SCWA Awards


Bill Martin - 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Bill Martin owner of the Metro Express Car Washes is the recipient of the 2024 SCWA Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The prestigious award was presented during ceremonies at the 2024 SCWA Annual Convention & EXPO, February 29, 2024 – Fort Worth Convention Center.
  • According to SCWA President Mel Ulrich, “the Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by SCWA and we are excited to add Bill’s name to the list of outstanding car washers we have honored.”
  • Bill Martin started his long and distinguished car wash career leasing his first car wash in 1974 in Kansas City. In 1981 Bill moved to Boise and opened a full service car wash, Nu-Look.
  • In 1996, Bill co-founded Car Wash Partners, growing the company to 35 locations by the time he retired in 2001. Car Wash Partners became what we know today as Mister Car Wash.
  • Not staying truly retired, in 2004 Martin was back in the business with Metro Express Car Washes which he still owns and operates today. The Metro Express footprint reaches from Missoula to Coeur D’Alene to Spokane.
  • Bill is recognized widely for giving his time, energy and expertise back to the car wash industry through his mentoring of many current car wash owners. In addition his service includes support of SCWA through his many educational sessions at the Conventions and having his car washes featured in several SCWA car wash tours. In 1991 Bill served as President of ICA.
  • The legacy of honor and service extends to military service. Bill served our country as a medic during the Vietnam War as a member of the prestigious U. S. Army Green Berets.
  • Bill Martin joins a list of car wash legends including Mike Cornett; Jim Coleman; John Jerkins; Ron Peterson; Ben Alford; Brian Campbell; Sonny Fazio and Jerry Miller.
  • Our congratulations to Bill Martin, SCWA 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.