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PROFILE

Ben Melendez
VINTAGE CAR WASH

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
BY JUNE C. HUSSEY
IN 2003, BEN Melendez was a 27-yearold single dad struggling to make ends
meet in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.
Working two jobs wasn't cutting it, so he
approached Leo Cereceres, then general
manager of Vintage Car Wash, for a temporary part-time job. Cereceres obliged,
and gave Melendez a job vacuuming cars
five days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As Ben expected, that third job at the
car wash finally provided the financial support he needed. What he didn't expect was
to fall in love with the car wash industry.
The job launched an exciting professional
career that continues to flourish to this day.
Ben immediately took to the fast-paced
environment at Vintage Car Wash. He felt
challenged as part of an energetic team
washing hundreds of cars a day, and he was
fascinated by the chemistry of car washing
and the gadgetry inside the tunnel.

"IT CHANGED MY
LIFE FOREVER. A
DOOR SUDDENLY
OPENED TO ENDLESS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR
ME AND MY CAREER."
- BEN MELENDEZ,
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
MANAGER FOR
MISTER CAR WASH
Back in those early days, Ben said
customers who encountered him working at the car wash probably would have
described him as high energy and exciting
to watch. Coworkers would have described
him as intense but also as a natural leader
who motivated the rest of the team to work
at their full potential by setting the pace
and leading by example.
Melendez's passion did not go unnoticed by Rick Taff, who owned Vintage
Car Wash at the time. Eight months into
his first job, Melendez was promoted to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2018

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
ICA’s 2017 Annual Report
ICA Partnership Update
Join the Club
Creating a destination
Feeling Fine
Marketing goes mobile
Where the rubber meets the road
Online outreach
Click here: Facebook 101
Anti-social media
Regional Update
Big brand, small budget
Why now is the best time to plan to attend your industry trade show
Five reasons to offer unlimited washes
Listen, learn & earn
Recruiting top talent
An economic outlook for the car wash industry
The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
Four tips for leading in uncertain times
Test your emerging technology I.Q.
Communicating trust in the digital age
Jimmy Starnes, Wash Me Now
Ben Melendez, Vintage Car Wash
Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
Automotive technology
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 - Spring 2018 - An economic outlook for the car wash industry
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Test your emerging technology I.Q.
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Communicating trust in the digital age
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Automotive technology
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - The “How” of Carwashing
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Blast from the Past
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Download It!
Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Marketing Minute
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Top Tweets
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