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The Southwest Car Wash Association's 2014 Convention & Car Wash EXPO

What you need to know about the SCWA's 2014 Convention
& Car Wash EXPO

Presening the schedule of events, more information on keynote speaker and quick facts about this year's location.

The Southwest Car Wash Association's (SCWA) annual Convention & Car Wash EXPO is being held February 23-25 at the Convention Center & Sherator Hotel in Arlington, TX.
Professional Carwashing & Detailing has put together a guide for you to use if you're planning in attending this year's show. The following includes a schedule of events, tips on how to maximize your time at the show and some insider information from SCWA Executive Director Chuck Space. For even more information, visit

The theme for this year’s show is, “The Game is Changing.” According to the SCWA, the last few years brought many changes to the carwashing industry. Everything from the changing business models to customer buying habits to increased government regulations have impacted carwash owners. The 2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO will offer up strategies and solutions for success in the ever-changing industry.

Show schedule

Sunday, February 23

12:30 p.m. CEO FORUM
Featuring John Lai, CEO of Mister Car Wash, "The Game is Changing"

2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. EXPO Floor Opens

Monday, February 24

8 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Car Wash Investors Basics
If you are considering entering the $23 billion professional car wash industry or a current car wash owner new to the business or changing models; this session is for you.

8 a.m.-9 a.m. Rapid Round Tables
Pick your topics and circulate between discussion tables. Each session is 15 minutes.

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Idea Exchange Sessions
Breakout sessions discussing problems, challenges and practical solutions for all types of car wash models and lube operations.
a. Conveyor/Express
b. Self Serve/Automatic
c. Lube

10:30 a.m. SCWA Awards Presentation & Keynote Address

12 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors

1 p.m.-5 p.m. EXPO Floor Opens

6:30 p.m. SCWA & Cowboy Stadium Event

After a full convention & EXPO day, enjoy a relaxing & fun evening of food, friends and a visit to Cowboy Stadium.

Tuesday, February 25

8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Car Wash Academy
No nonsense business solutions; management strategies and innovative car wash business ideas.

12:15 p.m. Closing Luncheon

  • Introduction of 2014-2015 SCWA officers
  • Report from SCWA President
  • SCWA Annual Report
  • Door Prizes

Keynote Address and Speaker

Jim Davidson, author of The Ledge, will be giving the keynote address on Monday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. Davidson is also a businessman and mountain climbing expedition leader. With more than 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial success and 31 years of mountain climbing experience, Davidson will offer up real world wisdom to help carwash owners in reaching their goals. Davidson will also share an amazing story which has been chronicled on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. His book, The Ledge, tells the story of how Davidson and his best friend Mike Price climbed Washington’s Mount Rainier in June 1992. In what was supposed to be a triumph, their achievement turned to tragedy when they were caved-in and forced to survive inside a pitch-black wall of ice.

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Business cards
  • A notebook and pen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Showroom floor map
  • A list of booths to visit
  • A list of questions to ask

Quick Facts:

Date: February 23-25, 2014

Show Location: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011, (817) 459-5000

For more information: Visit

Accomodations:Sheraton Arlington Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive. Arlington, TX 76011, United States Phone: (817) 261-8200

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