Industry Newsline - May 2008

Industry Newsline


Doug Marquis has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Lustra Professional Car Care Products, a division of Cleaning Systems, Inc. (CSI) in De Pere, WI. Marquis joined CSI in 1995 as regional sales manager, and has been handling sales management, business development, and strategic direction responsibilities throughout the Eastern United States.

The company also announced the appointment of James Wurm as corporate director of marketing. Wurm is responsible for strategic planning, branding and national/international marketing of the Lustra Car Care Products and DynaEdge commercial transportation divisions. Prior to joining CSI, Wurm worked in business and consumer marketing and sales for companies including Airadigm Communications, Ameritech, and Ford Motor Company.

In a separate announcement, the company named Jim Koch as director of national accounts. A 14-year veteran of the company, Koch previously was regional sales manager of the car wash division. In addition, Jack Bonow was promoted to the position of regional sales manager for the north central United States. Bonow has over 17 years of car wash industry experience and an extensive background in all aspects of the sales and sales management processes at Lustra.

D&S Car Wash Equipment Company of High Ridge, MO has announced that Rick Slott has joined the company as vice president, national accounts. In this new position, Slott will be responsible for developing and implementing a car wash equipment sales program for national and regional oil companies. Slott brings a diverse background and over 20 years of car wash experience to D&S. Prior to joining D&S, Slott worked for Cleaning Systems, Inc.

The company also announced that partner Larry Qualls will assume the additional responsibility of business development manager. Qualls and Slott will work closely together in order to implement new business growth strategies. Qualls has been a partner in D&S since 2004 and has 25 years of experience in the car wash industry.

In addition, D&S named David Whitaker to fill a newly created position as vice president, business development. Whitaker will be responsible for the training and development of existing distributors, as well as the recruitment of new distributors in key markets. Whitaker brings over 30 years of experience from the convenience store, petroleum, and car wash industries to D&S. Most recently, he worked for Cleaning Systems, Inc.

Andi McJunkin has joined Autobell Car Wash Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, as the company’s community relations representative/recruiter. Her primary responsibilities are to develop and execute strategies to recruit entry-level employees who may be interested in long-term employment or a career with Autobell. McJunkin most recently worked as a sales account executive for WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

ERC Wiping Products, Inc. of Lynn, MA has announced that both Valerie Sweeney and Chris Spagone will now serve as vice presidents. Sweeney has been with the company for 12 years and formerly held the position of director of marketing and sales. Spagone, a 10-year veteran of ERC, was previously the director of warehousing and distribution.


Beacon Bay Auto Washes were recently selected by OC Metro Business Magazine as part of Orange County’s Green Teams in a recent issue identifying green companies in the county. Beacon Bay Auto Washes was one of 23 OC companies recognized as leading the way in putting ideas to work to be less wasteful and help preserve the environment.

Beacon Bay Enterprises Inc. has been actively working to save water at its auto washes by recycling water since 1965 — over 42 years ago. “We are very excited to be recognized by OC Metro in this great fashion,” said Pat Shea, president of Beacon Bay and past president of the Western Carwash Association. “Hopefully this article will educate more readers on how much of a positive impact they can have on water usage and the environment by not washing their cars at home.”


The steering committee of detail industry suppliers for the Formation of the International Detailing Association has recently announced that all legal requirements have been met and registrations completed and that IDA is now seeking members from all segments of the detail industry — operators, manufacturers, distributors, and consultants.

The committee indicated that as soon as IDA had 75 to 100 members, requests for nominations for the board of directors would be made. The nominating committee will select a final slate of candidates and a vote taken among all members for the first board of directors.

The steering committee is made up of the following founding charter members: Allbrite Car Care Products; Car Brite; Cyclo Toolmakers, Inc.; DETAIL PLUS; Ding King; P & S Chemical Sales; Professional Dispensing Systems; RAGGTOPP; and U.S. Products, Inc.

For more information about the IDA and/or to obtain a copy of the bylaws, e-mail or contact Marnie Joseph, IDA, PO Box 20755, Portland, Oregon 97294.


Patrick Crowe of Crowe Enterprises Inc. and the author of 30 Self-Service Car Wash Technical Bulletins has announced that the bulletins have been completely revised and updated. New bulletins have the following titles:

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  • The Tale of the Now-Famous “Oprah for President” Car Wash Promotion and How It Was Seen, Heard of, or Read About by More Than Twenty Million People
  • Leasing A Self-Service Wash — Does it Ever Merit Consideration?

All bulletins are sold with a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee. Bulletins can be purchased at less than $2.00 each.

For more details or ordering information go to www.carwash


The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) has announced the results of its 2008 board-of-directors and officer elections held during AOCA’s 21st Annual Convention & Fast Lube Expo March 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

L. Ward Huntley, president of South Lubes, Inc. in Orange Park, FL was reelected to a second three-year term. He joins six other members continuing terms on the board: Steve Allison, Xpress Lube in Myrtle Beach, SC; Kevin Davis, Fast Oil Change in Lovely, KY; Doug Kline, Ohio’s Ultra Lube in Tallmadge, OH; Glenn Morris, Auto Lube Care in Ventura, CA; Chris Tolsdorf, Tolsdorf Oil, West Chester, PA; and Dave Jensen, Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Following the general election, AOCA board members selected officers for the year: Chris Tolsdorf, president; Glenn Morris, vice president; and Steve Allison, secretary/treasurer.


Automotive International of Cincinnati, OH, has been awarded a 2008 Think Global/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year award from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Commercial News USA is a catalog-style magazine distributed to an estimated 400,000 readers in 176 countries. Awards are given to one U.S. company in each of 15 industry categories. Privately held Automotive International was named Exporter of the Year in the Automotive/Aviation/Marine category. Winners were chosen based on the total number of documented export deals completed in 2006, total percentage increase in sales in 2006 compared to 2005, exports as percentage of total sales, the company’s commitment to exporting, the company’s commitment to customer service, and the company’s innovation and originality in marketing products or services.

Automotive International distributes environmental-protection chemicals, prep/reconditioning chemicals, body shop compounds/polishes, and retail car care chemicals for the automobile industry. The company reported a 73 percent increase over 2005 in total export sales for 2006. Exports now represent 23 percent of the company’s total sales.

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