Car Wash - Spring 2014 - (Page 9)

LETTER FROM THE ICA THIS YEAR IS a special one for the ICA. 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the car wash industry, which in itself is a pretty surreal thing to consider. For a century, we have had a professional car wash industry. Let that sink in. Throughout those 100 years, the car wash community has been exactly that, a community. While there are more than 80,000 car wash locations in North America alone, there is a smallness to the industry that's difficult to replicate. We see that sense of community and smallness every spring when we get to put on one of the top trade shows in the world. At The Car Wash Show, we experience the excitement and positive energy that comes with assembling thousands of your closest friends for three days of industry commerce, celebration and education. I hope you're going to be joining us at this year's show. If you've never been to the show, you're in for a real treat. And, if you've been to a dozen shows, you're still in for a real treat! Attendees always go home with AT LEAST one new idea - and more than a few new friends. In this issue of CAR WASH Magazine, you'll see several advertisements from people who are a big part of the success of the show: our car wash vendor community. Be sure you stop by as many of the booths as you can. You'll never find a better place to talk to people about professional car washing. One special group within our vendor community that I want to acknowledge is the first Century Club. We've been quietly launching this new member offer over the last few months and have 14 companies who have already joined the exclusive member class. Century Club members display the highest level of support for the car wash industry and receive additional ICA member benefits. But I digress. This issue of CAR WASH Magazine will provide you with great airplane reading to and from the show. It's full of articles that should inspire thought and keep you thinking about the next big thing. This issue focuses on innovation. You'll see articles on self-driving cars and what that might mean for our industry, insight into the DNA of an innovator, and even an article on the future of biometrics and how you may be able to make payments with your fingerprints. You'll also see a photo tour of a car wash in Isle of Sheppey, Kent, U.K., along with our usual array of industry information, professional profiles and a letter from our friend, Champ Savage. There's a lot of great content in this issue - it's the largest issue of the magazine yet. As always, if there's something you'd like to see in the magazine, don't hesitate to let us know. In fact, you should come find me, or one of the other ICA team members, at the show. We're always looking to connect with new people. Sincerely, Carrie North Director of Sales +1 (312) 673-5724 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL CARWASH ASSOCIATION ® 330 N. WABASH AVENUE, SUITE 2000 CHICAGO, IL 60611 USA WWW.CARWASH.ORG +1 (312) 321-5199 INFO@CARWASH.ORG ICA STAFF ERIC WULF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER EWULF@CARWASH.ORG CLAIRE MOORE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CMOORE@CARWASH.ORG CARRIE NORTH DIRECTOR OF SALES CNORTH@CARWASH.ORG MEGAN CLARK DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP MCLARK@CARWASH.ORG JAN-MAARTEN HOES CAR WASH SHOW EUROPE SALES JAN-MAARTEN@CARWASH.ORG MARY SMITH TRADE SHOW DIRECTOR MSMITH@CARWASH.ORG MATT DEWOLF DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE MARKETING & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MDEWOLF@CARWASH.ORG EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING STAFF JULIE AHLGREN MANAGING EDITOR JILL ANDREU PUBLISHER HEATHER MCMILLEN SALES MANAGER TYLER HANCOCK MARKETING LAYOUT AND DESIGN GORDON KLASSEN GKDS ADVERTISING SALES JOSH ABRAMOWITZ, CHRIS CHICCARELLO, KRYS D'ANTONIO, ADAM FIRESTONE, JANET FRANK, DEBBI MCCLANAHAN, JASON RUPPERT, JAMIE WILLIAMS, JASON ZAWADA PUBLISHED MARCH 2014 ICW-Q0114/9778 FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT HEATHER MCMILLEN DIRECTLY AT (352) 333-3477. SPRING 2014 | CAR WASH MAGAZINE | WWW.CARWASH.ORG | 9 http://WWW.CARWASH.ORG http://WWW.CARWASH.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2014

Letter From the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
Look Out! Self-Driving Cars Heading Your Way
On the Road, but Still Online
Finding Your Way Through the Mobile Landscape
Take a Tour
Stay Ahead of the Curve
Car Wash Industry Celebrates Centennial Milestone
ICA 2013 Annual Report
Getting to the Point of Biometrics
Fighting for Innovation
Take It From Tech: Entrepreneurial Lessons Courtesy of Google
You Don’t Have to Fail
100 Years
The Innovator’s DNA
Emerging Russian Car Wash Industry Faces Challenges
Rise to the Top
Does a Company Really Need to Innovate?
Watersavers Program Reaches Out During Drought
Blast From the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Ask Champ
Index of Advertisers
Focus on the Member

Car Wash - Spring 2014