President's Message

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 technology.

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.