Conventions - June 2008

Car Care World Expo

Mark Thorsby, executive director of the International Carwash Association welcomes conferees at the Annual Membership Meeting.

The International Carwash Association took its annual event, Car Care World Expo, for a final spin outside of Las Vegas, drawing together car wash operators and suppliers in Orlando, FL. The Expo took place April 7-10.

Rather than present a state-of-the-industry address, Neil Hitchcock, the president of the ICA, discussed — talk-show style — the state of the industry with Mark Thorsby, association executive director, during the Annual Business Meeting and Opening Breakfast on Monday, April 7. Only two awards were presented during the meeting. For the third year running, the ICA bestowed its highest honor, induction into the Car Wash Hall of Fame, on two individuals. This year, the inductees were Ron Benderson of Delta Sonic Wash Systems Inc. and John Criscuolo of A. E. Styles Manufacturing.

Through its show publication, Car Care Today, the ICA announced the names of the recipients of its 2008 scholarships:

  • Benjamin Steines — Miracle car Wash, Dubuque, IA
  • Daniel Analoro — AutoBell Car Wash, Concord, NC
  • Emily Kosobucki — Delta Sonic Car Wash, Erie, PA
  • Scott Estes — AutoBell Car Wash, Huntersville, NC
  • Sophia Singer — Mike’s Carwash, Cincinnati, OH
  • Kyle Rector — Mike’s Express Carwash, Indianapolis, IN
    (Larry Harrell Scholarship recipient)

Departing from the usual format for the first full day of the convention, the organizers scheduled a panel discussion titled “Leadership Viewpoints” in the place of educational seminars. The panel, consisting of Murray Kennedy of Mark VII, Russell Coleman of Jim Coleman Co., Paul Fazio of Sonny’s, Thorsten Krüger of WashTec AG, and Charlie Lieb of PDQ, fielded questions on various subjects including gas prices, the environment, consolidation, and innovation.

Car Care World Expo returns to Las Vegas, NV for 2009 — and every year thereafter. The event will take place April 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For information, contact the International Carwash Association at (888) ICA 8422, (312) 321-5199, or visit

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