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The How of Car Washing - How to operate & grow a carwashing business.

The How of Car Washing is a podcast for car wash business owners, operators and managers. If you are looking for actionable advice, tips and techniques to help you operate and grow your carwashing business, this is the podcast show for you! In each episode we either discuss a business topic, or we interview another owner/operator or a carwash industry professional. Our episodes are typically 35 to 45 minutes in length, and the show is hosted by David Begin and Henry Lopez who share the knowledge and experience they have acquired over their corporate and business ownership careers. New episodes are released on Wednesday mornings, and we always strive to deliver value to entrepreneurs, business owners, operators and managers in the car wash industry.
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May 23, 2018

Water Savers Program for the car wash industry. Claire Moore, the COO of the International Carwash Association (ICA), introduces and shares the value and benefits of the Water Savers Program for your car wash business. WaterSavers is a recognition program from the ICA designed to help professional car washes promote their environmentally responsible business practices.

Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 9, 2018

Redeveloping a historic car wash site with real estate developer Dan Kassel. This is part 2 of David Begin’s conversation with Dan. Dan is a real estate developer, home builder and founder and CEO of Clearwater Communities. Dan is currently re-developing a historic car wash site, first built as a full-serve wash in 1961, in Southern California. Dan is planning to have this historic wash site reopen as an exterior express wash by the end of the year.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 2, 2018

Redeveloping a historic car wash site with real estate developer Dan Kassel. This is part 1 of David Begin’s conversation with Dan. Dan is a real estate developer, home builder and founder and CEO of Clearwater Communities. Dan is currently re-developing a historic car wash site, first built as a full-serve wash in 1961, in Southern California. Dan shares his background, his initial interest and introduction to the car wash industry, and how he has learned about the how to build and operate a car wash. He also shares the regulatory process he has had to navigate as part of this historic landmark redevelopment project.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Apr 12, 2018

2018 Car Wash Show Preview with Eric Wulf, CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA) and David Begin, co-host of The How of Carwashing podcast. They discuss and preview the up-coming 2018 Car Wash Show in Las Vegas - the must-attend event for car care professionals. There are countless reasons to attend The Car Wash Show 2018. Whether you're looking to discover new products on the 160,000 square foot trade show floor, network with over 8,000 industry professionals or gain new insights from experts at one of over 70 education sessions, there's something for everyone! Grow your business, conquer challenges and join the community of industry professionals at the largest car care event in the country. The Car Wash Show Dates: April 25 - 28, 2018. Learn more at the ICA website: carwash.org.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Mar 28, 2018

Developing Critical Thinking Skills to grow your car wash business with David Begin and Henry Lopez. How to help your team develop better critical thinking skills to help you grow your car wash business. The discussion includes the root causes of why this skill is often underdeveloped, and specific tips and techniques - including the 3-2-1 technique - to help you and your staff develop and improve critical thinking skills.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Mar 14, 2018

Business Exit planning and preparation with Randy Long. Randy is a small business owner, financial planner, attorney, consultant and author. He shares his life experiences and valuable insights on planning and preparing for your car wash business exit. Randy is CEO of Long Business Advisors, creator of the BraveHeart Planning Process and author of the book, “The BraveHeart Exit, 7 Steps to Creating Your Family Business Legacy”. His unique business perspective, built upon an extensive background of more than 30 years of experience in law and finance, enables him to help business owners build and transition or sell their business, allowing them to create a family business legacy.

Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Feb 28, 2018

Time Management & Prioritizing skills with David Begin and Henry Lopez. How to use the “Three Things” technique to help you get more done and grow your car wash business. David Begin is a serial entrepreneur, co-owner of Wild Blue Carwash with three locations in Colorado, past President of the International Carwash Association, and co-host of The How of Carwashing podcast show. Henry Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, co-owner of Wild Blue Carwash in Aurora, Colorado, and co-host of The How of Carwashing and The How of Business podcast shows.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Feb 14, 2018

Private Equity impact on the carwash industry, and preparing to sell your business with Brad Mewes. Brad is a Principal with Supplement Mergers & Acquisition Advisory and an expert in mergers and acquisitions. Brad shares his background and personal journey. He also shares unique insights and perspective on the impact of private equity on the carwash industry and how to plan and prepare to sell your wash business.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jan 31, 2018

Emerging vehicle technology impact on car wash vehicle damage claims with Eric Wulf, CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA). We had the opportunity to record Eric’s presentation at the recent Splash event in New Orleans, entitled "Where is that button?". He shares valuable insights on vehicle damage claims and emerging vehicle technologies that pose challenges to car wash operators.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jan 17, 2018

All about water with Bryant Ruder. This is part 2 of David Begin's conversation with Bryant Ruder, a car wash industry veteran and expert, and General Manager of SoBrite Technologies. He shares valuable information about water and water usage for carwashes.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jan 3, 2018

Benefits of joining a car wash association, with Kristy Babb - Executive Director of the Western Carwash Association. Co-hosts David Begin and Henry Lopez also discuss the benefits of association membership. Kristy shares her feedback on the recent Splash event, information about the Western Carwash Association, and the benefits and amenities of association membership.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Dec 20, 2017

Safety Planning for your carwash with David Begin. David shares tips & advice on developing and implementing a Safety Plan for your car wash business. David Begin is an entrepreneur, the Managing Partner of Wild Blue Car Wash, and the co-host of The How of Carwashing podcast. This episode includes a presentation David Begin delivered at the 2017 Splash! event on Safety Planning, and additional insights and tips from David and co-host Henry Lopez. Do you have a mindset and culture of safety at your carwash site? Do you have a Safety Plan and a Safety Communications plan?

