ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Around 1,500 people showed up for the 19th annual Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), a number which exceeded expectations, according to a press release.
Show chairperson Dick Zodikoff said the success of the convention, held at The Borgata Hotel and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, from October 27-29, reflects the dedication of the industry.
“With these tough times I think that was a wonderful number,” he said in the press release. “It just shows how dedicated the carwash industry is to learning and seeing how we can go forward in this difficult environment. The standing-room only crowds at the seminars proved this as well.”
NRCC Convention Manager Julie Stanton told Professional Carwashing and Detailing, “Many exhibitors told me that the attendees were ready for business. The attendees were pleased with the sold out floor space and the variety of exhibitors.”
A luncheon on October 28 featured an address from the International Carwash Association (ICA) president Neil Hitchcock who encouraged attendees to stay positive and to also look into ways to save energy. The 2009 NRCC Most Distinguished Person award was also presented at the event.
The award went to Dick Zodikoff of Tameric Carwash Equipment who is a founding NRCC board member, a CWONJ board member and former president, who will retiring in December. “Dick has been a vital part of the CWONJ for more than 30 years, and the NRCC since its beginning. His professionalism and innovative approach to the industry will never be forgotten,” said Jeff Gheysens, former Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) President and International Carwash Association (ICA) board member who helped present the award.
As for next year, which will mark the show’s 20th anniversary, Stanton told PC&D the association is getting excited. “It is our 20th anniversary so we have a few tricks up our sleeves. We are always striving to improve on our show so expect quality seminars and another packed show.”