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WCA San Diego Show a Success!

1 reply created over 7 years ago
posted by WCAexec. over 7 years ago

WCA Holds Successful Convention in San Diego

Folsom, CA – After 18 years in Las Vegas, The Western Carwash Association (WCA) moved their convention and tradeshow to San Diego, California – and the move paid off! WCA celebrated their 30th Annual Convention & Tradeshow October 17 – 19, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center. The WCA’s show is THE longest running car wash show and ranks as one of the best regional car wash shows in the country. Attendance in San Diego increased by 31% over last year’s show – best attendance since 2008. Becky Kube, Q.B. Enterprises, a long time exhibitor with WCA stated, “People we talked to were new to the WCA, car washing and to us as customers. Great addition!”

In addition to the quantity of increase was the quality of attendees as well. Referring to the 954 operators who attended the 2011 show Darrin Baum of Ecolab and chair of the WCA Convention & Tradeshow stated “Our vendors say it was one of the best regional shows they have attended in years. Not only did we have an increase in total attendance but a jump in the number of car wash operators attending the show as well.” This increase in operators represented a 51% increase over 2010 and made it the best car wash operator attended WCA tradeshow since 2005.

“I think that Tuesday in San Diego was an outstanding day. Well attended, extremely busy, and capped off with a great night at the Midway,” stated Brian Gleason of Peco Car Wash Systems. Mr. Gleason was referring to the special reception that was held aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier floating museum. More than 420 attendees and vendors gathered for this unique party and celebration which included period music, food and tours. As part of the program on the Midway, WCA held its Award Ceremony recognizing the following 2011 WCA Award Recipients: Sonny Fazio, Sonny’s- Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award; Jeff Coplin, Matt & Jeff’s Car Wash- Most Innovative Operator; Ramon Paz, Bixby Knolls Car Wash- Car Wash Manager of the Year; Kirk Kuzmantic, Rancho Car Wash- Special Service; and Jarret K. Jakubowski- Special Service Award.
The WCA three day event included a full education schedule with general session speakers and more than 30 workshops in three tracks: conveyor, self-serve and management. In addition, the International Detailing Association (IDA) hosted their IDA University and in response to the growing trend of Spanish-speaking attendees, WCA also held three Spanish-only workshops. “One of the best parts of a regional show is the ability to network and solidify relationships. You provided a great atmosphere to do that at this show. For us there appeared to be a lot of business opportunities represented on the floor, stated Paul Fazio with Sonny’s.

Besides drawing a significant attendance locally, the 2011 WCA Convention & Tradeshow had attendees from 41 states, Canada and Australia. Another exhibitor, Larry Barnes with Scotch Plaid summed it up – “It was a wonderful, great conference - it couldn’t have been better!”
The WCA plans to return to the San Diego Convention Center for their 2012 Convention & Tradeshow, scheduled for September 18 – 20, 2012.

The Western Carwash Association (WCA) represents car wash operators throughout the 12 Western United States as well as car wash equipment manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. With a membership over 930, it is the professional voice of the industry, monitors legislative and legal issues and shares information and best practices with its members. The primary purpose of this association is to serve and promote the interests of the carwash industry: to serve as a rallying point for collective action by individual operators and regional organizations of carwash operators on problems affecting the industry: and to do whatever is necessary, proper, and legitimate for the common good and welfare of the industry. A proponent of the environment, WCA encourages communities and municipalities to adopt the use of professional car washes which conserve natural resources.



reply by PanamaJim over 7 years ago

Congrats...Las Vegas's loss...San Diego's gain.
Too many distractions in Vegas.
Y'all always put on a great show.

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