Industry Newsline - June 2002

Industry Newsline

Innovative Control Systems Inc. of Nazareth, PA has announced the appointment of four new technicians. Tom Ressler, Bill Shafnisky, and Cliff Cavanaugh have joined the Nazareth office, while
Kenneth Cramer will be based in Texas. In addition to special multi-lingual skills, Ressler has a strong background in electrical wiring and equipment control. Shafnisky's experience includes network and PC troubleshooting and customer service. Cavanaugh has several years of experience in technical support and training, specializing in networking. Cramer has extensive experience in the technology market with concentration in software training. The company also announced the appointment of Bill Nikles to its shipping department. Nickles joins the ICS staff from a well-known shipping company.

Archie Johnson, founder and owner of Superior Car Wash Systems Inc., has named the company's former vice president of marketing Mike Hudson to succeed him as president. According to Johnson, Hudson's 17 years with Superior along with his organizational skills and attention to detail give him
the necessary tools to fill the position. Johnson also announced that Wes Osborne, a 30-year veteran of the car wash industry, has assumed the role of vice president of marketing.

JBS Industries Inc. has announced the appointment of John Hufford as vice president of the JBS Ohio plant. Hufford previously was an executive at the aircraft engine division of General Electric. He also has seven years of experience as an owner/operator of two Cincinnati-area car washes.

David Kunkle has been appointed new product manager for the fast-lube market at Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Kunkle brings several years of sales and marketing experience to the position. He was in charge of sales and marketing activities for the Citgo lubricants brand in the western US from
January 2000 to January 2002. A graduate of the University of Texas-Austin, Kunkle's background includes extensive national sales account management experience with Jiffy Lube International and Pennzoil Products Company.

DRB Systems has named Rebecca Doll-Suppes to the position of installation coordinator. Doll-Suppes will be responsible for supervising and training the company's in-house and field installation staff. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, she joined DRB Systems in 1999 as a field installer and support representative.

Oasis Car Wash Systems Inc. has named Mitch Wade national sales manager. Wade, former regional sales manager at Ingersoll-Rand, will be responsible for new and existing sales accounts, as well as recruiting and training new national distributors. Wade is the last of four brothers to join Oasis, a family owned and operated company.

Turtle Wax Inc. has awarded scholarships with an aggregate value of $17,000 to exemplary employees in its Auto Appearance Center Division. This division includes 19 full-service car wash and detailing centers (15 stores in the Chicagoland area and four in the Kansas City area) and employs over 800 people, many of whom are high school students ready to begin pursuing their goals in higher education, or are already attending a college or university.

Although there were many strong scholarship applicants, the final 17 whom were chosen met and/or exceeded the criteria that were outlined in the application. The employees who will each be awarded $1,000 to further their education are Alejandro Arellano (Chicago, IL), Hector Banuelos (Rolling Meadows, IL), Brandon Blattner (Mission, KS), Nick Breese (Orland Park, IL), Tracy Bozek (Lisle, IL), Alison Collins (Aurora, IL), Kelli Cunningham (Chicago Ridge, IL), Crystal Dwyer (Crystal Lake, IL), Oscar Figuroa (Chicago, IL), Michael Gaglione (Chicago Ridge, IL), Tyler Marty (Mission, KS), Jacob Matthew (Mission, KS), Daniel Mayer (Chicago Ridge, IL), Steven Petkovich (Joliet, IL), Eric Rambo (Bloomingdale, IL), Melanie Roozee (Orland Park, IL), and Jamie Zagort (Orland Park, IL).

These employees joined Denis John Healy, president/chief operational officer of Turtle Wax, Inc. on April 30, 2002 in an award ceremony at the corporate headquarters to receive certificates. Healy congratulated the winners saying, "Working full- or part-time while maintaining impressive grade point averages at school, and being involved in extracurricular activities and/or performing services in your communities is quite an accomplishment. We are proud to have you as part of the Turtle Wax team!"

Compuwash, the 22-year-old equipment-control company, moved into an expanded facility and began operations there on Monday, May 6, 2002. The new facility is five miles from the former one and has double the floor space. According to Alan Doyle, company president, the need for additional space was the primary reason for the move.

The new location includes expanded room dedicated to technical support and repair, a dedicated switch room for telecommunications, and larger office, warehouse, and production facilities. The new address and telephone numbers are as follows:
95F Hoffman Lane
Islandia, NY 11749
Toll free: (800) 876-3900
Phone: (631) 234-0700
Fax: (631) 234-7092

My Lube and Maintenance Shop, Missouri has been named the winner of Performance Resources Inc.'s National Award for Excellence in Customer Service for the first quarter of 2002. Scott Schwartz, owner of two My Lube and Maintenance Shops, accepted the prestigious industry award from Performance
Resources Inc. president Joseph Rosales at the 2002 AOCA
Convention and Fast Lube Expo in Reno, NV.

My Lube and Maintenance Shop received a plaque noting its achievement. In addition, Performance Resources will make a donation to the AOCA Scholarship Fund on behalf of My Lube and Maintenance.

WashUSA 2002
Momentum is building for the second WashUSA fundraiser. According to event spokesperson, Mark Curtis, there has been great response from regional and state associations to join the
effort. "To date, we have the Connecticut Carwash Association, Car Wash Operators of New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic and New York State Car Wash Associations on board with several more awaiting board approval," he said. "The wheels are definitely turning toward another extremely successful event."

The 2001 fundraiser, which netted nearly $40,000 for the International Committee of the Red Cross, saw participation from more than 100 car wash operators and manufacturers. Although the efforts were primarily on the East Coast, a group of Denver, CO operators also participated. The group used Veteran's Day, November 11, to hold the 2001 event.

The 2002 fundraiser date is still under discussion, but should be some time in the fall. For more
Information on WashUSA contact Suzanne Stansbury, executive director of the CCA at (800) 287-6604 or Mark Curtis at 888-WASHUSA.

On May 1, Shell Oil Products U.S. began its planned conversion of Texaco branded service stations nationwide to the Shell brand in what is said to be the start of the largest retail re-branding initiative in American business history. The market-by-market conversion kicked off in Oklahoma City. Shell anticipates completion of the entire conversion in all markets by June 2004 at a total cost of approximately $500 million. Today, there are approximately 22,000 Shell and Texaco stations across the nation.

"With this conversion initiative under way, we plan to bring Shell's tradition of customer care to even more motorists in our modern and inviting stations, many of which also now offer convenience stores and technologically advanced car washes," said Russell Caplan, vice president of retail for Shell Oil Products U.S.

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