MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
California Scents, a manufacturer of air freshener products, has
announced the appointment of Dave Slingsby as executive vice president.
Slingsby has more than 28 years' experience in the retail industry.
He spent the last 20 years with Target Stores, most recently as
a regional vice president covering the Southern California market.
He will bring his management, operations, and retail expertise to
California Scents focusing on developing and building internal structure.
Akron, OH-based DRB Systems has named Harold Guthrie national accounts
representative. A well-known figure in the car wash and car care
industries, Guthrie has been with DRB Systems for 10 years, and
has served the company in a variety of capacities, including director
of its support department. In his new position, Guthrie will be
working with DRB Systems' large chain accounts. A native of Green,
OH, Guthrie spent 11 years with IBM, where he was a systems engineer,
prior to joining DRB Systems.
Ed Schaad has joined Ryko Manufacturing Company's sales and marketing
team as major account manager. Schaad brings considerable experience
to Ryko, having held sales management positions with Veeder-Root,
OPW Fueling Components, and, more recently, Belanger Inc. He has
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California
Polytechnic State University and an Associate of Arts Degree, Marketing
from Orange Coast College.
In a separate statement, Ryko announced the appointment of Don
Gaddy as vice president, global operations and procurement. Gaddy
comes to Ryko from Danaher Corporation where he was vice president,
global operations planning and procurement for the Gilbarco Veeder-Root
He has over 25 years of operations/materials management experience
working for two Fortune 500 manufacturing companies: Square D and
Danaher Corporation. Gaddy has a business/marketing degree from
Eckerd Business School and is certified CPM, CPIM, and registered
as an ISO lead assessor auditor.
Oasis Car Wash Systems of Galena, KS has announced the appointment
of John Jonas of Lewisville, TX as regional sales manager. Jonas
has 23 years of industry experience, including 20 years as operations
manager of a multiple-location car wash group. Most recently, John
was the southwest regional sales manager for Blendco Systems, a
major supplier of chemicals to the car wash industry. "John
will play an important role in the continued growth of our company,"
said national sales manager Mitch Wade. "We feel fortunate
to have him as part of our team."
Lexington, KY-based Valvoline Instant Oil Change has named Kevin
R. Mueller regional manager. He will be responsible for 60 corporate-owned
service centers in Michigan and northwest Ohio. Bryan K. Justice
has been named VIOC manager of process improvement and learning,
effective November 29, succeeding Mueller. In his new role, Justice
will be responsible for corporate and franchise training, employee
development, and process improvement. He reports to Steve Lynn,
director, business development.
LUSTRA BEAR BALLOON
Cleaning Systems Inc. of De Pere, WI recently introduced the Lustra(tm)
Bear balloon. This 12-foot giant encourages the car wash customer
to "give your car a hug."
"The Lustra Bear can't help but draw attention to your car
wash and is an excellent Grand-Opening or special-event attraction,"
said Jim Thomes, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.
The balloon is available for use by operators through Lustra's worldwide
network of distributors.
WASHUSA 2005: UNITEC JOINS
Unitec Electronics of Jessup, MD, has announced its 2005 participation
in the September 24 WashUSA fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish
Foundation(r) as a Gold Sponsor, according to the company's vice
president of sales and marketing, Pamela Piro. "Given the success
of this event in previous years, we're excited to see what 2005
will bring. We appreciate the dedication and hard work of the volunteers
who make this event possible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,"
The WashUSA committee is presently growing its 2005 vendor sponsors.
There are varying levels of commitment available to suppliers, in
addition to the four founding sponsorships, to help underwrite the
costs involved in marketing this effort. For more information on
participation and sponsorship opportunities, contact WashUSA founder
Mark Curtis at (888) WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury, trade media manager,
at (518) 877-6779 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
To download a participation agreement, log onto www.washesforwishes.org.
The one-day event, slated for September 24, has a rain date of October
In the mean time, WashUSA and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
have issued an urgent request for those washes which have yet to
remit their donation for the 2004 event to do so at their earliest
possible convenience. WashUSA is looking to close out their 2004
books and begin their 2005 campaign, according to Curtis.
RYKO ADDS MERCER
Ryko Manufacturing Company has added R.W. Mercer Company to its
increasing sales and service distribution network. R.W. Mercer Company
will be responsible for all sales and service in the state of Michigan
and will deal exclusively with Ryko car wash systems.
The R.W. Mercer Company, a leader in the petroleum equipment and
construction industries, was established in 1960, and is comprised
of highly-skilled and dedicated professionals. With the addition
of a car wash division and factory-trained service technicians who
possess extensive experience in installing, troubleshooting, and
repairing car wash systems, Ryko is confident that R.W. Mercer Company
will push to the forefront as a leader in the car wash industry
DOSMATIC TEST STATIONS
Dosmatic USA/International has introduced two custom-engineered
performance-test stations in its production facility in Carrollton,
TX. These test stations are designed to test the full range of Dosmatic
products in order to uphold its stringent quality-control and ISO
procedures during the manufacturing and assembly of its full product
These modern test stations were designed under strict specification
by Dosmatic's engineering team. They are able to accurately test
every unit prior to dispatch at both the high- and low-end of the
specifications with a permanent computer record of performance linked
to a detailed history by serial number. The operation of this high-tech
test station is fully automated, and controlled by a touch-panel
computer, which will record all the data of results achieved in
In addition to providing test data, these new test units will decrease
the test time required and thus increase production through the
facility, resulting in decreased lead time.
SECWA: NEW MANAGEMENT
The Southeastern Car Wash Association has announced the appointment
of a new management company. The new company is Organization Management
Group of Virginia Beach, VA and the association's new executive
director is Gail Phillips. The new contact information is as follows:
184 Business Park Drive, Suite 200-S
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (800) 834-9706
Fax: (757) 473-9897
Web site: www.SECWA.org