On February 10, 2020, Budget Uniform lost a member of our family and an inspiring mentor: Nelson Shrager.
As the son of Budget’s founder, Saul Shrager, Nelson joined the company in 1961 – just two years after his father founded the uniform cleaning business.
Nelson was a hard worker, a driven businessman, and a dedicated father and husband who will be missed by many. We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about the man who, no matter what life sent his way, always had a “can do” attitude.
Putting Family First
A popular and handsome kid who thrived on Southern California’s sunshine and energy, Nelson played football, ran track and loved music and dancing. He was a seemingly indestructible kid, bouncing back even after a near fatal hit-and-run accident at the age of 17.
When his father Saul first began Budget Uniform, Nelson had been attending classes at L.A. City College, but left to help his dad run and grow the family business.
Not long after joining the family business, Nelson married. He and his wife, Elaine Tapper, raised two children, Steve and Leslie.
Throughout his children’s lives, Nelson was a devoted father. He was a member of his children’s parent/teacher advisory council, coached his kids’ sports teams, and loved attending musical concerts at his children’s schools over the years.
Three Generations and a Culture of Customer Service
Alongside his father Saul, Nelson worked hard to make the family uniform business a success as his children were growing up.
By 1967, Budget Uniform had outgrown its offices. Nelson and Saul bought land in Gardena, an industrial area in the South Bay of Los Angeles, to further expand their business of rental uniforms, shop towels, floor mats, and other industrial items.
Budget Uniform continued to expand its services over the next two decades. One of Nelson’s proudest moments—both personally and professionally—came when his son, Steve, followed in his footsteps and joined the family business in 1988.
Together, Saul, Nelson, and Steve Shrager not only made Budget Uniform a success, but went out of their way to help many other small businesses become successful through their services.
Under Nelson’s guidance, his son Steve eventually took over the reins as CEO, but Nelson remained closely involved in the business as Executive Vice President.
In Nelson’s spare time, he chose to spend it Cassie Maguire, the love of his life for the last 40 years. Nelson and Cassie enjoyed going out to dinner and catching a movie. The couple also enjoyed traveling the world together — soaking in new experiences and living life to its fullest.
A Passion for Life and a Lasting Legacy
Nelson lived his life with passion and purpose. In his final days, he was surrounded by friends and family who will never forget how he touched their lives.
His Budget Uniform family will always be grateful for the culture he helped to build and the dedication he showed to his company.