Conventions - April 2006

Car Care World Expo Review

The International Carwash Association’s Car Care World Expo returned to Las Vegas for 2006. The event took place March 13 - 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and by all measures it seems to have been a record-breaking show. The 2006 Expo occupied more square footage than any previous show and also accommodated the largest number of exhibitors.

Attendance did not disappoint, with vendors virtually unanimous in expressing their satisfaction.

The president of the ICA, Bob Katseff, presented the State-of-the-Industry address during the Annual Business Meeting and Opening Breakfast on Monday, March 13. Several awards were presented during the meeting. The ICA’s highest honor, induction into the Car Wash Hall of Fame, was bestowed on Jim Nelson and Larry Klein of Ryko Manufacturing Co. of Grimes, IA. Maxi Awards — recognition for achievements in advertising — were presented to the following:

  • Print Category - Car Wash Headquarters, Houston, TX
  • Radio Category - Speedy Clean Enterprises, LLC, Knoxville, TN
  • Web Category - Carnett’s Car Washes, Lilburn, GA Several other awards were presented during a Leadership Luncheon held the following day:
  • The Community Service Leadership Award went to Harry Cole, Cleaning Systems, St. Rose, LA
  • The Industry Leadership Award was presented to Paul Fazio, Sonny’s Enterprises Inc., Tamarac, FL
  • The Association Leadership Award recipient was David DuGoff, College Park Car Wash, College Park, MD
  • The Leadership in Innovation Award went to Tom Hoffman, Jr., Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, NY
  • There were three recipients of the Distinguished Service Award: Jimmy Branch, Speedy Car Wash, Panama City, FL; Mike Hansen, Dultmeier Sales, Omaha, NE; and Doug Newman, Connecticut Car Care, Milford, CT

Car Care World Expo remains in Las Vegas for 2007. The event will take place March 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For information, contact the International Carwash Association at (888) ICA 8422, (312) 321-5199, or visit

ICA executive director Mark Thorsby emcees the Annual Business Meeting.

Bob Katseff, ICA president, addresses the Annual Business Meeting.

Jim Nelson (left) and Larry Klein (in absentia) were inducted into the Hall of Fame by Bob Katseff (right).

Tom Maynard points the way in the Eye in the Sky seminar.

Ford Fusion — the Most Washable Car 2006

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