Outgoing SCWA president, David Swenson,
left, with his successor, DeWayne Hall.
Jim Coleman, right, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
from SCWA president,
Keynote speakerJohn Stossel.
RennyDoyle discusses coatings during detailing education.

The Southwest Car Wash Association’s Annual Convention and Car Wash Expo for 2017 took place in Arlington, TX Sunday, February 26 through Tuesday, February 28.

This show gets bigger and better every year. Last year a foyer area was enlisted to accommodate the exhibitor overflow. That arrangement proved inadequate this year, obliging organizers to add an additional exhibit hall to hold the expanding pool of exhibitors.

The association bestowed its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award on two recipients during the General Session on Monday morning:

• Jim Coleman, founder of Jim Coleman Co., now Coleman Hanna Systems

• John Jurkens (posthumously), founder of Octopus Car Wash

The awards ceremony was followed by the keynote address by the Emmy-Award winning journalist John Stossel, former ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of the newsmagazine program 20/20, and current host and commentator on Fox Business Network. In his presentation, Stossel tracked his conversion from a business-bashing consumer reporter to a free-market disciple. This was so well received that the audience gave him a pass on his acknowledgement that, though he owned a car, he never washed the exterior.

On Monday, the Fast Track Round Tables, offering 15-minute discussions on a variety of subjects, were well attended. During the Car Wash Academy on Tuesday morning, nine educational sessions were presented across three time slots. In addition, the International Detailing Association presented a morning of detailing-focused education.

The SCWA 2018 Convention & Expo is scheduled for February 25-27 in Arlington, TX. For further information, visit www.swcarwash.org or call the Southwest Car Wash Association at (800) 440-0644.

Educational program in progress.Conveyor wash ideas being exchanged.
Standing room only at the round table discussions.Belanger’s Spinlight systems identifiesyour wash.
Information being dispensedat Hydra-Flex.Kleen-Rite: from vac to vending.
Solutions from Carolina Pride.InKNOWvation from DRBtakes you from good to great.
Sonny’s new digital menu board.Mr. Foamer brightens the wash bay.