MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Cleaning Systems Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the appointment
of Pat Charlton as the West Coast regional sales manager. Charlton's
background includes 15 years of experience in the car wash, convenience
store and petroleum markets. Charlton will be based in Santa Ana,
Frederick Cizauskas, national sales manager for Wayne, MI-based
Cul-Mac Industries Inc., has been elected to the Midwest Carwash
Association board of directors. He will serve a two-year term ending
in January 2004. Cizauskas has been in the chemical industry since
1992 and served Cul-Mac as regional sales manager from 1996 to June
Craig Galvin, sales manager of ERC Wiping Products Inc. of Lynn,
MA was elected in January to serve on the board of directors of
the New England Car Wash Association. He will serve a two-year term
as a supplier director. Galvin has worked at ERC since 1994.
TOP MARK VII DISTRIBUTORS
Mark VII Equipment Inc. of Arvada, CO recently recognized owners
Steve Kirkpatrick of Complete Car Wash Systems Inc. in Lincoln,
AL and Johnna Boyd and Chris Seestedt of Aqua-Pro Car Wash Systems
in Allen, TX as Mark VII Distributors of the Year. In making the
announcement, Jay Schneiders, Mark VII chief operating officer,
lauded Steve Kirkpatrick, Johnna Boyd and Chris Seestedt as most
worthy recipients of this annual award because of their high sales
volume and their commitment to their extensive customer base.
Several other Mark VII distributors were cited for outstanding
performance including Mark VII of Virginia in Waynesboro, VA owned
by Mike Kight. Mark VII of Virginia received the Service Award which
is presented to a Mark VII distributor who demonstrates the ability
to maintain exceptional levels of service response while providing
outstanding customer care and support.
The President's Award for excellence in marketing and sales support
went to Mid-Tenn Mark
VII Inc. in Lebanon, TN, owned by Robert Taylor. Mark VII also awarded
Cary Fritsvold of Reliable Plus Car Wash Services Inc. in Bloomington,
MN the Founder's Award for exemplifying an extraordinary commitment
and dedication to perfecting touch-free car washing.
Glendale, AZ-based Proto-Vest Inc. has announced a reorganization
of its executive roster. L. G. "Mac" McElroy has resumed
the role as president of the company and has named James Roger "JR"
Klemmer as vice president and general manager of operations. JR
has owned and operated several car washes in the Detroit area, managing
hundreds employees. His industry expertise and his vast knowledge
of Proto-Vest's drying systems will be a great asset to the company.
The company also appointed Marian Hoey as advertising director
responsible for all corporate communication. She brings 16 years
of advertising design experience to the position.
DETAIL PLUS DEVELOPS FORUM
R. L. "Bud" Abraham, president of Detail Plus Car
Appearance Systems Inc., recently announced the development of a
Forum on the company's web site (www.detailplus.com) where anyone
with questions about developing and operating a car wash and/or
detailing business can post questions. Answers will be provided
by an expert staff of people with years of experience in all phases
of car appearance care including: automatic car washing, auto detailing,
express detailing, and extra services relating to automotive appearance
The Forum is open to anyone. All you have to do is go to www.detailplus.com
and click on the "Ask the Experts" box,follow the instructions,
and post your question. Someone will answer the question within
CORNELL NAMED MCA PRESIDENT
J. W. Cornell, owner of Standale Auto Wash in Grand Rapids,
was elected president of the Midwest Carwash Association (MCA) for
the 2002 calendar year. Also elected as officers were Ken Prange
of Ultra Shine Auto Wash in Shelby Township as vice president and
Victoria Burke of The Vanity Carwash & Ice Cream in Reading
as secretary/treasurer. Donnelly K. Eurich, CAE, CMP is the association's
"I greatly appreciate the board members showing their confidence
in me by electing me president," stated Cornell. "With
our recent expansion into a five-state region, my primary goal is
to bring our services to the entire Midwest car care industry."
MCA represents car care operators, suppliers, and manufacturers
in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
CASTROL SWEEPSTAKES WINNER
Heath Kumnick got more than he bargained for when he visited
the Oil Can Henry's quick lube in McMinnville, OR for an oil change.
A random drawing made him the winner of the $21,000 grand prize
in Castrol's Select Service promotion, which involved 11 independent
quick lube operators with over 300 outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
Kumnick's entry was drawn from over 26,000 entries submitted.
The Castrol Select Service promotion, with a "Get On The Road"
theme, gave customers a free Rand McNally road atlas with a Castrol
oil change. The sweepstakes consisted of one grand prize (a luxury
RV vacation) and five first prizes (weekend getaways anywhere in
the continental U.S. or Canada). Kumnick's prize, the luxury RV
vacation, included airfare for six people, a professional driver,
itinerary planning, food allowance, spending money, and more. Castrol
allowed Kumnick to receive the cash equivalent of the prize instead
of taking the trip,
TOP VIOC FRANCHISEES
Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) named franchisee Alan Korpi
of MinnTex Investment Company in Bemidji, MN Operator of the Year.
VIOC recently honored Korpi and other top performing franchisees
at its annual franchisee workshop and awards ceremony in Virginia
VIOC's Operator of the Year is the franchisee who achieves the
most significant operational results and best demonstrates support
and use of the VIOC system in terms of service center maintenance,
customer service and adherence to established procedures. Korpi,
who also operates three other automotive service centers, including
a Tuffy Auto Center, an independent full-service car wash, and a
vehicle accessory store, joined VIOC in July 1994 and has since
opened six additional centers in Minnesota. He previously served
as president of VIOC's franchise advisory council.
The "Rookie of the Year" award was presented to Paul
Naas of Chesapeake Lubrication Inc. in Galesville, MD. This award
is based on the performance of franchisees who have operated at
least one service center for between six and 18 months. Chesapeake
Lubrication opened its first VIOC service center in Waldorf, MD
in June 1999, has a second location under construction in Edgewater,
MD and has a license to open one more location.
The "Outstanding Achievement" award went to partners
Tom Chambasian, Gary Girard, Dennis Poranski, Paul Swanson, and
John Theisen of Great Lakes Lube, LLC in Mukwonago, WI. This honor
is given to the franchisee who demonstrates the greatest effort
in growing the VIOC brand, mainly through aggressive expansion.
Great Lakes Lube, formerly the largest independently owned quick
lube chain in Wisconsin, joined the VIOC system in 2000 by acquiring
21 VIOC company-owned properties and rebranding its five existing
locations as VIOC service centers. Since then, the company has opened
two new centers for a total of 28 locations throughout Wisconsin,
making it VIOC's second largest franchisee. The company has licenses
to open two additional locations.
Chris Malone of High Desert Oil Inc. in Albuquerque, NM received
VIOC's "Spirit of Franchising" award. Malone has been
with VIOC longer than any other franchisee, having joined the system
in December 1988 only months after VIOC launched its franchise program.
He opened his first VIOC service center in November 1989 and has
since opened four additional locations in Albuquerque. He has a
license to open two additional centers.
In addition to these annual honors, two new awards were presented.
Seventeen franchise centers became members of the High Performance
Club, which recognizes centers averaging at least 40 oil changes
per day and average ticket prices of at least $40.00. Five franchise
centers joined the Presidents' Club, which includes service centers
with at least $1 million in annual revenues.