NAUMD Announces 2019 Image of the Year Award® Winners

Competition honors best dressed businesses in North America; Delta
Airlines named “Best of the Best”

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#apparellt;/agt;–The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors
(NAUMD) announces the Image of the Year Award® winners for
the best dressed businesses and apparel programs in North America. The
industry’s highest achievement, the awards recognize the most
fashionable, forward-thinking and innovative apparel designs and the
companies that manufacture them.

Ten companies received the best dressed nod, with Delta Airlines also
winning the prestigious “Best of the Best” award, which spans across all
categories. The award-winning look, created by renowned designer Zac
Posen and brought to life by Lands’ End Business Outfitters, includes
dresses, suiting, outerwear and accessories. Lands’ End incorporated
innovative features like high-stretch fabrics for improved comfort and
movement; wrinkle- and stain-resistance for easy care, water repellant
and windproof fabrics to keep wearers dry and comfortable;
anti-microbial finishes to help keep fabrics fresh; anti-static to
minimize cling and moisture-wicking properties to help keep team members
fresh and comfortable throughout the day.

The 2019 Image of the Year Award® winners by category are:

  • Entertainment Venues: Fast Furious Supercharged, created by
    Universal Orlando
  • Gaming: MGM Springfield, created by Cintas
  • Healthcare: ImageFirst- Healthcare Laundry Specialists, created
    by Superior Group of Companies
  • Hotels – Single Location: Sea Island Resort, created by Cintas
  • Hotels – Multiple Locations: Hyatt Regency, created by Cintas
  • Restaurants – Single Location: CityWalk Cinnabon, created by
    Universal Orlando
  • Restaurants – Multiple Locations: Boston Pizza, created by
    Unisync Group Limited
  • Service/Industrial: Huntington Bank, created by Twin Hill
  • Transportation – People, and Best of the Best: Delta Airlines,
    created by Lands’ End
  • Transportation – Products: Republic Services, created by Cintas

Since 1978, the IOY Awards have honored apparel programs and the
organizations, manufacturers and distributors that have created them.
Winning this award shows that these organizations have mastered the
concept of fashion and function using the best image and brand
projection planning. Specifically designed to assist in identifying
staff professionals, image apparel can also extend a company’s brand,
increase safety, enhance interior décor and improve employee morale.

“Apparel designs have a significant impact on how a customer views a
business, and can make a substantial difference in customer retention,
which is why so many companies are investing in programs that enhance
their brand,” said Steve Zalkin, NAUMD president. “The IOY awards
recognize the businesses that have made employee appearance and guest
satisfaction a priority to create a competitive edge in their markets.”

NAUMD honored its award recipients April 9th during the
association’s 2019 Annual Convention, held in New Orleans at the Hyatt
Regency. For more information about the NAUMD or the IOY Awards, visit,
or email Steve Zalkin,

The North American Association of Uniform
Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the
uniform and image apparel industries since 1932. The NAUMD works to
protect the interests of its members through a series of advocacy,
education, and public relations campaigns intended to arm them with the
tools needed to retain and capture business in a global economy. NAUMD
also hosts an annual convention and trade show where attendees can
source products, learn about trends, and gain practical, take-home
knowledge to better run their business.


Steve Zalkin