CROMWELL, CT – Car Washing Systems’ Allison Shackett, Higganum, CT, was the big winner at the Connecticut Carwash Association’s 23rd Annual Mini Expo at the Marriott Courtyard in Cromwell, March 28. Shackett walked away with a third generation iPad, one of the association’s raffle prizes. “It’s great to see our vendors participate in our raffles and walk away winners,” said Suzanne Stansbury, CCA Executive Director. “They are so important to the success of our association.”
Glastonbury operator, Mike Bouchard of Sparkle Car Wash, was also lucky and took home a 32” flat screen television. Donato DePinto of New England Car Wash Equipment and Joe Tracy of Magic Minit Car Wash in Enfield will be headed to the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention on the CCA, as well.
The event, the longest-running tabletop on the East Coast, drew nearly 90 and included 25 exhibitors and a sit down Italian buffet dinner where all attendees had an opportunity to mix and mingle. “My thanks go out to all the vendors and operators who support our association by coming out to the Mini Expo,” said CCA President Todd Whitehouse. “It’s a great CCA tradition and opportunity to see what is new out there while catching up with fellow operators.”
Another draw of the annual event was an update by Whitehouse on the association’s Kenneth M. Gustafson, Sr. Scholarship Award, a new member benefit through the ICA’s WaterSavers® program and an update on the new venue for the annual golf outing. The 2012 event will be held September 25 at Topstone Golf Course in South Windsor. Lobbyist P.J. Cimini of Capitol Strategies Group in Hartford also briefed the group on the proposed unionization efforts taking place in neighboring New York state. The association will receive further information from Cimini in the next several weeks.
Event sponsors included: Blendco; C.A.R. Products, Inc.; Car Washing Systems, Inc.; DRB Systems, Inc.; Empire Chemical Sales; ICS; Mang Insurance; Micrologic; Northeast Carwasher magazine; Ryko Solutions, Inc. and Simoniz USA.