MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Hamilton Manufacturing Inc. of Holland, OH has announced
the appointment of Brad Quay as vice president of sales. Quay has
been dedicated to Hamilton for nine years and is well experienced
in customer relations and sales.
Mike Levin has been promoted to director of marketing for Inglewood,
CA-based N/S Wash Systems. He will be in charge of sales
and marketing for all national and international accounts. Previously,
Levin was national marketing manager for N/S. He has been in the
car wash industry since 1964, at one time owning and operating a
full-service car wash. Levin has served as president of the Central
States Car Wash Association (1978-1979), president of the Minnesota
Car Wash Association and on the Board of Directors of the International
Car Wash Association for one full term of three years (1983-1986).
In 1980, the ICA honored him with the Award of Merit. This spring,
he was selected to chair the ICA Vendor Task Force, a nine-member
committee working to make the car care industry even more efficient.
DRB Systems of Akron, OH has appointed Tam Rininger to the
newly created position of distributor services specialist. Rininger
will be working closely with the national network of distributors
who sell and install DRB Systems' computer-based TunnelWatch Tunnel
Control Station. A four-year DRB veteran, she will handle all distributor
support and service calls on a new dedicated toll-free number, and
will be responsible for providing distributors with educational
In a related development, DRB Systems has also announced that it
will be setting up TunnelWatch Tunnel Control Station in-house before
shipping units to distributors. "This will simplify the installation
process, and allow our distributors to devote more time and attention
to providing service to their customers," said Rininger.
John Q. Wesley, president of Valvoline Instant Oil Change, has
been named senior vice president of The Valvoline Company.
Wesley is based at Valvoline's world headquarters in Lexington,
KY, and reports to Sam Mitchell, president of the company. Wesley
joined Ashland Inc. in 1982 as a sales representative for Valvoline's
IGLO/Pyroil unit. In 1992, he relocated to Lexington and in 1996
was promoted to vice president and general manager of Valvoline's
US retail business unit. A native of Morganfield, KY, Wesley is
a graduate of the University of Kentucky and recently completed
the general management program at the Harvard Business School.
Mark VII Equipment Inc. of Arvada, CO has expanded and realigned
its sales and marketing organization. Heading the company's distributor
management group will be Fred Grauer, vice president - distributor
network. Grauer has 40 years experience in the car wash industry
and owned Sherman
Industries and Whistle Clean Car Washes before joining Mark VII's
sales team in 1994. Grauer currently serves on the board of the
International Carwash Association.
Mark VII also announced that Craig Campbell had been promoted to
director of marketing and would oversee the product and marketing
department. Campbell's group will focus on new product innovation
including the new low-water-consuming in-bay automatic, a new dryer,
and a variety of new in-bay projects. Campbell has been in sales
and product development with Mark VII since 1995.
VIOC's NEW TURNKEY FRANCHISE
Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) has launched a program designed
to put qualified investors in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on
the fast track to becoming quick lube operators. With plans to grow
from four to 25 locations in the area over the next several years,
the company announced it would immediately begin developing properties,
tackling several of the most critical and difficult initial stages,
before selling them to franchisees.
"We believe that by taking control of the development process,
we can grow with greater speed and efficiency," says David
Young, franchise sales manager for VIOC. "Our goal is to add
up to six franchisees in Dallas, each with the financial strength
and willingness to open four to five locations. This program will
significantly shorten the time for them between signing an agreement
and opening for business."
Dallas is an ideal market in which to launch VIOC's new turnkey
franchise program, Young explains, because it holds great potential
for growth but has stiff competition for affordable, premium real
estate. In June, VIOC signed its first franchisee under the new
Dallas-based Phillip and Susan Cerpanya, operating as Mustang Lube
and Oil, are scheduled to assume ownership of one of the locations
set to open this year. The husband-and-wife team, both financial
professionals, invested in a VIOC franchise as an alternative to
the stock market.
ONLINE DETAIL REFERRAL
Detailpros.com(tm), a referral and marketing program that assists
consumers seeking vehicle appearance care specialists, has launched
its web site with great support from the industry. The program has
also announced its collaboration with an online product and supply
company for the vehicle appearance care industry, Topoftheline.com.
The Detailpros.com web site offers both consumers and industry
professionals a one-stop resource for personal and business needs.