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Dec 6, 2017

Belt Conveyor car wash technology with Bob Schaefer. Bob is a carwash industry veteran and responsible for sales and support at Automatic Vehicle Wash (AVW). He shares an overview of conveyor belt technology, his feedback on the Splash! 2017 event, and the impact of industry consolidation. David and Bob share specific points to consider with belt conveyors, including cost of installation and maintenance, retrofitting at an existing car wash, and impact on vehicle throughput.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 29, 2017

Training – part 4 of our series on Hiring employees for your car wash business. David & Henry focus on the Initial Employee Training part of the hiring process. Having a thorough and systematic process results in better employees, reduced employee turnover, and the ability to deliver remarkable customer service at your wash. Topics and questions addressed include: What is your process for initial employee training at your wash? Do you a have an Employee and Operations Planning? It's critically important that you have an attorney review your Employee Manual, and be sure that it covers the legal items relative to your specific state. The basic components of an effective training program for your car wash business: The Vision, Safety, Operations, Customers Service, and Management Skills (for shift leaders and site managers). How do you manage the training process? E-learning platforms are now more common and affordable. We are working on creating and offering an on-line, self-paced, on-demand learning solution for the car wash industry - more details coming soon!

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 29, 2017

Highlights from the 2017 Splash! carwash conference, an International Carwash Association (ICA) event, with David Begin. David conducts brief interviews on the show floor with various car wash industry experts, operators and leaders. David also shares additional insights on this event. This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast includes brief conversations with Jimmy Starnes with Wash Me Fast, James Anderson with Vantage LED, Chris Wingate with Complete Signs, Jeff Wizer with ICS, Ryan Cook with Diamond Shine, Danka Djordjevic with AVW, and Wayne and Daisy with Benny's Car Wash.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 15, 2017

Carwash industry trends part 2, with Eric Wulf and David Begin. Eric is CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA). He discusses current trends in the carwash industry with co-host David Begin. The International Carwash Association (ICA) is the nonprofit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the car wash industry in North America and around the globe. Topics discussed include: The future of the car washing business. Industry Consolidation - what is the potential impact on my carwash business? Standardization - process, systems and more for carwashes. Auto Technology and Autonomous Vehicles.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 1, 2017

Carwash industry trends with Eric Wulf and David Begin. Eric is CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA). He discusses current trends in the carwash industry with co-host David Begin. The International Carwash Association (ICA) is the nonprofit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the car wash industry in North America and around the globe. Topics discussed include: Mega trends in the Carwash Industry; History of the car washing; Is a car wash an impulse or convenience purchase? New sources of capital fueling expansion in the industry; What do the Dutch know about the carwash customer experience?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Oct 18, 2017

Insurance needs for your carwash, part 2 (Liability Umbrella Policy, Accident Damage Claims, Maintaining your insurance policies), with Sam Furno. Sam is a carwash industry veteran and expert in the carwash insurance business. Sam shares his experiences with the car wash industry, insights on the insurance industry, and practical tips & advice for insuring your car wash business. Sam is a former Northern California full-service car wash owner, is Vice President of the Western Carwash Insurance Agency (WCIA), a division of Wells Fargo of California and a Partner of the Western Carwash Association. He specializes in car wash business insurance: Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation and other insurance programs. This is part 2 of our interview with Sam, focusing on Liability Umbrella Policies, Accident Damage Claims and maintaining your insurance policies.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Oct 11, 2017

Insurance needs for your carwash, part 1, with Sam Furno. Sam is a carwash industry veteran and expert in the carwash insurance business. Sam shares his experiences with the car wash industry, insights on the insurance industry, and practical tips & advice for insuring your car wash business. Sam is a former Northern California full-service car wash owner, is Vice President of the Western Carwash Insurance Agency (WCIA), a division of Wells Fargo of California and a Partner of the Western Carwash Association. He specializes in car wash business insurance: Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation and other insurance programs.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Sep 27, 2017

Avoiding & Handling Accidents at your carwash with Pete Ness. Pete is an entrepreneur, carwash industry veteran, and CEO of NoPileups. He shares his interesting personal journey, his experiences and stories from his many years in the car wash business, and his latest solution to help carwash operators avoid accidents - NoPileups. “It’s not just the damage claims, it’s the customer experience that matters,” explains Pete.

Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Sep 13, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles and the impact on the car wash industry, with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies - including autonomous vehicles - and the impact on the car wash industry. Will the emergence of autonomous vehicles result in less or more cars being washed?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 30, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles, Millennials, Fractional Ownership, and more – and the impact on the car wash industry, with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies - including autonomous vehicles - and the impact on the car wash industry. Will the emergence of autonomous vehicles result in less or more cars being washed?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 23, 2017

Water Reclaim System – what is it and how does it work to help your carwash conserve and reuse water? What is reclaimed water? Bryant Ruder, a car wash industry veteran and expert and General Manager of SoBrite Technologies, is our guest. He shares valuable information about water reclaim systems for carwashes.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 9, 2017

Automotive technology and the impact on the car wash industry with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He is responsible for Schwartz Advisors operations platform and project support. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies and the impact on the car wash industry.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jul 26, 2017

On-Boarding - from what happens to the first day the new carwash employee shows up at the wash site, to the proper and legal documentation required. David Begin and Henry Lopez continue their podcast series on the topic of hiring great employees for your carwash business. Having a thorough and systematic process results in better employees, reduced employee turnover, and the ability to deliver remarkable customer service for your carwash customers.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

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