AOCA '04/'05 BOARD
Veteran fast-lube owner Sue Ackley is the new president
of the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA). Ackley was elected
to succeed Dr. Scotti Lee at the organization's board meeting in
Orlando, FL. She and her husband, Gene, operate three Xpress Lube
facilities in the St. Louis area.
The association's new vice president is Dave Jensen,
owner of Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change Centre in Waterloo, Ontario.
Larry Read, owner of the Pleasanton, CA-based Oil Changers, Inc.
remains as secretary-treasurer.
Two new members were elected to three year terms on
the board of directors: Steve Allison, of Shell Rapid Lube in Myrtle
Beach, SC and Chris Tolsdorf of Tolsdorf Oil Lube Express in West
Board members who continue to serve are Dr. Scotti
Lee, Oil Change Express, New Castle, DE; Dan Mason, Oil Can, Inc.,
Easley, SC; and associate board members David Prange, The Heartland,
Wheaton, IL; and Kevin Gibbons, Pacific Trend Automotive, Inc.,
TRIP GIFTS FROM HANNA AT ICA SHOW
Hanna Car Wash Systems International surprised six lucky winners
with free airline certificates during the company's "Bag a
Trip" promotion at the 2004 ICA Car Care World Expo held April
29-May 1 in Las Vegas. All day during the first two days of the
Expo, Hanna randomly selected attendees spotted carrying Hanna bags
as winners of six $250 American Airline gift certificates.
Hanna's CEO Jim Perris presented prizes to the following winners:
- Charles Nathan Friends, Jr. of Flowery Branch, GA;
- Marcos Torres of Power Center Car Wash & Lube in Lancaster,
- Mohamed Abubaker of Visalia, CA;
- Jonathon Reed of Post Rock Car Wash in Mulvane, KS;
- William A. Hillenbrand II of Batesville, IN;
- Lisa Gasna of Miami, AZ.
AUTOBELL CELEBRATES 35TH YEAR
Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc., a privately held, family-owned
car wash company, celebrated its 35th anniversary and 23 millionth
car washed during May 2004.
Autobell is currently America's third largest full-service conveyor-operated
car wash company with 39 units in 20 North Carolina and 4 Virginia
cities. Three additional units are under construction and
slated to open by mid-year. The company employs over 1,000 people
and will wash nearly 2 million cars this year. By the end of 2004,
Autobell will have doubled the number of units it operated five
years ago. Autobell has never closed a car wash.
Autobell and company president Chuck Howard have been the recipients
of numerous recent conservation and environmental awards for their
commitment to and protection of the environment. Autobell treats
100 percent of the water it uses and recycles up to 80 percent.
Its charity car wash program, which discourages polluting parking-lot
car wash fundraisers by offering half price Autobell certificates
to charities to sell, has raised over $1 million for charities since
its inception in 1998.
AREA SUPERVISOR PRGM from CSS
Customer Service Solutions, Inc. of Medford, NJ has introduced
a new program for companies with multiple locations and designed
specifically for their Area Supervisors.
In development since 2003 and launching in June 2004, Area Supervisor
Development (ASD) is a program that places Area Supervisors in highly-interactive
and intense learning sessions for two days, three times a year,
in small peer groups. The program includes classroom-based workgroups,
powerful team-building exercises, and physical and mental challenges
that will inspire and motivate the highest levels of improvement.
According to Joseph Rosales, company president and founder, Area
Supervisor Development was developed at the request of CSS's multi-location
clients to improve the performance of their area supervisors. "The
vast majority of area supervisors have never received formal training
in the skills necessary to manage managers and grow the business
through the efforts of others. This program, by design, provides
them a powerful learning experience that will make a difference
in their business approach, and develops skills and tools they can
use immediately upon returning to their locations," he added.
"There has never been anything like this program available
to the car care industry. We are very excited about the positive
impact it will have on the participants," Rosales concluded.
For more information about the program, dates, fees, and registration,
call (800) 268-9899.
CITGO MOVES HQ
CITGO Petroleum Corporation will move its corporate headquarters
from Tulsa, OK to Houston, TX, the company recently announced. The
relocation will begin this summer and will take approximately two
years to complete.
This decision will strategically position CITGO as a major player
in the industry, according to Luis Marín, the company's president
and CEO. He expressed confidence that the relocation would propel
the company to the next level of success.
As part of the move, CITGO will receive a $5-million grant from
the Texas Enterprise Fund, and the cities of Houston and Corpus
Christi, TX will sponsor $30 million in low-interest loans through
the Texas Economic Development Bank and its bond program.
CITGO, in turn, has committed to invest over the next 10 years
$828 million at the Corpus Christi refinery and to add 120 jobs,
which will result in an increase in the volume of gasoline produced
at that location.
DETAIL PLUS SEMINAR
Detail Plus president Bud Abraham conducted a seminar/demonstration
titled "Paint Finishing Tools; Pads and Chemicals" at
the recent 2004 Mobile Tech & Trim Expo in Orlando, FL.
More than 100 individuals attended to learn more about the latest
technology in automotive paint finishing. Several attendees were
given an opportunity for "hands-on" buffing.
Abraham will conduct a full-day detailing seminar a day before
the Expo in 2005 for attendees wanting to gain more information
about auto detailing and setting up an auto detailing business.