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October 11, 2010
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Jackie Young Brown, long-time employee of Magic Wand Car Wash Systems, passed away May 5 after a long battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

Brown began working for Magic Wand nearly 28 years ago. Working with Bill Daughtery, president of the company, she built up a strong distributor program and “is probably known to well over 5,000 self-serve operators.”

She was a familiar face at many carwash conventions and retired from the company three years ago.

Brown is survived by her husband, Paul, and two sons, Dr. Aaron Brown and Paul Brown, Jr.

Phillip W. Arndt has been appointed publisher of Professional Carwashing & Detailing® Magazine and its allied products, the Professional Car Care Online™ website and the Professional Car Care e-News™ electronic newsletter.

In his new position, Arndt is responsible for all sales and editorial operations of print and electronic products in the Professional Carwashing & Detailing group.

Arndt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Southern California.

Andy Murillo, a veteran of the conveyor carwash industry and former representative of Hanna Car Wash Systems through Northwest Pump & Equipment Company, has moved to Metro International to help represent Sonny’s product line.

The move was in conjunction with Northwest Pump assuming the Sonny’s line in the Western U.S., including as a sub-distributor and service provider for Metro International.

Additionally, Steve Marquez, formerly of Advanced Car Wash Solutions, and also an experienced industry associate, has joined Metro International LLC, Irvine CA, as its Warehouse and Service Manager.

The hiring supports Metro International’s opening of new offices and warehouse space in Irvine, CA.

In Other News

Royal Building Technologies, a manufacturer of finished, stay-in-place formwork for carwash walls, has announced the company is relocating its offices.

Effective June 11, the company’s new mailing address and contact information are:

1 Regalcrest Court
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada L4L 8P3
Tel: 905-652-0001
Fax: 905-652-0002
Toll-free: 1-877-747-WALL (9255)

A regional association for convenience store owners is being sued by three operators who have filed a class action suit for “unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.”

The lawsuit contends the plaintiffs were illegally denied membership in the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) and therefore unable to qualify for group discounts on beverages by Pepsi.

The ARA represents 900 businesses owned or managed by Ismailli Muslims. The association said it is within its legal rights to limit membership to Ismaili Muslims.

Pepsi is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, but the company had no comment in the article. One of the plaintiffs claimed Pepsi had sent him a letter about discounts with a separate group, but it “wasn’t even close” to the discounts with the ARA.

Regional Roundup

CCA hosts WashCT fundraiser
The Connecticut Carwash Association’s (CCA) Board of Directors has voted to endorse and support a “Wash Connecticut” fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

In December 2006, PC&D reported that WashUSA, a national carwash event to support Make-A-Wish, was cancelled due to reduced participation.

Mark Curtis, founder of the wash charity day and member of the CCA, said he hoped carwash operators would continue to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® on a local or regional basis, as he planned to do in Connecticut and New York.

The CCA fundraiser will be patterned after the national WashUSA event, which raised more than $800,000 for Make-A-Wish from 2001-2006.

Participating carwashes will contribute a portion of their revenues from cars washed on August 18. In the case of rain, the event will be held August 25.

CCA hits big time with casino night
The Connecticut Carwash Association’s (CCA) held its second annual casino night June 6 at the Marriott Courtyard in Cromwell, CT.

The event included approximately 45 attendees and included the presentation of the 2007 Kenneth M. Gustafson Sr. Scholarship Awards.

Each year the CCA presents two $1,000 scholarships to encourage the pursuit of a post-secondary education for those associated with the carwash industry. Gregory Kenny and Caleb Fox were this year’s recipients.

CWONJ raises money for children’s hospital
The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) raised nearly $5,000 for the Children’s Specialized Hospital at its 7th Annual Golf Outing, June 5, at the Olde York Country Club in Columbus, NJ. The grand total was $4,675.

This is the third year the group has raised funds for the largest comprehensive, pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the United States.

Approximately 85 golfers played 18 holes at the “Top 10 Rated” course. Team Whichard (Todd) took home trophies for first place. His teammates Ken Hoffman, Emir Certioglu and Larry Biasatto won the outing with an impressive score of 55. PC&D