President's Message

The Game is Changing - Experience SCWA 2014


Over the past several years the car wash industry has experienced many changes and challenges. SCWA has worked hard to provide our members the tools, resources and encouragement to meet the challenges and turn the changes into success stories.

The 2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO, February 23-25, 2014 will continue to offer information, strategy and solutions for car wash owners and vendors so we can all be better prepared.

As our theme this year expresses The Game IS Changing – we must all be ready to confront the pressures of changing situations head on. Denying current or coming change can be harmful to the productivity of our business. With accelerating rates of changes in demographic buisiness dynamics and technologies, business owners must be willing to transform. In facing these fast-paced business trends, businesses should attempt to hit change like a bulls-eye, understanding the depth and range of effect. Our ability to understand and accept change should be encouraged, not feared.

We know that time and money to attend the Convention & EXPO is a commitment on your part – so we work hard to make sure our program and speakers bring the most relevant information and business solutions for you to use in your everyday business operations. This year the CEO Forum will offer the unique perspectives of Mister Car Wash CEO, John Lai who will discuss how the car wash environment is changing and how you can use the dynamics to be more successful. The Car Wash Academy is being expanded even more to include a broad range for all experience levels. We are also expanding the Detail Academy sessions based on education provided by the International Detail Association.

Of course the Car Wash & Lube EXPO is always the popular place to be with suppliers, manufacturers and vendors displaying the very latest in equipment, supplies and services for the car wash; detail and lube owners. This year we will be expanding the EXPO to provide for additional exhibitors. If you are a vendor/ supplier you want to make sure you are a part of the SCWA EXPO. Vendor information and registration can be found on the SCWA website

Our General Session will feature the nationally known speaker and author Jim Davidson. Jim is a businessman, author and mountain climbing expedition leader who will uncover “real world” wisdom that will help us all reach new levels in our business operations. You may want to check out Jim before the Convention on the Discovery channel or Animal Planet. You can also read his most recent book, The Ledge.

I encourage you to come experience the power of the car wash community – EXPERIENCE SCWA 2014– February 23-25, 2014 in Arlington. You can use the handy registration form in this edition or visit the SCWA website and register online. But whatever you do be sure to register and join us. See you in Arlington!

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and A Successful 2014.