The site is conducive to streamlining the connection between industry
professionals and the consumers who use their services. Simultaneously,
it offers both markets a wealth of related news, information, forums,
and a custom search that unites the professional and the end user.
a large selection of vehicle care supplies on the Internet - tools,
detail supplies, body shop chemicals, odor removal, glass/leather/vinyl
repair equipment, paintless dent repair tools, etc. According to
Jason Boardé, president of Detailpros.com, one of the appreciated
qualities of Topoftheline.com is that it doesn't market a specific
brand, but rather products that have been tested to its satisfaction.
Detailers interested in joining the referral and marketing program
or who would like to learn more can visit
CAR WASHERS HONORED
Houston's National Public Radio affiliate KUHF-FM honored Bill
Lawrence, the owner of Bubbles Hand Car Wash, with its Business
Trendsetter Award. Lawrence founded Bubbles Hand Car Wash more than
a decade ago and has built the venture into a successful six-site
chain of full-service facilities. Bubbles Hand Car Wash is frequented
by many of Houston's sports and media celebrities.
Lawrence was presented with the award at a dinner ceremony at Houston's
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, which was attended by 500
business, community and civic leaders.
Victor Giangrant, owner operator of Clean Cars, Inc. d/b/a Westside
Car Wash in Dover, DE, was recently honored as Small-Business
Person of the Year by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce.
Governor Ruth Ann Minner and The Senate of the State of Delaware
also recognized Giangrant.
Giangrant bought the business in 1981 and has operated the car
wash and detailing center ever since. The road to success, he says,
is giving good service at a fair price.
VIOC'S FAMOUS CARS ROADSHOW
With a goal of raising funds and awareness for a program that provides
cars to those in need, the Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) "Famous
Cars Roadshow" embarked at the beginning of August on a three-month
national tour from New York City.
The exhibit features cars from such films and television shows
as Dukes of Hazzard, The Flintstones, Starsky & Hutch, The Beverly
Hillbillies and Back to the Future, as well as the more recent Road
From New York, the "Famous Cars Roadshow" is traveling
west and south, making stops at VIOC service centers. VIOC will
donate $10 for each oil change performed at a service center while
the exhibit is on site. The donations will benefit Charity Cars
Inc., an organization that provides vehicles to victims of domestic
violence and the disadvantaged.
MACE REPORTS 2Q RESULTS
Mount Laurel, NJ-based Mace Security International Inc. ("Mace")
announced net income of $0.01 per share and EBITDA of $1.6 million
for the second quarter of 2002. Revenues were $11.8 million compared
to $13.0 million for the second quarter of 2001. The company attributes
in revenue primarily to adverse weather conditions. EBITDA for the
first six months of 2002 was $3.7 million or 15.8 percent of revenues
compared to $4.0 million or 15.3 percent of revenues for the same
period of 2001.
Effective May 1, 2002, Mace recommenced direct operation of its
security products division. Revenues for the two months in which
the company operated this division, May and June of 2002, were $397,000.
During 2001 and for the first four months of 2002, the security
products division was operated for its own account by Mark Sport
Inc. Mace received $20,000 per month in exchange.
Mace also recently acquired the assets of Micro-Tech Manufacturing
Inc. Micro-Tech specialized in manufacturing and distributing security
cameras, security monitoring systems and electronic surveillance
equipment, and generated revenue of approximately $774,000 and EBITDA
of approximately $200,000 in 2001. This acquisition is part of the
company's plan to expand its consumer security products business
through internal development and selective acquisitions.
HIRSCH BROTHERS ARE ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR
Robert and Richard Hirsch of Chicago-based Gold Eagle Co. have
been awarded the Ernst & Young Illinois Entrepreneur of the
Year award in the manufacturing category. Their company is a manufacturer
of chemical products for the automotive aftermarket.
The Hirsch brothers have directing the company for more than three
decades and have increased profits and market share through the
development of new products and the acquisition of key automotive
brands. Today, the company's premium labels include 104+ Octane
Boost(r), STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer(r), HEET(r) Gas-Line Antifreeze,
and NO-LEAK(r) Premium Sealers.
Both men remain active in the family business, which was founded
in 1932 by their father, Armin Hirsch. Robert "Bob" Hirsch
is Gold Eagle's CEO and chairman while Richard "Rich"
Hirsch works full time as a board member and consults on strategic,
legal, and acquisition matters.