our customers on fishing and hunting trips, and even taken my family to their homes, and have had customers stay at our place.”  Tom enjoys time with his family, and getting in some hunting and fishing and camping, and going up to their place near Houghton Lake, and listening to Alternative Rock (but mostly hunting and fishing!)


Austin Turner, District Service Manager

Austin may have been born in Texas, grown up in East Lansing, graduated from East Lansing High School and attended LCC, but today he’s all MAIZE AND BLUE!  And even moreso..all about family. Austin’s family is “small but very “. Austin has a special place in his heart for “Grandpa, he has had such a big influence on my life.”  At work, Austin is all work. He started with Model in 2014 as an RSR and won “RSR of the Year” the very next year, and earned a promotion to District Service Manager in 2016.  Austin has earned a Perfect Attendance Award 4 out of his 5 years at Model. Austin likes the uniform rental business.  “It’s a fun environment.  It’s nice to get out of the office and visit with customers—getting to know them and what kind of work they do so we can provide them with the proper items.”  Austin’s customers appreciate that he is very quick to respond to their requests and needs. He’s quick to find solutions to problems.  He’s most proud of helping his largest customer implement a brand new Flame Resistant uniform program with specialized welding jackets and other special protective apparel.  When not working, or rooting for Michigan sports, Austin can be found on the golf course or out on a lake fishing, or deer hunting, or in the gym working out and playing basketball.  Austin is very competitive and enjoys a challenge. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way”, as Babe Ruth used to say. If Austin has the chance to relax and watch a movie, he loves Saving Private Ryan and Goodfellas, or almost any good war movie. Did we forget to mention that Austin is getting married in March 2020.


Scott Maschke, Branch Manager, Lansing

Scott grew up in Lake Orion, MI, then earned his BA from Walsh College in Troy.  After working for Proctor & Gamble and other consumer goods companies, Scott joined Model in 2009 as a RouteSales Rep, and won the 2011 RouteSales Rep of the Year Award! Scott was soon promoted to Lansing Branch Manager. He loves his work because he loves meeting customers and learning all about their businesses and about the customers themselves. “You really get to know a wide cross-section of great, hard-working people who are striving to fulfill their passions and dreams, whether that dream is to own a store or auto repair or machine shop, or a potato farm….It’s great to be even a small part of helping them succeed.”  Customers find him smart, honest, and genuinely interested in helping them in any way he can. After work, Scott relives his greatest round of golf when he was crowned the “Model Cup Champion of 2019”, and spectating—loyally rooting for the Lions, Tigers and Spartans, and most of all cheering on his daughter’s Davenport University Lacrosse team. Scott enjoys Clint Eastwood and Will Ferrell movies when he’s not feeding his TV addiction to Survivor and Derry Girls!  Scott is most proud of he and his wife for raising two strong, intelligent women, with a little help from dog, Orla.


Step Gostlin, Brand Manager, South Bend

Step is a busy father of 7 children (and grandfather of 4, so far). Step is from Detroit and is a proud 2001 graduate Eastern Michigan University. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his children and support their many various activities—sports, band, music and all the other extra curriculars! They’re a smart bunch, too, getting all A’s, which makes Step so very proud. They’re all Detroit sports fans, too, so enjoy watching and attending games all year long.  And you might find him singing karaoke late at night! Step lives close to Lake Michigan, so “every day is like a vacation at the beach.”  Before coming to Model in early 2019, Step was a service manager for a large public uniform rental company, and was a District Manager for Speedway, doing a lot of traveling. Step’s customers know he’ll go over and above to get the job done.  He likes Model because “At Model you’re treated like a valued member of a team and not just another cog in a machine.  All employees have a chance to grow as the company grows.”  Life’s not always easy, but Step lives by his favorite quote by Mark Twain, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”


 

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Sherrie Guthrie, Uniform Stockroom Manager

“Hi, I’m Sherrie, supervisor of our Uniform Stockroom Department. We handle all new orders for garments, both rental and purchase orders. We complete the order from start to finish. If the customer needs a size, color or style change we take care of those changes. We also are responsible for getting new accounts their first delivery of uniforms, as well as adding your new employees to existing accounts. We generate bar code ID labels to identify your garments, as well as making your call name tags and company emblems. We are enthusiastic about our work, and pride ourselves on accuracy. Most orders are completed within a week or less. I have been at Model for 2 years, and have 20+ years of experience in the rental laundry business.”

Email: sguthrie@modelcoverall.com


Joe Jiminez, Production Manager

Joe maintains ties to his birthplace, Austin, Texas, but was raised in Grand Rapids and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1980. You might know Joe as an online radio DJ for MidwestTejanoRadio.com. Joe loves Tejano music and traveling back to Austin to visit family and friends. But back at work, Joe is a very hard working, diligent manager who makes sure our laundry get done—clean, neat, pressed, counted, sorted and ready to be delivered to the right customer on the right day.  Joe’s staff loves his sense of humor and kindness and hard work. Joe’s work is fast-paced and can be hot–and cold. But Joe helps keep everyone smiling. He has been at Model since 2017. Previously, Joe worked at other commercial laundries over the past 10 years but has finally found his true work family at Model.  Joe loves the people at Model and it looks like he’ll be doing laundry for a long time to come, too. “I love what I do…I think I have soap in my veins.”


Jake Frederick, Office Manager / Controller

Jake is a proud graduate of Hudsonville High School (‘09) and GVSU (‘14). Jake joined Model in 2019, after working several years in commercial banking, and as controller of a regional chain of retail stores. He chose Model because it felt like a family. “Everyone is so friendly, and people really care about each other.  This is hard to find nowadays.” Customers appreciate his listening skills and how pleasant he is to speak with. They also find that he is prompt in getting things done. Jake has been recognized by his co-workers for helping them out when they are busy and going above-and-beyond his normal job responsibilities. Jake is also a very bright guy! When Jake isn’t managing the office and the books, he loves spending time with his wife, Aleigha, and their two young boys, Grayson and Cohen. He also enjoys golfing – he’s played since he was a little kid – and hiking with his wife.  They even took an awesome hiking trip to Sedona and South Dakota. Model is very lucky to have Jake as a new leader on the team!