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WIL
HILTON,

3 Minute Express Car Wash

WIL HILTON, REGIONAL manager at 3 Minute Express
Car Wash in Goodyear, Ariz., joined the car wash industry like
many do: a part-time job that helped pay the bills. However, like
many others who never intended to stay, Hilton believes he'll
never go away.
"I got the job as a side job to feed my family and pay bills while
going to school, fully intending to apply to medical school," Hilton
said. After nearly a decade in the U.S. Army as a combat medic,
med school seemed like a natural next step. "But I fell in love with
the car wash industry quickly, left school and have stuck with the
car wash full-time ever since. I can't say I chose the industry, but
there's no doubt that I'm in now."
Hilton joined 3 Minute Express Car Wash as a customer service
attendant in March 2015, shortly before the company opened its
first wash. "We believe in only hiring management from within,
so I started out like everyone else," Hilton said. "Fast-forward to
today, three years later, and I've worked my way through team lead,
assistant manager, site manager and now my current position as a
regional manager."
Karl Gashler, 3 Minute Express Car Wash's owner, calls Hilton
a fast mover. "He started at the bottom, but today is regional manager," said Gashler. "This is somebody who loves our industry, loves
customers and loves clean cars!"
The secret to Hilton's success is his love of the people, including colleagues and customers. "I'm not in the car wash business, I'm in the people business," Hilton said. "I have a ton

of memories with the people around me, which is why I love
what I do." Some of his favorite memories include late nights
eating pizza in the initial weeks of the first wash opening and
high-fiving his assistant manager, Sara, "with a little too much
gusto," resulting in Sara's hand bouncing off of Hilton's, hitting
her in the forehead.
Leading people has been a true passion for Hilton. "Early in
his career here, Wil took it upon himself to read and study all
the operations and maintenance manuals for the equipment we
use," said Gashler. "Now, he reads about new ways to improve his
leadership skills. I've never seen a young man with such a hunger
for knowledge."
For Hilton, it comes down to one simple thing: love. "When you
truly learn to love your people, you no longer really 'manage' in
the traditional sense," said Hilton. "You can't coach someone you
don't know. This is the culture our company lives by."
The company culture and its people will probably keep Hilton
around for a while. "Wil has been offered jobs in other fields, but
he loves this industry and company so much that he has decided
to make this his lifelong career," said Gashler.
Hilton agrees. "Over the next five years, I hope to see myself still
with 3 Minute Express Car Wash and opening new washes all over
the southwest United States," he said. Growing up, Hilton's dad told
him that if he found something he loved to do for a career, he'd
never work a day in his life. "I'm living that advice with my career
in the car wash industry," Hilton said.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Summer 2018

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
What Makes a Good Leader
Harnessing the Power of Diversity
Be the Best Servant Leader You Can Be
Coaching Them Up
Passing the Torch
Celebrating ICA’s Emerging Leaders
VNTYPL8
Marking a Milestone
The Car Wash Show 2018
Car Wash Show Australia Prepares for Fall Show
Kati Wright, Lone Star Car Wash Systems
Take a Tour: Snap Clean Car Wash
Automotive Technology
Regional Update: Western Carwash Association
"The How of Carwashing"
Blast from the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Top Tweets
Ask Champ
Advertiser Index
5 Things
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Car Wash - Summer 2018 - Meet the Board
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