The Game is Changing…..
was the theme of the very successful
2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO.
The last few years have
indeed brought many changes
to the car wash industry and
the game is CONTINUING to
change. We have seen changing
car wash business models;
acquisitions; changing customer
buying habits; increased government
regulations; ObamaCare; economic extremes; new
Our outstanding keynote speakers helped us focus
on the theme - including Jim Davidson who motivated
attendees with his near death story and how he used his
experience to become stronger. He encouraged everyone
to use the changes and challenges of business and life to
not be defeated but be resilient. Resiliency is a fitting word
to describe our industry. John Lai, CEO of Mister Car
Washes, provided a look into the future of the car wash
industry and how car wash owners can use the dynamics
of change to be more competitive.
I hope you were able to EXPERIENCE SCWA 2014
in Arlington and take advantage of the three strong days
highlighting Industry Innovations – Business Solutions – Operational Strategy and even the Unparalleled
Hospitality. As Charlie Gates, Octopus Car Wash in
Albuquerque said - the SCWA EXPO with more than
60,000 square feet of exhibitors - the premier education
plus networking with all the successful car wash operators
is really a great way to start the year.
Many people work hard to make the SCWA Convention & EXPO a special experience for everyone from exhibitors
to attendees. To all the 2013-2014 Board of Directors -
thank you for your time, energy and your commitment to
SCWA and the car wash industry. Board members serve
by giving their time and assuming financial expenses for
their participation. It is an honor to serve on the Board
but also a sacrifice in terms of time and financial resources.
This year we enjoyed an increase in the number of
exhibit booths and sponsors as well as an increase in new
companies exhibiting for the first time. Thank you to all
the exhibitors and new companies who made a special
commitment to participate in the 2014 EXPO. We enjoyed
a significant increase in attendees on the EXPO floor this
year. As one exhibitor told me “I could not be happier
with the SCWA Show”. A special thank you to the 2014
SCWA Sponsors who helped make the SCWA events
more fun and affordable. Check out the Exhibitors and
Sponsors on page 29. You will also be able to find thesecompanies on the SCWA website. I encourage you to support
the companies who support SCWA.
Of course to Barry Farris, Immediate Past President,
THANK YOU. SCWA owes you all our appreciation and
gratitude for your leadership and vision.
Yes the Game is Changing - and we may not be able to
predict the future. But with the resources, strategies and
information I took away from the SCWA Convention I am
better prepared for the future.
Thank you for your support and let’s all make 2014 a
year of taking advantage of the changes and challenges.