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October 11, 2010
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Anthony Setaro has been involved in the carwash business since 1989 when his parents started a six-bay self-serve carwash with two in-bay automatics. He took over operations when his parents retired in 1996 and currently operates that site, as well as an additional multi-profit location with a 110-foot express tunnel, two in-bay automatics and six self-serve bays.

Setaro became involved with the Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) after former CCA President Paul Ferruolo, a close friend, asked him to attend a board of directors meeting. Once he saw what the CCA was doing for its members, he knew he wanted to be a part of the organization.

Now as acting president of CCA, Setaro spoke with Professional Carwashing & Detailing about the Association’s current efforts and what he is doing to keep members hopeful during these trying economic times.

Professional Carwashing & Detailing: How are carwashes in Connecticut doing right now?

Anthony Setaro: The general feeling is that business is slightly off from the norm, but everyone is happy that at least there was a strong winter season.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: When is the economy going to rebound? Of course, that’s the question that everyone is asking, but all that can be done is wait and see.

Until then, we hope everyone stays tuned-in to the CCA and supports this very important organization during these trying times. As a smart man once said, “Help us, help you.”

PC&D: How are you keeping your Association members confident and optimistic considering the current state of the economy?

AS: The Connecticut Carwash Association is working very hard behind the scenes, trying to a keep every member alert and aware of anything that would benefit association members. The Association also keeps current of any new legislation coming from our state.

We try to keep our members ahead of the curve. The Association has implemented new ideas in order to bring the members together, such as sponsoring meetings, dinners, golf outings, email alerts, and postings on the CCA website, so that prospective members and current members can become aware of the benefits of the Association.

PC&D: How was the agenda chosen for the 20th Mini Expo, which was held June 3rd in Cromwell, CT?

AS: The agenda for this year’s mini-expo was chosen by the Board of Directors. Many meetings were held in order to decide how to make the Expo bigger, better, and stronger.

The one issue that kept coming to the forefront was that of helping fellow members save money. In these financially demanding times we understand how difficult it is to do business and we are aware that anything we could do to save our members some money would be well received.

PC&D: What are some of the biggest problems affecting CCA members?

AS: Clearly one of the most significant problems affecting our Association members is the revival of the state sales tax on carwashes. Connecticut legislature has repealed almost all of the exemptions in response to the $1 billion shortfall in the Connecticut state budget. The Connecticut Carwash Association has been working extremely hard in trying to keep the tax from being written into law.

PC&D: What does the future hold for the CCA?

AS: The future of the CCA is ever so bright! There is a strong slate of up and coming board of directors and new operators who can and will make a difference in the industry. As any association knows, there are ups and downs in membership numbers, but that’s a challenge that must be expected and dealt with.

PC&D: How are carwashes in Connecticut doing right now?

AS: The general feeling is that business is slightly off from the norm, but everyone is happy that at least there was a strong winter season.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: When is the economy going to rebound? Of course, that’s the question that everyone is asking, but all that can be done is wait and see.

Until then, we hope everyone stays tuned-in to the CCA and supports this very important organization during these trying times. As a smart man once said, “Help us, help you.”