Hello Auto Laundry News readers! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Tim Denman, the new editor-in-chief of this wonderful magazine.

            Many of you probably already know me or have seen my name somewhere in this magazine over the past 16 years. I have been the managing editor since I started at Auto Laundry News back in 2007, and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this car care brand that has been a mainstay of my life for much of my career.

            I started my journalism journey as a reporter and editor for local newspapers in Northern New Jersey, covering high school sports for several publications before moving into the business-to-business publishing space. As a B2B editor, I have covered many industries, including retail, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and, of course, car care. But the car care industry has always held a special place in my heart, and I am honored to be able to take the reins of Auto Laundry News as the publication celebrates its 70th year in print.

            When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids (ages 10 and 12), and participating in as many activities as possible. Depending on the season, in my downtime, you can find me on the golf course, pickleball court, on my paddleboard, or sitting around a card table playing a variety of games.

            This promotion to editor-in-chief is definitely bittersweet for me. As we announced in this space last month, our long-time editor Stefan Budricks passed away in July, leaving a void at this magazine and the industry at large that will not be easy to fill. Reporting to Stefan since I started at the magazine, I learned much about publishing and the car wash and detailing industries from him.

            I always figured that one day Stefan would step down as editor of this esteemed publication, and I would take his place. But I certainly did not expect or want it to happen under these circumstances. Stefan will be missed by all of us here at Auto Laundry News, and I will do my best to continue his legacy of editorial excellence.

            That being said, I am excited to start this new stage of my career as the editorial leader at this publication. But I can’t do it alone. I need you, the industry’s experienced operators, to help me.

            Please reach out with story ideas, themes we should explore, and any questions or comments you might have. This magazine belongs to the car care industry, and I want to hear from as many operators as possible to serve our readership better.

            Feel free to reach out to me anytime at timdenman@ewwpi.com. I look forward to hearing from you and helping guide this magazine as it enters its eighth decade serving you, the car care community.