MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Frank Rowe has joined R&B Wire Products Inc. of Santa
Ana, CA as vice president of sales and marketing. Rowe has extensive
experience in sales and marketing with health care industry leaders
such as TheraTx Inc., Baxter, and American Hospital Supply. He joins
a seasoned management team including Christine Arakaki, vice president
of finance and administration and Steve Venti, vice president of
operations and manufacturing.
Gold Eagle Co. has reorganized its materials management
and purchasing operation to provide more focused and efficient service
to its customers while improving supply chain management and reducing
costs. The reorganization also provided opportunities for personnel
advancement. Don Fleming will develop and maintain strategic supplier
relationships as the director of purchasing. Annemarie Tunney will
become the materials and forecasting manager, overseeing materials
planning as well as shipping and receiving functions.
Autobell Car Wash Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC recently
awarded 20 employees its 2003 Academic Scholarships toward the college
or university of their choice. Autobell currently operates 33 units
in 18 North Carolina cities, with two locations under construction
to open later this year in the Tidewater area of Virginia.
The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current
Autobell employees with at least one year of service. A selection
committee reviews all applications and chooses the winners of $250,
$500, and $1,000 scholarships. The 2003 winners are: Kyle Breece
(Charlotte), Patrick Ferebee (Charlotte), Austin Hains (Huntersville),
Matt Johnson (Charlotte), Derrick Pitkin (Charlotte), Chris Poston
(Matthews), Kelly Treiber (Charlotte), Ross Treiber (Charlotte).
Mitchell Williams (Charlotte - Mitchell was also the winner of a
$1,000 scholarship from the International Carwash Association),
Keith Britt (Shelby), Megan Elliott (Shelby), Grant Reid (Shelby),
Steven Perry (Wingate), Chaneé Lawler (Rocky Mount), James
Waters (Rocky Mount), Christopher Finch (Spring Hope), Nicholas
Finch (Spring Hope), Daniel Blan (Raleigh), Derek Jones (Knightdale),
and Michael Pitt (Garner).
In a separate statement, Autobell announced that it had raised
over $10,000 in its team effort with the Harris-Teeter grocery store
chain for the benefit of the "Operation Phone Home" campaign
of the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross. The
program provided nearly 30,000 phone cards to US troops stationed
overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CSI HONORS DISTRIBUTORS
Cleaning Systems Inc. of De Pere, WI, manufacturer of Lustra Professional
Car Care Products, honored its 2002 top sales volume distributors
at a distributor meeting held in conjunction with the World Car
Care Expo in Las Vegas.
Top sales volume Lustra distributor for 2002 and the Presidential
Award winner was Craig Hanson, WashTech of Charlottesville, VA.
The Gold Award winner was Mark Robinson, Car Wash Service Express
of Stedman, NC. The Silver Award winner was Tom Lye, Washing Equipment
of Texas, Austin, TX.
The following were recognized for their accomplishments in 2002.
CSI Shining Star recipients: Roger Despointes, RHD Sales & Service
of Largo, FL and Bobby West, Twin Distributing of Denison, TX; Top
Distributor Solutions Representatives: Doug Brzostowski, RHD Sales
& Service of Largo, FL and Scott Buchanan, Twin Distributing
of Denison, TX; and the CSI Partner in Quality: John Racine, Woltco,
of Coopersville, MI.
Standing (Left to Right): Scott Makowski, Javier Gonzalez, Lisa
Hauser, "Tommy" the Turtle. Kneeling (Left to right):
Melanie Roozee, Michael Gaglione, Miranda Connor. Not Pictured:
Maciej Janus, Amber Kyznar, Jacob Matthew, Stevan Petkovich, Jason
Schrick and Thomas Scuderi.
For the second year, Turtle Wax Inc. offered its associates in
the Auto Appearance Centers Division an opportunity to apply for
scholarships toward their college education. This division employs
over 800 associates in 19 full-service car wash and detailing centers.
Many employees are high school students who are ready to begin pursuing
their goals in higher education. Others are already attending a
college or university.
Although there were many strong applicants, the final 12 who were
chosen met and/or exceeded the criteria outlined in the application.
