ARLINGTON, Texas — The 2018 edition of the Southwest Car Wash Association (SCWA) Convention & EXPO was another record-breaking event with more than 1,985 attendees, according to a press release.

This largest regional gathering of car wash owners and vendors recently converged on the Arlington Convention Center for the annual EXPERIENCE SCWA, the release continued.

The 2018 edition included an expanding EXPO area with more than 320 booths and over 70,000 square feet of exhibits plus expanded education sessions from nationally recognized speakers, the release stated.

“We are proud of the very positive responses we have had to our Convention & EXPO and in particular our education program,” said SCWA President DeWayne Hall. “As we continue to expand as an association, we want our education efforts to be relevant to our growing membership.”

On Monday morning, the release continued, the convention was highlighted by the keynote from Rob O’Neill, the leader of Navy Seal Team Six who lead the search for and was responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden; O’Neill talked about his mantra, “Never Quit,” and the importance of following this in your business.

As one attendee said, “Your keynote by Rob was a bases-loaded homerun for SCWA!”

The 2018 SCWA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ron Peterson, retired Mister Car Wash CEO, the release noted.

According to Awards Chair Tyler Furney, “The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest recognition given by the SCWA, and we are proud to add Ron’s name to our honor roll.”

The event was summed up in an article by Rich DiPaolo, editorial director of Professional Carwashing & Detailing, saying, “There was so much to take away from this year’s event in Arlington, and attendees and exhibitors certainly had a strong return on their investment in attending. But in order to get the full impact of the event you truly must ‘Experience SCWA’ yourself.”

Mark your calendar now for EXPERIENCE 2019 from February 24-26, 2019, the release concluded.