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• The Western Carwash Association's (WCA) annual convention kicked off on Oct. 17 in San Diego, and the opening general session featured a presentation by Brandon Webb, an author and a 10-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran.
During the presentation, Webb talked about the rigors of his SEAL training, and he discussed how SEALs were trained to lead through adversity. "Your equipment doesn't always matter, what matters most is that you take care of your people," Webb said during the presentation. "Nothing great in life is accomplished by yourself, you need a team behind you."
The second night of the convention took place on the USS Midway and included an award ceremony in which Chad Cornell of Crystal Clean Automotive Detailing LLC was presented with Professional Carwashing & Detailing's Most Valuable Carwasher award. Sonny Fazio, of SONNY'S, was also honored for his contributions over the years to the carwashing industry. He was not able to attend due to an illness, but his son Paul Fazio accepted the award on his father's behalf.
• The 2011 Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), held from Oct. 3-5 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, included a luncheon and awards ceremony in which the Most Distinguished Person was named and a person was inducted into the NRCC Hall of Fame.
The Most Distinguished Person award went to Adam Korngold of Wave's Car Wash in Roxbury, MA. Korngold, was recognized for his environmental efforts. His carwash includes a $220,000 PV system, and uses energy efficient motors tied to Variable Frequency Drives, LED lights and a water reclamation system.
Suzanne Stansbury, executive director of the New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA), the Connecticut Car Wash Association (CCA) and the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ), and editor and publisher of The Northeast Carwasher magazine, was named to the NRCC Hall of Fame. She has been a continuous contributor to the organizing and promoting of the various regional tradeshows, expos and other various events.
The dates for the 2012 NRCC have also been announced, and it will be held from Oct. 1-3.
• State Representative Jason Rojas was honored as the 2011 CCA's Legislator of the Year during the 14th Annual Golf Classic in Farmington, CT, which took place on Sept. 20.
Rojas was honored for his outstanding efforts on behalf of all the citizens of Connecticut, his support of small and family-owned businesses and his ability to help create a strong business climate.
"Jason Rojas has been a strong supporter of the CCA and was instrumental in our recent legislative victory which kept sales tax off our carwash services," CCA President Todd Whitehouse said in a press release. "He is a true friend of the CCA and extremely worthy of this honor."
• Daimer Industries Inc. of Woburn, MA, has improved the navigation on the auto detailing and carwash equipment portion of its global website.
Designers divided up the information for each piece of equipment into a landing page that includes four information tabs. The tabbed navigation will allow visitors to find product information faster and easier.
"Carwash equipment is such an important part of our business that we decided to add the latest navigation capabilities to this section of our website," Matthew Baratta, Daimer.com's Internet design spokesperson, said in a statement. "This new tabbed design allows visitors to quickly find just the information they need without being overwhelmed by all the offerings we have."
• National Pride Equipment held its 2011 Equipment Expo in Ashland, OH, on Oct. 7 and ended up hosting 13 different vendors from the carwashing industry.
A "record number of accounts registered and participated in the event," a press release reported and attendees came in from Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. Door prizes, totaling $10,000, were given away during the event.
• PDQ Manufacturing Inc. announced the launch of a social media program which will be active on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn. PDQ will use the presence on these sites to keep customers and employees up-to-date on the latest company news.
PDQ will use these sites to build the product knowledge of its followers via regular posts, video updates and general announcements.
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Stone Soap Company's Avian Control™ Bird Repellent. Stone Soap Company has manufactured products for the auto wash industry since the industry's infancy and is entering its 80th year of being in business.
AVIAN CONTROL™ Bird Repellent is a patent-pending; nontoxic, very effective repellent that prevents birds from congregating, nesting, or roosting around treated areas. The product does not harm people, pets, or vegetation.
The active ingredient in Avian Control™ Bird Repellent works by irritating the pain receptors associated with birds' sense of taste and smell. Birds find the repellent so unpleasant that they leave areas and crops treated with it. The unpleasant effect is temporary and is effective against all types of nuisance birds, including geese, pigeons, starlings and grackles. All of the ingredients in AVIAN CONTROL™ are food grade and are considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as "Generally Regarded as Safe."
• Ryko Solutions Inc., of Grimes, IA, has named Kelly Wadsworth as its new vice president of human resources.
According to a company press release, Wadsworth will work to drive culture change and create a "customer-centric environment." He previously served as vice president of human resources for the financial firm Affiliates Management in Des Moines, IA.
"Kelly has been part of highly successful growth oriented companies over the past 17 years. He is a senior level executive who has facilitated expansion and accelerated growth through innovative and strategic human resource practices. He will be a tremendous addition to the Ryko management team as we continue to successfully execute our growth strategy," CEO Steven A. L'Heureux stated in the press release.
Ryko also announced the addition of Joe Ivy as vice president of manufacturing and operations. Ivy previously directed manufacturing and strategic global sourcing at three facilities for Bridgestone Americas Inc. for 12 years.
"Joe is a tremendous addition to Ryko's leadership team bringing solid expertise in manufacturing and engineering, including a strong track-record in productivity improvement, cost reduction and quality management," L'Heureux said in a statement. "His broad senior leadership experience and business acumen will be invaluable to our company as we strengthen our operations and expand capacity to meet our growth targets."
• Royal Buying Group (RBG) of Lisle, IL, announced its new hires and has also promoted certain people at the company. The recent changes were made in the Vendor Department.
Michael Zielinski, president and CEO, stated in the press release, "What makes a company successful is not just the products and services offered, but also the ideas, strategies, hard work, and implementation of the people. And we believe that the employees that comprise our vendor department have the most potential to make the future of RBG more successful than ever. We look forward to the growth and development that the new hires and current employees will provide to the overall synergy of our company."
The employees who have been promoted include: Sharon Porter, who has been promoted to director of vendors/business development; Mike Small, who has been promoted to senior category manager; Darrin LiCausi, who has been promoted to category manager; and James Kern, who will now serve as junior system/network administrator.