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October 11, 2010
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Johnna Boyd has been appointed strategic product manager for Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, an automatic carwash manufacturer.

Boyd was most recently the owner and CEO of Aqua-Pro Car Wash Systems, Mark VII’s distributor in Texas, which was acquired by Mark VII earlier this year.

In her new role, Boyd will be responsible for the development, implementation, training, and support of Mark VII financial services, as well as outsourced carwash operations and the distributor franchise model.

Joseph Danver has been promoted to site manager of the Sinking Spring, PA, Cloister Wash & Lube. Cloister is a four-store chain in Pennsylvania.

In his new role, Danver is responsible for site management, personnel development, and all business aspects at Cloister’s Sinking Spring location, the eight-acre flagship location for the chain. Danver was previously the assistant site manager and has been at Cloister for five and a half years.

Stephen Horn is now vice president of sales for Champion Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive, fuel dispensing and heavy-duty filtration products.

Horn will be a member of the executive staff and have responsibility for the sale of Champion filtration products worldwide.

Horn has extensive sales and senior management experience. Prior to joining Champion Laboratories, he served as Business Unit President for the traditional aftermarket for Perfection Clutch, Timmonsville, SC.

He also served for many years as the vice president of sales for Raybestos Brakes, McHenry, IL, and prior to that was the VP of sales and marketing for Apex Automotive Warehouse, Chicago, IL.

In Other News
Over 90 carwashes across the nation participated in Grace for Vets, a Veterans Day program initiated by Mike Mountz, CEO of Cloister Carwash & Lube with four locations in Pennsylvania.

Nearly 7,900 veteran’s cars were washed in the nationwide program, which happens each year across the country on Veterans Day. “My goal is for operators across the country to wash a million veteran’s cars. It is the right thing to do, a good business model and has a positive impact on the industry,” said Mountz.

Advantage Truck Accessories, Inc. has appointed T.H.C. Sales & Marketing, headquartered in Exeter, CA, as its sales representative for the Pacific Northwest region, including Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

In addition to that appointment, Atzenhoffer Sales & Marketing, located in Houston, TX, will be responsible for sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Advantage Truck currently manufactures and distributes several folding and snap-on tonneau covers for U.S. and import trucks under the brand names of Sure-Fit, TorzaTop, TorzaTop Premier, Hard Hat, Hard Hat Premier and Quick Draw.

The Advanced Group, Inc. of Marietta, GA, a long-time carwash distributor, will now sell and service Washworld High Velocity® Wash systems by Washworld, Inc. to customers in the states of Georgia and Alabama as well as the Florida pan handle.

Cliff Reed and Matt Norris have purchased Hydro-Spray International LLC, a manufacturer of in-bay automatic and self-serve carwash systems, along with its assets and patents, and renamed the company Hydrospray Wash Systems Inc.

Reed and Norris moved the facility’s location from Mansfield, OH to Clearfield, PA.

ConocoPhillips Company, the fourth largest U.S. lubricants supplier, has updated the Web and classroom-style courses that make up its ConocoPhillips Lubricants Academy.

The Technical Products Course material was developed in 1979 using industrial lubrication engineers as subject matter experts. A few years later, the industrial products course was created, giving rise to the ConocoPhillips Lubricants Academy. The courses are designed to improve marketer’s knowledge of lubrication applications from beginner to intermediate levels.

Regional Roundup
The Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association successfully ducked a sales tax on carwashing in the state of Maryland.

“All in all, I think we have to feel relieved,” said David DuGoff, president of the MCA. “Even though we will get stung by the [income tax and other service tax] increases, we can live with them, especially compared to the devastating effect of a sales tax on carwashing.”

DuGoff also said MCA lobbyist Frank D. Boston was key in the fight against carwash taxation.

A committee to reorganize the Professional Detailing Association has been established by a group of unnamed suppliers to the detail industry.

The purpose of the committee, as the title states, is to reorganize and resurrect the detail association originally formed in 1989 that had over 500 members before merging with the International Carwash Association.

The group dissolved about a year after merging with the International Carwash Association in 1998.

It is believed the group will remain independent of the ICA and of the National Association for Professional Detailing and Reconditioning, an association for detailers established earlier this year.

Anyone interested in joining the committee's effort to reorganize the Professional Detailing Association should contact thepda2007@yahoo.com.