Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Schedule of events

Here's a listing of every event taking place between Oct. 7 and 9.

October 1, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Attendee Registration

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Carwash College: Guaranteed Money Makers: A look at services at the wash that can impact your bottom line. Carwash College’s Robert Andre will share proven money-making services and how to implement them at your wash. He will also discuss the need for change to keep your wash alive and profitable including a discussion on the express carwash model and how to adapt this format to your existing facility.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Attendee Registration

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Early Bird Panel Discussion and Breakfast

An open forum discussion on topics concerning the carwashing industry. Meet with seasoned industry experts prepared to answer any of your carwashing questions. Hear what issues other operators are facing. This is your opportunity to discuss industry concerns and hear how other leaders in the carwash industry have solved problems. Year after year this seminar receives the highest reviews.

Moderator: Bob Katseff, Turnpike Carwash, Peabody, MA

Panelists: Terrance Elder, Triple Play Car Wash, Attleboro, MA; Walt Hartl, Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, NY; Donato DePinto, New England Car Wash Equipment, Acton, MA; and Steve Petruzello, Big Steve’s Plaza Car Wash, Leominster, MA.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The “Pros and Cons” of the Unlimited Wash Club

These panelists will share with us their thoughts and experiences with the “Unlimited Program/Club Plan”... the good and bad. Their expertise and hands-on with this guaranteed revenue stream is invaluable to those with existing plans or those thinking about implementing them. This candid panel will provide you with an arsenal of information you won’t want to miss hearing.

Moderator: Walt Hartl, Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, NY

Panelists: Dennis O’Shaughnessy, Sr., Glenmont Car Wash, Glenmont, NY; Tom Hoffman, Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, NY; and Mark Kubarek, K & S Car Wash, Auburn, NY

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Keynote Presentation: Bob Hurley, Sr. & International Carwash Association® Address: Mark Curtis, ICA President

Coach Hurley, who has built Saint Anthony High School, in Jersey City, NJ, into a national basketball powerhouse, will share with us how he has been able to steer hundreds of former players to a college education, many the first of their families to reach that goal. What we can all learn from this coach is how to overcome obstacles and thrive – and make a real difference in the lives of so many. For more information on Coach Hurley, see the sidebar: More information on Coach Bob Hurley, Sr.

Mark Curtis, ICA President, is CEO of Splash Car Washes, with16 locations, including everything from self-serve to flex serve to full serve, with five oil change operations and detail shops at each of the 16 sites. Splash Car Washes is celebrating its 32nd year in business. Currently Mark serves as the president of ICA having served on its board previously from 1999 to 2001, and currently since 2008. He served on the Connecticut Carwash Association board from 1994-2001, the last five years as president. The primary topics for discussion will be new ICA initiatives and the growth of WaterSavers and Washcount.

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibits Open

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Opening Night Reception & Awards: Rockin’ Out Reception and Benefit

Held at the Hard Rock Café, located at the Trump Taj Mahal, the NRCC has teamed up with Restore the Shore in an effort to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy who are still impacted by the devastating hurricane last fall. Great food, great music and an open bar of beer and wine! A silent auction and raffles will top the night. The goal is to raise $10,000. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.

Wednesday, October 9

7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Attendee Registration

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Early Bird Roundtable and Breakfast

Introduction: Tony Setaro, Jet Spray Touchless, Waterbury, CT

Table Moderators:        

  • Self Service, Paul Ferruolo, Mr. Sparkle, Hartford, CT
  • In-Bays: Doug Lutz, Crossroads Car Wash, Bethel, CT
  • Full Service: Jay Frank, Splash Car Wash, Greenwich, CT
  • Express Exterior/Flex: Doug Rieck, Magic Wash, Manahawkin, NJ
  • Safety/Insurance: Mike Benmosche, McNeil & Co., Inc., Cortland, NY
  • Financial/Lending: Michael Ford, Coast Commercial Credit, Deltona, FL
  • Maintenance: Gary Sokoloski, Centerline Carwash Sales & Service, Wales, ME
  • Fast Oil Change: Eric Seale, Mighty Auto Parts, Kensington, CT
  • Detailing: Dave Petit, Simoniz USA, Bolton, CT
  • Marketing/Social Media: Sara Park, Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, NY

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Get Out Alive! from Your Carwash Business

Thomas L. Ledbetter, J.D., LL.M, is a co-author of Get Out Alive! – a guide to extracting full value

from your business. His company, Business Transition Network, LLC, specializes in business succession and exit planning. He writes, lectures and conducts workshops on the subject of exit planning. Tom began his career as a tax lawyer in Philadelphia with a law degree from University of Michigan Law School and a Masters in Tax from Georgetown Law School. He now lives and works in Ft. Myers, FL. In this session, Ledbetter teaches how to avoid mistakes and make an exit plan.

Carwash owners are like most self-made entrepreneurs; they put all their skill, knowledge and business acumen into building their business and deriving a good income for themselves and their

families. But when it comes to figuring out how to convert their equity, a mere piece of paper representing their stock interest, into cash to build a retirement on, they are often at a loss.

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Exhibits Open