The scholarship recipients who will each be awarded $1,500 toward
their education are: Miranda Connor (Chicago Ridge, IL), Michael
Gaglione (Chicago Ridge, IL), Javier Gonzalez (Chicago, IL), Lisa
Hauser (Bloomingdale, IL), Maciej Janus (Rolling Meadows, IL), Amber
Kyznar (Aurora, IL), Scott Makowski (Lisle, IL), Jacob Matthew (Mission,
KS), Stevan Petkovich (Joliet, IL), Melanie Roozee (Orland Park,
IL), Jason Schrick (Kansas City, KS) and Thomas Scuderi (Olathe,
PDQ OBTAINS PATENT
De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing Inc. has been issued a patent
on its detergent heating system (Patent # US 6,547,156). According
to a spokesman, this system is at the heart of the LaserWash(r)
G5(tm) S-Series, and provides the operator with on-demand detergent
heating, which significantly reduces electrical costs. The patented
on-board detergent heater provides precise temperature control of
the detergent to maximize cleaning. It involves the proprietary
feature of heating the detergent solution as close to the point
of application as possible, making the LaserWash G5 S-Series energy-efficient
in terms of electrical demand.
BUY ON THE WEB
Filmhandler Tools has unveiled a completely renovated web site
at www.filmhandler.com to help window tinters find the latest squeegee,
scraper, digital meter or other tools and accessory items. In addition,
the site offers detailed product descriptions, photography, and
installation recommendations. Related-item suggestions really clarify
what each tool item can do.
Filmhandler Tools online is available when dealers are - 24 hours
a day. Many dealers are busy from 8 to 5, installing film on cars,
driving to installation sites, educating customers, or communicating
internally. When they finally have spare time after hours to purchase
tools, other suppliers are already closing their doors and turning
off their lights! Filmhandler Tools online is never closed.
WASHUSA: BIGGER AND BIGGER
By the end of June, close to $70,000 had been contributed by WashUSA
Sponsors, according to WashUSA spokesperson Mark Curtis. The November
1 fundraiser, which benefits The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r), is well
on its way to meeting its $250,000 goal. "This is just unbelievable,"
said Curtis. "We are so excited about the momentum WashUSA
has carried over from the International Carwash Association show,
and the swell of support building again from the state and regional
associations across the country."
Simoniz USA Inc. of Bolton, CT has announced that it will again
be a participant as Founding Sponsor. "WashUSA is a tremendous
opportunity for all of us in the car wash industry to give back
and help children in need," said company president and CEO
Bill Gorra. "I urge everyone to get involved. This is good
A similar announcement came from Sonny's Enterprises of Tamarac,
FL as it, too, joined the ranks of supporters as a Gold Sponsor.
"It is with great pleasure that I join people whom I consider
personal friends... who will work together to help Mark Curtis and
the WashUSA project exceed last year's numbers," said Paul
Fazio, the company's president.
The WashUSA committee is presently shoring up its 2003 vendor sponsors.
There are varying levels of commitment available to suppliers, in
addition to the founding sponsorships, to help underwrite the costs
involved in marketing this effort. For more information on participation
and sponsorship opportunities contact Mark Curtis at (888) WASHUSA
or Suzanne Stansbury at (518) 877-6779 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
OBITUARY: BERNIE EPHRAIM
Bernie Ephraim, a 48-year veteran of the car wash industry, passed
away on July 2, 2003 in a Detroit area hospital. Ephraim joined
Standhardt Chemical Corp. as a sales representative in 2001, a position
he held at the time of his death. Before joining Standhardt, he
served as international sales manager at Cul-Mac Industries in Wayne,
MI. Previously, he spent 32 years at the Stone Soap Company in Detroit,
where he finally served as the international sales manager.
During his career, Ephraim earned a president's award, award of
merit, lifetime membership award and a number of service awards
from various car wash organizations. He served with distinction
on the ICA Board of Directors, including a term as automotive liaison
chairman. Ephraim also served as president of the Michigan Car Wash
Association from 1968 to 1971.
Bernie Ephraim constantly worked to make the car care industry
better and safer, working with peers, equipment manufacturers, and
auto makers alike. He had many friendships in this industry and
a wealth of knowledge. All who knew and worked with Bernie will
deeply miss him.