MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Dean Ducoing, formerly of Belanger of Michigan, Inc., has become
a partner along with Todd Gesund and Fred Noyes in Super Car
Wash Systems & Equipment Inc. of Royal Oak, MI. The company
is a Select Service Organization Distributorship of Sonny's Equipment
Inc. Ducoing will be responsible for all sales of car wash equipment,
including full tunnel systems, auto dealer systems, and gas station
(rollover) systems, as well as installations, service, and repairs.
Hanna Car Wash Systems International has announced several
changes in its executive lineup. James Rowe, previously CEO, has
been named vice-chairman, effective July 10, 2002. He will focus
on strategic initiatives and product development
Jim Perris, previously Yoshida Foods' CFO, and a former COO at
TRM Inc., has been appointed president/CEO at Hanna and will manage
the day-to-day operations.
Dan Hanna, Jr., has been named executive vice president of the
new Hanna Touchless Car Wash Division. He will be responsible for
the development and roll-out of all the new Hanna touchless equipment,
including wheel washer, high-pressure arch, and touchless in-bay
John Antonis, previously vice president of international sales,
has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing responsible
for both domestic and international markets.
Belanger Inc. has appointed Rich Andreas regional sales
manager for the Midwest Region. Andreas' previous experience includes
a stint at PDQ Manufacturing where he worked, as a purchasing manager.
He left that position to create the partnership known as Belanger
The company also appointed a regional sales manager for the Great
Lakes Region: Dennis Wight. Prior to accepting this position at
Belanger, Wight spent 21 years in the petroleum industry, for 17
of which he was with Gilbarco of Greenboro, NC. During the final
three years, he was region sales manager ovrseeing four district
The New England Carwash Association has moved. The new address
and telephone numbers are as follows:
c/o The Association Advantage
Lakeside Office Park
591 North Ave., Ste. 3-2
Wakefield, MA 01880-1617
Tel: (781) 245-7400
Fax: (781) 245-6487
VIOC SPONSORS WALK-A-THON
The first annual Big Brothers Big Sisters "Magic Challenge"
Walk-A-Thon, recently held at the Detroit Zoo, raised more than
$50,000 for Detroit-area youth mentoring programs. Representatives
from Walk-A-Thon sponsor Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) joined
representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters Metropolitan Detroit
(BBBSMD) and local celebrities to kick off the festivities with
a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
WASHUSA, MAKE-A-WISH TEAM UP
WashUSA spokesperson Mark Curtis has announced that Make-A-Wish
Foundation(r) of America has been selected as partner for the Second
Annual Wash USA effort on November 2, 2002. "Our committee
couldn't be happier with our selection and the effort this charity
has already put forward to team up with us," said Curtis.
Momentum continues to build across the country as more and more
regionals and state associations join the WashUSA effort. Most recently,
the Western Carwash Association (WCA), with more than 900 members,
joined the program.
The 2001 charity event, which raised nearly $40,000 for the International
Committee of the Red Cross, saw participation by more than 100 car
wash operators and manufacturers. The 2002 fundraiser is expected
to surpass those numbers significantly. "I hope to get 1,000
washes on board," said Curtis. "The goodwill created for
the car washes who participate is a wonderful fringe benefit to
raising money for a great cause like Make-A-Wish."
For more information on WashUSA, contact Mark Curtis at WashUSA
at (888) WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury at Media Solutions at (518)
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Bill's Quick Lube, Oklahoma has been named the winner of Performance
Resources Inc.'s National Award for Excellence in Customer Service
for the second quarter of 2002. Doris Lambert, owner of Bill's Quick
Lube, accepted the award from Performance Resources, Inc. president
Bill's Quick Lube will receive a beautiful plaque noting its achievement.
In addition, Performance Resources will make a donation to the AOCA
Scholarship Fund on behalf of Bill's Quick Lube.
MARK VII SAVES WATER
Mark VII of Arvada, CO has announced that its new Profiler in-bay
automatic uses only 26.5 gallons of fresh water per wash and only
1.5 gallons for clear coat rinse. Furthermore, water usage would
be even lower if a reclaim system were used, said Jay Schneiders,
COO of the company. Tests comparing the Profiler to Mark VII's own
Aquajet showed that fresh water usage in the former was reduced
by 35 percent.
"More advanced wash technology enabled us to combine several
different applications within the same pass. Rocker panel blasters
and efficient low-pressure clear coat have been integrated into
other passes to completely eliminate two entire gantry sweeps. We've
also incorporated side profiling capabilities during the high-pressure
wash application," Schneiders said.
RALPH STONE DIES AT 88
Ralph Stone, retired chairman of Stone Soap Co. Inc., passed away
June 25, 2002 at 88 years of age. Stone founded Stone Soap Co.,
Inc. in 1932 during the Great Depression. Stone Soap began manufacturing
car wash chemicals for the professional car wash industry in the
early 1950s. Stone
was the inventor of Pride Pressure Wash Compound which was the industry's
first truly effective self-service pressure-wash detergent. His
vast experience in chemical compounding led to many other innovations
in professional car washing products that are still in use today.
Ralph Stone was a fixture at car wash trade shows for over three
decades, where he established both business and personal relationships
that remained strong over the years. As an advocate for professional
car washing, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the industry.
Stone is survived by Rosalyn, his wife of 60 years, sons Kenneth
Stone (president of Stone Soap Co.), Steven Stone (executive vice-president
of Stone Soap Co.), and Jeffrey Stone (president of Sales Plus Inc.).