History of SECWA
The creation of the Southeastern Car Wash Association was not one single event or the effort of one single individual. SECWA was born out of a need for more networking and recognition for those individuals who were car wash owners, operators and vendors in 1957. Although there was a national car wash association, there was a need for more localized interaction among carwash industry owners and vendors. The Association struggled on many fronts in the first year, but it did survive.
Today, 10 people serve on the Board. The early leadership put several ideas in motion that remain our focus today. One of the first was a newsletter published for the membership a few times per year. Today, The WASH STREET Journal has evolved into a full-color magazine that is published quarterly with articles written by car wash owners and product and equipment vendors across several states. SECWA holds an annual convention and car wash tour each fall in various states in the southeast; each centers on car wash owners and vendors sharing their expertise with the membership through new investor seminars and networking. Regional Roadshow car wash tours give members an additional opportunity to share industry knowledge and get an up front and behind the scenes look at a variety of car washes. Membership in 1957 totaled only 22 members. The growth and success of SECWA has been, and will always be, dependent on the work done by our owner and manufacturer/supplier members. While the future is never certain, as long as SECWA members continue to contribute their expertise, the Association will remain strong. The SECWA leadership looks forward to the challenges of the future with the help of each and every new member.
It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to serve the car wash industry as president of SECWA. It is essential to give back whenever we can to our schools, municipalities, and to our personal and professional affiliations. I encourage all to serve in some capacity whenever possible.
I want to thank Jamie Nester for his leadership during his tenure as president. Jamie put lots of time and dedication into the association; not only last year but also the previous five years. He is a true professional and industry expert. I would also like to thank, Linda and Mike Anderson, for the time and energy required to keep the business functions of the association going. It can’t go without saying; the contributions made by the directors bring value for the vitality of the association, the initiatives, and events that take place during the year.
Many readers that own or operate washes do so on different platforms. The objective of producing a clean car is a consistent and common objective. We all realize that there are different platforms and processes and find that there is more than one right way to get a shiny, clean and dry car. Many of us are happy with our operations but are always searching for improvement.
As we go through our day-to-day routines, we also find that talking to different vendors and owner/operator members about their businesses often help us view our business differently. As we become open to new ways of operating, we are challenged to improve even more. We will never learn anything new unless we go out and pursue it.
SECWA will continue to create events in which members can see different operations and talk to other operators and vendor partners about opportunities for improvement. Let’s face it: Networking isn’t always at the top of our priority list. It can be awkward, time-consuming, and after a long work week, much less appealing than the couch or a common pastime that you may enjoy. Networking is essential, and it is a long-term investment.
While you may not be searching for like-mindedness or perhaps you are, compatibility and shared interests are essential for networking. You can find that with a SECWA membership. There are always different washes or a new idea captured during a networking event or a car wash tour.
SECWA’s continued dedication to bringing people together to learn from one another is priceless. The opportunity to see and appreciate different ways to achieve the common desired result of a clean car has helped scores of members for decades. Please join us at our upcoming events in 2019. The April Ft. Myers Roadshow and the August Myrtle Beach Expo will be fantastic for great networking, dynamic education and building vendor relationship opportunities.
Board of Directors
Car Pool Car Washes
5020 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 33220
Email Tyree Brown
The wave 3-Minute Car Wash
2090 Dunwoody Club Drive, Suite 106-222, Atlanta, GA, 30350
Email Jim Reaves
Flagstop Car Wash
11031 Ironbridge Rd. Chester, VA 23831
Email Jamie Nester
Hydra Flex, Inc.
14119 S. Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO 80118
Email Gary Brown
Happy Car Express Wash
509 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607
Email Dave Mitchem
Pure Magic Car Wash
3205 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN 37701
Email Corey Joslin